Elizabeth Strzepa ’15 (journalism) has just accepted a full-time on-air reporting job with WPTZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Burlington, Vermont. She was hired as a multimedia journalist and bureau chief in White River Junction, Vermont, where she will be responsible for covering news in the southern half of the state.
Rob Blanchflower ’14 (communication) and Julian Talley ’12 (sociology) have signed contracts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, respectively.
Sean P. Sullivan ’10 (journalism/anthropology) wrote an article called "Project Storybook: Convicts Send Home a Story for the Holidays".
Alice Macycove Perdue ’68 (sociology) has recently published a book, In Brooke Astor's Court, an insider's look at the world of Brooke Astor and a cautionary tale about financial elder abuse. Perdue worked for Brooke Astor and her son, Anthony Marhshall, from 1993-2005, where she observed the strange relationship between mother and son that led to the son's criminal conviction for stealing from the admired philanthropist and heiress to the Astor family fortune. The book is available on Amazon.com.
Dan Lamothe ’04 (journalism) interviewed Tom Ricks, a longtime Washington Post war correspondent and author, for a Washington Post feature titled "Former Washington Post Writer Tom Ricks Opens up about Post-Traumatic Stress." Ricks' book Fiasco is a must-read to understand the Iraq War.
Ben Brody ’12 (journalism) spoke at the "Democracy and the Military: A Panel Discussion" event at the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton. Brody shared his experiences as an Iraq War veteran and photojournalist with Global Post.
Christina Gregg ’14 (journalism) wrote a recent blog post titled "American Skin" on the recent Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
Kevin Koczwara ’09 (journalism) got a byline in The New York Times with a piece titled "Squandering Two Leads, Red Bulls Are Ousted".
Caroline Moss ’09 (journalism) also got a byline in The New York Times with "A Pre-Thanksgiving Ritual: Cocktails, Catch-Ups and Maybe a Kiss."
Dick Bresciani ’60 (journalism), a longtime official in the Boston Red Sox organization, has passed away. He was also sports information director at UMass Amherst. Read the obituary in the Boston Globe.
Prof. Russ Juskalian, an instructor with the Online Certificate of Journalism, has received a 2015 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to cover the issue of rhino conservation.
David Mednicoff (public policy/middle eastern studies) wrote about the Charlie Hebdo incident on Huffington Post. Mednicoff argues that Charlie Hebdo and the attack on it are more specifically about French identity than free speech. Read the full article.
Prof. Ray La Raja (political science) discusses research in a blog from the London School of Economics and Political Science. La Raja looks at how public disclosure of campaign contributions affects citizens’ willingness to give money to candidates.
The Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) has a newly designed website.
PhD candidate Michael Kowal (political science) has been awarded a Dissertation Research Grant to support his research on the causality of corporate ties on political activity within Fortune 500 companies. His research will provide greater insight into the role of social pressure on political activity and policy making and contribute toward a better understanding of corporate influence on the political process.
The Center for Research on Families awards two PhD candidates with the Fall Travel Award. Seda Saluk (anthropology) and Kimberly Doughty were awarded $300 each for travel expenses associated with the conference they will attend. Saluk’s research explores the dynamics of women’s reproductive rights in Turkey and how they are being affected by the interplay between European Union governance, Turkey’s convergence towards standardization of healthcare, and feminist activism. Doughty’s research attempts to shed light on a link between breastfeeding intensity and rapid weight gain before 12 months of age. Read more about the award.
Laurel Smith-Doerr (sociology), director of the Institute for Social Science Research, gave an invited presentation at a workshop titled “Bringing Research into the Policy Process,” held at the National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, VA, in late November.
The Journalism Department has a new broadcast studio in the Integrative Learning Center. The studio will officially open for the Spring semester. Click here for pictures.
PhD candidate Zach McDowell ’16 (communication) published a review of David Gunkel's "The Machine Question" in New Media and Society, and with Prof. Briankle Chang (communication), he published the third volume of the online journal Communication +1: Afterlives of Systems.
Prof. Mari Castañeda (communication) and Claudia Anguiano published "Forging a Path: Past and Present Scope of Critical Race Theory and Latina/o Critical Race Theory in Communication Studies" in the Review of Communication, Volume 14, Issue 2, 2014, Special Issue on Micro-Histories of Communication II.
The Columbia Journalism Review's News Literacy department published a piece on Ferguson and used Prof. Steve Fox's (journalism) News Literacy class as a hook.
Consumeraffairs.com, 1/23/15. NBC News, Myarklamiss.com, 1/22/15. Yubanet.com [California], 1/21/15. Science Daily, WGGB-TV 40, Springfield Republican, MassLive.com, 1/20/15. Researchers from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) have released a working paper verifying the ability of American fast food restaurants to more than double the minimum wage of their lowest paid workers to $15 an hour over a four-year period without causing the widespread employment losses and decline in profits often cited by critics of such increases. Using data gathered from previous studies and U.S. Economic Census reports, economists Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim have found that at the standard rate of industry sales growth the savings from a decrease in workforce turnover added to revenue generated from moderate annual 3 percent price increases could support a two-stage increase in the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25, first to $10.50 and then to $15 three years later.
The Real News Network, 1/22/15. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about what he thinks President Obama can do about climate change and the environment even in the face of opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress.
Ehow.com, 1/22/15. Nancy Folbre, emerita professor of economics, comments in a story about the high cost of having a baby. She says many couples either buy larger houses before a baby is born or move to a bigger house once the baby arrives. They may also move in order to be in a community with better schools.
Glendale News Press [California], 1/21/15. A columnist writing about the reaction to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris cites an observation by David Mednicoff, director of Middle Eastern Studies, published in the Huffington Post, where he says “If violence can breed violence, the legacy of both violent Western colonialism and post-colonial repressive authoritarianism (in the Middle East and North Africa) should be confronted and connected more clearly to the broader nexus of the tragedy of Paris.”
National Journal, 1/20/15. Newsweek, 1/18/15. Democrat and Chronicle, 12/6/14. Research by Arindrajit Dube (economics) about the effort to boost minimum wages is cited. City Lab [Atlantic magazine], 11/28/14. Dube comments on the need to improve wages
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1/19/15. Whitney Battle-Baptiste (anthropology) was a guest speaker at the Community Breakfast Program at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School and was also a member of a discussion panel called “Could Ferguson Happen Here” sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee on Martin Luther King Day in Northampton
New Republic, 1/16/15. Research done by Jennifer Lundquist (sociology) shows that the military fosters high rates of marriage and low divorce rates, and those conclusions are the same for black and whites in the military, as opposed to the larger society where black households are significantly more likely to have a single parent. Lundquist's research is also cited in a study Journal of Marriage and Family, where she argues that financial considerations and structural conditions of modern military service such as deployment to war and the military’s demand for frequent geographic relocation leads to personnel policies that rely on families to make these conditions more bearable for service members. Recorder, 12/30/14. Military.com, 12/8/14. WFCR, 12/5/14.
The Valley Advocate, 1/15/15. Prof. Karen List (journalism) was quoted in this week's Valley Advocate cover story "Is That a Threat?" by Hunter Styles. Chicopee police think Charlie DiRosa's Facebook post, "Put Wings on Pigs," is a crime, but List says it's not a criminal threat: In our "vibrant marketplace of ideas... [it's] protected speech."
Washington Post, Bloomberg, 1/15/14. Research conducted by Ray La Raja and Brian Schaffner (political science) is cited in news stories about how public funding of elections encourages polarization and how contributions from political action committees, large donors and party organizations tend to encourage moderation.
The World, 1/14/15. Christian Science Monitor, 1/13/15. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Katherine Newman appears on PRI's The World to discuss her book "After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa."
Springfield Republican, 1/14/15. Jean Sifrin ’16 (resource economics), tight end for the UMass football team, has announced he will forgo his final year of college eligibility and declare for the National Football League draft.
The Real News Network, 1/14/15. The Real News Network, 1/13/15, The Real News Network, 1/12/15, The Real News Network, 1/11/15. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses developing a green economy in the U.S. Pollin is also featured in Marketplace on 1/8/15. on the overall economic impact of bills before Congress using dynamic scoring and The Real News Network on 1/8/15 and 1/6/15 talking about what other countries are doing to boost their green economy, and what he thinks will and won’t happen in efforts to stem climate change.
The Conversation, 1/13/15. David Mednicoff, (public policy/Middle Eastern Studies) wrote an article on the attack of Charlie Hebdo.
Washington Post, 1/12/15. A story about what the author sees as corruption practiced by power brokers in business, government, the media and nonprofit organizations, notes that a study done by economists at UMass Amherst found that 19 top academic economists publicly promoted financial reforms for the industry without disclosing their links to private financial institutions that would be affected. The study is written by Gerald Epstein & Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth of PERI.
WBUR, 1/12/15. David Kotz (economics) is a guest on the NPR program “On Point” where experts discuss how to get the U.S. economy working again.
Vermontbiz.com, 1/9/15. Gerald Friedman (economics) comments in a story about why Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin recently scrapped plans for a state single-payer health care system. Friedman says the decision was based on politics, not on the actual costs of the plan.
Springfield Republican, 1/9/15. Ralph Whitehead Jr. (journalism) was reported in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital after he collapsed at the State House following the election of alumnus Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg as president of the Massachusetts Senate on Jan. 7.
International Business Times, 1/9/15. Co-primary investigators Laurie Godfrey, professor emerita of anthropology, and Alfred Rosenberger, professor of anthropology and archaeology at Brooklyn College, found thousands of specimens in the first exploration of three deep underwater inland caves on the island of Madagascar off of the southeastern coast of Africa.
WBUR, 1/8/15. Madeleine Blais (journalism) writes an essay about how her application to Smith College was rejected.
The Atlantic, 1/8/15. The research of Michelle Budig (sociology) is cited in a magazine story about a father who has just left his job as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become a stay-at-home dad. The writer notes that Budig found that working men who become fathers saw their earnings increase by 6 percent while working women who became mothers saw their earnings decrease by 4 percent.
The Real News Network, 1/8/15. Leonce Ndikumana (economics) of the Political Economy Research Institute discusses capital flight from Africa and what impact this has on investments and the overall health of national economies there. Ndikumana has recently published a book on this subject.
Science 360, 1/8/15. The website of the National Science Foundation features Laurie Godfrey, emerita professor of anthropology, commenting in a video about an underwater fossil graveyard discovered on Madagascar.
Cincinnati.com [from USA Today], 1/5/14. A story on the beginning of the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev notes that the UMass Amherst poll found that in both 2013 and 2014, 59 percent of the statewide public thought Tsarnaev should get the death penalty if he is found guilty.
MassLive, 1/02/15. Regional Planning Lecturer and Northampton Planning Director Wayne Feiden (LARP) is interviewed.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 12/31/15. An op-ed by Michael DiPasquale (landscape architecture and regional planning) says proponents of expanded rail service in the Pioneer Valley should look to Worcester, where transit-related public infrastructure projects and policies have promoted dense, mixed-use development nearby, which in turn has attracted more investment.
Boston Globe, 12/28/14. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, says what surprised her in 2014 was the Supreme Court’s decision in October not to weigh in on appeals of several marriage equality cases.
Indian Country Today, 12/23/14. Sonya Atalay (anthropology) has been awarded a $206,500 New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will support her research through the summer of 2016. The fellowship grant will enable Atalay, who herself is Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, to take the time to develop a thorough knowledge of her native language, which is required to understand the meaning of giant earthwork mounds, ancient rock art and sacred birch bark scrolls that hold thousands of years of ceremonial knowledge and cultural teachings.
Springfield Republican, 12/23/14. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, commenting in a story about the War on Poverty in the 1960s, says at that time, as now, the best way to fight poverty is to provide people with good jobs.
MSNBC, 12/22/14. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel (sociology) say many Americans don’t take vacations and that people who are the highest earners take the most time off. For lower income Americans, time off is often traded for more money, they say. They also examined systems where paid vacation time and sick time are combined.
Asbarez Armenian News, 12/22/14. A group of UMass Amherst students recently toured the United Nations headquarters in New York City with Armen Baibourtian, a former diplomat and current lecturer in political science.
LA Times, 12/21/14. James K. Boyce (economics) writes an Op-Ed titled "Amid climate change, what's more important: Protecting money or people?" where he discusses how people must make choices in how they adapt to climate change.
NYBooks.com, 12/18/14. Former Federal Reserve Vice-Chair and Gamble Lecturer Alan Blinder cites PhD candidate Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash, and Robert Pollin (economics) in his review of Madrick's current issue of New York Review of Books.
Time, 12/18/14. Sheldon Goldman (political science) says President Obama has been very successful in getting 305 of his picks for the federal judiciary approved and they are a very diverse group. “Obama has diversified the bench in terms of gender, ethnicity, nationality to an extent never, ever, ever done before,” Goldman says.
WGBH-TV 2, 12/17/14; Bloomberg, 12/18/14. Ray La Raja (political science) writes that the campaign finance change tucked into the massive $1.1 trillion federal budget bill approved by Congress and signed by the president is actually good news. Politico, 12/11/14. All Things Considered [NPR], 12/10/14. La Raja says a provision in the huge bill that funds the federal government for the next year that allows wealthy donors to give up to $778,000 per year to party committees will help because political parties would be able to compete with outside funding groups. Politico, 12/4/14. La Raja says U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking to change the rules for campaign fund-raising so that party officials and affiliated PACs can raise and distribute money to candidates as a way to offset the growing influence of more sharply ideological funding sources.
Truth-Out, 12/16/14. Stellan Vinthagen (sociology), holder of the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, is profiled.
Rochester [N.Y.] Democrat & Chronicle, 12/15/14. Minutewomen Basketball's first-year guard Cierra Dillard (communication) was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, scoring a career-high 21 points with four assists in a 72-61 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 14, which followed an 18-point game in a win over American on Dec. 6. She is currently the team’s second-leading scorer at 9.3 points per game.
Quartz, 12/15/14. A 2013 report by economists Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash and Robert Pollin, which found serious errors in an influential paper on national debt by Harvard economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart, is cited in an article evaluating Rogoff’s recent recommendations for a revised Japanese monetary policy.
Al Jazeera America, 12/12/14. Gerald Friedman (economics) was interviewed live via the UMass Amherst remote TV studio about the general workers’ strikes in Italy over Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans to overhaul labor laws and make it easier for firms to lay off workers.
The Real News Network, 12/12/14. Gerald Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, was interviewed about the repeal of a crucial provision of Dodd-Frank legislation. Crain’s New York Business, 12/1/14. Research on the stability of large financial institutions, done by Epstein and colleagues, finds that the interconnectedness of large banks continues to be a potential threat to the global economy.
Valley Advocate, 12/10/14. A story on sexual harassment in the local food service industry mentions that the Labor Center has conducted a survey of restaurant workers and finds that at least 15 percent of respondents report some level of sexual harassment.
Brattleboro Reformer, 12/10/14. Graduate student Wouter Van Erve (political science) explains how grand juries work and how even when they decide not to bring charges, such as in the cases in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, there are other means to bring people to court.
WGBH-TV 2, 12/10/14. Cameron Roche, a doctoral student and assistant director of the UMass Poll, and Jackson Maxwell ’17 (journalism), an undergraduate assistant at the Poll, offer an analysis of this fall’s election victory by Charlie Baker, the Republican governor-elect of Massachusetts.
New York Times, 12/9/14. Research by Amy Schalet (sociology), author of Not Under My Roof, was cited by a columnist writing about how to talk to children about sex. Schalet says Dutch parents work to “normalize” sex for adolescents while American parents tend to “dramatize” it, highlighting its dangers and leading teenagers to have secret sex.
Springfield Republican, 12/9/14. UMass Amherst officials celebrated the opening of the new $93-million, 150,000-square-foot Integrative Learning Center on Dec. 9. It is the new home for the communication, journalism, linguistics and film studies departments and programs and has offices, auditoriums, meeting rooms and lounges.
Mycentraljersey.com, 12/9/14. Phys.org, 12/8/14. The Atlantic, 12/1/14. Time, 11/25/14. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, makes the economic case for supporting the rights of LGBT people around the world.
Springfield Republican, 12/8/14. Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe ’16 (communication) has been named to the New England Football Writers Division 1 All-New England Team.
Springfield Republican, 12/8/14. Melissa Wooten (sociology) and Noa Milman, a visiting professor of sociology, comment in a story about how protests in the region about the recent cases in Ferguson, MO, and Staten Island, NY, involving the deaths of young black men, are part of a national movement seeking to change the country’s justice system.
Worcester Business Journal, 12/8/14. Boston Globe, Telegram & Gazette, Boston Herald, 12/6/14. Springfield Republican, WFCR, WFXT-TV 25, NECN, Sentinel & Enterprise, 12/5/14. There is statewide news coverage of state Sen. Stephen M. Brewer '71 joining the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at UMass Amherst after he retires in January from a 26-year career as a state lawmaker. Brewer will serve as a professor of practice at CPPA.
Boston Globe, 12/6/14. Dan Clawson (sociology) writes a letter-to-the-editor saying the way to reduce gaps in test scores among racial groups is not to impose high-stakes testing, but reduce poverty and racial segregation in the country.
Fortune, 12/4/14. Thomas F. Juravich (sociology) of the Labor Relations and Research Center says when fast food workers across the country began demanding raises to $15 per hour, they were able to refocus the debate on their economic circumstances, not just on the dollar amount they were seeking.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 12/4/14. Emeritus Prof. Jerome M. Mileur (political science) and Ray La Raja (political science) comment in a news story in The Boston Globe about possible political fallout from reports that Bryon Hefner, the domestic partner of Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, who is expected to be elected president of the Massachusetts Senate in January, had used social media to criticize outgoing president Sen.
Richmondfed.org, 12/1/14. Robert Pollin (economics) comments in a story about the split among economists between faculty members with more mainstream, analytic views, and those with more heterodox or pluralistic views of the profession.
WFCR, 11/30/14. Madeleine Blais (journalism) does a commentary about her experience as a child when she appeared on a local television show on Thanksgiving.
Telegram & Gazette, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/28/14. Ralph Whitehead (journalism) comments in a profile of Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, the Amherst senator and alumnus who is poised to become the president of the Massachusetts Senate when the next term begins in January. Whitehead says Rosenberg’s new position will help western Massachusetts and says the new president has a longstanding record of building consensus on difficult issues.
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