Campus Notes for The Point Issue #16

Office of Communications | December 14, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #16


Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate of the Center for Social Policy Randy Albelda was an invited participant at the Equal Pay Research Summit hosted by the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor in December.

Associate Professor of Economics Marlene Kim spoke on the topic of "The Economic Status of Racial Minorities:Parity or Unequal?" at SUNY New Paltz on November 5.

Professor of Management Arthur Goldsmith gave a paper, "Governance for Development:  Good, Bad and Ugly," at the 5th Jeju Peace Institute, which was sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and held in South Korea, October 18-20.

Senior lecturer Joshua Jacks and lecturer Doug Thompson, both of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, were presenting faculty at the 2nd Annual Conference:  ADR & the Law 2010 recently held in Boston and sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Their panel topic was "Post-Mediation Settlements and Other Exit Strategies."


Assistant Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Melissa Pearrow has co-authored the book Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Early Onset Schizophrenia in the Schools.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Reyes Coll-Tellechea has authored the book Lazarillo Castigado. Historia de un Olvido.

Professor of Biology Manickam Sugumaran and Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences William Robinson have published an extensive review article, "Bioactive Dehydrotyrosyl and Dehydrodopyl Compounds of Marine Origin," in the journal Marine Drugs.

Lecturer of French Dennis Gilbert has recently contributed to New Perspectives on Sartre, edited by Adrian Mirvish and Adrian Van den Hoven. Gilbert's chapter, "Contemporary Perspectives on Sartre's Theater," surveys the critical work on the plays of the French existentialist dramatist since 1980.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Christopher Zurn has authored two articles:  "The Logic of Legitimacy:  Bootstrapping Paradoxes of Constitutional Democracy," in Legal Theory; and “Jürgen Habermas,” a commissioned essay for the History of Continental Philosophy, Volume 6:  Poststructuralism and Critical Theory:  The Return of Master Thinkers.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Billie Gastic and doctoral candidate David Gonzalez Nieto have published "Latinos’ Economic Recovery: Post-secondary Participation and Hispanic-Serving Institutions," in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice.


Professor Felicia Wilczenski, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Development, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists Award. In January 2011, she will work with faculty and students of Beijing Normal University to promote service-learning applications in higher education and in K-12 settings, and to foster a culture of community engagement and scholarship.

Associate Professor of Economics Julie Nelson has been awarded $9,000 by the nonprofit Ecotrust to develop new research materials on the subject of ethics and economics.

Professor of Physics and Engineering Greg Sun has been awarded $352,000 by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the project "The Longwave Silicon Chip."

Project Archaeologist Christa Beranek has been awarded $24,671 to provide services to the Newton Historical Society.

Research Associate Professor and Director for the Center for Social Policy Donna Haig Friedman has been awarded $85,000 by the Family-to-Family Project Inc., to provide consulting services. The prime sponsor is The Oak Foundation.

Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences Heidi Stanish has been awarded $22,033 by the University of Massachusetts Medical School for the project "Training Long Term for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. The prime sponsor is the federal Human Resources and Services Administration.

Assistant Professor of English Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, who recently completed her PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded the 2009-10 Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Prize for her dissertation, "The Ethnic Turn:  Studies in Political Cinema from Brazil and the U.S., 1960-2005."


After 29 years with the College of Management, Associate Dean Michael Novak will retire at the end of December.  Michael served as chair of the Department of Management and Marketing as well as the college's associate dean for the last three years.  He published extensively in professional and academic journals in the fields of creativity, innovation, teams, and leadership. On December 8, the college honored Michael with a retirement celebration.

The Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston donated, in the fall semester alone, over 2,100 pounds of food to 60 local families of the East Zone Early Learning Center, a pre-K-1 service of the Boston Public Schools. One of 26 such kitchens nationwide - and the only one in Massachusetts - it is run by coordinator Chelsea Goulart Craig and a student leadership team of Juliette Rorie, Shinika Spencer, Ben Whelan, Ajay Lamba, Anna Price, and Genevieve Bien-Aime. To make a donation, visit the Campus Kitchens website.


The Labor Resource Center and the College of Management held its Second Annual Mock Negotiation on November 29 in the Healey Library. Participants focused on drug testing in the workplace that might be included in a union contract. Students from the Undergraduate Labor Studies Program faced off against graduate students from the College of Management. After contentious debates and compromise, a successful settlement was negotiated. The issue of the conference focused on drug testing in the workplace that might be included in a union contract.

In December, two events utilizing the arts to address homelessness were held to benefit the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies' Give US Your Poor Initiative. On December 4, a benefit concert, The Wait & Friends, featuring emcee comedian Jimmy Tingle, soul singing legend Mighty Sam McClain, and the rock and roll band The Wait was held at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Sponsored by Ipswitch, Inc., the event drew 400 people and raised money and awareness for the initiative. On December 10, Ken Grout presented his one man show, "Thelma Ritter Got Balls," at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline.

In June, MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky convened the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Task Force and engaged the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) at UMass Boston to act as a neutral forum and facilitate the task force process to ensure that the collaborative structures and processes were developed and conducted in an unbiased environment suitable for discussion and deliberation.  With the MOPC’s assistance, the task force developed consensus recommendations for various design alternatives for this iconic structure. Recommendations and project documents can be viewed on the MassDOT Accelerated Bridge Program webpage.

On October 29, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) at UMass Boston hosted From Polarization to Problem Solving: a Learning Exchange on Public Engagement, a regional gathering of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. The event welcomed public engagement practitioners, public officials, community leaders, and students from across the Northeast for a day of exchanges focused on quality public engagement, online engagement, and collaborations that work. The MOPC is working with the Coalition to help establish a regional network.


On December 1, Dan Reicher, Google’s former director of climate change and energy initiatives, told a UMass Boston audience of several hundred people that the U.S. needs to do much more to “invent the future of clean energy”, using a combination of smart policy, technology, and finance.  Reicher told the gathering, “We’re not going to get to where we want to go without taking a more integrated view.  Otherwise we’ll miss the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century.” In an interview with the Boston Business Journal at the event, he noted that “even when there are good technological advances, there aren’t policy signals or adequate capital to make changes.”  More

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