“The William F. Whyte Award is one of the most distinguished honors a sociologist can receive. It is given by our national professional organization, the American Sociological Association, and only one recipient is named annually,” said Dr. G. David Johnson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USA. “Sociologists from throughout the world are eligible, but only one is selected. The Whyte award is given in recognition of career accomplishments in the application of sociological theory and methods toward the amelioration of social problems. Congratulations to Dr. Picou for receiving such a wonderful, and well deserved, honor.”
In 2007, the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation selected Picou as recipient of a $125,750 grant to assess and develop recovery methods for Mississippi and Louisiana residents stricken by Hurricane Katrina. He is also a contributor and co-editor of the book, “The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe,” which looks at how the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history requires a paradigm shift in disaster research and a reorientation and redirection of important research themes throughout the broader discipline of sociology.