Campus Notes for The Point Issue #26

Office of Communications | May 27, 2011
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #26

EVENTS AND HONORS

Philip Carver, associate director of community relations and economic development, received the 2011 Boston's Best Neighbor Award on April 29 from Vargas & Vargas Insurance Co. at the IBEW Hall in Dorchester. The award honors individuals in the community who have demonstrated exceptional care, concern, and selflessness to make their neighborhood a safer, more pleasant, and a more friendly community for all of the residents. Carver was awarded a plaque and a $2,000 check for the honor; he will donate his winnings to the Greater Neponset Co-Ed Youth Football League.

Senior web designer Lisa Link's digital prints were displayed in the exhibition "Too Shallow for Diving: The 21st Century Is Treading Water" at the American Jewish Museum, Squirrel Hill. Her work, "Water Ways," was based on conversations with Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences faculty, students, and residents about the relationship between water and humans in the coastal city. Find out more about the exhibit on the Too Shallow for Diving Facebook page.

The Office of Community Partnerships has created a survey for faculty, staff, and administrators to help gather information that will serve as a foundation for its efforts, and for the broader university marketing efforts of the Office of Government Relations and Public Affairs. The survey takes between 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will remain open until June 10.

APPOINTMENTS

Director of Institutional Research and Policy Studies Jennifer Brown assumed office as the president of the Board of Directors for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) at the 51st Annual Forum in Toronto, Canada in May 2011. National and international higher education policy on higher education systems, financing, and access, as well as growth in expectations for quality assessment and accountability have increased the range and scope of the work of institutional research professionals since AIR's founding in the mid 1960s. Brown will lead the board through the implementation of a new governance structure focused on meeting the increasingly complex professional development needs of the membership, in the US and affiliates around the globe.

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education has announced a recent restructuring of its administrative staff. Effective May 1, the regional center, which is part of the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston, will come under the shared leadership of director John Saltmarsh and associate director Glenn Gabbard. Founded in 1988, NERCHE is a center for inquiry, research, and policy that supports higher education administrators, faculty, and staff across New England in becoming more effective practitioners and leaders as they navigate the complexities of institutional change.

PUBLICATIONS

Honors program associate director Dick Cluster's translation of "Waiting for a Kind on the Punk Side," a story by Pedro de Jesús, was published in the Spring 2011 special Cuba issue of the Americas Society.

Honors program associate director Dick Cluster has been awarded a translation residency fellowship at the Banff International Literary Translation Center for summer 2011, to work with Cuban writer Aida Bahr on a translation of her story collection Ofelias.

The Gastón Institute released a report, An Imperative for Change: Bridging Special and Language Learning Education to Ensure a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment for ELLs with Disabilities in Massachusetts, on May 25. The report addresses how in Massachusetts, the number of English Language Learners also identified as having a learning disability has more than doubled in the last decade.

PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, LECTURES

Moakley Professor of Peace and Reconciliation Padraig O'Malley hosted the second annual conference of The Forum for Cities in Transition in Northern Ireland from May 23-26. Senior negotiators from all sides of the Northern Ireland conflict shared with their international audience decisions on ending the violence, the steps to creating a negotiating structure, the process of negotiations, and how differences were dealt with and compromises agreed on.

Registration for IDEAS Boston, which will be hosted by UMass Boston for the first time this year, will open on June 10. Visit the website to register.

Battelle and the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security (CIOCS) have announced that they will team up to host the first-ever Global Conference on Oceans, Climate, and Security in May 2012. The three-day conference, expected to be a bi-annual signature event for the Collaborative Institute, will convene May 21-23, 2012 in Boston, with the primary goal of addressing the impact of climate change on our ocean systems and the consequent impact on human security and national security.

GRANTS

Dan Simovici, professor of computer science, received a grant from the UMass President's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund toward a collaborative data mining center. The center will develop core computing research programs in data mining along with applications across disciplines including climate change research, astronomy, and the social sciences. One project currently being advanced involves Sociology and Computer Science faculty working with the Boston Police Department on better prediction tools for criminal activity.

IN THE NEWS

Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas was a guest on WGBH’s weekly television series Basic Black.  Thomas appeared on the April 22, 2011 live broadcast discussion on the anniversary of the Gulf oil spill and the 2012 presidential election.

The National Council for Research on Women presented its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy (CWPPP) on May 19. Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of CWPPP, accepted the award a the Member Center Awards presentation held at New York University's Kimmel Center.

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