Campus Notes for The Point Issue #12

Office of Communications | October 07, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #12

PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND LECTURES

Dan Hellin of the Urban Harbors Institute presented a paper, titled “The Role and Effectiveness of Regulations in Preserving the Working Waterfront,” at the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010, held in Portland, Maine from September 27 through 30. Jack Wiggin, Director of the Urban Harbors Institute, was a member of the symposium steering committee.

Sherry H. Penney, Professor of Leadership in the College of Management, gave a talk on September 30 to the South Shore Women’s Business Network at their September Networking Breakfast. The talk will be based on her new book, Next Generation Leadership, (coauthored with her colleague, Center for Collaborative Leadership director Patricia Neilson, and published by Palgrave Macmillan), which is based on interviews, focus groups and surveys with over 300 emerging leaders.

Paula Sotnik, director of the National Service and Inclusion Project at the Institute for Community Inclusion, spoke at the third annual Guahan Conference on Volunteerism and Service held at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa in Tumon on August 28. His speech was the topic of an August 30 Marianas Variety article, “Guam praised for volunteerism.”

Paul Atwood of American Studies and the Joiner Center was a panelist at the New England American Studies Association’s annual conference on October 1 on "The Legacy of Howard Zinn." The late Zinn, a noted historian best known for his A People's History of the United States, was Atwood’s dissertation adviser and a friend.

Associate Professor of History and Graduate Program Director Paul Bookbinder will give a speech, titled “The Nature of the Holocaust: Production Line Killing or the “Harvest Festival,” as part of a program at Boston College, titled “The Industrialization Of The Holocaust: Never Again?,” to be held on Wednesday, October 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room 121 of McGuinn Hall at Boston College. For more information, contact Professor John Michalczyk at michalj@bc.edu.

College of Education and Human Development Professors Felicia Wilczenski, Terry Bontrager, Varda Konstam, and Amy Cook presented a paper, “Urban School Partnerships to Promote Social Justice,” at the annual meeting of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, held September 24 through 26 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

College of Public and Community Service associate professor Luis Aponte-Parés attended the New York Conversación at El Museo del Barrio in New York City on September 21 and 22. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New York Community Trust, el Museo, Municipal Arts Society of New York City, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the conversación was organized to initiate a new effort to promote the preservation of five centuries of Latino architectural and cultural heritage.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Hispanic Studies Department chair Reyes Coll-Tellechea made two presentations recently: “Shakespeare, Calderón y la historia del falso adulterio,” at the XXXV Annual Hispanic Literatures Conference, held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and “Juan Lopez de Velasco: Semblanza de un censor politico,” at the XVII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, held in Rome, Italy on July 21.

PUBLICATIONS

Myra Rosen-Reynoso, research associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion, coauthored an article titled “The relationship between obesity and psychiatric disorders across ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States," for the journal Science Direct.

Pamela Annas, Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, recently published a poem, “Origami Night,” in the journal Pemmican.

College of Public and Community Service professor Marilyn Frankenstein wrote a book-length teacher resource guide, “Learning Activities using The Yes Men Fix the World" for the documentary movie of the same title. She also aided in the conceptual issues of how to make a very long document useful and accessible to readers on the web.

Academic Support Programs director Mark Pawlak has new poems published in the poetry journal Off the Coast and in the Boston Mycological Club's bulletin. Pawlak will be reading his original poems at the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University on November 1 at  7 p.m., at an event sponsored by the New England Poetry Club.

Professor of Economics Hannah Sevian coauthored an article, titled “Partnerships for STEM Education,” for the August 2010 issue of Science Magazine.

Former Provost and Professor Emeritus Robert Greene published on August 9 in Elsevier’s Journal of the History of European Ideas a double-length article, 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, titled “Instinct of Nature: Natural Law, Synderesis and the Moral Sense.”

Professor of Sociology Siamak Movahedi published two articles recently: “Wall Street Scandals: The Myth of Individual Greed,” (coauthored with Laura Hansen) in Sociological Forum, June 2010, v. 25, issue 2; and “What do postmodern feminists want from Freud and psychoanalysis?,” in Modern Psychoanalysis; v. 34, number 2, 2010; pp. 75-83.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Hispanic Studies Department chair Reyes Coll-Tellechea published two items recently: A chapter, titled “The Spanish Inquisition and the Battle for Lazarillo,” for the book The Lazarillo Phenomenon: Essays on the Adventures of a Classic Text, published by Bucknell University Press; and an article, “Black-Latino/a Relations in Boston: Two Trends of Collective Identification,” for the journal Latino Studies, published by Palgrave.

College of Education and Human Development associate professor and graduate program director Jorgelina Abbate-Vaughn recently coauthored an article, titled “Accomplished Urban Teaching,” for the journal Theory Into Practice.

EXHIBITS, READINGS, PERFORMANCES, AND RECORDINGS

McCormack School senior fellow and distinguished biographer Nigel Hamilton discussed his latest work, American Caesars: Lives of the US Presidents – from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush on Thursday, October 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Conference Room, on the third floor of the Quinn Building. American Caesars is modeled on perhaps the most famous biographical work of ancient Rome, The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, written almost two thousand years ago at the height of the Roman empire. Hamilton’s book chronicles the men who have, in similar fashion, led the world’s dominant military and economic empire, since it was established by FDR in World War II. Hamilton will be available to answer questions and sign copies of the book following his lecture. Video: Nigel Hamilton talks about American Caesars with David Sparks, director of the McCormack School’s Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management.

Academic Support Programs director Mark Pawlak will be reading his original poems at the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University on November 1 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the New England Poetry Club.

GRANTS, RESEARCH, AND PROJECTS

The Urban Harbors Institute has received a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, and another grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, to develop a digital atlas of habitats in and around Boston Harbor. The work is being conducted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Bays Program, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Neponset River Watershed Association.

The Urban Harbors Institute has been contracted by the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts to develop a shellfish management plan for the island. The project is being funded by the Nantucket Shellfish Association.

The Urban Harbors Institute is part of a team contracted by the city of Belfast, Maine to develop a downtown waterfront master plan for the city.

EVENTS

The Urban Harbors Institute sponsored this year’s “Boston Harbor Educators Conference: Connecting Communities to Boston Harbor.”  Organized by the Massachusetts Marine Educators, the conference took place at UMass Boston on Saturday, October 2. Dennis Leigh of the Urban Harbors Institute provided logistical support and also as acted as liaison with the organizers.

On September 23, Emerging Leaders Program Fellows and alumni, along with UMass Boston MBA students, learned about the Federal Reserve Bank from the second in command at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Paul Connolly, the First Vice President and COO of the bank. During the session, Connolly presented an entertaining historical overview about what the Fed does, and about what the Federal Reserve has done and learned during the crises of the past couple of years. Click here to view photos from the event.

The Nantucket Field Station took part in the 4th Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Assessment week from September 15 through 21. Events included field trips, presentations, and lectures. Learn more at www.nantucketbiodiversityinitiative.org.

The Emerging Leaders Program will hold its annual luncheon on Tuesday, October 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. The keynote speaker will be Randal Pinkett, PhD, the cofounder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, New Jersey. The event’s sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, State Street Corporation, Partners Community HealthCare, NSTAR Electric & Gas, Savings Bank Life Insurance, Eastern Bank, and The Trefler Foundation. The event will celebrate and honor the 2010 Emerging Leaders Fellows, while introducing the Emerging Leaders Program to participants for the 2011 cohort.  Individual tickets are $100 and corporate sponsorships are accepted. Contact Andrea Wight at leaders@umb.edu for more information.
  
On the morning of October 19 at the Boston Public Library, fellows in the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program cohort will be presenting the results of an eight-month collaboration with UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy (CSP) to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and other interested stakeholders. Working in teams, Fellows assisted CSP on projects aimed at advancing important agendas for reshaping poverty policy, and particularly, improving housing security and equality. For more information, contact Andrea Wight at 617.287.3890 or email leaders@umb.edu.

The John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies is a local host and sponsor of the 32nd annual APPAM (Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management) Research conference, to be held in Boston from November 4 through 6. The theme of the conference is “Making Fair and Effective Policy in Difficult Times.” Several MGS faculty and graduate students will be presenting their research at this year’s conference.

IN THE NEWS

Professor of Economics Randy Albelda was quoted in an August 31 Epoch Times article, “University Study Suggests Investing in Public Services.”

Sherry H. Penney, Professor of Leadership in the College of Management, and Center for Collaborative Leadership director Patricia Neilson were quoted in a September 19 Patriot Ledger article, “More inclusive business leaders emerge in Boston,” about their new book, Next Generation Leadership.

Darren Kew, Associate Professor in the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, and an expert on Nigeria, is quoted extensively in this article published in a September 16 International Business Times article, “Nigeria: blessed with natural wealth, crippled by corruption.”

A speech by Paula Sotnik, director of the National Service and Inclusion Project at the Institute for Community Inclusion, at the third annual Guahan Conference on Volunteerism and Service, held in Tumon, Guam on August 28, was the topic of an August 30 Marianas Variety article, “Guam praised for volunteerism.”

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