Dr. Snowden, UCB School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management, to Speak at Fall CARHS Research Forum


We are delighted to announce that Dr. Lonnie Snowden, Professor of the Graduate School at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management program, will be speaking at the fall CARHS Research Forum.

The talk will be Thursday 11/29 from 4PM – 5:15 PM, in MH438A, and will provide an opportunity to hear about Dr. Snowden’s recent work in the area of mental health treatment disparities. He’ll also be speaking about his use of an analytic approach that can be particularly useful in California, with our 58 counties providing a kind of laboratory for studying policy change.

The presentation will be informal with plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Dr. Matthew Masucci to Present at NASSS 2012: Theoretical framework/s of Social, Activist, and Identity Movements Connected to the Bicycle.

Dr. Matthew Masucci will present “After Mass: An Exploration of the San José Bike Party and Neo-Activist Bicycle Movements in North America” at NASSS (http://www.nasss.org/) North American Society for Sociology of Sport. Dr. Masucci will be joined by a number of faculty from the Department of Kinesiology at SJSU, who will be presenting on a range of topics.

NASSS 2012 Conference ; “SPORT IN PLACE”; NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA • November 7-10 2012

Here is the abstract for the research inclined.

Following multidisciplinary work that explores intersections between the bicycle and various social movements including; environmentalism and sustainability (Brown, Vergrat, Green & Berchicci, 2003; Horton, 2006; Blickstien, 2009), alternative transportation frameworks (Blickstein & Hanson, 2002; Carlsson) and social and political collectives (Black, 2008; St. John, 2004; Furness, 2005, 2007) this paper examines the emergence and proliferation of the San José Bike Party (SJBP). Originally conceived in 2004-2005 the SJBP takes place on the third Friday of each month and currently draws between 2000-4000 participants. Despite rhetoric eschewing the heavy-handed political activism of Critical Mass, the stated mission of “building community through bicycling” seems to be open to broad interpretation and implementation. As part of an ongoing ethnographic project that considers the contested meaning of the SJBP, this paper will briefly trace the contemporary history of bicycle movements and bicycle activism in North America and then situate the SJBP within theoretical framework/s of social, activist and identity movements connected to the bicycle.