Campus Notes for The Point Issue #15

Office of Communications | December 01, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #15


Associate Professor of Chemistry Wei Zhang recently received a Visiting Lecture Award from the Chemistry Research Promotion Center in Taiwan. He visited Taiwan in late November 2010 and delivered lectures to that nation's three most prestigious universities: National Taiwan University; National Tsing Hua University; and National Chiao Tung University.

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Meng Zhou recently gave two invited talks at the Global Human Resource Forum 2010 held in Seoul, Korea, and at the Kyungpook National University Bio-Materials Research Center opening ceremony held in Dongdaegu, Korea.

Associate Professor of Political Science Jalal Alamgir gave a lecture on “The Challenges of Political Justice in Bangladesh” at the Tufts University Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies on October 20.

Senior Lecturer in American Studies Paul Atwood spoke on the subject of "American Empire and the Future" at the University of California-Berkeley on October 21. Atwood is author of the book War and Empire: The American Way of Life, which was recently published by Pluto Press.

Internationally acclaimed translator Richard Zenith gave a lecture on “Translating Fernando Pessoa and His Personas” in the Healey Library on November 17. Attended by more than 40 guests, the event was sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies Translation Program.

Campus Center Director Geoff Combs presented on “Accessibility and Student Centers – Understanding Code, Legal Requirements, Common Errors and Omissions” at the Association of College Unions and Campus Centers Regional Conference on November 19.


Professor of Political Science Robert Weiner authored the article “BRIC: Emerging Centers of Power” in the Review of International Economic Relations, published by the Autonomous University of Colombia.

Associate Professor of English Askold Melnyczuk authored "Bitte, Ich Spreche Nur Amerikanisch," a long essay and cover piece on the website.

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance Marius Popescu co-authored "Co-Managers, Information and the Secondary Market Liquidity of Initial Public Offerings," in Financial Management.

Lecturer of Management and Information Systems Frenck Waage authored the article "A Supply Network's Optimal Information System and Material Flows," in The International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Meng Zhou authored the article “Restructuring of a Zooplankton Community by Perturbation from a Wind-forced Coastal Jet,” in the journal Oceanologia.

Professor of Management David Levy, director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness, and doctoral student Joshua Rinaldi co-authored the column "New Clean Edge jobs report shows the Boston region is doing well, but the U.S. is lagging in green jobs."

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Robyn Hannigan published the manuscript “A detailed 87Sr/86Sr isotopic curve from the mid-Cincinnatian NE North American Shelf transition to the Hirnantian glaciations,” in Chemical Geology, an international journal that publishes original research papers on the isotopic and elemental geochemistry and geochronology of the Earth.

Professor Emeritus of English Robert Crossley's book Imagining Mars: A Literary History has been published by the Wesleyan University Press.

Professor of History Woodruff  Smith’s book Public Universities and the Public Sphere has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Lisa Kennedy Sheldon authored the article "International Cancer Care: What is the Role of Oncology Nursing?" in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Associate Professor of Management Benyamin Lichtenstein authored “How to Innovate While Using Less Resources,” an OpEd piece for Mass High Tech.


Distinguished University Professor of Physics Gopal Rao was recently elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Robyn Hannigan was awarded a patent for measuring the concentration of heavy metals such as lead in oral fluid.

Professor of Management and Information Systems Noushin Ashrafi recently received the IBM Faculty Innovation Award for her proposal to design a curriculum/course titled "Smarter Healthcare through Information Exchange." The award is part of the 2010 IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Program.

Professor of Music Jon Mitchell was in Zlin,  Czech Republic to conduct the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in two recording sessions of works of Anton Rubinstein on November 13 and 14.  This was partially funded through a UMass Boston Healey Research Grant.

Priscilla DeGregory, a senior majoring in political science, received the Esther Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship for her essay "Immigrants and Their Children:  Second Generation Americans Split Between Cultures."

Valerie Haven, academic technology coordinator at the Ross Center for Disability Services, received the President’s Special Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in the Field of Distance Education from the Sloan Consortium on November 4.

Anita Thompson, an administrative assistant in the Procurement Department for fifteen years, was recently chosen as the Education Support Professional of the Year by the Massachusetts Teachers Association for the entire state of Massachusetts.


Assistant Professor of English Nadia Nurhussein has curated an exhibit at the Boston Public Library in collaboration with her graduate students in the English MA Program, “The Public Life of Poetry: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, and their Contemporaries.” The exhibit can be viewed through January 31, 2011.

Dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies Steve Crosby visited Haifa, Israel from November 13th -20th  with the “City to City” delegation, made up of several Boston civic leaders and educators.

The Labor Resource Center hosted its latest Thinking Big/Moving Forward Seminar on “Working Alone:  Protecting and Building Solidarity in the Workplace for the Future” on November 19, 2010 at the Massachusetts State Archives Building.

The Master of Science in Public Affairs program sponsored a screening of the film “The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia:  Redeeming the Earth" by Jonah and David Pettigrew on November 30.

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz will give a poetry reading at the Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Street, at 6:30 pm, on Tuesday, January 18 to inaugurate  a new reading series called First and Last Word Poetry Series.


Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Lisa Cosgrove was interviewed about preschool depression on Fox News on Nov. 15.

Director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Carol Hardy-Fanta was interviewed on the declining numbers of women in the Massachusetts State Legislature on Fox News on Nov. 17.

Assistant Professor of Hydrology Ellen Douglas was quoted in a Nov. 30 Boston Globe article, "Risk of Rising Sea Levels is Brought Dramatically Home."

Joan Becker, vice provost of academic support services and undergraduate studies, is quoted in this Nov. 18 Boston Globe article, "Making it to Year 2."

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