Baylor University Hosts Social Network Expert for Guest Lecture

Feb. 15, 2013
jimi adams, Ph.D.jimi adams, Ph.D. photo courtesy of American University.

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 15, 2013) - "How Interdisciplinary is the Social Scientific Study of Religion?" will be the subject of a lecture by jimi adams, Ph.D., hosted by Baylor University's department of sociology. The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Room 345 of the Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St.

The lecturer received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and later joined the faculty of American University as an assistant professor of sociology. His research interests include social networks, health issues and demography. A particular focus of his work is the relation of social networks to the spread of ideas and diseases, especially in HIV high-risk populations.

Findings from adams' research have been published in the American Journal of Public Health and several other academic journals. His research also has led to his involvement with international projects in Malawi and South Africa.

"jimi adams is a well-respected sociologist with expertise in social networks, research methods, HIV/AIDS and religion," said Jeremy Uecker, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "His talk will provide both an interesting description of the networks of scholars in the social scientific study of religion and a better understanding of how these scholarly networks influence the nature of research being conducted in the field."

For more information about this lecture, call the department of sociology at 254-710-1165.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


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