Dr. Larry Nichols of West Virginia Universitys Division of Sociology and Anthropology has published an edited volume that he hopes will make his field more accessible to nonacademic readers.

The book,Public Sociology: The Contemporary Debate,contains an editors introduction by Nichols and 13 essays that look at organized labor and senior citizen issues in a sociological contextthepublic sociology movement,as he describes it.

You can see the impact of the movement in a lot of recent developments,said the sociology professor.American University just created a masters program in public sociology, for example.

Nichols is known for his writing and research. He is the editor of The American Sociologist, a peer-reviewed journal that looks at sociology as a profession and academic discipline.

He also co-authored the textbooks,Beyond the Courtroom: Programs in Community Justice and Conflict ResolutionandCorporate Policy, Values and Social Responsibility.

He is currently researching white-collar crime, social problems theory and the history of sociology.

For more information, contact Nichols at larry.nichols@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-5801 ext. 3206.

Nicholsdivision is in the School of Applied Social Sciences, which is part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.