Dr. Stuart J. Hysom
Dr. Stuart J. Hysom was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Texas A&M University. He earned his doctorate in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2003. He began as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University in 2004, and remained there until his death. His research areas included social psychology, small group processes, and experimental methods. Dr. Hysom was especially interested in how status, rewards, and legitimacy processes affected human interaction, and how larger social structures influenced those processes. To honor his memory, his family and friends are establishing the Stuart J. Hysom Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship will help fund a graduate student whose research/teaching interests center on issues related to diversity, inequality or social justice.
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Dr. Howard B Kaplan
Dr. Howard B Kaplan was a Regents Professor, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Mary Thomas Marshall Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD from New York University in 1958 and devoted his career to the study of social psychology, deviant behavior, social disorganization, and mental health.
He was internationally known and regarded as an expert in the area of deviance, social psychology and especially medical sociology. His reputation is demonstrated by his award of the American Sociological Association’s Leo G. Reeder Award for a career of distinguished contributions to medical sociology, the highest award that can be given in the area. This award honored his more than 50 years of research that made an indelible impact on the field of medical sociology as well as deviant behavior and social psychology.
Dr. Kaplan joined the Texas A&M Sociology Department in 1988 (coming from the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston) and established The Laboratory for Studies of Social Deviance at that time. In addition to directing a myriad of ongoing grants and associated studies, and mentoring graduate students, he regularly taught graduate seminars on social psychology and social deviance.
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