Campus Notes for The Point Issue #22

Office of Communications | April 01, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #22


Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas presented the paper “Televisual Tourism: HBO’s Tremé and the Racial Remapping of Post-Katrina New Orleans” on March 12 at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ annual conference in New Orleans, LA.

Associate Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Mathematics Maura Mast, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ethan Bolker, and Director of Academic Support Services Mark Pawlak organized the 15th Annual Northeast Consortium for Quantitative Literacy meeting, held at UMass Boston on Saturday, March 19.

On March 26, Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute, gave a talk titled, “Black Women, Boston, and the Fabric of Slavery” at the Dudley Public Library in Roxbury in celebration of Women’s History Month. The talk was co-sponsored by the League of Women for Community Service and the Friends of Dudley Public Library.

Maria Ivanova and Craig Murphy, co-directors of the new Center for Governance and Sustainability in the McCormack Graduate School’s Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, hosted Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, deputy permanent representative of Sudan to the United Nations, for a talk, “The World’s Newest Democracy: What Future for South Sudan,” on March 28 in the UMass Boston Campus Center.

William Kiernan, director of the Institute for Community Inclusion, spoke on a panel before the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on March 2. The topic was "Improving Employment Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities," and focused on ways to overcome barriers to employment, successful strategies for working in integrated settings, and policy recommendations. To view the entire panel discussion, visit the U.S. Senate website.


Associate Professor of Philosophy Christopher Zurn’s paper, “Discourse Theory of Law,” was published in Jürgen Habermas: Key Concepts, ed. Barbara Fultner (Acumen Press: 2011).

UMass Boston Professor of Psychology Alice Carter coauthored a study, "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Hanen's 'More Than Words' in Toddler with Early Autism Symptoms," which appeared online March 22 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The study showed that toddlers who played with a limited number of toys showed more improvement in their communication skills following parent-guided treatment than those receiving other community-based treatments.

David Levy, department chairman of management and marketing, authored a column, “Fukushima’s Silver Lining,” on the boost to non-nuclear renewables such as wind and solar energy in the wake of the disaster in Japan in Energy Collective on March 22.


The UMass Boston women’s volleyball team received 2010 championship rings in a ceremony on March 29, capping off their best season in university history. The Beacons captured the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship in November. Read more in UMass Boston News.

U.S. News & World Report, in its “2012 Best Graduate Schools,” ranked the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) No. 50 in the nation. Read more in UMass Boston News.

The Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) recently honored Professor of Nursing Suzanne Leveille with the John A. Hartford Geriatric Research Award for her research looking at the relationship between pain and fall risks in older people. Leveille’s colleagues nominated her for her work on the MOBILIZE Boston study.

Gary Messinger, a development officer for the Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation, will hold a reading and discussion of his new book, The Battle for the Mind: War and Peace in the Era of Mass Communication, in the Campus Center Bookstore on Tuesday, April 5 at 2 p.m.


Professor of Classics Kenneth Rothwell was quoted in a March 28 Boston Globe article, “Speaking up for Latin in Newton middle schools.”

Wanli Hu, director of the China program, is quoted in a March 25 Boston Globe article, “China on their Minds.”

UMass Boston baseball head coach Brendan Eygabroat is profiled in this March 10 Brighton Pittsford Post article, “Eygabroat builds a winner in Boston.”

Distinguished University Professor of Science Education Arthur Eisenkraft is quoted in this March 20 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, “Why does U.S. fail in science education?

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