Campus Notes for The Point Issue #4

Office of Communications | December 21, 2009
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #4


Amy Gelb and Rick Kugler of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented workshops at the “What About Work?” conference for consumers of mental health services on November 10 in Worcester. Gelb presented a workshop on workplace disclosure and reasonable accommodations, and Kugler presented on earnings and benefits. The conference was sponsored by the Massachusetts Work Without Limits employment initiative.

Heike Boeltzig of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented a paper, “All Wired Up? An Investigation of the Use of Information and Communication Technology in Public VR Service Delivery,” at the fall conference of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, held November 18 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Insulator/Asbestos Abatement Supervisor John Drews from Facilities Administration took part in a panel discussion at the Rockport Public Library, titled "Settling the Moon and Mars -- Insights from Personal Experiences of Living in Antarctica."

David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented a session entitled “Understanding the New Labor Market” at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Statewide Employment Conference on November 18. About 70 people attended the session, which focused on better understanding the statewide and local labor markets, how to use the information available to better assist individuals with their employment needs, and how to take full advantage of the tools available from the Massachusetts Labor Market Information System.

Center for Social Policy Research Director Françoise Carré presented and participated in a workshop cosponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Hauser Center and the global research and action network WIEGO on December 3. The workshop, titled “Economic Rights and the Working Poor,” was attended by international researchers and activists.

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Director Carol Hardy-Fanta was a featured speaker at a December 3 Suffolk University Law School forum, titled "More Women at the Power Tables."

Undergraduate Gerontology Program Director Nina Silverstein gave four presentations at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, held in Atlanta, Georgia in November: “Assessing Stakeholder Opinions on Medical Review of Impaired Drivers and Fitness to Drive,” “Using Objective Driving Data in Competence Assessment of Drivers with Early Stage Dementia,” “Mapping the Older Driver Evaluation Process: A Pilot Study of Transportation Options and Communication,” and “Taking Control of Alzheimer’s Disease: Evaluating Training for Early Stage Persons and Care Partners.”


A paper by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lisa Rivera titled “Citizen Responsibility for War in Imperfect Democracies,” is being published in Dialogue this month.

Heike Boeltzig, Jennifer Sulewski, and Rooshey Hasnain of the Institute for Community Inclusion recently published the article “Career Development Among Young Disabled People” in the journal Disability & Society.

Poetry by Mark Pawlak, director of Academic Support Programs, is included in the new anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights, published by Lost Horse Press.

Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Pamela Annas recently published two poems, “Railroad Man” and “Peace Plan for Afghanistan,” in the journal Pemmican.

John McGah of the McCormack Graduate School was recently published in the book Baseball and the “Sultan of Swat”: Babe Ruth at 100. The book, published by AMS Press, Inc. and Hofstra University, features McGah's essay, “Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Fans of Boston” which he presented at a conference in New York which analyzed Babe Ruth’s impact on American culture.


EEOS Chair Robyn Hannigan and Assistant Professors Allen Gontz and Ellen Douglas have volunteered their time to assist the American Geophysical Union in their effort to clarify the science behind the global climate change debate. Combined, they will spend 12 hours answering questions from the media on climate change and its affects. The AGU requested assistance from the members to serve as a pool of science experts for the global media during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

WUMB Radio has received a $179,443 Community Service Grant from CPB (the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) for continuing to meet or exceed CPB’s eligibility criteria. WUMB was one of 400 non-commercial radio stations to be awarded a Community Service Grant this year. The station will primarily use the funds for the continued production of local programming, and the acquisition of programs from National Public Radio, American Public Media, and the Associated Press.


Assistant Professor Susan DeSanto-Madeya of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences has become an End-of-life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Trainer. ELNEC is a national education program to improve palliative and end-of-life care by nurse.

EEOS Assistant Professor Allen Gontz has been elected to serve a four-year term on the Geological Society of America's Research Grants Committee as the Member-at-Large. The Research Grants Committee evaluates research grant proposals from the membership; this year, it received over 638 proposals and awarded $520,425 to 197 proposals. Gontz also serves as the campus representative for the Geological Society of America.

In August, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor Karlene Schwartz of the Biology Department received the 2009 Richard Davenport Award by the Squam Lakes Conservation Society for her fifteen years of exceptional service and dedication to land conservation and property stewardship.

WUMB General Manager Patricia Monteith has been reauthorized as a Certified Fundraising Executive by CFRE International after demonstrating ongoing practice and achievement as a professional fundraiser and related continuing education and service to the profession.

A documentary short by the McCormack Graduate School’s Give US Your Poor initiative, titled No Good Reason, has been an official selection in 25 film festivals in various cities in 2009 and has won 2 awards. The film documents the creation of the song by the same title, written by a 15-year-old homeless girl, Nichole Cooper, when she lived in a Minneapolis shelter. The movie features singer Natalie Merchant, Cooper, and 5 other artists who have experienced homelessness. Julia Tripp of the Center for Social Policy also appears in the film. Learn more at


The Labor Resource Center hosted sixty students as well as guests from UMass Boston and the Boston-area labor community for a “Mock Negotiation” on November 30 in the Healey Library. Led by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Mark Preble and Gene Binda from Labor Studies, students from the undergraduate Labor Studies program faced graduate students from the College of Management, with participants observing and taking part in a debrief session.

The Labor Resource Center held its second “Thinking Big/Moving Forward” seminar for union members and leaders on November 24. The seminar featured Dr. Steffie Woodhandler, of Physicians for a National Health Program and Professor Emeritus Merton Bernstein of Washington University in St. Louis, who analyzed the struggle for pro-worker health care in the U.S. The morning culminated with a discussion led by LRC Director Susan Moir about the implications of this struggle for the Massachusetts labor movement.

EEOS Chair Robyn Hannigan has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of her efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Specifically, Hannigan was honored for her contributions to trace element geochemistry, development of analytical technologies, and diversifying the geosciences with special emphasis on biomedical geochemistry. Hannigan and the other new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, in February.

On November 18, the Institute for Community Inclusion hosted “Employment Matters, Now More Than Ever,” a statewide conference on employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which brought together over 300 staff from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the provider community. The program was chaired by ICI staffers Amelia Robbins-Cureau and Cindy Thomas and included presentations by Gil Cote, Karen Flippo, David Hoff, William Kiernan, and Rick Kugler, all of the ICI. Funded through Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts employment initiative, this conference reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to employment and highlighted promising practices in Massachusetts.


WUMB Radio Music Director/Announcer John Laurenti has filmed a TV public broadcasting special for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary with Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer. The program, which has aired nationally several times in recent weeks, has culled rare performances and interviews from the last 24 years of the Hall's induction ceremonies where Shaffer was the band leader.

Associate Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe was quoted about the race for the Senate seat once held by Edward M. Kennedy in the Boston Globe on November 30 and again in the Globe on December 12, in the Avon Messenger on December 1, in the Patriot Ledger, the Allston-Brighton Tab, and, all on December 9, and interviewed on the same topic on NECN on December 3.

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller was interviewed on CNBC on December 3 about President Obama’s jobs summit, and again on CNBC on December 15 about the President’s “cash for caulkers” program. He was also interviewed on the radio on the Mario Solis Marich show in Denver, Colorado and on KSRO in Napa Valley, California, and is a regular guest on the Stephanie Miller show.

Moakley Professor of Peace and Reconciliation Padraig O’Malley talked with host Robin Young of WBUR’s Here and Now program on December 14 about his efforts to bring peace to the divided city of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley was interviewed by the Dorchester Reporter on December 17 about UMass Boston’s proposal to buy the Bayside Expo Center. A reception held in his honor was also noted in the December 10 Bay State Banner, while a dinner he hosted for community leaders in Dorchester was noted the same day in the Dorchester Reporter.

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Carrie Ann Quinn was mentioned in a December 10 Boston Globe review of the play Christmas Belles, in which she costars.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Exercise and Health Sciences Department was the subject of a December 12 Patriot Ledger article, “College classrooms are shaping up,” which included quotes from chair Laurie Milliken.

Stephen McGoldrick, deputy director of the Collins Center for Public Management at the McCormack Graduate School, was quoted in a December 13 Boston Globe article, “Political incubator.”

Research conducted by UMass Boston and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was the topic of  a December 14 article in Massage magazine, titled “Musculoskeletal Pain Causes Falls in Elderly,” and of a story on on November 25.

Veterans Upward Bound director Barry Brodsky’s letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, “Instituting a draft is the just and honorable next step,” was published in the paper’s November 25 edition.

Professor of Political Science Thomas Ferguson was quoted in a December 11 Christian Science Monitor article, “House poised to vote on overhaul of financial regulation.”

McCormack Graduate School Dean Steve Crosby was quoted in a December 9 Boston Herald article, “GOP ponders ‘longshot’ win for Senate.”

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Director Carol Hardy-Fanta was quoted in a December 9 Boston Globe article, “Pride - and trepidation,” and again in the Globe in a December 12 article, “Coakley runs against history in state where old boys rule.”

Insulator/Asbestos Abatement Supervisor John Drews from Facilities Administration was mentioned in a Gloucester Daily Times article on December 11, “From frozen adventures to final frontier: Panelists discuss possibilities of living on Moon, Mars by examining Antarctic experiences,” which previewed a panel discussion at the Rockport Public Library in which he took part.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham was quoted in a December 2 Somerville News article, “Capuano makes final push in Senate race,” in the Boston Globe in a December 19 article, “DeLeo does it his way: A low-key speaker, a House divided,” and was interviewed about the Senate race on NECN’s “Affairs of State” on December 3.

Associate Professor of History Vincent J. Cannato contributed an opinion piece to the December 18 issue of Newsday, titled “The public loves young reformers - for a while, at least.”

Professor of Economics Randy Albelda analyzed a new study by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in a December 3 Patriot Ledger article, "Business tax breaks up, spending for colleges down," and on Public News Service the same day.

Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Pacey Foster was quoted in a November 25 Boston Phoenix article, “Tale of the Tapes,” about his contribution of a Boston chapter to the new book Hip-Hop in America: A Regional Guide.

A letter to “The Word” in the Boston Globe’s Ideas section by Christa Kelleher, research director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, inspired the December 20 column, “The female question: Or should it be woman?

Brett Kalikow, a campus organizer at the UMass Boston chapter of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG), was extensively quoted in a December 17 Bay State Banner article, “MassPIRG details risks of private student loans, debt.”

Peter Meade, president and chief executive of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, was quoted in a November 25 Dorchester Reporter article, “Meade hopes to break ground for Kennedy Institute next year.”

Director of the Office of Student Housing Idil Abubakar and Director of Marketing Sarah Weatherbee were quoted in a November 27 Boston Globe story, “For transplanted students, a home for the holiday.”

A letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, titled “UMass Project Deserves Funding,” by Fiske Center for Archaeological Research scientists John Steinberg, Heather Trigg, and Douglas Bolender was published in the paper’s November 25 edition.

Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Blum was interviewed for a National Public Radio story on December 22, “‘Selfish’ Giving: Does It Count If You Get In Return?

EEOS assistant professor Anamarija Frankić was quoted in a December 10 Dorchester Reporter story, “Water-cleansing at Malibu Bay: 200 oysters are leading the charge,” about a partnership between UMass Boston and the Massachusetts Oyster Project.

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