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A faculty member and student in Lakeland College's sociology program recently presented papers at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting in Minneapolis.
Christopher Moore, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper entitled, "Cultural Inertia on Display: Examining Affective Shifts and Recovery in Newspaper Headlines about a Multicultural Mass Casualty Event." His work examined newspaper coverage of the 2004 fatal shootings involving a dispute between a Hmong American hunter and European American hunters near Rice Lake.
Two students joined Moore at the meeting: Sara Weber of Sheboygan and Linda TeStroete of Oostburg, who are both double majoring in sociology and psychology.
Weber also presented a paper, entitled "Assessing the Evaluation of the 'Smart-Girls Mentoring Program' and the Needs of Local Adolescents." Her paper was written as part of an independent study course with Moore.
Her study examines the efficacy of an evaluation of the impact of the Denver-based "Smart-Girls" program for middle school girls. Her research argues that the only existing study contained measures and sampling methods that were inadequate to effectively evaluate the program, and she offers specific suggestions which would produce more precise and reliable results.
Her paper also reports on interviews with leaders of local youth-focused nonprofit organizations regarding the perceived usefulness of the Smart-Girls program for local teens.