Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series for 2004-05

By Patrick J. Callahan

The campus has announced its 2004-05 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. All lectures are at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center, and are free and open to the public.

The participants this year’s series are:

Sheldon Goldman, professor of Political Science, Wednesday, Oct. 20;

John J. McCarthy, professor of Linguistics, Monday, Nov. 29;

Julie A. Caswell, professor of Resource Economics, Monday, Feb. 28, 2005;

Thomas P. Russell, professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, Monday, April 4, 2005.

A reception follows each talk. Faculty members in the series receive a Chancellor’s Medal following their lectures. The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the campus.

Faculty profiles:

Sheldon Goldman is a nationally recognized expert, commentator, and author on the federal judiciary. He has taught at UMass Amherst since 1965 and is the chief undergraduate advisor for the Political Science Department. He teaches courses on judicial politics, Constitutional law and policy and civil liberties. Goldman is the author of "Picking Federal Judges: Lower Court Selection from Roosevelt Through Reagan," (1997, 1999); "Constitutional Law: Cases and Essays" (2nd ed., 1991); "The Federal Courts as a Political System," (3rd ed., 1985). He is co-author of "American Politics and Government" (1990); "American Court Systems" (2nd ed., 1989); and "Judicial Conflict and Consensus" (1986). He is frequently quoted in national outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly,and USA Today, to Time, Newsweek and National Public Radio. Goldman earned his bachelor’s degree in political science form New York University in 1961, and a master’s and doctorate from Harvard in 1964 and 1965, respectively.

John J. McCarthy has taught at the university since 1985. He served as head of the Linguistics Department from 1993-96. He works in phonological theory, how sounds combine to create language, and allied fields. His current research deals with a range of issues arising in and around optimality theory, a general theory of constraint interaction. McCarthy says his research is often informed by evidence drawn from the Semitic languages. McCarthy earned his bachelor’s degree in linguistics and Near East languages from Harvard College in 1975 and a doctorate in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979. He was an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin from 1979-84 and an associate professor from 1984-85. He was also a consultant to AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey from 1984-86, and an instructor at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institutes: Stanford University, 1987; at the University of California Santa Cruz, 1991; and Cornell University, 1997.

Julie A. Caswell has been a university faculty member since 1984. She is a member of the research team at the Food Marketing Policy Center at UMass Amherst and at the University of Connecticut, which focuses on understanding domestic and international food systems. The center is also a founding member of the Food Safety Research Consortium. Her current research projects focus on the impact of higher safety standards in developed countries on exports and food safety within developing nations, the traceability of food safety and the use of genetically modified organisms, and the effectiveness of food labeling in influencing consumer behavior. Caswell earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs management from Michigan State University in 1976; a master’s degree in economics, and a doctorate in agricultural economics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and 1984, respectively.

Thomas P. Russell joined the faculty in 1996. He has been the director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center since 1997. The center unites the efforts of 34 UMass faculty members from the departments of Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Polymer Science and Engineering, and has research collaborations and outreach programs with more than 12 other institutions. The center has been fostered by 29 years of support from the National Science Foundation for interdisciplinary research. Russell’s research interests include using polymers and block copolymers for the fabrication of nanostructured materials and exploring electronic, magnetic, biological and sensory applications of their use. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boston State College in 1974 and his doctorate in Polymer Science and Engineering here in 1979. He worked as a research fellow at Universitat Mainz, Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, in Mainz, Germany, from 1979-81, and as a research staff member for International Business Machines Corporation’s research division from 1981-96.