Department of Sociology climbs the rankings

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

From uWaterloo's Daily Bulletin, Oct. 4, 2011

The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies is among the world’s best — appearing in the “101 to 150” grouping in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking that was published a few days ago. Initially Sociology was omitted from the list, but it does belong up there, along with two other departments from Waterloo’s Arts faculty, says Jennifer Kieffer of the Institutional Analysis and Planning office.

“The university obviously takes these ratings with some seriousness and enjoys advertising any evidence of our excellence,” adds the department’s chair, Lorne Dawson. “The same is true for the members of the department.”

Martin Cooke.Among those smiling at the news was faculty member Martin Cooke, pictured — although he may also have been happy because word just arrived on Friday that he’s co-recipient of a $96,000 “data analysis grant” from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Working with a colleague from the University of Western Ontario, he’ll be using the funding “to investigate determinants of overweight and obesity among First Nations and Métis children, using Statistics Canada data”.

Editor: Chris Redmond
Communications and Public Affairs
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