Campus Notes for The Point
November 15, 2011
Office of Communications
EVENTS AND HONORS
On Saturday, November 5 the UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program hosted a Tenth Anniversary Gala: Changing the Face of Leadership, honoring Marshall Carter, Chair of the NYSE, George Russell, EVP of State Street Corporate Citizenship and founding director, Sherry Penney. Carter and Russell provided the grant from State Street Corporation to launch the program. Read more on the ELP gala website.( see photo on left)
The College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company featured the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, The Best 294 Business Schools.
The Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute has announced that Professor of Management David Levy has been named the 2011 Faculty Pioneer. This recognition program, dubbed the “Oscars of the business school world” by The Financial Times, celebrates business school instructors who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating social, ethical, and environmental issues into the MBA curriculum.
The College of Management is honored to announce that Professor Maureen Scully is the new the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs for the College of Management. The college looks forward to Scully's leadership as CM continues to grow in stature, impact, and visibility.
Professor John Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, has been named a board member to the National Advisory Board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA). The board is responsible for ensuring that IA realizes its potential to animate and strengthen the public and civic purposes of higher education.
Mark Schafer, lecturer in Hispanic Studies, is exhibiting his site-specific sculptural installation, “Poetree: Recognitions,” at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, as part of the museum’s “Art in Nature” outdoor sculpture exhibit. This exhibit, composed of seventeen sculptures by nineteen artists, opened on April 15 and runs through November 15. Schafer’s piece puts the words from a poem by W.S. Merwin on the sides of 43 copper leaves that hang from the branches of a large white mulberry tree on the museum grounds. At the awards ceremony on October 28, his sculpture, was awarded second prize in the popular vote.
Mark Pawlak, Academic Support Programs, and Dick Lourie, Publications Office (retired), both editors of the Brooklyn-based literary magazine and poetry press Hanging Loose, joined the other editors in a reading sponsored by the New England Poetry Club to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Hanging Loose on Sunday, October 30 at the Cambridge Public Library, main branch. Hanging Loose is the oldest independent literary magazine and press in the country. The 100th issue of Hanging Loose magazine will be published in spring 2012.
PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND LECTURES
The College of Science and Mathematics and the Office of International and Transnational Affairs hosted an international forum, “Advancing in the Life Sciences And Uniting Universities, Corporate and Government Partners,” which took place in the Ryan Lounge, on October 28. This forum was the second annual conference by the International Academy of Life Sciences (IALS), based in Germany. Senate President Therese Murray welcomed guests and Pfizer Vice President for Worldwide Science Policy Joe Hammang served as keynote speaker.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jonathan Rochford and his MS student Helen Zhao attended an international workshop on dye-sensitized solar cells organized by the International Materials Institute for Solar Energy and Environment. The workshop took place at Xiamen University in China October 24-29. Rochford was invited to give an oral presentation while Zhao presented a poster on her research in Rochford’s lab. This is a National Science Foundation funded workshop designed to foster international collaboration between U.S. and Chinese scientists.
Jean Wiecha, associate professor of exercise and health sciences and director of GoKids Boston, participated in the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy’s Fall Women’s Research Forum “Youth Development Today” on October 26. She presented on girls’ physical activity and girls’ participation in programs at GoKids that promote physical activity and healthy weight.
Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Lisa Gonsalves served as a cohost for the first annual National Science Foundation Noyce Northeast Regional Conference in Philadelphia October 13-15. The conference was supported by the NSF as part of their ongoing mission to advance the quality of STEM teaching and learning in high-need schools.
From October 31 to November 2, Françoise Carré, research director at the Center for Social Policy, attended a meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Conference of European Statisticians. The conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on “Measuring the Quality of Employment.”
Brandynn Holgate, a research associate in the Center for Social Policy, represented the center at the FlexWork Research Centre International Conference in Leuven, Belgium on October 27-28. The conference addressed research and policies relevant to temporary employment. Holgate presented a team paper based on research conducted under the Alternative Staffing Demonstration – a national monitoring and evaluation project conducted by CSP and funded through the C.S. Mott Foundation.
The Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management was hired to assist Hartford, Connecticut in a review of Hartford’s HartStat Program. The city sought the center's expertise in performance measurement and the CitiStat approach.
The Collins Center, in conjunction with the McCormack Graduate School's Gerontology Institute, issued a report, “Coming of Age in Marshfield,” the result of a needs assessment commissioned by the Marshfield Council on Aging (COA). The collaboration on this project by the center and the institute combined the Collins Center's expertise in municipal issues with the Gerontology Institute's expertise in the concerns of the aging population.
In October, the Center for Governance and Sustainability launched the Governance and Sustainability Issue Briefs Series. The short policy papers seek to provide analytical input to contemporary political discussions on institutional reform for environment and sustainable development. Professor Maria Ivanova, co-director of the center, is the author of the first issue brief: Financing International Environmental Governance: Lessons from the United Nations Environment Programme. The series is available for download on the center’s website: http://www.umb.edu/cgspublications.
Professor Anamarija Frankic, director of the Green Boston Harbor Project, engaged local community members and presented "Oysters=Clean Water” on October 15 in Wellfleet. The presentation included updates on Frankic’s Wellfleet Oyster Propagation Project and coincided with the annual Wellfleet Oyster Festival.
Assistant Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Anamarija Frankic led a discussion at the Boston Harbor Island Science Symposium panel on linking scientists, educators, managers and visitors by making the Harbor Islands a center for research and learning. The event was sponsored and hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on October 19.
Professor Maria Ivanova attended the Journal of International Affairs ‘‘Rio+20: Rethinking International Relations Approaches to Global Environmental Politics” authors’ meeting in London October 26-29. The authors met to discuss a special issue of the Journal of International Affairs, which will be published as input to Rio+20.
Alexandrine Policar’s research paper titled “The Copyright Dilemma In Academia: A Prescription Plan To Reduce Litigation And Promote Fair-Use” was selected as one of the four best papers for presentation at the 2011 National Intellectual Property Research Center Symposium – “Online IP Theft in the 21st Century” — that took place in Virginia from September 13-15. A copy of the paper is posted on the IPR Center’s website.
Springer published a book edited by Department Chairman of Public Policy and Public Affairs Michael Johnson titled Community-Based Operations Research Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations.
IN THE NEWS
Activities at GoKids Boston will be highlighted on a CNN segment focused on childhood obesity in November. CNN profiled a study co-led by CNHS Associate Dean for Research Laura Hayman that was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics meetings in Boston on October 14. On October 17, the film crew was on campus interviewing and filming GoKids staff, parents and children.
Michael Keating, director of operations at the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, was quoted last week in numerous international publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Life Week, one of China's biggest news-weeklies regarding the elections and general political situation in Liberia.
Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Suhaib Riaz recently published "Occupy Wall Street: What Businesses Need to Know" on the Harvard Business Review (HRB) Blog Network. Riaz's article has initiated a conversation on how businesses need to engage with the Occupy Wall Street movement. It has appeared on Businessweek, and has been quoted in Huffington Post, Forbes, and CBS-BNET.
WUMB Radio and the UMass Boston Golden Key Honour Society's warm clothing drive are mentioned in a Herald News article about an upcoming performer at a coffeehouse in Mansfield.