A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Stephen Klineberg joined Rice University's Sociology Department in 1972, after teaching at Princeton. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual "Houston Area Survey," now in its 29th year of tracking the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of Harris County residents. The recipient of ten major teaching awards at Rice, including the Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching, Klineberg is writing a book on the Houston surveys and serving as co-Director of Rice University's new "Institute for Urban Research." The mission of Institute is to provide a permanent home for the annual surveys, to stimulate other metropolitan research, to sponsor educational programs, and to engage in public outreach that advances understanding of pressing urban issues and fosters the development of more humane and sustainable cities.