Five professors to speak in Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Five veteran professors have been selected to speak this year as part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, which opens Oct. 25.

The participants in this year’s series are Ethan Katsh, Legal Studies, Wednesday, Oct. 25; Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, Wednesday, Dec. 6; Joseph I. Goldstein, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Monday, Feb. 5; Sut Jhally, Communication, Thursday, March 8; and Melinda A. Novak, Psychology, Monday, April 23.

All lectures are at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center, except the March 8 event, which is to be held in the Bernie Dallas Room in Goodell Hall. The lectures are free and open to the public.

A reception follows each talk. Following their lectures, each faculty member in the series receives a Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the campus. The lecture series is sponsored by the offices of the chancellor and the provost.

Ethan Katsh joined the facuty in 1970 and is a professor of Legal Studies. He has been involved with online dispute resolution since 1996, is co-director of the Online Ombuds Office and in 1997 he co-founded the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution. In 2001, he received a grant from the Markle Foundation to improve accessibility to domain name dispute rulings.

From 1997-99, Katsh mediated a variety of disputes online, involving domain name/trademark issues, other intellectual property conflicts, disputes with Internet Service Providers, and others. In the spring of 1999, he supervised a project with the online auction site eBay where more than 150 disputes were mediated during a two-week period. Katsh has written three books on law and technology, “Law in a Digital World” (1995), “The Electronic Media and the Transformation of Law” (1989), and, with Janet Rifkin, “Online Dispute Resolution: Resolving Conflicts in Cyberspace” (2001). His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum and other law reviews and legal periodicals. Katsh chairs the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Expert Group on ODR and coordinated the 2002 and 2003 UNECE Online Dispute Resolution Conferences. He has been visiting professor of law and cyberspace at Brandeis University, is on the board of advisors of the Democracy Design Workshop, serves on the legal advisory board of the InSites E-governance and Civic Engagement Project, and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Katsh earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1967 and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1970.

Vincent M. Rotello joined the faculty in 1993 and is the Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry. He is also a professor in the program in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering. Rotello conducts research in the field of supramolecular chemistry of biological and materials systems. His research team is also applying synthetic chemistry to the creation of nanoscale devices.

Rotello’s research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office and the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. Rotello received the Samuel F. Conti University Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in 2004-04, and he was an Alfred P. Sloan fellow from 1998-2000. He received an NSF Career award in 1997 and was a Lilly Teaching Fellow from 1996-97. He was an invited professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan in France in 2005. Rotello earned his bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1985; and a master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1990-93.

Joseph I. Goldstein came to campus in 1993, serving as dean of the College of Engineering and professor of Mechanical Engineering until 2004. He was named Distinguished Professor in 2003. Goldstein came from Lehigh University where he served as director of the electron optical laboratory from 1992-93, as R.D. Stout Professor of Materials Science and Engineering from 1990- 92, vice president for graduate studies and research from 1987-90 and vice president for research from 1983-87. He was assistant vice president for research at Lehigh from 1979-83, the T.L. Diamond Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy from 1976-83 and professor of materials science and engineering from 1975-93. From 1968-75, he was an assistant and then associate professor in the metallurgy and materials science department at Lehigh. Goldstein earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and doctorate in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960, 1962 and 1964, respectively. Goldstein’s expertise and research is in the fields of solid state diffusion and diffusion controlled transformation in metals oxides and coatings, X-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy and meteorites and lunar samples. An asteroid was named after him in the fall of 2000. Goldstein received the Public Service Award from the UMass system in 2002.

Sut Jhally joined the faculty in 1985 and is a professor of Communication. In 1991 he founded the Media Education Foundation, based in Northampton and is its executive director. Jhally is also a well-known national commentator on the role of media in politics and culture who has appeared in such publications at The Nation, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Observer (London), The Toronto Sun and The Christian Science Monitor. Jhally is the producer, writer and editor of the videos, “Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire”; “Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land”; “U.S. News Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”; and “Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering.” He has also published several books, including “The Spectacle of Accumulation: Essays in Media, Culture & Politics”; “Enlightened Racism” (2005); and “The Cosby Show, Audiences and the Myth of the American Dream” (1992). Jhally earned a bachelor’s degree in history/sociology and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of York in England in 1977 and 1978, respectively; a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Victoria in Canada in 1980; and a doctorate in communication from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1984.

Melinda A. Novak was appointed to the faculty in 1973. She was an assistant professor of Psychology from 1973-80, associate professor from 1980-89 and professor since 1989. She has been head of the Department of Psychology since 1995 and served as acting chair from 1989-90 and in 1991.

She was head of the neuroscience and behavior division of the department from 1979-82 and 1992-94 and associate chairwoman of the department from 1983-87. Her research examines the effects of early experience on cognitive and social development in rhesus monkeys. Novak has been a visiting professor in the department of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School’s New England Regional Primate Research Center from 1987-91 and from 1994-present. She has also been a guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory of Comparative Ethology since 1988. Novak was the acting co-editor of the American Journal of Primatology (2003-04), associate editor from 1999-03, and a member of the editorial board from 1997-99. She was also a consulting editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology from 1994-97. Novak earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology/zoology from the University of Connecticut in 1967 and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and 1973, respectively.