Campus Notes for The Point Issue #20

Office of Communications | March 07, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #20


Assistant Professor of Political Science Zhang Wu served on the panels "Domestic Politics in China" and "Political Economy of East Asia" at the Fourteenth Annual Harvard East Asian Society Conference: Exploring the Asian Mosaic, from February 25-27.

Recent completers of the Early Childhood Licensure Graduate Program Jean Larrabee and Elizabeth Resende presented individual peer-reviewed papers along with their mentors, Associate Professors Jorgelina Abbate-Vaughn and Patricia Paugh, at the 63rdAnnual Meeting of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) in San Diego, CA on February 25.

Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture, facilitated the post-play discussion of Ruined by Lynn Nottage at the Huntington Theatre, following the evening performance on January 25.  Ruined, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, gives voice to the vulnerability and resilience of women in war-torn Congo.


Chancellor J. Keith Motley received a Good Guys Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus on March 3. The awards honor men who demonstrate an ongoing commitment and partnership in achieving equality for women.

Dr. Pedro Noguera, a sociologist and professor of education at New York University, spoke at UMass Boston on March 3 as part of “Pedro Noguera: Reframing the Schools Debate”, a seminar to discuss how to reframe the debate on education policy and the impact of social and economic conditions in urban education. He was joined by State Representative Martha M. Walz, and John F. Barros, executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and a member of the Boston Public School Committee. The Center for Social Policy and the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy partnered to host the event.

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, was recently presented with an award at the Bridge's 20th Anniversary Celebration. The awards were presented to five individuals who made a difference due to their vision and systemic perspective.

Claire Gold, lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded a public service grant for $4,800 from the Office of Research and Sponsored programs for her "UMB Anthropology Outreach" program. The program serves to educate public school students in the Boston area about biological evolution by using early human fossil casts. The program has visited many schools in the past few months and has been well-received.

Lucia Mayerson-David, director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, Associate Professor of Sociology Jorge Capetillo, and Melissa Colon, associate director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute, were all honored as part of El Planeta newspaper's "The PowerMeter 100" at an event on March 1. The PowerMeter 100 honors the 100 exceptional individuals who have best influenced the Latino community in Massachusetts over the past year. Video from the awards is available on YouTube.

Anne Douglass, Angi Stone-MacDonald, and Mary Lu Love, all part of the College of Education and Human Development's Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings Program, spoke to the board of the state Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) on February 8, presenting two online professional development courses they developed as part of a $106,000 grant from the DEEC. Commissioner Sherri Killins, and Secretary of Education Paul Reville praised the work of UMass Boston's EECIS team. Through this grant, the Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings team has developed online professional development courses available through UMass Online, as well as OpenCourseWare, on Massachusetts Core Competencies for Early Education and Care Professionals and Massachusetts Preschool Learning Guidelines, and is currently developing a course on Early Language and Literacy Development. The Department of Early Education intends to widely disseminate these professional development resources across the state to improve access to research-based professional development.

Professor of Nursing Suzanne Leveille was recently awarded with the 2011 Eastern Nursing Research Society John A. Hartford Geriatric Research Award.


Jorgelina Abbate-Vaughn and Donna DeGennaro of the Curriculum & Instruction Department had a chapter recently published: "Urban Support Networks: Commuter Urban Public Universities in Global Times" in the AACTE-sponsored volume titled Universities and Global Diversity: Preparing Educators for Tomorrow, edited by Beverly Lindsey and Wanda Blanchett.

Michael Keating, director of operations and senior fellow at the Center for Peace, Democracy & Development, published an interview with Lowell-based Liberian war photographer Gregory Stemn in the Free African Media.

Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture, published a commentary on fashion, slavery, and the first lady on the Ms. magazine blog, which is accessible under the Life and Identities section.

Professor of Psychology Edward Tronick coedited a special section on Infant Mental Health in the February edition of American Psychologist, the journal of the American Psychological Association that is distributed to all member psychologists in the U.S. He also coauthored an article in the section, "Infants’ Meaning-Making and the Development of Mental Health Problems."

Robert Weiner, graduate program director of International Relations, has been selected by McGraw-Hill publishers as academic editor for the 2012-2013 edition of World Politics.


Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, was interviewed by a CBS Radio affiliate in Dallas, Texas about the report released by the White House showing that, at all levels of education, women in the U.S. still make 75 percent of what men make.

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