Campus Notes for The Point Issue #24

Office of Communications | April 28, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #24


Lawrence Blum, professor of philosophy, gave a presentation on the high school class on racism that he taught and for which he received a Spencer Foundation grant in 2010 to write a book on his experiences. The presentation was to the Engaging Philosophy conference, which brought together philosophers who are taking philosophy outside the academy to various communities and venues.

Lizabeth Roemer, professor of psychology, delivered an invited address, “Mindfulness-based treatment for anxiety disorders,” at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 24, 2011. Roemer and Susan Orisillo, professor of psychology at Suffolk University, also conducted a Master Therapist Workshop, “Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies in practice,” at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Hartford, Connecticut, on March 11.

Bo Sheng, assistant professor of computer science, delivered a seminar, "Energy efficient WiFi access on Smartphones," at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on March 24, 2011.

Andrea Goggin, director of outreach and communications in the College of Management, presented "Put Your Students on the MAP!,” known as the college’s Management Achievement Program at the 2011 Regional National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference in Burlington, Vermont. MAP is a professional development program that helps students prepare for a successful transition from their academic to professional career.

Zack Ronald, associate production coordinator at the Video Production Center, presented on Accordant Classroom Capture as a means to record classroom lectures before several faculty members on April 19, 2011 in the Healey Library at UMass Boston.


Aleksander Lust, lecturer in political science and management, presented a paper on "Pathways to the Periphery: Building Capitalism in the Baltics" at the 12th biennial conference of the European Union Studies Association held in Boston from March 3 to 5. He also served as the chair and discussant on the panel on "European Foreign Policy in a Changing World."

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, and Sharon Lamb, professor of counseling and school psychology, have published an article, “Virtualizing Intimacy: Information Communication Technologies and Transnational Families in Therapy,” in Family Process (2011, 50:12-26).

Rona Flippo, professor of curriculum and instruction, has published "Transcending the Divide: Where College and Secondary Reading and Study Research Coincide,” which was the lead article published in the March 2011 issue of the refereed IRA Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Robert Johnson, associate professor of Africana studies, has published a book, Fighting for Africa: The Pan-African Contributions of Ambassador Dudley J. Thompson and Bill Sutherland (University Press of America, December 2010).

Lloyd Schwartz, Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, is editor of the book Elizabeth Bishop: Prose, which was recently 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. His book  has now been reviewed in The New York Times, The NY Times Book Review, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Philadelphia Inquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wichita Eagle, Vogue, New York Magazine, bookforum, Boston Phoenix, Publishers Weekly (starred review), Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Harvard Magazine.  

The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy released a report, “Caring for Women: A Profile of the Midwifery Workforce in Massachusetts," on April 14, 2011.


Bo Sheng, assistant professor of computer science, was awarded an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Research Grant to support his ongoing research on "Efficient Media Service on Hybrid Clouds for Mobile Clients.” The grant supplies $7,500 credits applicable to all AWS commercial cloud computing services.

Joan Becker, vice provost for academic support services and undergraduate studies, was awarded $9,000 by the TJX Foundation, Inc. in support of the Urban Scholars Program.

Oiyan Anita Poon, research associate in the Institute for Asian American Studies, was awarded $30,000 by the nonprofit Third Sector New England, Inc. for the project “Massachusetts Community Principles of Fair Redistricting.”

Russell Schutt, professor of sociology, was awarded $150,000 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to evaluate the operation of the state’s Care Coordination Program and the role of patient navigation within that program.

Donna Stewartson, associate program director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, was awarded $50,000 by the foundation Partnership for Democracy & Education, LLC to administer and implement the “Participatory Action Research Fellowship for Women of Color Leaders Project.”

Jean Wiecha, associate professor of exercise and health science, was awarded $15,000 by the New Balance Foundation in support of GoKids Boston.

Cedric Woods, director of the Institute for New England American Studies, was awarded a  $1,136,140 subcontract by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to administer and implement the “Native Tribal Scholars Program.” The prime sponsor is the U.S. Department of Education.


Suji Kim, assistant professor of English, was chosen by The Poetry Society of America for her new poem "At the Imperial Palace," for the George Bogin Memorial Award.  The PSA ceremony was held on April 19, 2011, at the National Arts Club in New York, where Charles Simic will receive this year's Frost Medal and give the annual Frost Lecture.

On March 17, at the Salem Athenaeum, Lloyd Schwartz, Frederick S. Troy Professor of English,  gave a benefit talk and reading for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He talked about Elizabeth Bishop and read several of her poems and read his own poems.

Maureen Scully, associate professor of marketing and management, has been appointed associate editor of Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society.

College of Management students recently visited State Street Bank where they received a tour of its trading room, followed by the opportunity to meet and speak with Executive Vice President Nick Bonn. Bonn and other State Street professionals offered students insight to the different roles in the trading room and each individual's career path.

As part of the College of Management Senior Executive Forum, Mark Marinella, former executive vice president and head of global fixed income research at State Street, recently met with undergraduate and graduate students. He shared highlights from his 25 years of experience in working with fixed income, cash, currency, and capital markets.

On March 1, 2011, UMass Boston opened its first Business Launch Competition. Participants launched their own business over the course of two months. On May 11th, participants will present their work and awards will be given to participants who make the most progress developing their business.

In January 2011, Arindam Bandopadhyaya, chairman of the accounting and finance department, and a group of MBA students traveled to India as part of the Focus on India: Global Industry & Competitive Analysis course.  The course examined techniques of industry and competitive analysis and ways of applying these techniques to gain a better understanding of industry trends and company strategies in sectors of significant importance to the regional economy.  The program, offered in collaboration with the Multinational Business Academy in Noida, India, consisted of lectures, seminars, case competitions and visits to international companies, governmental agencies, and a major private hospital.


Lloyd Schwartz, professor of English,  was interviewed by Robin Young on Here & Now on the  topic of Elizabeth Bishop’s on what would have been her 100th birthday.  He was also been recently interviewed on Bishop by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harvard Magazine, and the PBS show News Hour’s Arts Beat.

David Levy, chairman of the managing and marketing department and director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness, talked about the new Graduate Certificate in Clean Energy and Sustainability in the March 30, 2011 issue of Mass High Tech.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas appeared on WGBH's Basic Black to discuss the one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill on April 22, 2011.

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