Campus Notes for The Point Issue #5

Office of Communications | January 14, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #5


History Department Chair Roberta Wollons presented a paper, titled “Mount Holyoke in Bitlis: Missionaries Bring a New England Education to Ottoman Turkey,” at the Education and the Public Sphere in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey conference, held at the University of Ankara in Turkey in November.

Professor Fiora Bassanese of the Department of Modern Languages recently presented two papers: “Veronica Franco and the Construction of Mythological Beauty” in November at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and a guest lecture titled “Women, Beauty and Books: Portrayal of the Feminine in Renaissance Italy,” at Boston University in December.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Wei Zhang recently gave four presentations: an invited talk titled “Fluorous Green Chemistry” at the 19th International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies, held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; an invited talk titled “Combinatorial Fluorous Technologies for Green Chemistry Applications” at the 2nd International Symposium on Combinatorial Sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Catalysts and Materials, held in Beijing, China; and two seminars on fluorous chemistry at Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry.

Associate professor Denise Patmon of the Curriculum and Instruction Department and Associate Professor Joe Check of the Leadership in Education Department, were co-keynote speakers at the University of California/Berkeley for the 35th anniversary of the California Writing Project on December 5.

Assistant professor Esther Seibolde of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences led a presentation titled “Nursing and School Psychology: A Model for School-Based Collaborative Care,” in collaboration with assistant professor Melissa Pearrow of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the 14th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November.

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Mathematics Maura Mast is attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco this week, where she is coorganizing and moderating the panel “Hard Problems – Approximate Solutions: Finding Balance between Math and Family Demands;” taking part in a panel titled “Career Opportunities: The Early Years,” which is sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics; giving a talk titled “Teaching Mathematics and Democracy” in a session on Mathematics, Equity and Diversity; and coorganizing a contributed paper session on Quantitative Reasoning and the Environment.

As part of the CMS-funded Work Without Limits Grant, Rick Kugler and Maria Carlson from Bay Cove Human Services presented a workshop session on the relationship between earnings and disability benefits for professionals and consumers at the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s annual conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts. 15 people attended.

Amy Gelb of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented a full-day institute at the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (MassPRA) conference on December 3. The topic was Supported Employment and the delivery of effective services, employment resources, job development and marketing. Gelb co-led the day with Dr. Patricia Nemec, a professor from Boston University in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented on the topic of the U.S. Department of Labor’s sub-minimum wage provision for people with disabilities to a national teleconference to the National Association of Governors’ Committees on People with Disabilities on December 10. The presentation included a review of the history of the sub-minimum provision, the increased scrutiny this provision has come under, and current advocacy efforts to reduce or eliminate use of sub-minimum wage.


In December, Associate Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies/Latin American Studies Ann Blum published a book on reproductive labor and child circulation, Domestic Economies: Family, Work, and Welfare in Mexico City, 1884-1943. She also published a chapter on adoption and child circulation, “Haciendo y deshaciendo familias. Adopción y beneficencia pública, Ciudad de México, 1938-1942,” in Género, poder y política en el México posrevolucionario, edited by Gabriela Cano, Mary Kay Vaughan, and Jocelyn Olcott.

Professor Fiora Bassanese of the Department of Modern Languages recently published a book review on Bele Antiche Storie; Writing, Borders, and the Instability of Identity. Trieste 1719-2007, an anthology of cultural articles edited by Charles Knopp, in Annali D'italianistica 27.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Wei Zhang recently authored and coauthored three papers: “Green Chemistry Aspects of Fluorous Techniques – Opportunities and Challenges for Small-Scale Organic Synthesis”, a critical review article in the journal Green Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Patrick Clarkin recently contributed a chapter, “The echoes of war: effects of early malnutrition on adult health,” to the book The War Machine and Global Health.

Associate Professor Alexia Pollack of the Department of Biology and technician Lindsay Thomas coauthored the paper “D1 priming enhances both D1- and D2-mediated rotational behavior and striatal Fos expression in 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rats” for the January 2010 issue of the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.

Academic Support Programs director Mark Pawlak has published an essay titled “From Writer’s Notebook to Poetic Journal” in the anthology Writers and Their Notebooks, published by The University of South Carolina Press this month.

Heike Boeltzig and Jaimie C. Timmons, both of the Institute for Community Inclusion, published “A Comparative Review of Public Employment Services for Disabled People in the United States and the United Kingdom: Lessons and Issues” in the online UK-based journal, Rehab Review Newsletter. The paper is the results of a review of research on how people with disabilities are served by the public employment service system in the U.S. and the U.K.


Dorothy Shubow Nelson, Senior Lecturer in English, read her poems with others at the War and Poetry event at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival on October 17. The event was sponsored by the new literary magazine, Consequence, which focuses on the culture of war. She also had a poem, “If I Touch the Depths of Your Heart…”, published in the Fall 2009 issue of the journal Human Architecture, which she also coedited. She also presented a paper on the poet Charles Olson, for a panel on Island Writers, “Looking at Time and Place through a Special Lens,” for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, held last June in Victoria, British Columbia.


Assistant Professor Melissa Pearrow of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology served on the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Task Force coordinated through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a member of this task force, Pearrow took the lead in analyzing data from 15 schools that piloted an assessment tool, and also authored sections of the framework developed by the task force to guide schools as they meet the behavioral health needs of their students. This data was reported in the Interim Report to the Legislature.

Labor Resource Center director Susan Moir recently coauthored a report, titled “Green Jobs and Women Workers,” about gender segregation in the construction industry.

The Institute for Community Inclusion’s National Service Inclusion Project hosted an interactive three-day Trainer Development Institute from December 7 through 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Institute included over 100 representatives from AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve programs, disability organizations, and organizations meeting national needs and solving local problems through volunteer service. The institute strengthened participants’ knowledge of disability inclusion on two distinct skills levels. Participants enhanced their capacity to impart disability knowledge to program staff and partner organizations and shared effective practices and resources to guide organizations with developing an inclusive service program.


CPCS Professor of Gerontology Nina Silverstein has been appointed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies to a three-year term on the Committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons. Her term begins in April.

An article coauthored by CPCS Professor of Gerontology Nina Silverstein and PhD candidates Elizabeth Johns and Judith Griffin, titled “Students explore livable communities” and published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, won the 2009 David A. Peterson Award for best article of the journal’s 29th volume.


Joshua Jacks, Dispute Resolution senior lecturer and director of Metropolitan Mediation Services (MMS), a community mediation program serving Greater Boston, has announced that MMS is offering a 36-hour mediator training from January 27 through February 6 at the program's training center in Brookline Village. Tuition is $725. Detailed schedule and training content can be seen at the program’s website,, or by calling 617-241-0300.


David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion, was featured in the December 2009 edition of Working Together News for a training he did on building relationships with businesses in anticipation of a turnaround in the economy.

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