Campus Notes for The Point Issue #14

Crystal Bozek | November 12, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #14

PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND LECTURES

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller presented to the Marwood Group’s legislative conference on the state of the economy, October 12 in Washington, D.C.

College of Education and Human Development Professors Felicia Wilczenski and Wenfan Yan, along with Professor Meilin Yao of Beijing Normal University, recently presented a paper, titled, “Facilitators and Barriers to Service Learning in China: Perspectives of Chinese Teachers and Students,” at the annual meeting of the International Association of Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement in Indianapolis, IN.

Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Blum delivered the keynote address, “Race, Class, Immigration, Ethnicity, and Culture: A Normative Framework for Assessing Group Disparities,” to the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race at Northwestern University in October.

Professor of English Shaun O’Connell read from his new anthology, Boston: Voices and Visions, in the UMass Boston Chancellor’s Conference Room on November 4.

Associate Director of the University Honors Program Dick Cluster organized and moderated a panel, “Translators Being Translated,” at the American Literary Translators Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia, October 20-23. He also read from his translation of Cuban writer Abel Prieto’s novel, The Flight of the Cat.

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics Pepi Leistyna delivered the keynote address, “Minding the Image: How Corporate Television Portrays the Working Class and Why it Matters,” for the Working Class Celebration Month hosted by the Working Class Student Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 19-21. His film, Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class, was screened as part of the conference.

Professor of Leadership Sherry Penney and Patricia Nelson, director of the Emerging Leaders Program, presented at an author’s session at the International Leadership Association’s annual meeting in Boston, October 27-29. They spoke about their new book, Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging Leaders.

Professor of Leadership Sherry Penney served as the 2010 conference chair for the International Leadership Association’s annual meeting in Boston, October 27-29.

Anne Scrivener Agee, vice provost for information technology and CIO, participated in a panel discussion, “The Triumphs and Challenges of Supporting Research at Small/Medium Institutions,” at the EDUCAUSE National Conference in Anaheim, California in October.

Anne Scrivener Agee, vice provost for information technology and CIO, presented a workshop for the Higher Education Resource Services Institute on the role of IT in higher education at Wellesley College in October.

Professor Felicia Wilczenski, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Development, presented a paper on service learning and inclusive education at DISHA, a resource center for children with physical and intellectual disabilities in Jaipur, India.

Glenn Gabbard, associate director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, led a conference-wide facilitation process focused on national strategies for transforming public higher education, “The Red Balloon Initiative,” at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ semi-annual Provosts' meeting in Chicago.

Glenn Gabbard, associate director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, was the keynote presenter and lead trainer at a two-day conference focusing on policy leadership opportunities for parents and children with disabilities at the University Center for Excellence, American Samoa Community College in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz hosted a poetry reading, “Poems of our Times,” with Obama inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander and Ellen Doré Watson, director of the Smith College Poetry Center, at the Boston Book Festival, October 16.

Senior Lecturer Paul Atwood, Department of American Studies and the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, was a panelist on “The Legacy of Howard Zinn” at the New England American Studies Association’s annual conference on October 1. The late Zinn, a noted historian famous especially for his A People’s History of the United States, was Atwood’s dissertation adviser and a friend.

PUBLICATIONS

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller coauthored an article with UMass Amherst Professor Bernard Morzuch, and Amanda Logan from the Center for American Progress, titled, “Estimating the Effect of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 on the Bankruptcy Rate,” in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller and Amy Helburn, of the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, co-authored an article, titled, “States to the Rescue: Policy Options for State Government to promote Private Sector Retirement Savings,” in the Journal of Pension Benefits.

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance Marius Popescu coauthored the article, “Co-Managers, Information, and the Secondary Market Liquidity of Initial Public Offerings,” in Financial Management.

Pamela Annas, professor of English and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has a poem, “Saturday Night Sock Hop, 1959,” in the November issue of Ibbetson Street.

Maurice Cunningham, chairman of the Department of Political Science, authored a column, “A strategy to believe in,” in the October edition of Commonwealth Magazine.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Professor of Marketing Leon Zurawicki was recently appointed to the Academic Board of the Chief Marketing Officer Council.

Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Maria Ivanova was selected to be a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance created by the United Nations Environment Programme.

NEW SPONSORED AWARDS

William Kiernan, director, and Susan Foley, research director, of the Institute for Community Inclusion have been awarded a $16.8 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to create, pilot, and study a model of employment services.

Associate Professor of Biology Adan Colon-Carmona of UMass Boston and Dr. Karen Emmons, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have been awarded a $13.7 million U54 grant by the National Cancer Institute to strengthen and expand the UMass Boston-Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Partnership.

Professor of Biology Robert Chen and Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Curriculum, and Instruction Arthur Eisenkraft have been awarded an $855,000 grant by the National Science Foundation for the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence to develop and implement Ocean Communities in Education and Social Networks.

Dean Carol Colbeck, College of Education and Human Development, has been awarded a $3.5 million grant by the Boston Plan for Excellence for the "Teacher Quality Partnership." The partnership also includes Wheelock College, and total funds awarded by the prime sponsor, U.S. Department of Education, to the partnership are $15 million.

Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Bowen has been awarded a $213,000 grant by the National Science Foundation for the project "Environmental Control of Microbial N20 Fluxes and DIN Loss in Salt Marsh Sediments."

Professor of Economics Randy Albelda has been awarded a $30,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct the study "Occupational Exit of Family Child Care Providers."

Vice Provost for Academic Support Services Joan Becker has been awarded a $2 million instructional grant by the U.S. Department of Education for the new project "UMass Boston Asian American Student Success Program."

EVENTS

Georgianna Melendez, co-director of the Commonwealth Compact, will engage in a dialogue about an emerging civic agenda for the city and region with John Hamill, former chairman of Sovereign Bank New England and co-founder of the John LaWare Leadership Forum, at the Boston Foundation’s Annual Meeting on November 30.

Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, cut the ribbon in an unveiling ceremony for a bronze memorial honoring activist, journalist, and publisher William Trotter Monroe on October 16 in Edward Everett Square.

The Emerging Leaders Program graduated its ninth cohort of fellows on October 12. Randal Pinkett, PhD, served as keynote speaker.

UMass Boston hosted the conference Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas, on October 22-23. The keynote speaker was Paul Hughes, director of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

IN THE NEWS

The Princeton Review named UMass Boston’s College of Management an outstanding business school in its 2011 edition of its book, The Best 300 Business Schools. The college was also ranked ninth in the Greatest Opportunities for Minority Students category.

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller was quoted in a November 4 Boston Globe article, “Economy set to sputter along.”

McCormack Graduate School senior fellow Nigel Hamilton appeared on C-Span 2 Book TV’s “After Words” to discuss his new book, American Caesars. The segment aired several times on the weekend of November 6.

Françoise Carré, research director at the Center for Social Policy, was quoted in an October 6 New York Times article, “Dim Outlook for Holiday Jobs.”

The University of Massachusetts released its latest television ad, “Truly World Class.”

Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, is quoted in a November 10 Boston Globe article, “Women’s ranks on Beacon Hill drop.”

Michael Gaskins, associate director of career services and internships, is quoted in this November 7 Boston Globe article, “The Goldilocks Theory.”

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley is quoted in this November 4 Associated Press article, “UNH Aims to boost revenue, diversity with program.”

Associate Professor of Gerontology Elizabeth Dugan is interviewed in this November 1 Good Morning America segment, “Wake-up Call for Elderly Drivers.”

Maurice Cunningham, chairman of the Department of Political Science, is quoted in this October 31 Boston Globe article, “Up and down the Ballot, GOP is dreaming big.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Institute for Asian American Studies director Paul Watanabe served as an election night commentator on the New England Cable Network.

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