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May 20, 2014: Geography Professor Ray Oldakowski Selected as duPont Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar

  • Congratulations to Geography professor Ray Oldakowski! Dr. Oldakowski was selected as a visiting scholar in this year's duPont Summer Seminar Series at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The seminar's theme is "Globalization and the Varieties of Modern Capitalism." More information on the seminar can be found here.

April 4, 2014: JU Hosts Florida Geographic Bee

  • On Friday, April 4, JU hosted the Florida Geographic Bee. Young geography students came to JU from across Florida to compete for a spot in the national championship in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by JU Geography Professor Ray Oldakowski. JU has hosted the competition for 15 years. For more information, see the Wave Weekly article.

February 28, 2014: Dr. Paulina Rippere Awarded APSA Congressional Fellowship

  • Dr. Paulina Rippere, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association. Dr. Rippere will spend the 2014-2015 academic year working in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide for a member of Congress. For more information, see the article in Wave Weekly.

March 6, 2014: Talk by Jesse Hingson on Depression Era Argentina

  • Associate Professor of History, Jesse Hingson, will present a paper titled "Child Murder and Society in Argentina during the Depression Era" at the Past to Present Seminar in the Department of History at the University of North Florida. The talk will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12-1:30 p.m.

February 27, 2014: "Truth: Have it Your Way"

  • Nathan Rousseau, Associate Professor of Sociology, will present a talk entitled, "Personal Truth: A Modern Oxymoron," at the fourth annual roundtable, "Truth: Have it Your Way." The event is free to the public and wil be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 in Terry Concert Hall. Attendees can also view student artwork inspired by the roundtable topics and attend a reception prior to the program at 5:30 p.m.

February 13, 2014: Human Trafficking Awareness Event

  • On Thursday, February 13 in the Gooding Auditorium from 7 to 10 p.m. there will be a guest speaker, dance performance, film, and discussion about human trafficking. The event has been organized by Sociology professor Nathan Rousseau. Further details regarding the event are available here.

February 10, 2014: "Love Your Government" Voter Registration Drive

  • On Monday, February 10 students in the Political Science Society will hold a voter registration drive outside the Kinne Center. Anyone who wants to register to vote, change their address or party affiliation, or ask a question about the registration process should stop by the table between noon and 4 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the Countywide Student Voter Registration Drive sponsored by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Follow the Division of Social Sciences on Facebook

  • The Division of Social Sciences now has a Facebook page! Be sure to "Like" our page so you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and events in the Division.

January 2, 2014: Jacksonville's Identity

  • Ray Oldakowski, Professor of Geography, spoke with WJCT's Melissa Ross of First Coast Connect about the City of Jacksonville's unique identity. You can read more and listen to the interview here.

Fall 2013

December 31, 2013: Rousseau appointed to Human Rights Commission

  • Sociology professor Nathan Rousseau has been appointed by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (JU alum '85, '89) and the City Council to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. Dr. Rousseau will work with other members of the Commission, the City Council, and Jacksonville residents to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity on issues such as housing and employment. More information can be found in the Wave Weekly article.

December 16, 2014: Dr. Sherri Jackson named Interim Dean of Fine Arts

  • Sherri Jackson, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, has been named Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Dr. Jackson has served JU with distinction since September 1988. Among her many achievements, Dr. Jackson was named Professor of the Year in 2004 and University Woman of the Year in 2005.

Service Learning with Communities in Schools

  • During the Fall 2013 semester, the students in Shelley Grant's service learning course, Media and Crime (SOC 332), mentored students in Communities in Schools programs at Ft. Caroline Middle School, Arlington Middle School and Terry Parker High School on a weekly basis. At the end of the course, Prof. Grant's students came up with the idea to have their mentees take a field trip to J.U. On December 3, twenty-five middle and high school students had the opportunity to take a tour of our campus and enjoy a picnic on the science green with their mentors. Many of these young people have lived in Arlington all of their lives and have never visited our campus (or any college campus), and Prof. Grant's students were so excited to have the opportunity to show them around and spend time with them here. Additionally, several students from this course are participating in internships at Communities in Schools this Spring semester. They are each responsible for a case load of students that they are mentoring and leading in group activities.

November 20, 2013: GIS Day

  • On Wednesday, November 20, the Department of Geography hosted GIS Day in the Gooding Auditorium. The purpose of the event was to educate students and members of the community about the ways in which Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in various disciplines and careers. For more information, see the national GIS Day website.

November 6, 2013: Talk by Dr. Oldakowski

  • Ray Oldakowski, Professor of Geography, spoke at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences on November 6 at the Hyatt Hotel Downtown.​ The title of his talk was "Jacksonville: A City in Search of an Identity." For more information, see the article published in JU's Wave Weekly.

Around the Division in Fall 2013

  • Ray Oldakowski had two articles accepted for publication and gave one invited talk during the Fall 2013 semester:
    • "Florida's Tourism Industry." Association of American Geographers Newsletter 48 (Nov. 2013), 1, 6-7.
    • "Diffusion of Disc Golf Courses in the United States," (with John McEwen). The Geographical Review 103 (July 2013), 355-71.
    • "The St. Johns River Poll," EPB-UNF Environmental Symposium, Jacksonville, FL, August 2013
  • Heather Downs, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was named Chair of the Common Reading Committee. Prof. Downs is also continuing her appointment as a member of the Southern Sociological Society’s Committee on the Status of Women.
  • An article co-authored by Paulina Rippere, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been accepted for publication in the journal Political Communication. The article, "Attack and Response in Political Campaigns: An Experimental Study in Two Parts," uses original data from two experiments to examine how political candidates respond when they are attacked in a negative ad. The piece is co-authored with Stephen Craig (Univ. of Florida) and Marissa Grayson (Samford Univ.).
  • Social Sciences Division Chair and Professor of Psychology, Sherri Jackson, has recently published a number of articles and books:
    • Jackson, S. L. (2015—available in Fall 2013). Research Methods: A Modular Approach, 3rd ed. Belmont, CA, Cengage Learning.
    • Griggs, R. A., & Jackson, S. L. (2013). "Brief introductory psychology textbooks: An objective analysis update." Teaching of Psychology, 40, 268-273.
    • Jackson, S. L., & Griggs, R. A. (2013). "Psych Lite: Great price, less filling." Teaching of Psychology, 40, 217-221.
    • Griggs, R. A., & Jackson, S. L. (2013). "Introductory psychology textbooks: An objective analysis update." Teaching of Psychology, 40, 163-168.