Campus Notes for The Point Issue #7

Office of Communications | April 07, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #7

PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND LECTURES

On March 18, the Venture Development Center hosted a conference, titled “Financing Strategies for Growth and Liquidity Seizing the opportunity in 2010.” College of Management Assistant Professor Mine Ertugrul served on a panel discussing trends, opportunities and what to expect in 2010.

Professor of Philosophy Lynne Tirrell will give the Keynote Address, titled "Apology, Recognition and Normative Mutuality," at Georgetown University's Philosophy Department Colloquium, "Constituting Normative Worlds," on April 9.

On March 15, Professor Marilyn Frankenstein gave a two-hour seminar, titled “Real Real-life Maths Problems,” to adult numeracy teachers at London South Bank University, and from March 20 through 25, attended the 6th annual “Mathematics, Education and Society” conference in Berlin, Germany, for which she served on the international organizing committee, was on the opening panel on “Ways of Acting Politically in Mathematics Education,” and also presented on “Real Real-life Maths Problems.”

Vice Provost for Information Technology Anne Agee and Information Security Officer Robert Sarao presented “Sharing the Wealth: Creating a University-wide Information Security Council” at the annual conference of the Northeast Regional Computing Program, held in March in Providence, Rhode Island.

Vice Provost for Information Technology Anne Agee joined Mary Corcoran of Boston College to present “Email in the Cloud: What are the Implications?” at the annual conference of the Northeast Regional Computing Program, held in March in Providence, Rhode Island.

On April 19, Professor of History and Graduate Program Director Spencer Di Scala will give a symposium on his new book, Vittorio Orlando: Italy, at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, as part of his duties as the 2009 Barbieri Foundation Fellow. The symposium will include the participation of the Consul General of Italy in Boston, Liborio Stellino.

PUBLICATIONS

A book edited by Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters director Adenrele Awotona, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters: A Global Survey, has just been published in the United Kingdom by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The book has been reviewed a number of times, most notably by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

“Managing Exchange Rates,” coauthored by Professor Arindam Bandopadhyaya and Assistant Professor Giorgio Gotti of the College of Management, and Qian Lu of Boston University, has been accepted for inclusion as a chapter in International Business in the 21st Century, Volume 2, Going Global: Implementing International Business Operations.

College of Management assistant professor Lucia Silva-Gao and Bala Iyer of Babson College recently had their paper, “Value Creation Using Alliances within the Software Industry” accepted for publication in Electronic Commerce Research and Applications.

Professor of History and Graduate Program Director Spencer Di Scala’s new book, Vittorio Orlando: Italy, part of the Makers of the Modern World series, is being published this month.

Institute for New England Native American Studies director Cedric Woods published an essay about the institute, titled “A Different Path Forward,” in the winter issue of the New England Journal of Higher Education.

College of Management assistant professor Stephan Manning recently had an article, titled "The Strategic Formation of Project Networks: A Relational Practice Perspective," published in the 'online first' version of Human Relations.

College of Management Professor David Levy, along with Halina Brown of Clark University and Martin De Jong of the Delft University of Technology recently had their paper, “The Contested Politics of Corporate Governance: The Case of the Global Reporting Initiative,” accepted for publication in Business and Society.

College of Management assistant professor Vincent Xie's paper, "Changes in Social Values in the United States," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Advertising Research.

“Using Student-Centered Cases in the Classroom: An Action Inquiry Approach to Leadership Development,” coauthored by College of Management assistant professor Pacey Foster and Inga Carboni of William and Mary, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Management.

College of Management Undergraduate Program Director Amy Mei and Director of Outreach and Communications Andrea Goggin presented “Put Your Students on the MAP!," which showcases CM's Management Achievement Program (MAP), at the 2010 Regional National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference in Newton, Massachusetts. MAP is a professional development program that helps students prepare for a successful transition from their academic to professional career.

An article by Lecturer Roz Cummins, “Cape Anne Fresh Catch: The Pescavore’s Dilemma,” was published online by Edible Boston and mentioned on WBUR last month.

Heike Boeltzig and Jaimie Timmons of the Institute for Community Inclusion wrote a new article, “Disability Specialist Staff in U.S. One-Stop Career Centers and British Jobcentre Plus Offices: Roles, Responsibilities, and Evidence of Their Effectiveness,” which examines the roles and responsibilities of disability specialist positions and their effectiveness in improving employment service delivery. The piece is available in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Alberto Migliore of the Institute for Community Inclusion wrote an article titled “Sheltered Workshops” for the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation.

Director of Academic Support Programs Mark Pawlak’s sixth poetry collection, Jefferson's New Image Salon: Matchups & Mashups, is being published by Cervena Barva Press this month, as is a collection of writing that he coedited, When We Were Countries: Poems and Stories by Outstanding High School Writers, Volume IV, in the highly-praised series of the “best” high school writing published by Hanging Loose Press.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jalal Alamgir participated in two panels in an international conference on South Asia organized by the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. On February 20, Alamgir spoke on democracy in Bangladesh, and on February 21 on the use of soft power in Indian foreign policy.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Leila Farsakh’s book Labor Migration and the Palestinian State was published in January by the Institute of Palestine Studies in Beirut, which is the leading publishing press on Israeli-Palestinian subjects in the Middle East.

GRANTS, RESEARCH, AND PROJECTS

The College of Management’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) is part of a new international comparative study of corporate climate strategies in energy intense industries, a project designed to tackle these important questions. More information is available at www.management.umb.edu.

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has been awarded a contract with the state of Maine’s Department of Labor and its Department of Health and Human Services to design a model for professional development for community employment service providers in Maine. This one-year project, which began in March, will focus on designing a model for professional development including certifications, mentoring, and advanced topical training, and assisting with the development of an RFP process so that the state can select a grantee to implement and manage the system.

APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS

College of Management professor Noushin Ashrafi was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to lecture and/or perform research at the University of Piraeus in Greece for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In March, Distinguished Professor of Science Education Arthur Eisenkraft received the Robert H. Carleton award from the National Science Teachers Association, the organization’s highest honor, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science education.

Labor Resource Center director Susan Moir has been appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of The Labor Studies Journal, a national publication that provides education and information for today’s labor movement.

Assistant Professor Rezarta Bilali of the McCormack Graduate School’s Department of Dispute Resolution & International Relations has been awarded a Certificate of Honor by the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) for her dissertation research “The Effect of Group Identity on Memories of Past Conflicts.” The award will be presented at the annual conference of the IACCP in Melbourne, Australia this summer.

Vice Provost for Information Technology Anne Agee has been appointed to a one-year term as a director of the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). NERCOMP includes 250 higher education institutions throughout the northeastern United States and Canada.

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz was invited by the Honors Program at Northern Kentucky University to do a brief residency in early March. Besides meeting and spending time with many honors students, Schwartz spoke to the English Department and read both his own poems and poems by Elizabeth Bishop, and gave a public talk to the entire university on the subject, “How I Became a Music Critic and the Importance of Music in Our Lives.”

Senior Business Systems Analyst Robert Caron of the Application Services Department has been invited to join the CollegeNET X25 customer panel. Only five customers worldwide comprise this panel, which meets with CollegeNET’s development staff two to three times a year to review and propose features and functionality for X25.

EVENTS

On March 4, the Labor Resource Center held its third “Thinking Big/Moving Forward” seminar, titled “Bringing Good Jobs to Our Communities.” Sixty union, community, and academic leaders participated in the seminar. Event presenters and cosponsors were Anneta Argyres of the Labor Resource Center; Professor Randy Albelda of UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy; and Jim Snow of Community Labor United. The presentations focused on the quality of jobs in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, with particular attention to jobs in the care sector and in the emerging green sector.

CNHS Assistant Professor Susan DeSanto-Madeya organized and moderated the symposium “Family and Community-Based Participatory Research Methods: Challenges in Balancing Rigor and Reality,” and presented “Challenges and Strategies in the Design and Conduct of End-of-Life Research with Diverse Individuals with Advanced Cancer and their Caregivers” at the Eastern Nursing Research Society's 21st annual conference, held in Providence, Rhode Island on March 25.

The 16th annual NESACS Undergraduate Day was held at UMass Boston on February 27. Approximately 70 people were in attendance, including students from area colleges and universities such as Stonehill College, Emmanuel College, Salem State College, UMass Boston, and Boston College. NESACS, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, is the largest local section (membership approximately 7,000) of the largest professional organization in the world. The event was cosponsored by NESACS, UMass Boston's College of Science and Mathematics, and the Department of Chemistry at UMass Boston.

IN THE NEWS

Institute for New England Native American Studies director Cedric Woods gave a keynote address at the 8th annual Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education, held March 26-28 at Virginia Tech’s Skelton Conference Center.  He also took part in a panel discussion at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in February, the audio portion of which was aired on Wesleyan University’s WESU radio station in early March.

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies Chris Bobel was interviewed about cultural attitudes toward women's bodies and in particular, the menstrual cycle, on the blog of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, in a two-part series.

Associate Professor Pepi Leistyna of the Applied Linguistics Graduate Studies Department was interviewed about the representational implications of CBS’s new reality show Undercover Boss on WHYL 960 AM United for Progress with host Rick Smith on March 6.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Bonnie Miller was a guest on WGBH Radio's The Callie Crossley Show on March 9 for a discussion of Amy Bishop and images of women and violence in American art and popular culture.

Professor of Art Pamela M. Jones contributed the chapter “The Court of Humility: Carlo Borromeo and the Ritual of Reform” to the book The Possessions of a Cardinal. Politics, Piety, and Art, 1450-1700, recently published by Penn State Press.

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, was quoted in a February 22 New York Times article, “Foe of Iran Government Calls for Referendum."

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