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SBS Newsletter – April 2008

In this issue

Anthony Barsamian

Advocacy Work is Lawyer’s Passion
“Being a lawyer is a tool,” says Anthony Barsamian ’86 (legal studies), managing partner of Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian, LLP in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. “It needs to be applied to something relevant. Using that tool to advocate for others—both individuals and the community—is what brought me to where I am today.” Read more...

Jane Stout

Social Psychology Student Receives NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
The National Science Foundation has awarded a predoctoral fellowship to Jane Stout, a second-year PhD student in social psychology. Each year thousands of first- and second-year doctoral students in science, math and social science apply, but only a very small percentage is selected. This year, of 913 awards granted, UMass Amherst received 5—4 in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and one in Social and Behavioral Sciences. The award includes a $30,000 stipend plus tuition and fees for three years for each awardee. Read more...

Doris Reed

Alumna Wins Top Union Honor in Washington
Doris Reed ’00 MS (labor studies) has been honored with the 2008 JC Turner Award for Outstanding Trade Unionist by the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Council of the AFL-CIO. Reed is the Executive Director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The award was presented at the Council’s 31st Annual Evening with Labor Awards Dinner and Dance on March 22, 2008, at the Hilton Washington Hotel.  Read more...

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New Partnership Forged to Aid Families in Crisis over Substance Abuse
A unique partnership between Northampton-based Allies in Recovery (AIR) and the Psychological Services Center (PSC) on campus is bringing new hope and support to area families in crisis over substance abuse. The partnership opens up a host of new possibilities for sharing clinical and academic resources, says AIR ’s executive director, Dr. Dominique Simon Levine. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Laurie GodfreyPhysical Anthropologist Wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Laurie Godfrey
(anthropology) is one of 190 recipients of a 2008 Guggenheim fellowship in Organismic Biology and Ecology. The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has annually offered fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists since 1925. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. This year's awards totalled $8,200,000. Read more... Laurie Godfrey's website.

Art Keene and Tamara RahhalSBS Presents Outstanding Teaching Awards
This year’s SBS Outstanding Teacher Award has been presented to Art Keene, professor of anthropology, and Tamara A. Rahhal, chief undergraduate advisor and lecturer in psychology. This award was instituted in 1995 to augment the University Distinguished Teaching Award in an effort to recognize a larger number of talented teachers. Nominating procedures, however, are different. Read more...

Linda TroppPeace Psychologist Featured in Oprah Magazine
Linda Tropp, director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Concentration, described in the May 2008 issue of Oprah Magazine as "one of five top peace psychologists," offers some key advice in the article "Let's Not Fight." Read the article [pdf]...

Mari CastanedaCastañeda to Advise Student Bridges
Associate Professor Mari Castañeda (communication) is assuming the role of faculty adviser for Student Bridges, a student-initiated outreach program that expands pathways to higher education for residents from Holyoke. Primarily funded by and housed under the Student Government Association, Student Bridges places UMass Amherst students as tutor-mentors with partner schools and organizations, and provides them opportunities to use their talents and creativity to coordinate youth-centered events, college preparatory workshops and campus visits for local schools and programs. Read more about Student Bridges... Read more about Castañeda...

Nancy FolbreScience Features Folbre Article
“When a Commodity is Not Exactly a Commodity” by Professor Nancy Folbre (economics) is featured in the journal Science. The article considers the impact of personal interactions and emotional connections on the economics of care services. Folbre focuses her research on the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular interest in caring labor and other forms of non-market work. Read the article...

Courtney Baker and Jaime SimonsonPsychology Student Cited for Outstanding Service
Graduate student Courtney Baker (psychology) received the Jamie Smile Award for outstanding service from the clinical division of the Psychology Department. In 2001, professor emeritus Norm Simonson created a fund, named after his newborn son, Jamie, to honor graduate students in clinical psychology who have demonstrated outstanding service to the department in community service, clinical work or research. Jamie, now 7 years old, presented the award, which includes a stipend. Read more...

facebook logoJournalism has Facebook Page
Journalism's Facebook page for students and alums went up April 8. Says Karen List, director of the journalism program, "It was great fun to sit with [colleague] Steve Fox this afternoon and watch as students and alums saw the news and logged on. They were popping up from all over the place. I was sitting right there—and I was still only #4 [to log on]!" To join the Journalism Facebook page, click here.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
Guest Lecturer: Dr. John Dovidio, professor of psychology, Yale University, and president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
4:00 pm, Herter Rm 231; handicap access available; free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Psychology Department, Psi Chi, and Office of National Scholarship Advisement

Thursday, May 8, 2008
University of Massachusetts Night at the Pops 2008
Celebrating excellence in education: Featuring Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops with special guest Natalie Cole '72, '93H, and honoring Charles J. Hoff, UMass Lowell '66 who will receive the President's Medal, the University's highest honor.
7:45 - 10:20 p.m., Symphony Hall, Boston
Hosted by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and President Jack M. Wilson. For reservations, click here.

Friday, May 9, 2008
Free Screenings for Anxiety and Depression: Walk in and speak with a clinician about symptoms and treatment options.
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tobin Hall, Suite 123. Free and open to the public. Validated parking available. More information.
Sponsored by the Psychological Services Center

Monday, May 12, 2008
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture series
Katherine S. Newman from Princeton University, where she is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; and Director of the Joint Doctoral Programs in Sociology, Politics, Psychology and Social Policy.
Title: “Failure to Launch? Delayed Departure from the Family Home in Western Europe and Japan"
2:00 p.m., Room 620, Thompson Hall
Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Families and the Center for Public Policy and Administration

Friday, May 30, 2008
One-day Workshop—Researching the Connected World: An Introduction to Social Network Analysis Workshop
Instructor: Andrew Papachristos, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Are you interested in learning what constitutes peer pressure? How marriage affects banking relationships? Global trade patterns and modern art? An understanding of social networks and how they are structured can answer these questions. This workshop will introduce the concepts and methods of Social Network Analysis, a burgeoning scientific field that spans disciplines. It is particularly suited for researchers studying peer network, criminal networks, global management and business networks. For details and registration form, click here.
Sponsored by the Center for Research on Families

Ongoing this spring
The Science, Technology and Society Initiative has announced their spring lineup of speakers for their colloquium series. The series, focusing on issues ranging from environmental ethics to digital storytelling to equality in internet access, runs from March 31 – May 6. For more information, please see the STS Colloquium Series flyer [pdf].

Faculty Notes
David Perkins (journalism) interviewed Placido Domingo for a Boston Globe profile [April 6], using some questions from his students in his class on reviewing the performing arts. Check out this terrific story.

Steve Fox (journalism) was named a Teaching Fellow in the Indiana University School of Journalism's summer workshop for new journalism teachers. This is a competitive, all expenses paid, weeklong series of teaching programs for newcomers to the academy. Fox joined the journalism faculty in fall 2007. Read more about Fox.

The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) has received a small grant from the eBay Foundation to collaborate with the US Army Ombuds Office in developing an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) option for wounded soldiers. The idea and need for this project, which will soon be launched, was generated by articles in the Washington Post by Dana Priest and Anne Hull who were awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Nancy Folbre (economics) has started a blog entitled "Care Talk: Coordinating Research on Care Provision." She writes, "This blog aims to mobilize interdisciplinary research on the provision of care. Suggestions about organization–as well as content–are welcome. You can read my little mini-essays in sequence or you can take advantage of some non-bloggy aspects of the site, separate linked pages on distinct themes. Some podcasts and powerpoints are included. As you’ll see, I’m also indulging my interest in graphic design and photography, hoping to make this site look inviting to a wide range of visitors."

Richard Wolff (economics) writes, "The Left Forum, Inc. held its annual conference March 14-16 at Cooper Union in Manhattan. Over 2300 individuals attended, including several panelists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (myself included). Twenty countries as well as most states in the US were represented by about 60% academics and 40% activists around the many issues indentifiable on the website." Wolff serves on the board of directors.

Alumni News
Ethan Burke '06 (economics and history), founder and leader of BioTour, travels across the country in a bus that runs on vegetable oil and solar panels, promoting environmental sustainability. BioTour was featured on CNN Headline News during the week of Earth Day. Click here to view the video. Click here to read a profile.

David Mason '06 (political science and Spanish) is the campaign manager for Jill Derby, a congressional candidate in Nevada. He is a former member of the UMass Amherst Young Democrats. Read profile in PolitickerNV.

After Neil Rhein '85 (communication) graduated, he landed in the financial services industry. "In the early years of my career," he says, "I was not particularly satisfied with my choice, as I really wanted to be a writer of some kind. But eventually I was able to make a series of moves at Fidelity Investments and became editor of their quarterly magazine Fidelity Focus). In 2005 I started my own business, Bull’s-eye Communications, which provides customized communications to financial services companies.

Jon Korhonen '06 (communication) is an assistant director in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at UMass Amherst, as well as an assistant coach for the Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field programs. He writes, "I have been accepted to Harvard's MEd graduate program, so will leave the Admissions Office this summer, but I have organized a cross-country charitable cycling campaign prior to my enrollment in September. My roommate Andy McCarron '05, MS '08 (engineering) and I will be biking 3500 miles from Boston to San Francisco to raise money and awareness for the Children's Hunger Fund (rated by Forbes magazine as one of the nation's most efficient charities). We have high hopes of raising upwards of $10,000 with our combined efforts. I would like to emphasize that Andy and I will be taking NO profit from the trip, and will pay the expenses for our 40-day journey out of our own pockets (and thus 100% of all money raised will go directly to CHF)." More information is available on their website.

SBS in the News
Environmental Protection Online, 4/24/08. The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) has released an updated list of the country’s 100 top polluting corporations. The Toxic 100's top five companies are E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Nissan Motor, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Eastman Kodak, and General Electric. James K. Boyce and Michael Ash (economics) head up the project.

Baltimore Sun, 4/22/08. Sanjiv Gupta (sociology) comments in a story about how over the past 40 years men have been increasingly sharing more housework and the time they spend with children. Gupta has conducted research that finds that the more a married woman earns, the less housework she does.

MetroWest Daily News, 4/21/08. Senior Matt Giancola '08 (political science) is running for state representative in the 4th Middlesex District of Massachusetts that includes Marlborough.

Journal Sentinel [Milwaukee, Wis.], 4/20/08. Ray La Raja (political science) says U.S. Sen. Barack Obama faces a difficult decision on whether to accept public financing if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination. If he takes the public money, he will be restricted in how much he can spend, but if he opts out, his image as a reformer might be badly damaged.

Slate, 4/14/08. Ralph W. Whitehead Jr. (journalism) who coined the term “new collar” to describe working class people who are at the lower end of the American “white collar” class, is mentioned in a story about how to define working class Americans today. The debate is prompted by recent remarks made by U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

Cape Cod Times, 4/14/08. Ray La Raja (political science) comments in a story about whether people are paying attention to the presidential election, especially now that the economy is in trouble and with the Democratic race essentially tied several months before the national convention.

Asia Times, 4/9/08. A column by UMass Amherst doctoral student Max Fraad Wolff (economics) says the recession in the U.S. is just beginning and it will cause considerable pain for ordinary households who will not receive government help and bailouts., 4/7/08. An article cites a report by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) that shows what "could have been paid for" if the 2007 budget for Iraq of $138 billion were available to spend on America's domestic needs and infrastructure. It goes on to show a simple example created by Robert Pollin (economics) on how, given the same size pot of money as that going to build the military's Camp Victory in Baghdad, weatherizing homes in New England could provide more long-term infrastructure investment in the US (and more jobs) than the building of the military facility in Iraq.

New York Times, 4/6/08. Nilanjana Dasgupta (psychology) comments about unconscious biases people have directed at African-Americans and women and how this is a factor in this year’s presidential election., 4/2/08. Associate Dean Robert Feldman (psychology) says men and women both tell lies, but they do it for different reasons. Women often lie to make others feel good while men lie to make themselves look better, he says.

Business Daily Africa, 4/2/08. A column co-authored by Mwangi wa Githinji (economics) discusses the reforms needed to get the government and economy of Kenya back on track.

Mass High Tech, 3/28/08. Art Clifford, a lecturer in the UMass Amherst journalism program’s online program, comments on the growing use of e-textbooks, especially for online courses.

A Word from SBS
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