Campus Notes for The Point Issue #25

Office of Communications | May 12, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #25


Edward Miller, associate professor of gerontology, was one of two featured speakers on the March 23 national webinar sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on "The Influence of Benefit Design and Coverage Expansion Initiatives: Impact on Coverage Take-Up and Care Utilization." The title of Miller’s talk was “Evaluating the Implementation, Design, and Outcomes of the Rhode Island HEALTHpact Plans.”

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Rona Flippo presented the symposium "Reading Researchers in Search of Common Ground: The 'Expert Study' Revisited", and also presented her research paper "The Expert Study and the Past 10 Years of Literacy Research: In Retrospective" at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8-12 in New Orleans, LA.


John Tobin, professor of English, is the general editor of the nine volume Evans Shakespeare Series which has appeared in time for Shakespeare’s birthday. Tobin is also the editor of the Hamlet volume.

One-Ki (Daniel) Lee, assistant professor of management science and information systems, has coauthored the paper "Knowledge Reuse through Electronic Repositories: A Study in the Context of Customer Service Support," which has been published in Information & Management (I&M), 2011, Vol.48.

The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy released two reports in April at public forums: Unfinished Business: Building Equality for Women in the Construction Trades; and A Profile of the Midwifery Workforce in Massachusetts.

Billie Gastic, assistant professor of public affairs and public policy, and Diana Salas Coronado, PhD candidate in public policy, have published the article “Latinos and School Choice,” in the Journal of School Choice, 2011, 5(1), 139-142.

Felicia Wilczenski, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, is coauthor of the article “Conceptual and Curriculum Frameworks for Infusing Social Justice in School Counselor Education,” which has been published in the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 2011, 3, 6-17.

Laura Vanderberg, director of assessment in the College of Education and Human Development, is coauthor of  the article “Reading Intervention Outcomes for Adults with Disabilities in a Vocational Rehabilitation Setting: Results of a 3-year Research and Demonstration Grant," which was recently published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.

Dennis Gilbert, lecturer in French, delivered a paper titled "Simone de Beauvoir on Existentialist Theater," on April 29 at the eighteenth biennial meeting of the North American Sartre Society held in Montréal.

Anthony Petruzzi, director of writing assessment, authored an article, “Convalescence from Modernity: Writing Assessment in the Epoch of Scientism," which was published in the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing 23.1 (2011): 1-25. He also authored two conference papers: “On the Pathos of Truth: Rhetoric, Nihilism and Emotional Proof in Saviano’s Gomorrah,” delivered at the Social Theory Forum at UMass Boston in April 2011; and “Ambivalence and Stasis in Writing Assessment: Political and Procedural Resistance to Performance Assessments,” at NEMLA, held at Rutgers University in April 2011.


John Butterworth, senior research fellow at the Institute for Community Inclusion, has been awarded $40,625 by the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) for the project “Developing Data Reports and Accessible Web Data Display Tools for ATAP.”

Associate Professor of Computer Science William Campbell, lecturer Ron Cheung, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Duc Tran have received an equipment grant worth more than $40,000 from Enterasys Networks, a premier global provider of wired and wireless network infrastructure and security solutions, to establish a networking lab to support the networking research program as well as educational programs in information technology and computer science.

Patricia Gallagher, study director for the Center for Survey Research, has been awarded $96,456 by the Health Dialog Services Corporation for the project “Evaluation of Approaches to Decision Support.”

Greer Glazer, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been awarded $277,871 by Partners HealthCare for the project “Clinical Leadership Collaborative for Diversity in Nursing, Cohort IV.”

Robyn Hannigan, professor of environmental, earth, and ocean sciences, has been awarded $326,321 by the National Science Foundation for the project “REU Site: Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) at UMass Boston.”

Kurt Jacobs, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded $144,506 by Williams College for the project "Control and Measurement of Coupled Mesoscopic Quantum Systems.” The National Science Foundation is the prime sponsor.

Suzanne Leveille, assistant professor of nursing, has been awarded $3,185,481 by the National Institutes of Health for the project “Attentional Demand of Chronic Pain and Risk for Falls in Older Adults.”

Anthony Roman, senior fellow in the Center for Survey Research, has been awarded $155,933 by the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy for the project “Massachusetts Employer Health Insurance Survey 2011.”

Heather Trigg, senior research scientist at the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, has been awarded $61,475 by the National Science Foundation for the project “The Human Impact Pollen Database:  Development of a Searchable Internet Database of Pollen Taxa.”

Jean Wiecha, associate professor of exercise and health sciences, has been awarded $15,00 by the New Balance Foundation for the project “Therapeutic Exercise to Enhance Obesity Treatment.”


David Lanchester, a heavy equipment operator in the Facilities Department, and Lucia Mayerson-David, director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, received the 2011 Chancellor's Achievement Awards at a ceremony on May 10.

The National Council for Research on Women will present its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, on May 19.

Bianca Bersani, assistant professor of sociology, has received the University of Maryland's Distinguished Dissertation Prize. This was a multidisciplinary competition, and her dissertation, "Are Immigrants Crime Prone? A Multifaceted Investigation of the Relationship Between Immigration and Crime in Two Eras," was chosen from among 650 dissertations.

Dan Joyce ’82, president and CEO of Moors and Cabot Investments, spoke with students at a College of Management forum on April 6.

On April 20, Mike Noetzel, managing director of institutional relationships for TIAA-CREF, met with College of Management undergraduate and graduate students.

College of Management graduate students participated in the fifth annual Boston Investment Research Challenge. Each team produces a real-world stock report just as a sell-side equity analyst. Students gain valuable experience as an analyst working in teams and with corporate and industry professionals. This year, the competing schools produced competing stock reports on IRobot. UMass Boston’s College of Management team presented their work at an April 25 presentation.

On April 9, more than 200 community activists, advocates, and scholars joined the Center for Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to explore "Community Innovation: Lifting Up Voices from the Field." Boston Mayor Thomas Menino began the day that brought Massachusetts' three Promise Neighborhood grantees from Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester together with a broad range of practitioners from Boston and Washington.  Supported by the United Way and the Barr Foundation, the convening laid the foundation for a community of practice.


Computer science undergraduates Veronica Carrillo-Marquez, Joseph Cohen, Fabio Elia, and Henry Lo, of the UMass Boston cyber defense team coached by Ron Cheung, competed in the 2011 MIT Lincoln Lab Capture the Flag Competition on April 2 and 3.They bested teams from MIT, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Olin College while placing second overall in the contest.

James Barrett, a master’s student in applied sociology, has been awarded a Harvard Rappaport Summer Public Policy Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government. Barrett participated in the program in 2008 and performed statewide policy work on disproportionate minority confinement of delinquent youth.

Linda Lascano, a master’s student in applied sociology, will soon begin work on developing a policy with the Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture on the expectations of animal healthcare in adoption shelters.

A forum on the gendered wage gap, featuring former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy and the students in the Graduate Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy, was filmed by C-SPAN, and was broadcasted in late April.

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