Campus Notes for The Point Issue #19

Office of Communications | February 18, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #19


A team of College of Management students under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Werner Kunz spent the fall semester developing a service marketing concept for the owners/investors of the Marshfield Tavern in Marshfield, Mass. The general manager of the Marshfield Tavern was impressed by the concept, and based on the students’ work, sees a lot of new perspectives for his business.

Dharma E. Cortés, senior research associate at the Mauricio Gastón Institute, presented at the National Association of Hispanic Journals Region 2 Conference, “What’s New, What’s Next,” at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Mark Pawlak, director of academic support programs, will read from his poetry at Endicott College’s Halle Library on February 24 as part of the Ibbetson Street Press Visiting Authors Series. Pawlak is the author of six poetry collections and the editor of as many anthologies.

Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Maria Ivanova has been selected as a panelist at the Ministerial Consultations on internal environmental governance at the 26th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme. The meetings will be held February 21-24 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Only one seat in the panel has been designated for a participant who does not represent a national government or international organization.

Professor Lal C. Chugh of the Accounting and Finance Department was a moderator at the Plenary Session at the Conference for the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) held on February 11. The session was titled,  "International Financial Markets: Asia's Role in Recovery and Reform".

Karen L. Terrell, part-time lecturer in the Mathematics Department, will be presenting "The Challenge to Prepare All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners: Writing a Chapter for Many Languages" at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Education (AACTE) in San Diego, CA, on February 25. Terrell, along with her colleagues Anne Homza and doctoral student Laura Schall-Leckrone, will be discussing their research conducted at Boston College under the federally funded Teaching Academic Language in the Content Areas (TALCA) grant.


After conducting a national search, the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Cedric Woods as director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS). Prior to this appointment, Woods served as interim director for the institute, and brings over a decade of experience in tribal government administration to this position. He received his BA at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his MA from the University of Arizona-Tucson, both in Political Science, and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. During his tenure at UMass Boston, he has developed several collaborative projects and programs involving tribes, Native nonprofits, and various UMass Boston colleges and departments. One such project is a grant from the Office of Indian Education for “Native Tribal Scholars,” a pre-college initiative for at-risk 9th and 10th grade Native students in MA. The grant is a collaborative effort of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the North American Indian Center of Boston, INENAS, and Academic Support Services.

Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Noushin Ashrafi participated in a worldwide competition sponsored by the IBM Academic Initiatives. Her proposal for the design and development of a curriculum/course entitled, Smarter Healthcare through Information Exchange, was awarded as part of the 2010 IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Program.  The 2010 Healthcare Industry Skills Award program aims to support the creation and incorporation of Smarter Healthcare skills into IT and Healthcare program of study.  The developed courseware by Dr. Ashrafi will be made publicly available to other universities through the IBM Academic Initiatives and will be cited in workshops, conferences, and publications.

At its 2011 Annual Conference and Book Fair, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs honored Askold Melnyczuk, associate professor of English, as this year's recipient of the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. The conference, which was attended by 9,400 people, was held in Washington, D.C. from February 2 to 4. It is one of North America's largest literary gatherings. Melnyczuk is founding editor of Agni Magazine, and the founding publisher of Arrowsmith Press. He is the author of three novels and a novella.


Aleksander Lust, a lecturer in political science and management, published a review essay, "Nature or Nurture?  Ethnicity and Nationalism in Post-Communist Europe," in the September 2010 issue of Political Geography (Volume 29, Issue 7).

Associate Professor of Biology Alexia Pollack has published an article, "Exploring the Complexities of Experimental Design: Using an Online Reaction Time Program as a Teaching Tool for Diverse Student Populations," in the fall 2010 edition of the Journal for Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.

Doron Pely, who received a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution in 2008, has published an article, “Women in Sulha – Excluded yet Influential: Examining Women's Formal and Informal Role in Traditional Dispute Resolution, within the Patriarchal Culture of Northern Israel's Arab Community,” in the International Journal of Conflict Management. The article is based on research that Pely began in conjunction with his capstone project at UMass Boston.

Anita Thompson, of the Procurement Department, has been chosen as Education Support Professional of the Year by the Massachusetts Teachers Association. In March, she will compete to become the National Education Association’s Education Support Professional of the Year in Washington, D.C.

The Scale of Maps, a translation by Hispanic Studies lecturer Mark Schafer of La Escala de los Mapas by the Spanish author Belén Gopegui, was published in January by City Lights Books. A recent review in Publisher’s Weekly called the book “beautifully composed and elegantly translated.” This is the first of Gopegui’s books to be translated into English.

In a first-of-its-kind report released this month, the Collins Center for Public Management and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) examined which racial, ethnic, and gender groups have benefited from Recovery Act-supported jobs during the first two quarters of 2010. The report can be viewed in full at the CWPPP website.


Rachel Rubin, chair of the American Studies Department, is a regular participant on WGBH's Callie Crossley show (Fridays from 1:40 to 2 p.m.) which streams on the web as part of "Ragtime Roundup."  For over a year Rubin has shared her expertise in matters related to American popular culture with Crossley's radio and web audience on topics ranging from the racial politics of the Kanye West/Taylor Swift controversy, to the ways that the film Machete processes issues related to immigration to the United States.  Rubin, who has published widely in academic books and journal essays on popular culture subjects, has proven to be a provocative and popular guest on this high-ranking show.

Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Maria Ivanova was interviewed about the United Nations Environment Programme in the Niger Delta by the Ethical Corporation, the leading global responsible business magazine.

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Visiting Scholar Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former member of the Iranian Parliament, was quoted in the New York Times on February 15 in an article titled, "Iran's Leader Derides Protests; Lawmakers Urge Death for Opposition Leaders."

Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz was interviewed on WBUR's Here and Now about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop in a piece titled, Celebrating Poet Elizabeth Bishop's Centennial Year.

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