Alumna Jill Carroll Released
Newspapers, television and radio around the world featured the release of Jill Carroll '99 (journalism) from captivity in Iraq in late March. Words cannot express the enormous sigh of relief heard across campus, where the Massachusetts Daily Collegian dedicated a special issue to Carroll after the announcement of her freedom. "All of Jill Carroll's friends and fellow alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrate her safe release announced today," said Chancellor John V. Lombardi. "The prayers and hopes of so many have been answered and our relief and joy at her safe return knows no limits. We welcome her home." Karen List (journalism) was among many of her former professors and members of the journalism program who expressed their elation. Said List on the day the news broke, "Jill's courageous work in Iraq embodies the best principles of journalism," she said, "and we are proud to have worked with her as a student and to count her as a colleague. Our love and admiration for her are matched only by our immense relief that this ordeal has ended. We look forward to welcoming her back to campus and introducing her to the next generation of young journalists. We can't think of a better role model for our students."
Emmy-winning Producer Brings the World Live Music Performances and More
“Handmade with machine-like precision” is the motto of Emmy-winning producer Marc Bauman ’75 (communication). Since graduation he has applied this principle to hundreds of video and film productions under his care. Read more...
Economists Receive Funding for Corporate Toxics Information Project
Professor James Boyce, (economics, Political Economy Research Institute) and Associate Professor Michael Ash (economics, Center for Public Policy and Administration) are recipients of a $75,000 grant from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation for the Corporate Toxics Information Project. Under the auspices of PERI, the project develops and disseminates analysis of corporate releases of toxic chemicals and the resulting exposures of communities to pollution hazards. Read more...
Media Critic's Keynote Address Appears on C-SPAN
C-SPAN was on campus to tape Mark Crispin Miller, renowned media critic and professor at New York
University, for broadcast on Book-TV. Miller gave the keynote presentation for Communication in Crisis, an
interdisciplinary conference on communication and culture. He spoke about
serious problems with the 2004 presidential election, and other important
topics not reported by mainstream media outlets. Called "one of our most important and fearless public intellectuals" by Sut
Jhally (communication and executive director of the
Media Education Foundation), Miller is known for hard-hitting books like The
Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder and Cruel and Unusual:
Bush/Cheney's New World Order. He has appeared on programs such as The NewsHour,The O'Reilly Factor, and The Daily Show, and has performed
several critically-acclaimed one-man shows, including Operation American
Freedom. His latest book, a critical examination of the 2004 presidential election, is titled Fooled Again. On April 9 his presentation at the conference aired twice on C-SPAN2.
Legal Studies Major Credits Scholarship Award with Changing her Life
Her dream is to become an FBI agent. Ever since legal studies major Stephanie Wamboldt ’07 worked at the FBI Academy during an internship last summer, she has envisioned herself investigating crimes and helping people. Read more...
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture to Feature Expert on Families, Delinquency and Violence
Deborah Gorman-Smith from the
University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry will be on campus May 4 (4:00 p.m., 620 Thompson Hall) speaking on "
The Neighborhood Ecology of Family Influence on Delinquency and Violence." Her presentation is part of the Tay Gavin Erickson Lectures through which the Center for Research on Families (CRF) brings nationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus. The lecture series, begun in 1999 though a memorial endowment, highlights the importance of research on the family and its implications for public policy. Tay Gavin Erickson Lecturers also provide research consultation and collaboration for faculty who have been designated as CRF Family Research Scholars.
Professor Gorman-Smith studies the influence of community structural characteristics and neighborhood social organization on parenting practices and family relationship characteristics among families living in urban poor communities; the relationship between the community and family violence; and the connection between delinquency and antisocial behavior.
Communication Professor Speaks at UN
Professor Donal Carbaugh, (communication) spoke to the Honorary Consuls at the United Nations on April 2-3, 2006. Carbaugh's talk explored dynamics in face-to-face and televised contacts between people from Finland, Russian, and various residents of the US, including Native Americans, the Blackfeet in particular. The talk was based on his longstanding research in international and intercultural communication, most recently published in his book, Cultures in Conversation, and covered in Indian Country Today (the largest newspaper in the US for Native Americans), Vapa Sanaa (the largest Finnish newspaper in North America), and the Finnish American Reporter (the largest English newspaper in North America about Finnish matters). Carbaugh was invited to the UN by Osmo Lipponen, Ambassador and Consul General of Finland.
Conference Charting Future of Journalism to Feature Helen Thomas
This summer, from June 29–July 1, The Media Giraffe Project, a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research effort of the UMass Amherst journalism program, will sponsor its first conference, "Democracy and Independence." Hundreds of traditional and citizen journalists, political strategists, educators, bloggers, developers, technology and media researchers—plus speakers like Helen Thomas, the "dean" of the White House press corps—will convene on campus for the roundtable summit and how-to sessions. By bringing together constituencies from mainstream and alternative media this program will be a crossover meeting place for leading thinkers on the impact of Internet technology on journalism, media, education and politics—and the place to celebrate "above-the-crowd" innovation. Major sponsors include Omidyar Network and The Boston Globe. Read more and/or register....
Murphy, Stranlund share CPPA Faculty Development Grant
Assistant professor James Murphy and associate professor John Stranlund, both of the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) and the Department of Resource Economics have been awarded the 2006-2007 CPPA Faculty Development Grant. The award, made possible by contributions from the CPPA Advisory Board, supports faculty in securing funding for their research while furthering CPPA’s mission to conduct interdisciplinary scholarly research related to public policy. Murphy and Stranlund will study the efficacy of voluntary agreements between environmental regulators and polluters as a means to achieving targeted levels of environmental quality. While there is a significant amount of economic theory that addresses the impacts of voluntary agreements, which have been implemented recently in the U.S. and Europe, no empirical analyses of these agreements exist. Murphy and Stranlund expect that their research will provide policymakers, regulators, and researchers with a better understanding of the performance of voluntary agreements. Murphy, who specializes in experimental economics as well as environmental and natural resource policy, and Stranlund, who researches environmental policy, including enforcement strategies for incentive-based policies, recently completed a collaborative experimental study of compliance behavior in emissions trading programs.
In the News
Boston Review, March/April 2006: The lead essay, "The Citizens of Porto Alegre: In Which Marco Borrows Bus Fare and Enters Politics," by Assistant Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi (sociology) is part of a four-essay-long forum, “Can the People Rule? It explores the challenges and opportunities of a more participatory and deliberative democratic process. The nonprofit Boston Review, a political and literary forum, publishes pieces by major critics and writers. Read the article...
ABC's Good Morning America, 4/13/06: Robert Feldman (psychology), an expert on lying, discussed the case of a Missouri woman who lied about having sextuplets allegedly to cash in on her neighbors’ generous donations of money and gifts. Feldman studies self-presentation in adults and children, both in terms of their nonverbal behavior and how and when they are verbally deceptive. In this research, he looks at ways in which people use lying strategically in their social interactions, and the consequences of this deception. Feldman's research has been the focus of numerous other media reports, including Prime Time Thursday, CBS Evening News, CNN Morning Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.
The Progress Report, 4/18/06: A column by visiting assistant professor C.N. Le (sociology; chair, Asian American Studies program) entitled "Do You Have a Right to Move? The Impact of Asian Immigration" discusses the current debate about whether immigrants add more to the national culture and economy than they consume in resources. It is being circulated by oneworld.net. Read the article...
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