UMass Amherst Announces Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series for 1998-99

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts announces its 1998-99 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. All lectures are at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall, and are free and open to the public.

The participants in this year’s series and the dates of their lectures are:

* Jeanine Young-Mason, professor of nursing; Wed. Dec. 9;

* Eric M. Beekman, professor of Germanic languages and literatures; Wed. Feb. 24;

* Lawrence M. Schwartz, professor of biology; Wed. March 10;

* Glenn M. Wong, professor of sport studies; Tues. April 6.

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

Faculty Profiles

The work of Jeanine Young-Mason focuses on the development of the concept of compassion. In her teaching, writing, and research, she draws extensively from sources in literature, fine art, and published personal narratives of the experience of illness. Young-Mason’s most recent book, "The Patient’s Voice: Experiences of Illness," explores the meaning of compassion from the patient’s perspective by presenting personal accounts of illness written by children and adults. She is currently working on a new book that views compassion from the point of view of the health care practitioner titled "Philosophies of Practice: Accounts by Doctors and Nurses," which includes narratives of rural and urban practitioners from England, Iraq, Japan, Tunisia, and several states in the U.S. Young-Mason has been a faculty member at the School of Nursing at UMass since 1985.

Eric M. Beekman has published 24 books since the 1960s, the majority of which are related to the study of Dutch literature. His 12-volume series of translations of pivotal Dutch works was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in the 1980s. Beekman says his interest in Dutch literature stems in large part from its exploration of colonialism and how this relates to the shaping of the modern world. In 1997, Beekman was knighted by the Kingdom of The Netherlands, receiving the "Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw" (Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion) for his outstanding contributions to the study of Dutch language and literature and his efforts to promote an appreciation and understanding of the culture of The Netherlands in the English-speaking world.

Lawrence M. Schwartz studies cell death, a carefully orchestrated process that is essential for normal human and animal development and could have serious ramifications in treating an array of illnesses, from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer. His research has been published in such respected journals as Science, Nature, Neuron, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Schwartz joined the University’s faculty in 1988. His honors include awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Cancer Society, the Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and the American Heart Association. He is the recipient of a research career development award from the NIH and has served on grant review panels for the NIH and the National Science Foundation. Schwartz has presented seminars at numerous institutions including Tufts University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

During the nearly 20 years he has spent at UMass, Glenn M. Wong has held a number of positions: professor in the sport management program, department head, acting dean of the School of Physical Education, and interim director of athletics. An attorney, Wong is an expert in the field of sport law and has written extensively on the subject. He has authored or co-authored three sport law books, among them the first case study book on sport law, and he has also written numerous articles, including a monthly column on contemporary sport law cases and topics. Wong’s extensive service to the University community includes serving as faculty athletics representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). His professional affiliations include membership on the Labor Panel of the American Arbitration Association and the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. Last spring, Wong was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest professional organization of lawyers working in the sports industry. He is active in sport law issues in the areas of contracts, salary arbitration, insurance, Title IX, and other collegiate and tort liability issues.