New York University sociologist Dalton Conley will deliver a public lecture, “The Starting Gate: Birth Weight and the Health-Socioeconomic Relationship,” on Mon., Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at NYU’s Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall, First Floor, 100 Washington Square East (betw. Waverly and Washington Pl.). Subways: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street). Conley’s lecture, part of NYU’s University Professorship Lecture series, builds upon his co-authored work, Starting Gate: Birth Weight and Life Chances, as well as more recent unpublished studies.

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

Conley is University Professor of the Social Sciences, NYU’s dean for the social sciences, and chair of NYU’s Department of Sociology. He is best known for his contributions to understanding how socioeconomic status is transmitted across generations. Conley has written several books, including: Being Black, Living in the Red; The Pecking Order; his sociological memoir Honky; and the forthcoming Elsewhere, USA. Conley’s work has also appeared in, Forbes, and the New York Times. In 2005, he became the first sociologist to win the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award.

The University Professorship Lecture series was established to recognize faculty who have recently been appointed as University Professors at NYU. The title is conferred upon outstanding scholars in recognition of the interdisciplinary dimension and breadth of their work.

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