March 2014 Newsletter

In this Issue

Dean Feldman Named Deputy Chancellor of UMass Amherst

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has appointed Dean Robert S. Feldman deputy chancellor for the UMass Amherst campus, effective April 1. 

Hird Named Interim Dean of SBS

The Provost has appointed John A. Hird, who has been Senior Associate Dean since 2011, to take over the helm of SBS.

Childhood Interest in Artifacts Becomes Student’s Career Choice

With a passion for paleontology and archaeology, Nadia Waski '14 (anthropology) is learning as much as she can through her department, the Anthropology Club, and her internships, including one at the Museum of Natural History in New York City and another at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.

Haas to Receive ISA's Distinguished Scholar Award

The International Studies Association (ISA) Environmental Studies Section will present Prof. Peter M. Haas (political science) with the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award at their annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Other Topics of Interest

SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony, Call for Pictures

Medal for all graduating seniors

The SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. Due to the popularity of last year's pre-ceremony slide show, we will create a new one featuring this year's graduates.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients include Cornish, Goldman

Audie Cornish and Sheldon Goldman

Recipients of the Alumni Association's most prestigious recognition for alumni, faculty and friends include Audie Cornish '01 (journalism), co-host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and Professor Sheldon Goldman (political science), a leading expert on judicial selection and confirmation.

Henderson Book is Lammy Finalist

Lisa Henderson

Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU Press) by Prof. Lisa Henderson (communication) is a finalist for the Annual Lambda Literary Awards—fondly known as Lammys—in the LGBT category.

Caswell Named Woman of Influence in Food Industry

Julie Caswell

The Griffin Publishing Company has named Julie Caswell (resource economics) one of the Women of Influence in the Food Industry for 2014.  Women of Influence honors are supported by individuals and firms from throughout the food industry.

International Economist Takes on Major New Role at Bank of England

Nemat Shafik

Former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Nemat Shafik '83 (economics) takes on a newly created role overseeing banking and markets at the Bank of England.

UMass Performance Report

UMass Performance Report header

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is pleased to announce the first annual performance report that rates the University’s progress in achieving 21 goals across six priority areas.

UMass Graduate Programs, Including Sociology, Receive High Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

UMass ranked among best graduate programs

Each year U.S. News and World Report ranks universities and graduate programs, based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

Former Boston Police Commissioner to Examine Rowdy Student Behavior

Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis

In the aftermath of a massive and unruly off-campus bash, known as the Blarney Blowout, UMass Amherst has retained the services of former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to conduct a comprehensive review.

Alumni News | Faculty and Department News 
SBS in the News | A Word from SBS

Alumni News

Evandro Carvalho '04 (political science), who immigrated from Cape Verde 17 years ago speaking only Portuguese, graduated from Madison Park High 7 years later with honors, and completed Howard Law School in 2008, is running for state representative in the Boston primary election on April 1. “My story is not unique,” Carvalho says. “It’s an immigrant story of struggle, of hard work and, yes, pain at times. But mostly, I see it as triumphant." Read an article about him in the Boston Herald.

Boston Globe staffer Maria Sacchetti '91 (journalism) wrote a compelling column about a gay Ethiopian man who is facing deportation. Ethiopia is among dozens of nations — 77 at last count — where it is a crime to be gay or lesbian and penalties include prison time or even death.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins MA '70 (political science) gave a shout out to the UMass Political Economy and Research Institute in a column.

Rachel Levine '13 (communication/theater), a volunteer in  Puebla a Puebla's US office, recounts her experience visiting the organizations projects in Guatemala this past February. 

Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. ’88 (political science) was elected mayor of the City of Orange, NJ, in July 2012.  Orange has a population of about 35,000 with a budget of over 65 million dollars.  Warren manages a workforce of over 300 employees. Recently he was appointed chair of the powerful Housing and Economic Development Committee of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association.   

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism) writes about how Chaz Williams '14 (sociology) has been a key player for this year’s men’s basketball team. Read the article.

Professional photographer Andrew Heller '86 (journalism) of Attleboro, MA, sent the Alumni Association a nice photo of UMass Football coach Mark Whipple. Heller offers a full service photography studio, and specializes in portraits for personal or business use, events and celebrations, high school senior portraits, on-location photo shoots, business events, conventions, and annual meetings. You can contact him via Facebook.

Please send us your news! Also, view upcoming alumni events, sponsored by the Alumni Association, on their Events Listing. And check out MaroonCentral, the Alumni Association's online community. This is a FREE social networking service that encourages communication and professional networking among alumni and students through class notes, profiles, a searchable directory, and more.

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Faculty and Department News

We've been posting lots of videos on the SBS website that might be of interest to you. Most are members of the faculty speaking on their areas of expertise in interviews with various media outlets, or students who speak about their UMass experiences, but we also feature general interest videos produced by various entities across campus, like Sustainable UMass, that speaks to how UMass is in the forefront regarding issues and classes related to sustainability.

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has selected their 2014-15 Scholars. Included in the group of six are Dania Francis (economics/Afro-American studies), Naomi Gerstel (sociology) and Ray La Raja (political science). ISSR scholars participate in a yearlong seminar that helps them each develop a strong research grant proposal. In addition to attending in-depth sessions on grant writing and receiving valuable peer feedback on their proposals, ISSR scholars are given opportunities to consult with nationally recognized experts about their proposals.

Professor Emeritus Nancy Folbre (economics) will receive the Beth Shulman Award from The National Employment Law Project at an awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2014.  She is being honored for her exceptional scholarship and leadership promoting employment issues of special concern to low-wage and women workers. During the ceremony, the National Employment Law Center also will be honoring Labor Secretary Tom Perez and the Ford Foundation for their support of low-wage worker advocacy. Read more...

Razvan Sibii (journalism) published an online series of six articles on same-sex marriage and adoption for one of Romania's largest daily newspapers (Romanian language only—you can practice your language skills!).

Carey Clouse (landscape architecture and regional planning) has been awarded a Fulbright to continue her research in India. Here is an article, published last fall, about her work.

Brian McDermott (journalism) photographed a feature for Bon Appétit magazine on restaurateur Mark Firth and his Great Barrington, MA, restaurant. He also spoke via Skype to a class at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, about web design best practices.

Lisa Henderson (communication) presented an eloquent tribute to cultural theorist and political activist Stuart Hall, who passed away recently. It is featured in the Massachusetts Review

Shaheen Pasha (journalism) was a panelist for a discussion on financial reporting in Asia at the 2014 East-West Center International Media Conference in Yangon, Myanmar.

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SBS in the News

WORT 89.9 FM, 3/26/14. Sut Jhally and Lisa Henderson (communication) discussed the life and contributions of famed cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who passed away last month leaving behind a legacy of works with tremendous influence on the fields of culture and media studies.

USA Today, et al, 3/26/14. In an article about how many hours a minimum-wage earner has to work in order to afford rent, Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says one problem is that the minimum wage has not caught up with the real cost of living for the last 40 years. The Real News Network, 3/14/14. Pollin is interviewed about the recent federal budget proposal put out by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He says this plan attacks austerity and would lead to increased jobs and economic activity. 

Business West, 3/25/14. A feature story looks at the Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative in Springfield. It was organized by the Wellspring Collaborative at the Center for Public Policy and Administration; Fred Rose, co-director of the collaborative, is interviewed. 

The Daily Caller, 3/25/14. A story claims that virtually all studies of gay parenting are flawed and biased because the authors and researchers are either gay or lesbian, take funding from gay and lesbian sources and contain methodological mistakes. It notes that among the top researchers who are gay or lesbian is M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and AdministrationWall Street Journal, 3/19/14. In an article about gay rights, money and morals, that appeared shortly after Guinness pulled support for the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, Badgett says. “I’m an economist. I believe in the invisible hand. Sometimes you get unintended consequences.” TheWire.com, 3/12/14. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, in a panel at the World Bank, noted that the economic cost of homophobia ranges from 0.1–1.7% of gross domestic product in India where she conducted a case study. For the world's LGBT population, homophobia can lead to loss of employment, workplace or educational discrimination, poor health, and poverty. The panel at the World Bank was live-streamed and is available for viewing here.

WGGB-TV 40, WFCR, 3/24/14; Springfield Republican, 3/25/14. Workers from a UMass Amherst archaeological services team show work in progress and discuss findings from their survey of the former Springfield Armory Building 104, where 3.5 million M1 rifles were produced for World War II. The team has found evidence of previous buildings on the site, including a World War I-era barracks and a building that was shown as the “old” military storehouse on an 1830 map. 

New York Times [Economix blog], 3/24/14.. Prof. Emeritus Nancy Folbre (economics) writes about economic policy programs to lift low-income children out of poverty and onto a path toward success. New York Times [Economix blog], 3/10/14. Folbre writes about the economic success of solar photovoltaics for consumers. Daily Hampshire Gazette, 3/7/14. Folbre comments in a story about the financial difficulties women face. She says traditionally women are linked to the idea of caring for others while men take care of money issues and that puts women at a competitive disadvantage. 

Sydney Morning Herald [Australia], 3/22/14. An article about the act of lying quotes Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, former dean of SBS, and cites one of his studies that found two people meeting for the first time lied an average of three times in 10 minutes. 

Expresso [Portugal], 3/21/14. Michael Ash (economics) is interviewed about the Portuguese economy and the policy initiatives that can be used to help it regain solid footing as it continues to recover from the 2008 economic collapse. AP [appearing in news outlets across the country], beginning 3/18/14. Commenting about how Janet Yellen, the new head of the Federal Reserve, works cooperatively with her husband, Nobel laureate economist George Akerlof, Ash, a former student of Akerlof, says a high degree of communication and respect exists between the two. 

Fairfield City Champion [Australia], 3/18/14. A syndicated article in Australia highlights research by Amy Schalet (sociology) on differing cultural attitudes toward the issue of teenage sex. The article cites Schalet’s previous research and her 2011 book Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex

Seattle Weekly News, 3/18/14. In a story about the unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage to $15 in Washington State—including day care costs becoming unaffordable to many families and perhaps creating  public investments to pay for it—Joya Misra (sociology) notes that resistance in the U.S. is strong to creating a broad public system of day care similar to those that exist in Europe.

Iran English Radio, 3/18/14. David Kotz (economics) was interviewed on the referendum in Crimea and the will of people to join Russia. ABC NewsOne, 3/7/14. Kotz was interviewed for a segment on the tensions in Ukraine and potential U.S. economic sanctions against Russia. The segment aired at least 39 times on ABC network affiliate newscasts across the country. 

USA Today, 3/18/14. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader cites Arindrajit Dube (economics) in an opinion piece.  MSN.comBloomberg, 3/5/14. Dube comments about how Washington, the state with the highest minimum wage in the U.S.A., also has the highest rate of job growth and a lower poverty rate than the rest of the country. He says modest raises in the minimum wage can be offset by factors other than job losses. Price increases, reductions in profits and savings from lower job turnover help absorb any impact from the higher wage rate. Rolling Stone, 2/27/14. Dube says the decline in the value of the minimum wage in recent decades is a key driver of income inequality in the U.S. “And unlike inequality that’s been brought about by technological change or globalization, we could have prevented it just by pegging the minimum wage to the cost of living,” he says. 

Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/5/14. Invited by the Missouri chapter of the Physicians for a National Health Program, Gerald Friedman (economics) spoke for single-payer healthcare at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. "Get the profit out of health care, and everybody wins," he says.

C-SPAN TV [video], 3/6/14. Graduate student Thomas Herndon (economics) participated in the panel, “Global Challenges: Climate Change, Austerity, and the Return of Authoritarianism.” The panel was part of “Transformational Voices: An Afternoon with Leading Global Thinkers," that featured six of Foreign Policy magazine’s “100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013,” held by the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and its Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. 

Springfield Republican, 3/5/14. Graduate student Matthew Cunningham-Cook (labor studies) has presented Amherst selectmen with a petition advocating that the town ask the state to allow it to set a local minimum wage at $15 per hour, which will require a special town meeting. Local businesses fear the impact of such a raise. 

York Dispatch [Penn.] et al, 3/5/14. Steve Fox (journalism) writes about resources available to students and their families to help pay for college.

Counterpunch, 3/3/14. Z. Fareen Parvez (sociology) discusses why it is important to learn all the details of the March 11, 2012 massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales and calls for U.S. authorities to release more details about the incident. 

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A Word from SBS

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