Campus Notes for The Point Issue #11

Office of Communications | September 08, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #11


GIS Lab Manager and EEOS instructor Helenmary Hotz carried out a three week intensive collaboration beginning July 13 with the National Park Service and the Island Ambassadors to map the invasive species pepperweed on the Boston Harbor Islands. On June 23, Hotz chaired the Tech Talk/Demo Talk Session at the COM.Geo First International Conference in Washington, D.C. She also presented her work on “Constructing a GIS Geodatabase to Assess and Analyze the Factors Enabling Proliferation of a Noxious Seaweed along the South-facing Coast of Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts,” which will be published in the Association for Computing Machinery proceedings of the First International Conference on Computing for Geospatial Research and Application.

College of Management Assistant Professor Mine Ertugrul copresented her paper, titled “Investment Banks in Dual Roles: Acquirer M&A Advisors as Underwriters” at the 2010 Eastern Finance Association Annual Meetings.

Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Pratyush Bharati coauthored “IT Adoption in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Role of Knowledge Acquisition,” published in the proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), held August 12 through 15. He also served as a mini-track chair and a session chair at the conference.

Paula Sotnik, director of the National Service and Inclusion Project at the Institute for Community Inclusion, spoke at the third annual Guåhan Conference on Volunteerism and Service held at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa in Tumon on August 28. 

William E. Kiernan, director of the Institute for Community Inclusion, was the guest speaker at the “May Council Forum” of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities May 20 in Raleigh.

Alberto Migliore, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Community Inclusion, spoke on employment at the “TASH Summer Symposium For Change: Eliminating Disparities for People of Color with Significant Disabilities or Support Needs” in Washington, D.C. on July 28 and 29.

Jennifer Bose, research data coordinator; Ashley Wolfe, project assistant; and John Butterworth, coordinator of employment systems change and evaluation; all of the Institute for Community Inclusion, presented on April 9 at the “TASH New England Annual Conference” in Worcester, Massachusetts.  They presented on “Making Choices about Employment: A User’s Guide.”

Monica Cox, research study coordinator at the Institute for Community Inclusion, gave a poster presentation about the Real People Real Jobs project on April 9 at the “TASH New England Annual Conference” in Worcester, Massachusetts.

John Butterworth, coordinator of employment systems change and evaluation at the Institute for Community Inclusion, provided a keynote presentation on “Employment First: Making Employment the First Choice for Everyone” at Nevada employment summits in Reno and Las Vegas on May 24 and June 8.

John McGah, executive director of the McCormack Graduate School's Give US Your Poor initiative on homelessness, is presenting along with systems thinking expert David Peter Stroh, "A Systemic Approach to Ending Homelessness" to groups of funders, service providers, and advocates in Houston, Texas on September 15 and 16. The presentation is part of Give US Your Poor's work on applying systems thinking to homelessness policy and practice.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lynne Tirrell gave the keynote address, titled “Apology, Recognition, and Normative Mutuality,” and also co-presented a joint session, “Emergent Forgiveness and World-Building,” at the Constituting Normative Worlds conference at Georgetown University on April 9. In July, he traveled to Oxford University to present “Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Mutuality,” coauthored with Alisa L. Carse, to the conference “Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries (3).”

Senior Business Systems Analyst Robert Caron of the Application Services department moderated three conference sessions recently: “Q&A with Power Academic Schedulers”, “Roundtable: PeopleSoft Users”, and “Roundtable: Project Management and Implementation of Series25” at the 2010 CollegeNET User Conference, held in Portland, Oregon July 25 through 28.


Associate Professor of Gerontology Edward Miller recently edited an issue of the journal Medical Care Research and Review, to which he also contributed an article, “The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Long-Term Care Specialists.” For more information, click here.

Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate of the Center for Social Policy Randy Albelda, along with 2009 PhD recipient Jennifer Shea, coauthored “To Work More or Not to Work More: Difficult Choices, Complex Decisions for Low-wage Parents,” which was published in the July issue of Journal of Poverty.

Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Pratyush Bharati recently coauthored Global Perspectives on Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Information Systems: International Approaches, published by Business Science Reference. For more information, click here.

A story by Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas, “‘Roots Run Deep Here’: The Construction of Black New Orleans in Post-Katrina Tourism Narratives” was reprinted in In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: New Paradigms and Social Visions, published by Johns Hopkins Press.

In August, former Provost and Professor Emeritus Robert Greene published a double length article for Elsevier's Journal of the History of European Ideas, titled “The Origin, Definition, Assimilation, and Endurance of instinctu naturae in Natural Law Parlance--from Isidore and Ulpian to Hobbes and Locke." His essay complements and extends the scope of his earlier article in the Journal of the History of Ideas (USA) in 1997, “Instinct of Nature: Natural Law, Synderesis, and the Moral Sense.”

Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department senior lecturer Deborah Metzel contributed a chapter, titled “563 Miles: A Matter of Long-Distance Caring by Siblings of Siblings with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities,” to the book Toward Enabling Geographies: ‘Disabled’ Bodies and Minds in Society and Space, published in April by Ashgate Publishing.

A paper coauthored by Professor of Accounting and Finance Sally Wright, titled “The Impact of Client and Misstatement Characteristics on the Disposition of Proposed Audit Adjustments,” has been accepted for publication in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, an American Accounting Association publication.

College of Management Professor Daniel Shimshak recently published “Integration of Managerial Preferences in DEA Modeling: A Case Study Involving Weight Restrictions,” in the journal Advances and Applications in Statistical Sciences.

College of Management Professor Mine Ertugrul coauthored “Property Segment and REIT Capital Structure” for Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

David Helm, director of interdisciplinary training at the Institute for Community Inclusion, and Dr. Sandra Friedman of Children’s Hospital Boston, published a book titled End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Their book brings back the focus of palliative care decisions on respect, dignity, and the needs of the person with whom, or for whom, decisions are being made.

The Institute for Community Inclusion published the FY2009 StateData book.

John Butterworth, coordinator of employment systems change and evaluation; Frank Smith, research assistant; Allison Cohen-Hall, research associate; Alberto Migliore, postdoctoral fellow; and Jean Winsor, doctoral fellow; all of the Institute for Community Inclusion, published the National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes.

Monica Cox, research study coordinator at the Institute for Community Inclusion, published “Oklahoma Contracts with Industry to Provide Job Coaching Supports” in the Community Services Reporter published by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS).

Alberto Migliore, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Community Inclusion, published “Sheltered Workshops” in the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. It is available by clicking here.

Assistant Professor of English Alexander Mueller recently wrote Veni, Vidi, Wiki: A Prehistory of Postmodern Education, published by the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML).

Associate Professor of Biology Alexia Pollack and 2009 graduates Kroum Dimitrov and Jonathan Drake recently published the article “Prior Treatment (priming) with Caffeine Sensitizes D2-dopamine-mediated Contralateral Rotational Behavior in 6-hydroxydopamine Lesioned Rats” in the journal Pharmacology.

Professor of English and Director of Irish Studies Thomas O'Grady published “Reading the Lay of the Landscape in William Carleton’s Ned M’Keown,” in New Hibernia Review, Volume 14, Number 2 (Summer 2010).

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lynne Tirrell recently coauthored “Forgiving Grave Wrongs,” for an interdisciplinary volume, Putting Forgiveness In Perspective, published by Rodopi Press.

Professor of Sociology Siamak Movahedi recently coauthored the article “Wall Street Scandals: The Myth of Individual Greed,” in Sociological Forum, June 2010, volume 25, issue 2; and also authored “What do Postmodern Feminists Want From Freud and Psychoanalysis?” for Modern Psychoanalysis, volume 34, number 2.


Students of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Timothy Dransfield contributed two posters to the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in Boston last month. “OH-initiated oxidation of n-butane in the presence of Nox” was created by Ronny D. Rojas, Katherine L. Flanders, Christopher C. Koutros, Steven G. Cullipher, and Lindsay Barus, while “Product study of the OH-initiated oxidation of acrolein” was created by Katherine L. Flanders, Steven G. Cullipher, Christopher C. Koutros, and Michele M. Sprengnether.

Director of Academic Support Programs Mark Pawlak gave a reading of his poems on August in the Machias, Maine Public Library. Click here for a blog review of the event.


College of Management MBA students, led by Professor Raymond Liu, had another successful term during the summer program in China. This summer, students visited Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Students visited many different companies such as Lenovo, ZTE, Foton Motor, eloo, Mobile, Shanghai VW, King-Sun, HYB Battery, Coship, Kingdee, Shenzhen Nanshan Enterprise Incubator, iPanel, and others. View China photos here.

UMass Boston has been selected for the Environmental Protection Agency's Urban Waters/Mystic River University Collaborative, in which the EPA will support UMass Boston's urban waters/Mystic River Watershed Initiative. EEOS Assistant Professor Anamarija Frankić will lead UMass Boston's efforts.


To honor his lifetime achievement and advocacy, Ludwik Szymanski, associate professor of psychiatry and director emeritus of psychiatry for the Institute for Community Inclusion, was selected as the first recipient of the Leon Eisenberg Award. This award was established on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Program in the Division of Developmental Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Boston.


The Institute for Community Inclusion’s “Region I Act Early Autism Summit” was held April 26 and 27 in Providence, Rhode Island. This Summit was attended by a number of former and current Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellows and faculty. LEND is a Children’s Hospital Boston program at the Institute for Community Inclusion.


The Department of Psychology’s Infant Cognition Lab was the subject of an article on in July.

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