Campus Notes for The Point

Office of Communications | October 14, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point


The University of Massachusetts Boston inducted seven new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on October 13. Steven Burns ’00, John “Gabby” Douglas '71, Alfreda Harris, Paul Murphy ’71, Raymond O’Malley ’71, Dan Rea ’70, and Joshua Stolp ’04 make up the Class of 2011. Also at the banquet, Peter Berlandi ’69 was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award and UMass Boston Financial Aid Director Judy Keyes was given the Shining Beacon Award. Read more about the inductees here:

Jacqueline Carlon and Emily McDermott organized and hosted the Conventiculum Bostoniense, an intensive Latin conversation immersion program that was held the first week of August. Latin-speakers came from around the country to participate. Carlon is associate professor of classics. McDermott is interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of classics.

Steve Crosby, dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, has accepted an invitation by Common Cause Massachusetts to be one of 5 judges in their public contest for redistricting federal congressional, house, and senate maps.

Werner Kunz, assistant professor of marketing, received The Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award in the category of Managing Service Quality for his 2010 MSQ article Consumer trust in service companies: a multiple mediating analysis.”

Daniel Muwamba, a student in the College of Management, received the 2011 World Youth Leaders Forum Best Paper Award in the social sub-theme category for his paper “Non Profit Organization Service Delivery Amidst the Financial Crisis.” The forum was held in Hong Kong in July 2011.


Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, presented a paper, “Perceived Constituency Linkages and Dimensions of Representation among Racial Minorities in Subnational Levels of Office,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Seattle, Washington on September 4, 2011. At the same meeting she gave a panel presentation at the Latino Politics Workshop on “Latina Perspectives in Political Science: Research Questions, Analytical Approaches, and Unique Insights.”

Elizabeth Dugan, associate professor of gerontology, participated in a roundtable discussion organized by the White House Office of Public Engagement and AARP Massachusetts in Boston on September 16, 2011. The Honorable David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, was a participant. Dugan spoke about older-driver safety and the need for research funding to expand the evidence base.

Elizabeth Dugan, associate professor of gerontology, was a featured speaker at the 2011 Regional Conference on Aging organized by the Philadelphia Corporation for aging on September 19. She spoke about “Older Driver Fitness: How to Recognize Problems, Start Conversations and Access Promising Alternatives”

Ellen Bruce, associate professor of gerontology, presented the “Older Worker Report” written by Mary Kay Brown of Massachusetts Elder Affairs, Bruce, Frank Caro, professor of gerontology, Nancy Snyder of Commonwealth Corporation, and Andrea Tull of Commonwealth Corporation. Tull is also a student in the UMass Boston Gerontology PhD program. The presentation took place  at a Massachusetts State House event sponsored by the Executive Offices of Elder Affairs and Labor and Workforce Development on September 22, 2011.

Pamela Jones, professor of art, delivered the paper "Il Gusto dei Cardinali Borromeo, Giustiniani, e Del Monte per i paesaggi fiamminghi" at the Giornata di Studi "Alle Origini dei Generi Pittorici fra l'Italia e l'Europa attorno al 1600" at the Fondazione Ermitage Italia in Ferrara, Italy on September 12, 2011. This international symposium focused on the development of new genres of painting in Italy and Northern Europe at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

Zhang Wu, assistant professor of political science, presented a paper, “A Tale of Two Protests: Policy-based and Interest-based Protests in Contemporary China,” at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Seattle, Washington held September 1-4.

David Timmons, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper, "Landowner income and willingness to plant biomass crops," at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 26, 2011. He also moderated a session on "Biofuels: Production and Consumption."

David Timmons, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper, "The potential of former farmland to produce biomass energy crops: landowner motivations and WTA" at the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics conference "Building a Green Economy" on June 28, 2011.

Julie Nelson, professor of economics, presented a paper, "Would Women Leaders Have Prevented the Global Financial Crisis? Implications for Teaching about Gender and Economics," at the annual conference of the International Association for Feminist Economics held in Hangzhou, China in June 2011.She also gave an invited lecture on "Feminism and Economics" at the Chinese Women Economists  Research Training Program at Peking University in Beijing.

John Duff, associate professor of environmental, earth, and ocean sciences, served as a featured commentator to “Implementing the Eco-system Approach within the Framework of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention” at the Science and Technology Symposium held at the Halifax Marine Research Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia in June 2011. He also delivered a panel presentation, “Ecosystemic Legal Regime Development in the Gulf of Maine: Efforts and Impediments,” at the Coastal Zone Biennial Conference in Chicago, Illinois in July 2011.

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, delivered the following two major keynote addresses: “Virtualizing intimacy: Emerging media and family connections” at the American Family Therapy 33rd Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in June 2011; and “Health disparities, collaboration, and eHealth” at the Encuentro Salud 2.0: Pacientes y Profesionales en la Web 2.0. in Bilbao, Spain in July 2011.

Laura Hayman, associate dean for research in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing, presented “Post-doctoral nursing fellowship program in cancer and health disparities” at the annual program meeting of the National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities held in August 2011. In the same month she lectured on “Prevention of childhood obesity and risk of cardiometabolic disease” at the European Society of Cardiology in Paris, France.


Rebecca Romanow’s chapter “Refusing Migrant Subjectivity: Alternative Time and Space in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia” was published in Indiscretions: At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory, by Rodopi Publishing, Amsterdam (July 2011). Romano is senior lecturer of English.

Jill McDonough’s two poems "Married," in appeared in Filter Literary Review and "Preface" in the Harvard Review Online. Her poem "Dear Gaybashers" is in The Best American Poetry 2011. The poem originally appeared in The DMQ Review. McDonough is lecturer of English.

David Timmons’ article "Estimating a Technically Feasible Switchgrass Supply Function: a Western Massachusetts Example" was published online in BioEnergy Research in June 2011. The print version is forthcoming. Timmons is assistant professor of economics.

Julie Nelson’s chapter on "Care Ethics and Markets: A View from Feminist Economics" appeared in Maurice Hamington and Maureen Sander-Staudt's (Eds.), Applying Care Ethics to Business (Springer, July 2011). Nelson is professor of economics.

Felicia Wilczenski's and Amy L. Cook’s article “Virtue ethics in school counseling: A framework for decision making” in a recent issue of the Journal of School Counseling. Wilczenski is interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development as well as professor of counseling and school psychology. Cook is lecturer of counseling and school psychology.

Virginia Smith Harvey’s book Fostering Independent Learning: Practical Strategies to Promote Student Success, originally published by Guilford Press 2007, has been released in a Chinese translation published by the Baihua Literature and Art Publishing House. Smith Harvey is a professor of counseling and school psychology.

Tricia Kress’ book Critical Praxis Research: Breathing New Life into Research Methods for Teachers has been published (Springer, September 2011). Kress is an assistant professor of leadership in education.   


John McGah, lecturer of public affairs and founding executive director of Give US Your Poor, was interviewed for the  article “Stay the Course” by the Lethbridge Herald in Lethbridge, Alberta. McGah was a featured facilitators during the first day of the city-sponsored Bringing Lethbridge Home conference to assess and discuss the success of Lethbridge and other cities in reducing homelessness.

Jeffrey Melnick, associate professor of American studies, was interviewed on WBUR’s “Here and Now” with Robin Young for a segment called “Tracing 9/11 Through Culture.” He was also an invited speaker as part of the Senior Fellows Program at the Honors Program of the College of Communication, University of Texas-Austin. He spoke on “9/11 Culture: Paper Planes and Other Constructions.”

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