Campus Notes for The Point

Office of Communications | January 30, 2012
Campus Notes for The Point

Events and Honors

UMass Boston held its annual Welcome Week celebration, welcoming back close to 16,000 students January 23-27. Chancellor J. Keith Motley (pictured left) greeted students on their first day back to classes, handing out blue UMass Boston winter hats.

Fran Berger has been appointed director of marketing for University College. She has over thirty years experience in higher education administration, having served as director of public relations for the New England Institute of Art for the past ten years and prior to that, as general manager of Emerson College’s nationally acclaimed non-commercial radio station, WERS-FM.

Alan Girelli, of UMass Boston’s Distance Learning/Video Production Center, has been appointed interim director of the new Center for Innovation and Excellence in e-Learning in University College. The mission of the center is to enhance the current technological innovations within UMass Boston and to bring together research activities of the fives campuses within the UMass system.

Sharon Horne, associate professor of Counseling and School Psychology, was elected by the American Psychological Association to represent the International Network for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology. As one of two representatives for APA, she will attend the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2012.

The College of Management announced the opening of a new PhD program in Business Administration. The doctoral program in Business Administration is a selective full-time program that trains students for academic and professional careers. Candidates devise their own course of study, with supervision and guidance from a faculty committee, and undertake in-depth study in one of three tracks: Organizations and Social Change (starting in 2012), Finance (starting in 2014), and Management Information Systems (starting in 2016).

CSP Research Director Françoise Carré was appointed a member of the international scientific council that will advise a French inter-university research network on work and difficulties at work (GESTES) based in the Paris region.

Professor of Physics Maxim Olchanyi has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Olchanyi was elected a fellow for contributions to theories of confined ultra cold collisions and quantum-degenerate Bose gases in one dimension.

Presentations, Conferences, Lectures

Shoshanna Ehrlich, department chairman of Women's Studies, recently visited India, giving a keynote address, “Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States” at an International Symposium on Indo-American Perspectives on Women at Fatima College in Madurai. She also gave a talk at the High Court of Madras in Chennai, entitled “Evolution of Marital Equality in the U.S.” for members of the bar and the judiciary, and a keynote address entitled “Domestic Violence Law in the United States:  History, Reform and Challenges” at a conference on Women, Society and Law in the New Millennium: An International Dialogue at Ethiraj College for Women in Chennai.

Lloyd Schwartz, professor of English, participated in two conferences celebrating the centennial of Elizabeth Bishop. In Ouro Preto, Brazil, he gave the keynote lecture, “On Editing Elizabeth Bishop,” at the three-day conference Dazzling Dialectics: Brazil in the Eyes of Elizabeth Bishop. Then at the Gallatin School at NYU, he appeared on two panels in the two-day conference Visions Coinciding: An Elizabeth Bishop Centennial Conference: a panel on Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and a panel on Editing Bishop.

Scott Maisano, associate professor of English, was one of 25 leading scholars invited to speak at a conference on Early Modern Theatricality at Rutgers University on December 1-2. Maisano and each of the other conference speakers will be contributing chapters to a book entitled 21st Century Approaches to Early Modern Theatricality to be published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Marlene Kim, professor of Economics, traveled to Washington DC on Nov. 16 to give a Congressional briefing on unemployment, long-term unemployment, and Asian Americans in the House meeting rooms to the press, Congressional representatives, staff, and aides.

Randy Albelda, professor of Economics and fellow in the Center for Social Policy, was a participant at the international symposium Women, Gender Equality and Economic Crisis held at Pantheon University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece held December 1–2. Albelda's talk was titled "Gender Impacts of the 'Great Recession' in the United States."

On December 19, Bradnee Chambers of the United Nations Environment Program visited the Center for Governance and Sustainability and spoke with the center team about potential research projects on international environmental governance.

On December 1, Anamarija Frankić spoke at the Climate Change Awareness Side Event on the panel, Green Economy: Powering Climate Solutions, hosted by UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank in Durban, South Africa. The panel brought together youth and youth educators from around the world to share insights, strategies, and hopes for educating the next generation of climate activists during the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC.

Research Professor Craig Murphy gave two lectures in Turkey, both on problems of global governance of the environment, finance, and economic inequality. The first was as part of the interdisciplinary series in the social sciences at Bilkent University in Ankara, the second was the inaugural lecture of the International Relations Program at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Both universities are developing strong programs in global governance—for example, Sabanci is leading the Mideast regional part of the Brookings Institution’s project on the attitudes of young adults toward global governance. We hope to build faculty and graduate student exchanges with both universities.

On December 14, Maria Ivanova spoke on the panel Strengthening International Environmental Governance: Exploring System-Wide Responses. The panel was organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers at the International Peace Institute in New York. Maria Ivanova was also interviewed for the Global Observatory, on online platform published by the International Peace Institute, which provides analysis on trends and issues related to global security.

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon PhD APRN-BC, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, participated in the oncology nursing delegation from the United States to Havana, Cuba from December 4-9. The objective of the delegation was to provide opportunities for sharing information about healthcare, cancer care and oncology nursing. The group learned about the Cuban primary health care system and met with public health officials, nursing faculty, and cancer care specialists.

Interim Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Marion Winfrey’s poster titled "Clinical Leadership Collaborative for Diversity in Nursing: Leveraging Service/Academic Partnerships to Expand Opportunities for Minority Nursing Students," will be presented at AONE's 45th Annual Meeting & Exposition to be held March 21-24, 2012 in Boston. She was also recently invited to participate in a new Allied Health Working Group of the Department of Higher Education’s (DHE) - Nursing and Allied Health Initiative (N&AHI). Recommended by her peers, Winfrey will collaborate with a broadly representative community of Allied Health professionals in an ongoing discussion and prioritization of workforce development needs and priorities across the commonwealth.


Bonnie Miller, assistant professor of American Studies, published her first book, From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War of 1898, with the University of Massachusetts Press. This richly-illustrated book examines the shifting media portrayals of U.S. actions for the duration of the conflict.

Professor of Economics Randy Albelda’s article "Time Binds: US Antipoverty Policies, Poverty, and the Well-being of Single Mothers" was published in the most recent issue of the journal Feminist Economics.

Kenneth Rothwell, department chairman of Classics, published an article, “A Depiction of a Comic Mythological Burlesque?” in Seminari Romani di Cultura Greca.

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Rona Flippo presented the invited symposium, "Reading Researchers in Search of Common Ground: The Expert Study Revisited", and her paper  "A Look Back: The Expert Study and Past Ten Years of Literacy Research", at the 61st Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference), November 30-December 3, in Jacksonville, FL. 

Center for Social Policy Research Director Françoise Carré and the project team released Finding the Right Fit:  How Alternative Staffing Affects Worker Outcomes. The report is the result of a three-year study of community-based staffing services in four urban areas. The report indicates that the model can help some low-income, low-skilled workers build a work record, experience a number of work settings and connect to potential long-term employers. The project team also included: Helen Levine, Public Policy PhD candidates Brandynn Holgate and Risa Takenaka, Balaji Kanachi (CoM MBA program), and Elizabeth Tov.

New Awards Received

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, assistant clinical professor of nursing, received a $20,000 grant award from the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation for her project "Predictors of Discussion and Treatment of Psychosocial Concerns."

ZhongPing Lee, professor of environmental, earth, and ocean sciences, received an $11,875 grant award from Mississippi State University for his project "Modeling and Ocean Color Remote Sensing in Oceanic and Coastal Waters." The prime sponsor is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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