Monthly Archives: May 2009

Identical Triplets!

Parfait Gasana, the co-recipient of the 2009 Odum Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Sociology at UNC, with his identical triplet brothers. They were the first known identical triplets born in Rwanda–and apparently doctors came from all over to have a look!

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With two of my best students

Parfait Gasana and Mary Torr were two of the best students in the first class I ever taught at UNC: Sociology/Management 415: Economy and Society (Fall 2007).

Mary Torr and Family


After three years in the Navy and having three boys, Mary Torr enrolled at UNC. After graduation, she will pursue a Master’s in Social Work at NC State. She wrote a senior thesis on children in foster care.

Reuniting with international friends

I was the discussant on a panel about educational attainment. One of the presenters was Silvia Giorguli, the former Vice-President of the Mexican Society of Demography. I first met Silvia and the Mexican Society of Demography meetings in Merida, Mexico, in October 2008.

My poster session

I explained my poster to new people as well as to many old friends from Princeton who came by to say hello, like Monica Espinoza-Higgins. My friend Cris Beauchemin from the French National Institute for Demography (INED) also came by, and I was very happy to speak about demography in French for a while.

New friends from Princeton


PAA means meeting old friends and getting connected to up-and-coming scholars like these Princeton graduate students Alex Rivas and Julia Gelatt.

Seldom Blues hosts

Katherine Donato, Bill Kandel and Kristin Espinoza at Seldom Blues

Dinner at Seldom Blues with Doug Massey


A nice reunion with my former mentor and collaborator Doug Massey.