Campus Notes for The Point Issue #6

Office of Communications | February 18, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #6

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PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND LECTURES

Professor of Psychology Ed Tronick gave the keynote address, titled “Meaning Making and Mental Health,” at the International Conference on Infant, Toddler and Preschooler Mental Health this month in Auckland, New Zealand. He also recently testified before the State Senate's finance committee on the new law sponsored by Representative Story requiring screening postpartum depression, a disorder that affects 15% or more of women in the perinatal period.

GIS Lab Manager Helenmary Hotz, Department of EEOS, conducted a workshop titled “Using GIS for Effective Green Energy Implementation” at the National Council for Science and the Environment's 10th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: The New Green Economy on January 20 at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

GIS Lab Manager Helenmary Hotz and EEOS PhD student Jun Zhu led a presentation titled “Implementation of a GIS Platform Teaching Model to Deliver Social and Natural Sciences to Underserved High School and Undergraduate Populations” at the Center for the Improvement of Teaching Annual Conference on Teaching for Transformation, held January 22 at UMass Boston.

PUBLICATIONS

Associate Professor of Art History David S. Areford published his book The Viewer and the Printed Image in Late Medieval Europe this month. Part of Ashgate's series Visual Culture in Early Modernity, the book explores the reception of single-sheet prints in 15th-century England, Germany, and Italy.

The Institute for Community Inclusion's Judith Palfrey wrote an article for the February 1 issue of the Huffington Post about the need to end childhood obesity.

Three poems by Pamela Annas, professor of English and associate dean of CLA, appeared in the January 2010 issue of Istanbul Literary Review.

The Institute for Community Inclusion and the Department of Developmental Services has published a new booklet, “From School Days to Pay Days: An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities,” as well as the publication “Supporting Siblings of Explosive Children.” Both are available on the ICI's website, www.communityinclusion.org.

The new Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) video by Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion highlights the ICE program, an initiative to promote inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in college. Click here to watch the video.

Paul Atwood of the Joiner Center and the American Studies Department has published a new book, War and Empire: The American Way of Life, published by Pluto Press.

Assistant Professor Susan DeSanto-Madeya of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences along with colleagues from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute had a manuscript titled “Association between United States acculturation and the end-of-life experiences of advanced cancer patients' caregivers” published in the January issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

An article by senior lecturer Joshua Jacks, lecturer Doug Thompson, and former lecturers Elissa Tonkin and Matt Schweisberg, all of the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution, titled "Exit Strategies: Typology and Tips," has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2010 issue of NY Dispute Resolution Lawyer, a publication of the New York State Bar Association.

EXHIBITS, READINGS, PERFORMANCES, AND RECORDINGS

Assistant Professor Erik Levine of the Art Department is having a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego from February 21 through March 21.

GRANTS, RESEARCH, AND PROJECTS

PhD student Stefanie Grazda, who works in the lab of Associate Professor of Biology Solange Brault, has received $7,000 from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and $14,520 from the National Geographic Society to fund her project, “Individual niche specialization in a top marine predator: using the bottlenose dolphin to study the Niche Variation Hypothesis.”

APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS

English Department lecturer Jill McDonough has been awarded one of two 2010 Witter Bynner Fellowships by the Library of Congress for her most recent work, Habeas Corpus, a collection of 50 sonnets, each one about a legal execution from 1608 to 2005. McDonough will also be Poet in the Schools at Brookline High during the month of April.

The Institute for Community Inclusion's Judith Palfrey carried the Olympic torch on January 19 for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The College of Management has been featured in the Aspen Institutes's guidebook The Sustainable MBA: The 2010 -2011 Guide to Business Schools That Are Making a Difference, which addresses how business schools are educating their students around social, ethical, and environmental issues.

EVENTS

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz organized and participated in a reading of Emily Dickinson's poems at the Institute of Contemporary Art in conjunction with an exhibit devoted to the sculptor Roni Horn, who quotes Dickinson in her sculptures. Also taking part were MFA program director Joyce Peseroff and three other distinguished poets: Gail Mazur (formerly a UMass visiting poet), Rosanna Warren of Boston University, and David Rivard of the University of New Hampshire.

IN THE NEWS

Sherry Penney, founding director of the Emerging Leaders Program, was recently interviewed by Byron Barnett of WHDH-TV's Urban Update. The interview focused on the Program's anthology, Voices of the Future: Emerging Leaders, published in the summer of 2009. The expected air date is February 21 at 11:30 on WHDH-TV, channel 7.

Professor of American Studies Rachel Rubin has become a regular commentator about popular culture on the Callie Crossley Show on WGBH- FM.

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