Campus Notes for The Point Issue #10

Office of Communications | August 06, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #10


Assistant Professor of Dispute Resolution Rezarta Bilali gave two presentations recently: “Historical Memories of Intergroup Conflict” at the conference Intergroup Conflict: Bridging Social Psychology and Peace Perspectives, held at UMass Amherst from June 17 through 20, and “The Effect of Group Identity on Construals of Intergroup Violence,” at the International Association for Conflict Management’s annual conference, held in Boston from June 24 through 27. She also presented two papers, “Beyond Denial: Responsibility and Accountability in the Aftermath of Mass Violence,” and “The Differential Effect of Identity Centrality and Ingroup Superiority on Construals of Past Intergroup Conflict,” at the International Society for Political Psychology’s annual conference, held in San Francisco from July 7 through 10.

Pepi Leistyna of the Applied Linguistics Department gave a lecture, titled  “Global Media: Representations of Labor in the Age of Neoliberalism,” at Lingnan University in Hong Kong at the Association for Cultural Studies 2010 Crossroads Conference.

Professor and Director of Freshman English Elsa Auerbach delivered a keynote address, titled “What's Globalization Got To Do With It? Family Literacy Beyond Borders,” at the Canadian National Family Literacy Conference, Cultivating Connections: Global Perspectives and Practices in Family Literacy, held July 15 through 17 in Edmonton, Alberta. In addition, she presented a workshop titled “Tools for Context Analysis in Family Literacy Curricula” at the conference.

Professor Emeritus of English Robert Crossley presented a paper, titled “The First Wellsians: A Modern Utopia and Its Early Disciples,” at the University of Kent in Canterbury as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the international H. G. Wells Society, held July 9 through 11.

Professor Emeritus of Gerontology Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen gave testimony, titled “Social Security's Family Benefits and the Fiscal Commission,” to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform on June 30.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jalal Alamgir presented a paper, titled “India's Soft Power Vacuum,” for the Asia Policy Assembly at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. on June 18.

Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO Anne Scrivener Agee presented a half-day workshop for the HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College on June 30. Her topic, copresented with Mary Corcoran of Boston College, was “Understanding the Role of Technology in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities.” HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is an educational nonprofit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration.

On June 15, John Duff, associate professor in the Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department gave an invited presentation, titled “Marine Spatial Planning-- A Public Policy Perspective,” at the Ocean Summit on Marine Spatial Planning in Ottawa, Canada.

College of Education and Human Development professor Felicia L Wilczenski, lecturers Amy Cook, Robert Gracia, and Katie Gray, and graduate students Natalie Coady, Kennan Daniel, and Carly Holbrook recently presented a paper, titled “Urban Partnerships for Educational Equity and Successful Educational Transitions,” at the annual meeting of the American School Counselor Association in Boston.


Associate Professor of Gerontology Eddie Miller recently edited the August 2010 issue of the journal Medical Care Research and Review, which focused on long-term care. He also co-wrote an article for that issue, “The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Long-Term Care Specialists,” which collected the survey responses of long-term care workers in the areas of finance, regulation, and care delivery. Read this and other articles here.

Professor Emeritus of Gerontology Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen wrote an article, “Social Security’s Family Benefits and the Fiscal Commission,” for the website New Deal 2.0.

Professor Felicia Wilczenski and lecturers Amy Cook and Rebecca Schumacher of the College of Education and Human Development recently published a book, Transforming School Counseling Practices through Mentoring and Supervising, released by the American School Counselor Association in Alexandria, Virginia.

A new book coauthored by Associate Professor of  Management Science and Information Systems Pratyush Bharati, titled, Global Perspectives on Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Information Systems: International Approaches, was published by IGI Global in May.


No Orpheus, a song cycle of poems by Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz about his mother, consisting of his poems “No Orpheus,” “He Tells His Mother What He’s Working On,” and “Her Waltz,” by Mohammed Fairouz, was performed at a concert by mezzo-soprano Christina Ascher at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City on June 27. He also gave a reading of his poems at the New York State Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York on July 23.


Robert Weiner, graduate program director of international relations, will be working with Global Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based NGO which tracks governance and corruption trends around the world. Weiner will be evaluating the level of corruption in Romania and Moldova.


Professor Emeritus of Gerontology Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen has been named by the Gerontological Society of America as this year’s winner of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award. Given out each November at the organization’s annual scientific meeting, the award recognizes outstanding research in gerontology.

College of Education and Human Development professor Robin Codding has been named by the American Psychological Association as this year’s winner of the Lightner Widmer Award, given in recognition of scholarship by young professional and academic school psychologists.

UMass Boston has been named by The Princeton Review as one of the best 219 colleges in the Northeast, according to its new book, The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition.

Assistant Professor of Dispute Resolution Rezarta Bilali received an honorable mention for dissertation research from the International Society for Political Psychology’s annual conference, held in San Francisco from July 7 through 10.


The Department of Applied Linguistics organized a conference, “Youth in Dangerous Times,” held at UMass Boston on July 10, which brought together Cape Verdean youth, their families, community activists, elected officials, education leaders, teachers, and other experts to discuss the problem of youth violence as well as to spotlight young people who have chosen to follow a different path. The keynote speech was given by José Maria Neves, the prime minister of Cape Verde.

On July 1, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy hosted a group of women leaders of NGOs from 20 countries around the world for a discussion of the challenges women face in politics, with a particular focus on the media. The group was brought to UMass Boston by World Boston in partnership with the U.S. State Department.

The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy is holding its 2010 Statewide Latino Public Policy Conference, “Securing the Dream: Power, Progress, Prosperity,” on Friday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Participants will provide recommendations for a local- and state-level policy actions in Massachusetts. Check the website for updates, For more information, call 617-287-5789 or email


In June, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies Chris Bobel was interviewed about her latest book, New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation, on the radio stations KAOS in Evergreen, Washington; KVMR in Grass Valley, California; and KOPN in Columbia, Missouri.

A study by the Infant Cognition Lab on babies and toddlers was recently featured on

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