Campus Notes for The Point Issue #18

Office of Communications | February 01, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #18


Marlene Kim, associate professor of economics, gave a presentation, “The Economic Status of Racial Minorities:  Parity or Unequal?," at the State University of New York, New Paltz, on November 5, 2010.

Wilfredo Chiesa, professor of art, will have his paintings on display at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, February 19 to March 20, 2011.

Zsuzsa Kaldy and Erik Blaser, associate professors of psychology, presented a paper, "The first buffer of visual information: Iconic memory in infants," as part of a Symposium at the 2011 Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, January 14-16, held in Budapest, Hungary.

Robert Caron, senior business systems analyst, presented a session, “R25 Pricing: Event costing functionality in CollegeNET’s R25 event management system,” at the Northeast Regional Series25 User Group meeting held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on January 14th, 2011.

Elsa Auerbach, professor of English, was a plenary speaker, on the topic of "Glocalizing Pedagogies," at an international  conference, “Mobility, Language, and Literacy,” co-hosted by the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa on January 21, 2011.

Alex Mueller, assistant professor of English, delivered a paper,  “Arthur’s Two Historiographies in Alliterative Romance,”  at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention held in Los Angeles, California on January 7, 2011.

Wei Zhang, associate professor of chemistry,  recently gave two invited talks, “Fluorous Diversity-Oriented Synthesis of Heterocyclic Scaffolds” and “Fluorous-Based Green Technologies for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry,” at The 2010 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Aleksander Lust, lecturer in political science and management, presented a paper, “Calculation, Community, and Cues in Context: Public Opinion on European Integration in the Baltics,” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, where he also chaired panels on “The Politics of Economic Integration” and “The Welfare State in Transition.”

Adenrele Awotona, professor and director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters, presented papers at the following three conferences in November and December 2010:  "Children and Young People in Haiti’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Plan," at the 2010 International Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict representing the 16th Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference, Columbia University, New York, December 9-10; "The Participation of Children and Young People in Haiti’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction," at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, November 17-19; and "The Impact of Natural Disasters on Older Persons and the Need for their Participation in Pre- and Post-Disaster Planning," at the seminar of the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing, New York, November 4.


Pamela Annas, professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has published a poem, “Saturday Sock Hop, 1959,” published by  Ibbetson Street (Fall 2010 issue), and a review of "Manufacturing America:  Poems from the Factory Floor" in the literary journal Pemmican in January 2011.

Ken Lachlan, associate professor of communication studies, has published two articles, “Communicating Risks: Examining Hazard and Outrage in Multiple Contexts, “ in Risk Analysis, and “Sex Differences in Negative Psychological Responses to Crisis News: The Case of the I-35W Collapse,” in Communication Research Reports.

Paul Bookbinder, associate professor of history, has published an article, "Wie es eigentlich gewesen or Manufactured Historical Memory:  PostWar Germany and Japan -Recording or Making History," in The Journal of the Historical Society (Volume X, December 2010, Number 4).

From the Department of Psychology, Zsuzsa Kaldy, associate professor, Catherine Kraper, doctoral candidate, Alice Carter, professor, and Erik Blaser, associate professor, have coauthored a paper, "Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more successful at visual search than typically developing toddlers," that will appear in the journal Developmental Science.

From the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Jorgelina Abbate-Vaughn, associate professor, Patricia Paugh, associate professor, and Anne Douglass, assistant professor, have published an article, "Sound bites won’t prepare the next generation: Early childhood teacher education policy’s public-private divide," in the journal Educational Policy (Volume 25, 2011, pp. 215-239).

Joseph Torra, lecturer of English, has published a new novel, What's So Funny (Pressed Wafer Press, January 2011).

Alex Mueller, assistant professor of English, has published an article, “The Historiography of the Dragon: Heraldic Violence in the Alliterative Morte Arthure,” in the journal Studies in the Age of Chaucer (Volume 32, 2010, pp. 295-324).

Lizabeth Roemer, professor of psychology, and Susan M. Orsillo, professor of psychology at Suffolk University, have published a book, The Mindful Way through Anxiety:  Break Free From Chronic Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life (Guilford Press, January 2011)

Wei Zhang, associate professor of chemistry, recently authored and coauthored the following seven papers: “Fluorous Diastereomeric Mixture Synthesis (FDMS) of Hydantoin-fused Hexahydrochromeno[4,3-b]pyrroles” in Chemical Communications; “Manganese(III)-Mediated Direct Phosphonation of Arylalkenes and Arylakynes” in Chemical Communications; “Fluorous Synthesis of Substituted Sclerotigenin Library” in the Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry; “Comprehensive Survey of Chemical Libraries for Drug Discovery and Chemical Biology: 2009” in the Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry; “Enantioselective -Chlorination of Aldehydes with Recyclable Fluorous (S)-Pyrrolidine-Thiourea Bifunctional Organocatalyst” Synlett; “Manganese(III)-Mediated Regioselective Phosphonylation of Arenes,” in Tetrahedron Letters; and “Gallium(III) Triflate-Catalyzed [4+2+1] Cycloadditions for Synthesis of Novel 3,4-Disubstituted-1,5-Benzodiazepines” in Tetrahedron Letters.

Lloyd Schwartz, Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, is editor of the book Elizabeth Bishop: Prose, which was just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It is a new edition of the prose works of one of the major 20th-century American poets, published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth in Worcester, February 8, 1911.


On January 26, 2010, UMass Boston was awarded $2,000,000 by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to help launch the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, which is a joint project involving UMass Boston and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

Abbey Eisenhower, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded $2,000 by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Donna Haig Friedman, research associate professor and director of the Center for Social Policy, was awarded $500,000 by The Boston Foundation for the project “People and Place-Fairmount Corridor:  Learning to Inform Action and Policy Change.”

Michael Johnson, associate professor public policy and public affairs, and Jeffrey Keisler, associate professor of management information systems, were awarded $375,000 by the National Science Foundation for the project "Collaborative Proposal:  Decision Models for Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment.”

Haeok Lee, associate professor of nursing, was awarded $362,153 by the National Cancer Institute for the project "Vaccine-Preventable Cancer Behavior Measurement among Southeast Asian Americans.”

Edward Miller, associate professor of gerontology, was awarded $49,995 by The Commonwealth Fund for the project “Increasing Consumer Involvement in Medicaid Nursing Home Reimbursement.”

Gary Siperstein, professor and director of the Center for Social Development and Education, was awarded $258,275 by the Special Olympics, Incorporated, for the project “Employment of Athletes:  Impact of the Special Olympics Beyond the Playing Field.”

Robert Stevenson, associate professor of biology, was awarded $10,645 by the National Science Foundation for the project “Seeing the Forest and the Trees.”

Jack Wiggin, director of the Urban Harbors Institute, was awarded $20,000 by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management for the project “Digital Coastal Habitat for Boston Harbor.”

Jack Wiggin, director of the Urban Harbors Institute, was awarded $20,213 by MRLD Landscape Architecture + Urbanism for the project “Belfast Downtown-Waterfront Master Plan.”

Cedric Woods, director of the Institute for New England American Studies, was awarded $17,000 by the Brodeur Charitable Fund in support of the “Native Tribal Scholars Program.”


Lloyd Schwartz, Frederick S. Troy Professor of English,On February 3, will appear on an Elizabeth Bishop panel at the AWP Conference in Washington, DC on February 3, 2011. On February 10, he will participate in a major reading at Boston University, “Elizabeth Bishop at 100,” with 19 other distinguished poets and scholars at the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, 7:00 PM.

Rebecca Saunders, senior lecturer in English, will have her ten-minute play Blackberries presented in a staged reading directed by Lyndsay Allyn Cox-Hicks at the annual SWAN Day readings, a festival of readings of the work of area women playwrights, at the Boston Playwrights' Theater, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies recently announced the formation of the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, an outgrowth of the Center for Democracy and Development, the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance and the work of the Moakley Chair. The activities of the Center will focus on international opportunities for projects in conflict resolution, community development, media development and judicial reform with a geographic reach that currently includes, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and China. A formal opening ceremony will be held sometime in February or early March. Interested students or faculty can contact: Darren Kew at or Michael Keating at

The Population Research Seminar Series was successfully launched on January 19 with an inaugural seminar by Dr. Lois Biener, senior research fellow at the Center for Survey Research. The monthly seminar series is sponsored by the Survey and Statistical Methods Core of the U54 UMass Boston-Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Partnership, whose mission is to support research and training in cancer disparities research at the two institutions. The next session will be held on February 16, 2011. If you would like to attend, please contact Yui Anzai at 617-287-7200.

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