PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND LECTURES
Elizabeth Dugan, lecturer in the Gerontology Institute, took part in “Transportation Awareness Day,” held in September at the Billerica, Massachusetts Senior Center; and also gave a presentation titled “Changing Clinical Behavior: Implementing Guidelines to Improve Primary Care Practice” at the 12th Graylyn Conference on Women’s Health held October 14 through 16 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Boston Science Partnership Project Director Jennifer Dorsen gave a presentation titled “Setting a Course to AP Science: The BSP Navigation Guides” at the College Board National Forum in New York City on October 23.
Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Pratyush Bharati and colleague Abhijit Chaudhury gave a presentation titled “Building Knowledge-Based Networks among Small and Medium Enterprises: A Bi-Level Model of Institutional Innovation” at the Americas Conference on Information Systems.
Center on Media and Society director Frank Herron took part in a panel discussion, titled “The Health of the Ethnic Media and Their Role in an Evolving Journalism World,” at the convention for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, held August 5 through 8 in Boston.
During July, Peter Taylor, director of the Program in Science, Technology and Values, made four presentations at the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne in Australia on environmental complexity, evolution, and heredity.
Donna Haig Friedman, director of the Center for Social Policy, made several presentations during June and July: On June 19, a day-long workshop with members of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence: on July 14, a half-day workshop at the John F. Kennedy Library with Catherine D’Amato, Executive Director of the Greater Boston Food Bank; on July 23, a presentation with Tim Davis to other foreclosure researchers on the effect of foreclosures on low income tenants in Boston, Federal Reserve Bank on Boston; and on July 29 in Holyoke, a presentation of the Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry: A Report on Status and Future Prospects, with James Jennings and Marcia Hohn of the Immigrant Learning Center.
Associate Professor of Economics Catherine Lynde presented the article “Gender Inequalities in U.S. Health Care: Evidence from the BRFSS 2007” at the International Association of Feminist Economics Annual Conference, held in Boston in June.
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller presented the paper “Risk Matters: Retirees Exposed to Growing Risks” at the Financial Institutions and Economic Security workshop of the Open University in London on May 21; and the presentations “Rebuilding America, Rebuilding America’s Middle Class” to the Machinists Union Transportation Conference in New York on August 18; “Economic Policy and Economic Recovery” to the Democratic Message Group at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on July 16; “Evaluating the Economic Stimulus” to the Democratic Budget Group at U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on July 8; and “Understanding the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis,” the opening presentation for the 2009 American Studies Summer Institute, held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on July 6.
On July 29, Paige Ransford, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and Professor Sylvia Mignon from the College of Public and Community Service presented at a State House forum entitled “Women in Prison: Challenges for this Population.” The forum was organized by the Caucus of Women Legislators’ Task Force on Women in Prison. The presentation centered on the needs, challenges, and opportunities related to incarcerated women’s relationships with family members.
A paper coauthored by Center for Social Policy research director Françoise Carré was presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Social Economics. The paper titled “Alternative Staffing Organizations as Innovations in Labor Market Intermediation: Lessons from the United States” was coauthored with Joaquin Herranz of the University of Washington Seattle and Silvia Dorado of the University of Rhode Island.
Professor of Gerontology Nina Silverstein recently gave a presentation titled “Rides Change Lives: The Future of Senior Transportation” at the National Center on Senior Transportation in Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Wei Zhang recently gave a talk titled “Green Chemistry Techniques for Small-Scale Organic Synthesis” at the 13th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, held in College Park, Maryland. He also gave a seminar, titled “Fluorous Green Chemistry,” in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Associate Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies Maura Mast presented a talk, titled “Geodesics in Heisenberg-like Nilmanifolds,” at the special session on Global Analysis on Homogeneous Spaces at the Fall Central Section Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, to be held in Waco, Texas on October 17.
A paper by Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Carol Hardy-Fanta and colleagues from the Gender and Multicultural Leadership Survey, titled “How Do We Get Along? Linked Fate, Political Allies, and Issue Coalitions,” was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association on September 4 in Toronto, Canada.
Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Pratyush Bharati was the mini-track chair at the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), held in San Francisco, California from August 6 through 9.
Associate Professor Denise Patmon of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the Graduate College of Education presented a research paper titled “The Multiple Faces of the Classroom: Using Endo Shusaku’s Literary Face Theory as a Theoretical Framework for Classroom Based Research and Teacher Reflection” on September 20 at the East/West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Professor David Matz of the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution was one of two keynote presenters at a symposium on “Recognition and Dialogue,” held at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on October 14.
Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Blum recently presented “Recent Latino/a Philosophers’ Views on Race” at the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, held October 2 and 3 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Assistant Professor of English Scott Maisano was invited to speak on “Text and Contexts of St. Patrick for Ireland: the implications for commentary” at the Arts and Humanities Research Council-Funded James Shirley Workshop and Conference at St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge, in England, on September 22. Maisano also gave a lecture, titled “Performing Heliodorus: Queen Anne’s Dark Conceit in The Masque of Blackness,” at the Harvard Humanities Center on October 2. The lecture was cosponsored by the Shakespearean Seminar and the Women and Culture in Early Modern Europe Seminar.
Padraig O’Malley, the John Joseph Moakley Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, delivered a lecture titled “Lebanon Israel and the Hezbollah (mis)Fit” at the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall on October 6.
Darren Kew, professor in the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, participated in a Q&A session following a screening of the documentary film Sweet Crude, about the struggle for control of the oil-rich Niger Delta in Nigeria, at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival on September 26.
Three members of the Graduate College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction took part in the New England American Studies Association’s annual conference, "The Post-American City, "held in Lowell, Massachusetts from October 16 through 18. Associate Professor Denise Patmon gave a presentation, titled “With Different Eyes and Languages: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching in Contemporary Urban Schools” to a panel on immigration and education; Professor Peter Taylor presented “Cities beyond the Year 2000: Engaging with/in the Militant Particularism-Translocal Tension of Raymond Williams” to a panel on contemporary urban engagements; and Professor Peter Kiang chaired a roundtable on “Rebuilding Post-Katrina.”
Joshua Jacks, senior lecturer in the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution, copresented at the Second Annual International Conflict Resolution Day Brown Bag for Region One of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jacks was one of five panel members who offered their perspectives on the topic, “Some Like It Hot: A warm conversation with a gathering of accomplished mediators about handling the kind of heated situations that paralyze and unnerve most of us.”
Amy Gelb and Rick Kugler of the Institute for Community Inclusion are presenting on "Employment Services for People with Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders" in Burlington, Vermont during August and October.
Arthur MacEwan, Senior Fellow in the Center for Social Policy and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics, testified before the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health on October 20. MacEwan’s testimony, “Some Advantages of a Single-Payer Health Care System,” was in support of House Bill 2127, An Act to Establish the Massachusetts Health Care Trust.
Associate Professor Wei Zhang of the Chemistry Department published an invited chapter, “Fluorous Mixture Synthesis (FMS) of Drug-Like Molecules and Enantiomers, Stereoisomers, and Analogs of Natural Products” in the book Fluorine in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology, published by Wiley-Blackwell.
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Jaimie Timmons published an article, “Judy: Using a job developer's professional networks,” in Job Training and Placement Reporter.
Allison Cohen Hall of the Institute for Community Inclusion published “Best Practices: Using natural supports at work” in Job Training and Placement Reporter.
Alumni from the Center for Collaborative Leadership’s Emerging Leaders Program recently published a of essays, titled Voices of the Future: Emerging Leaders, about their experiences and their thoughts on leadership. Over 70 ELP alumni, fellows, and guests attended a release celebration on July 14 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; pictures are posted here.
Associate Professor of History Ruth Miller’s new book, Law in Crisis: The Ecstatic Subject of Natural Disaster, was recently published by Stanford University Press in August.
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller published the articles “Measuring Middle Class Economic Security” (with A. Logan) in the June issue of Journal of Economic Issues; “Taken for a Ride: Greater Risk Exposure Threatens Retirees’ Income Security” and “Signals on the Fritz: Energy Price Volatility Impedes Investment by Creating Uncertainty” (with A. Logan) in the July and June issues, respectively of CAP Economic Policy Report; “Economic Snapshot for July 2009” in the July 9 CAP Economic Policy Column; “The Retirement Crisis in the Labor Market” in the July 2 CAP Economic Policy Column; and “Economic Snapshot for June 2009,” in the June 16 CAP Economic Policy Column. He also contributed an Op-ed to RISMedia.com, "Op-ed: Stimulus Aids Strong Economic Rebound – U.S. Economy Expands 3.5 Percent," on October 30.
A book by Professor Rona Flippo of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate College of Education, Assessing Readers: Qualitative Diagnosis and Instruction, published by Heinemann, went into its 8th printing in June.
Professor of Gerontology Nina Silverstein recently coauthored a technical report, titled “Assessing Stakeholder Opinions of Medical Review of Impaired Drivers and Fitness to Drive: Recommendations for Massachusetts.”
Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Pamela Annas recently published poems in two journals, Poiesis and nibble, and in two anthologies, Bagels with the Bards and Imagination and Place.
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Associate Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies Maura Mast recently wrote “Review of Calculation vs. Context: Quantitative Literacy and its Implications for Teacher Education” in Numeracy, the journal of the National Numeracy Network.
A book coauthored by Counseling and School Psychology lecturer Sharon Lamb, titled Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons From Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes, is being published in October.
Professor of Africana Studies Robert Johnson’s book Race, Law and Public Policy, 3rd Edition was published by Black Classic Press on September 1.
Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Blum recently published the chapter “Prejudice” in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education.
Associate Professor of Sociology Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, editor of the journal Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, is announcing the publication of five new issues: Special Issue 2009, “‘If I touch the Depth of Your Heartt…,’ The Human Promise Of Poetry In Memories Of Mahmoud Darwish”; Issue 1, Winter 2009: “Teaching Transformations 2009”; Issue 2, Spring 2009. “Historicizing Anti-Semitism: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Post-September 11th New Ethnic/Racial Configurations in Europe and the United States: The Case of Anti-Semitism—Maison des Science de l'Home (MSH), Paris, June 29-30, 2007”; Issue 3, Summer 2009, “Sociological Re-Imaginations In & Of Universities”; and Issue 4, Fall 2009, “Migrating Identities And Perspectives: Latin America and the Caribbean in Local and Global Contexts.” Human Architecture is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). To access free online editions of the new and archived issues, purchase hard copies, or learn more about the journal, go to www.okcir.com.
Digital Resources Archivist Dale H. Freeman recently wrote the introduction to the book A Massachusetts Mystery: The 1801 Tragedy of Jason Fairbanks & Elizabeth Fales, compiled by the Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, and the Dedham Historical Society, and published by Applewood Books.
Center for Social Policy research director Françoise Carré recently coauthored several works: the chapter “Retail Jobs in Comparative Perspective” for the book Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World, recently published by the Russell Sage Foundation; “The United States: Different Sources of Precariousness in a Mosaic of Employment Arrangements,” in Cross-national Perspectives on Precarious Employment: Developing Common Understandings Across Space, Scale, and Social Location; “Issues in Developing a Common Framework on Informal Employment,” with James Heintz of UMass Amherst, which was initially presented at the WIEGO conference at Harvard University October 2008 and revised in May of this year; a contribution to a compendium of writings from researchers about their stay in the home of informal workers in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Informal Sector and Social Policy: Compendium of Personal and Technical Reflections. Carré also wrote the article “Connecting Vulnerable Job Seekers with Employers,” which appeared on Diversity Executive.com.
Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Pratyush Bharati and colleague Abhijit Chaudhury published “SMEs and Competitiveness: The Role of Information Systems” recently in International Journal of E-Business Research, Vol. 5, No. 1.
Associate Professor of Sociology Jorge Capetillo-Ponce and colleague Sam Binkley recently published A Foucault for the 21st Century, published by Cambridge Scholars.
New England Ethnic Newswire reporter Eduardo A. de Oliveira wrote an article, “Sao Paulo orchestra draws local Brazilians to Worcester,” for the October 19 Boston Globe.
EXHIBITS, READINGS, PERFORMANCES, AND RECORDINGS
On August 7, Africana Studies Professor Robert Johnson’s play Cell Phone Blues received a reading at the 20th anniversary of the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The play premiered on September 23 at Booth Playhouse in Charlotte, North Carolina. It also received a favorable review in a September 26 Charlotte Observer article, “On Q cast sings the ‘Blues’ with heart.”
GRANTS, RESEARCH, AND PROJECTS
In June, the Institute for Community Inclusion completed a series of Community Employment Training sessions for employment service providers of the Department of Developmental Disabilities. A total of 155 staff participated in the training sessions, which were held in Wellesley, Dedham, Peabody, Easton, Shrewsbury, and Springfield.
The ICI’s Gil Cote, David Hoff, and Karen Flippo will serve as technical assistance specialists assigned to Collaboratives throughout Massachusetts, which are being funded by a $2.5 million award announced by Governor Deval Patrick on June 25. These Centers for Medicare and Medicaid funds are being distributed through the Work Without Limits project to PRIDE, Inc., Jewish Vocational Services, Boston, Employment Options, Riverside Community Care and Berkshire ARC. The goal of the Collaboratives is to improve employment for people with disabilities.
In May, the Institute for Community Inclusion, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities conducted a weekly training series for 9 families and transition-aged youth at the South Norfolk County ARC. The training series aimed at providing youth with developmental disabilities and their parents/caretakers the information and skills necessary to achieve competitive employment during the transition from school to adulthood.
ICI Director William Kiernan testified before a Senate employment subcommittee on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The hearing was initiated by Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. He was accompanied by ICI’s David Hoff. In his testimony, Kiernan stated that labor force participation by persons with disabilities (27%) is lower than that of the general workforce (71%) for a variety of reasons, including reduced expectations, lack of access to jobs, and conflicting federal policies.
The Center for Social Policy has been awarded a $100,000 annual grant from the Boston Foundation, matched by the McCormack Graduate School and the University of Massachusetts Boston, to lead a comprehensive rethinking of America's poverty policy.
Cindy Thomas and David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented at the national APSE: The Network on Employment Conference held in July in Milwaukee. Titled “It Doesn’t Happen Overnight: Moving a System Forward,” their presentation highlighted the Institute’s systems change work with the Massachusetts Department of Development Services focusing on improving employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Through Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative, the Institute for Community Inclusion is holding a six-month training series which began on July 14. The ICI will provide 28 days of training for employment service providers and educators in an effort to build their capacity to assist youth and adults with disabilities. Covering topics such as career planning, job development, co-occurring disorders and self-employment, this training series is part of the statewide initiative to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
The ICI has launched a new website, “Real People, Real Jobs: Stories from the front line.” The site highlights the employment successes of people with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities who are working in paid jobs within their communities.
The UMass Boston Summer China program, led by Associate Professor of Management and Marketing Raymond Liu, had another successful summer trip to Beijing and Shanghai. Through a series of lectures, company visits, guest speakers, and cultural outings, the students gained an appreciation for the differences and similarities between the Chinese and U.S. economies.
Christa Kelleher, Research Director at the McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, received a Creative Economy Initiatives Fund award from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office for the Massachusetts Midwifery Workforce Profile Project. This study aims to describe the role that midwives play in the Massachusetts healthcare system to meet the health needs of women, families, and communities. The research team includes collaborators Dorothy Brewin of UMass Lowell’s School of Health and Environment, and Françoise Carré of the McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Social Policy.
The Center for Social Policy was awarded a grant of $276,585 by the C.S. Mott Foundation. This grant is for the continuation of the project headed by research director Françoise Carré, titled “Alternative Staffing Organizations: Outcomes for Job Candidates and Employers.”
Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Blum has received a $40,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation for a project, "Racial Integration, Equality of Opportunity, and the Ethics of Teaching About Race in the Context of a High School Class on Racism."
The College of Management’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) Program has been approved for Level I status by the Board of Public Accountancy. Students who complete the MSA coursework meet the academic requirements to be eligible for CPA certification/licensure.
The Institute for Community Inclusion will receive $3,763,701 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Early Reading First Program, which will fund a program in partnership with the Lynn Public Schools and the Gregg Neighborhood House in Lynn to create eight preschool Centers of Excellence to work with 300 preschool children who are identified as at-risk for academic failure.
UMass Boston has been awarded a $187,000 grant for a program titled “Business and Professional Education for the Clean Energy Economy.” The project will be coordinated through the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) in the College of Management, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences.
MassTLC will be working with UMass Boston on further research in the Massachusetts gaming industry through a grant awarded to UMass Boston by the UMass President's Creative Economy Initiatives Fund. The research will take a deeper dive into the impact of the industry on the Massachusetts economy.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has funded the Center for Social Policy to build a statewide comprehensive inventory of school-based behavioral health services and student supports. Evelyn Frankford, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Social Policy, is carrying out this work as the first step of a larger project of a newly-established Interdisciplinary Work Group on Child and Youth Well-Being, led by the Center and comprising faculty from the Graduate School of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Mauricio Gaston institute for Latino Community Development, and the McCormack Graduate School.
Deborah Boisvert (Division of Corporate, Continuing and Distance Education) has been awarded a $2 million grant by the National Science Foundation to connect and strengthen the training programs of federally-funded Advanced Technological Education Centers (ATEs) throughout the United States. Boisvert is director of the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections at UMass Boston.
Joan Becker (Academic Support Services) has been awarded a $1.35 million grant to support the Robert E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair program provides opportunities for undergraduates from underrepresented groups: Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives to excel at the undergraduate level in science and mathematics related fields, work toward doctoral degrees, and undertake careers in college teaching. The principal focus of the McNair experience is to pursue at least a year of independent research under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Becker is vice provost for academic support services.
William Kiernan (Institute for Community Inclusion) has been awarded a $7.5 million grant by the United States Department of Education to establish a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The most prestigious and successful institute of its kind in the United States, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), directed by Dr Kiernan, is committed to and supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community.
Gopal Rao (Department of Physics, College of Science and Mathematics) has been awarded a $379,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to support his project Fourier Phase Contrast Microscopy Technique for Biomedical Research. Rao was recently recognized by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and UMass President Jack Wilson for his many contributions to teaching, research, and scholarship, and accordingly was awarded the status of Distinguished Professor of the University of Massachusetts.
Christa Beranek (Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts) has been awarded a $9,000 grant by the Community Preservation Committee of Westport, Massachusetts, for her project Archaeological Site Examination at the Waite-Potter House in Westport, Massachusetts. Beranek is a senior research scientist in the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research.
Ellen Bruce (Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies) has been awarded a $200,000 grant by the Administration on Aging, a subunit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to support the university’s Pension Assistance Project. Bruce is associate professor of gerontology and interim director of the Gerontology Institute.
Sarah Hayes (Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts) has been awarded a $178,000 grant by the National Institute of Mental Health for her project “Change Mechanisms in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder.” Hayes is a postdoctoral research fellow.
Stephen Reuys (Adult Literacy Resource Institute, Graduate College of Education) has received a $458,400 training grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education.
John Steinberg (Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts) has been awarded a $95,000 research grant by the National Science Foundation for his project “Using pollen to assess local environmental variation during the Viking Age in Skagafjordur, Iceland.” These are the first American Reinvestment and Recovery funds awarded to UMass Boston. Steinberg is a senior research scientist in the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research.
Scott Crouter (Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences) has been awarded a $215,00 research grant by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project “Novel Techniques for the Assessment of Physical Activity in Children.” Crouter is assistant professor of exercise and health sciences.
Deborah Mahony (Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences) has been awarded a $231,000 grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration, a subunit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to support the “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students” program. Mahony is clinical associate professor of nursing.
Gary Siperstein (Center for Social Development and Education) has been awarded an additional $445,000 by Special Olympics, Inc. Professor Siperstein and his center staff will use these funds to operate the Special Olympics Global Collaborating Center, which is responsible for all international research related to attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. Siperstein is professor and director of the Center for Social Development and Education.
Winston Langley (Academic Affairs) has been awarded a $110,000 grant by the Massachusetts Office for Community Development for the operation of the newly established Institute for New England Native American Studies at UMass Boston. Langley is a professor of political science and provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS
Assistant Professor of Public Policy Heather MacIndoe was elected Chair of the Community Research and Development Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), a national interdisciplinary academic association supporting the study of vital social problems.
Africana Studies lecturer Vicky Meredith received an official resolution from the City Council of the City of Boston in recognition of her community service award from the Historical Women’s Service Club of Boston on October 2.
Professor of Management Leon Zurawicki received the Best Paper Award (only one award given out of 132 papers presented) at the International Conference on Tourism Development and Management (ICTDM) in Kos, Greece from September 11 through 14. The award carries with it an automatic manuscript acceptance for publication in the International Journal of Tourism Policy.
The College of Management has been listed in the Aspen Institute’s 2009-2010 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.
IN THE NEWS
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s John Butterworth was interviewed for a National Public Radio story about the employment of people with disabilities. Listen to the story here.
Institute for Community Inclusion director William Kiernan was quoted in an August 12 Boston Globe article about Eunice Kennedy Shriver, "Special Olympians pay tribute to a leader who changed their world."
Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy research director Christa Kelleher commented on the U.S. Senate race and Martha Coakley’s candidacy during NECN’s “Affairs of State” segment on September 3.
Associate Professor of Political Science and director of the Institute for Asian American Studies Paul Watanabe was quoted in a Bloomberg.com article, “Clear Front-Runner Fails to Emerge for Kennedy’s Senate Seat” on August 26, and on the same topic in an Associated Press story the next day; in the Dorchester Reporter in an August 6 story titled “Nguyen's journey: From Vietnam to Council run”; interviewed on NECN’s “Affairs of State” segment on July 30 about Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker; quoted in a Boston Herald article, titled “Experts pan Obama,” on July 24; interviewed on WBUR on August 27 about the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s work for immigration; in the Boston Herald for a September 3 article, “Ted Kennedy in ’05: Joe better exec than lawmaker”, and again in the Herald for a September 19 article, "Candidates make their cases in TV ads"; quoted by the Washington Examiner for an August 27 article titled “Kennedy’s death may weaken Dems’ health plan”; in the Boston Globe on June 30 in an article titled “Advocacy group: immigrants help state,” and again in the Globe for a September 15 article, “Buyers Fight to take over Super 88”; and in a September 16 Patriot Ledger article, “Forty-three and counting: Roster of possible Senate candidates keeps growing.” He was also interviewed by WBUR for an October 8 story, "Deleted E-Mails Make Waves, But May Not Sink Menino", by the Boston Herald for the September 21 story "Mayoral race down to wire," in the Boston Globe on September 22 for "Debate due on naming Senate fill-in" as well as "Stakes are high for Mass. gov on Kennedy successor," on October 17 for "Mass AG keeps robust press unit," and on October 21 for "A call for job creation, a shadow of outsourcing."
Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy visiting scholar Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former reformist member of the Iranian Parliament, was quoted in June 21 and 22 New York Times articles, “In Iran, Both Sides Seek to Carry Islam’s Banner” and “Layers of Armed Forces Wielding Power of Law”; was a guest on NECN’s "Affairs of State" on June 26; again in the New York Times in an August 16 article, “Clerics’ Call for Removal Challenges Iran Leader”; and interviewed on Voice of America’s Persian television service.
Stephen P. Crosby, dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, appeared on NECN’s “Affairs of State” on September 17, where he was interviewed about the Kennedy succession bill; quoted about the same issue on PBS.org for the feature “Future of Kennedy's Senate Seat in the Hands of Mass. Legislature”; interviewed on WGBH’s Greater Boston on September 23 about a report on executive compensation at quasi-public authorities, and about the same topic in the September 21 Boston Globe and Boston Herald; and quoted in the Boston Herald for the September 10 story “GOP flails amid opportunity,” and in a September 13 article “GOP’s Scott Brown to run for Ted Kennedy seat.” The executive compensation study was also the subject of editorials in the Boston Globe, the Springfield Republican, and the Cape Cod Times. He also appeared interviewed about the state's budget for the October 21 edition of NECN's "Affairs of State."
WUMB General Manager Pat Monteith was mentioned in an August 4 Washington Examiner.com article, “Fairs, festivals that scale back to survive the recession see record crowds of ‘staycationers.’”
Dave Palmater and John Laurenti of WUMB Radio were quoted in a September 10 Southcoasttoday.com article, “Tom Rush to perform at the Narrows.”
WUMB Radio was mentioned in a September 11 Dorchester Reporter article, “Boston Folk Festival has been ‘uncanceled.’”
Elizabeth Dugan, lecturer in the Gerontology Institute, was interviewed by the Worcester Telegram for the September 20 article “Local seniors weigh in on driver's license debate”; in a September 15 Boston Globe article, “Elderly drivers may face new test” and the same day in a Falmouth Bulletin story, “New bill mandates tough tests for senior drivers,” and in an October 9 Billerica Minuteman article, "Transportation Awareness Day shows road resources for Billerica’s seniors." Dugan was also interviewed by WBZ-TV for an October 22 story, "Elderly Drivers Taking Safety Seriously."
Assistant Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham was quoted in a June 26 Boston Globe story, “Patrick hints he will sign tax hike” mentioned in another Globe article on August 3, “Stumping to newer roots”; and quoted in the August 11 Globe story “GOP's rising star: Party sees signs of hope in Wrentham's Scott Brown.” Cunningham was also interviewed about Boston's mayoral race for the September 21 "Affairs of State" segment on NECN.
Steve McGoldrick, deputy director of the Collins Center for Public Management, was quoted in a September 17 Newburyport Daily News story, “City Charter Commission race draws 20.”
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller was interviewed on television, radio, the web, and in print a number of times recently: In the Forbes magazine articles “Americans Exhausting Jobless Benefits” on July 29, and “Labor's Uneven Crisis” on October 23. He was also interviewed on the nationally-syndicated The Stephanie Miller Show on October 22 and November 6, in a debate on Economist.com in June, on Barron’s.com on October 31, on Fox Business News on August 28, and frequently on CNBC.
The Venture Development Center was mentioned in a September 10 Mass High Tech article, “Scvngr, Highland Capital want you to Quest for Innovation for charity.”
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy was mentioned in an August 26 Boston Globe article, “US inspects Boston's language instruction.”
Peter Meade, the founding president and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, was quoted in an August 27 Lowell Sun article, “‘Greatest United States Senator of Our Time"; on ABCnews.com the same day in the story “Top Line:’ Kennedy's Legacy Lives on Through Senate Institute”; in the Boston Herald on September 4 in the story “UMass to aid Kennedy institute with $50M in bonds”; and on WBUR.org in the story “Payne’s Pick: Michael Dukakis."
Professor of Africana Studies Robert Johnson’s play Cell Phone Blues was reviewed in a September 26 Charlotte Observer article, “On Q cast sings the ‘Blues’ with heart.”
Assistant Professor of English Scott Maisano was interviewed about the topic “Shakespeare after 9/11” for What’s the Word?, a radio program heard on public and community radio stations in forty states and overseas. The half-hour program, which can be heard indefinitely on prx.org, investigates how the events of September 11, 2001, changed the way we read Shakespeare’s plays about politics and leadership.
Gary Siperstein, director of the Center for Social Development and Education, was interviewed by NPR’s Only A Game and also on NECN’s “Affairs of State” in August about Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the Special Olympics. He was also profiled in an August 11 Marblehead Reporter article, “Marblehead resident helped secure Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy.”
Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Social Policy Randy Albelda was quoted in an August 21 Washington Post article, “Poor, and paying more,” and in a September 8 Boston Herald story, “Labor unions to politicians: Work hard for the money.”
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Kathy Teehan and Veterans Affairs director Gus St. Silva were interviewed for a story on WBUR-FM on August 17, “GI Bill Attracts Vets To UMass.”
Associate Professor of History Vincent Cannato was quoted in the Boston Globe in September 1 article about the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, “An icon, for better or worse.” Also, his book American Passage: The History of Ellis Island, was reviewed in the October 8 Jerusalem Post.
McCormack School senior fellow Nigel Hamilton spoke about President Obama’s health care speech on the September 10 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
Padraig O'Malley, the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor for Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy, was profiled on Cape Cod Today.com on September 15.
Susan Moir, director of the Labor Resource Center, spoke about an LRC study which linked casino development to job growth on on the October 29 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
Professor of Political Science Thomas Ferguson contributed an essay to an October 29 edition of the Huffington Post, titled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…”, about the 80th anniversary of the stock market crash of 1929.
The Urban Harbors Institute was mentioned in a September 18 Patriot Ledger story, “Nantasket Beach to get a good cleaning.”
EEOS assistant profesor Allen Gontz was quoted in a September 18 Boston Globe article, “A Rainsford isle rarity: Just barge in Saturday.”
Nduka Otiono, a fellow at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, was profiled on the website AllAfrica.com on August 10.
Associate professor Darren Kew of the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at the McCormack Graduate School spoke about Senator Hillary Clinton’s trip to North Korea for the August 6 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State,” and was interviewed by the Al Jazeera network on July 29 about Nigeria’s sectarian crisis.
Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer Anne Agee was mentioned in a Computerworld article, “CIOs: Get ready for the economic recovery ahead,” on August 10.
Lisa Cosgrove, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, was interviewed by BBC Radio on August 5 about the links between psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry and possible conflicts of interest.
The Veterans Upward Bound program was mentioned in an August 5 Patriot Ledger article, “Voices of the veterans are heard at popular Braintree Elks cookout.”
Director of the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution David Matz discussed the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on the July 28 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Compact Colleen Richards Powell discussed the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on the July 23 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
Assistant Professor of Political Science Jalal Alamgir was quoted in a July 28 Boston Globe article, “Framingham State professor headed to UN.”
The Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) was mentioned in a July 23 Forbes article, “Environmental Sensor Bus(R) Capability for eKo Environmental System Revealed.”
Jack Wiggin, director of the Urban Harbors Institute, was the subject of a July 21 Westwood, Massachusetts Daily News Transcript article, “Westwood's new planner an old hand."
History Professor James Green was quoted in a September 6 Boston Globe article, “City under siege,” and on September 7 for the story “Prejudice, pride, and identity,” and again in the September 22 Globe article “Recalling a capitol murder.”
Senior lecturer Kathie Lee discussed her book Raising Scituate’s Spirits, a book of ghost stories compiled by Lee and other Scituate residents, in an October 26 Boston Globe article, “Ghost stories just a part of life in Scituate.”
Philosophy professor Jennifer Radden’s book Moody Minds Distempered: Essays on Melancholy and Depression was reviewed in the American Journal of Psychiatry’s October issue.
Commonwealth Compact director Bob Turner spoke about the appointment of Paul Kirk to fill the Senate seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy on the September 24 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
Shirley Tang, associate professor of Asian American studies and American studies, is quoted in a September 25 Boston Globe article, “An entire aisle just for noodles.”
EEOS director Robyn Hannigan and the Venture Development Center were featured in a WCVB-TV (Channel 5) story on September 23, “Local Researchers Unveil Ouchless Lead Test.”
Alix Cantave, associate director at the William Monroe Trotter Institute for The Study of Black Culture, was quoted in a September 24 Fort Myers, Florida News-Press article, “Christianity, Voodoo mix conflicts many Haitians.”
Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School, was interviewed about women in New England politics on the September 1 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
WUMB-FM and the Boston Folk Festival songwriting contest were mentioned in an October 9 Salem News article, “Young songwriter wins contest with 'haunting' piece.”
Gastón Institute director María Idalí Torres Ramirez was mentioned in an October 12 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article, “ASPIRA launches first state chapter.”
A study co-conducted by the Gastón Institute about Brazilian and Dominican immigrants in metropolitan Boston was the subject of stories in the September 15 Boston Globe and on WBUR-FM.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Mark Preble spoke about H1N1 flu preparedness on the October 16 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”
Associate Professor of History Jonathan Chu was quoted in an October 19 Boston Globe article, “Amateur historian binds slices of local lore into books.”