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In January 2012, Dr. Alessandro Bonanno traveled to Japan for a series of lectures. He addressed Tokyo area economists, rural sociologists and the also delivered a public lecture. Dr. Bonanno also discussed his research with faculty and students at Rikkyo University in Tokyo.

Dr. Bonanno published his latest book. Co-edited with Dr. Salete Cavalcanti of the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, this volume probes salient consequences that the reshaping of the use of time and space under globalization has for agriculture and food in the Americas. Contributing chapters explore pertinent issues in North and South America. Dr. Doug Constance of SHSU Sociology Department is one among the book contributors.





Dr. Alessandro Bonanno's book "From Community to Consumption: New and Classical Theme is Rural Sociological Research" was published in Fall 2010.


Dr. Alessandro Bonanno has been appointed editor of the journal Rural Sociology for the period 2011-2013. Rural Sociology is one of the oldest sociological journals in the USA as its first issue appeared in 1931. It is also considered the most prestigious journal of Rural Sociology in the World. Dr. Lee Miller will serve as the Associate Editor of the Journal.

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno delivered the keynote address at the VIII International Conference of the Research Network on Global Food. The conference was held in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico in October 2010.

In November 2009 the Texas Board of Higher Education appointed Dr. Bonanno: Distinguished Professor of Sociology.

In 2010 Dr. Jin Young Choi was awarded a Faculty Research Grant from Sam Houston State University to conduct her work on “Social Etiology of Obesity Among US Immigrants.”

Dr. Lee Miller received the award for Departmental Excellence in Service for 2009- 2010 presented to her by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Miller will serve as the Associate Editor of the journal Rural Sociology for the period 2011-2013.

In June Dr. Douglas H. Constance represented Sam Houston State University at a meeting held in Fayetteville, Arkansas to develop a national standard for sustainable agriculture. Dr. Constance is a member of the Standards Committee. The meeting was administered by the Leonardo Academy acting as an agent of the American National Standards Institute.

Dr. Contance delivered the Presidential Address entitled "The Four Questions in Agrifood Studies: A View from the Bus" at the annual meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society meetings held in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 6, 2008.

For 2009-2010, Dr. Constance was awarded Departmental Excellence in Teaching presented to him by the SHSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences.




For the 2008-2009 year, he was honored with the Department Excellence in Research Award.


He and Dr. Theodori currently serve as the editors for the Journal of Rural Social Sciences.

Dr. Furjen Deng has been nominated to serve of as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Light and Salt Association of Houston and is a member of the executive committee for the Global Chinese Breast Cancer Support Group Alliance. Both positions are held between 2008-2010.

In 2007, Dr. Furjen Deng received the Golden Camel Award for her volunteering work in cancer support for Houston Chinese community.

She also received the 2008 NMCAW Community Award for significant contributions to eliminating health disparities in the area of cancer outreach and cancer education by the Center for Research on Minority Health, Department of Health Disparities Research, the University of Texas- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Karen Douglas currently serves as president-elect for the Southwestern Sociological Association.  

Dr. Gene L. Theodori, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Rural Studies, presented his research on the Public Perception of the Oil and Gas Industry on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Center, Texas at the East Texas Energy Expo hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and City of Center Economic Development Corporation. Theodori is a program manager of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program. The EFD program is managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), integrates advanced technologies into systems that significantly reduce the footprint of petroleum drilling and production in environmentally sensitive areas. The objective is to identify, develop and transfer critical, cost effective, new technologies that can provide policy makers and industry with the ability to develop reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. For more information on the EFD program, please visit: www.efdsystems.org. KTRE featured the story which can be viewed below.


Dr. Theodori received the Excellence in Research Award for 2011 from the Southern Rural Sociology Association. Recipients are selected on the basis of their outstanding work respectively in areas of teaching, research, extension, and public service in the Southern United States.  A fundamental interest of the SRSA is social justice, as seen through various disciplinary lenses and approaches, with focus  upon the South.  SRSA believes this focus to be particularly appropriate and poignant, given the social-economic context of the region, and the various legacies left in a history of oppression, (e.g. race, class, gender).  The 2011 Awards Committee found Dr. Theodori's dedicated research at Sam Houston State University to exemplify these commitments, and therefore acknowledged his work and dedication with the 2011 Award.   

Dr Theodori was awarded the Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach Award by the Rural Sociological Society during the 2010 meeting in August.


Dr. Theodori was honored with the Departmental Excellence in Research/Scholarship Award for 2009-2010 presented to him by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
For 2008-2009, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences presented Dr. Theodori with the Excellence in Teaching Award.

He and Dr. Constance currently serve as the editors for the Journal of Rural Social Sciences.


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