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SBS Newsletter – April 2012

In this issue

Lynn Phillips and Nicholas McBrideSBS Outstanding Teaching Awards Recognize Faculty
This year’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award goes to Lynn Phillips, chief undergraduate advisor and lecturer in Communication, and Associate Professor of Journalism Nicholas McBride ’76 (political science). Read more...

Wendy Simon-Pearson in ChinaIntellectual Journeys
In Beijing for her junior year, Wendy Simon-Pearson ’12 (political science/BDIC) had eye-opening experiences typical of students abroad: visits to exotic landmarks, strange encounters on trains, language hurdles. But, as a participant in the UMass Amherst International Scholars Program, Simon-Pearson also made deep connections on her trip. “I was better prepared to have real conversations with Chinese people as a result of my studies,” she says, explaining how she learned to empathize with people who might accept living in an undemocratic system or agree with China’s one-child policy. Read more...

Howard ZiffLongtime UMass Journalism Prof Dies
Howard M. Ziff, 81, professor emeritus of journalism, died on April 10. Founder of the journalism program on campus, the longtime professor and veteran Chicago newsman was a beloved mentor and friend to hundreds of young journalists whom he inspired during nearly three decades of teaching. Read more..

Garrett StoneUrban Design Project in Rome Brings Insights and Recognition
Garrett Stone ’12 (landscape architecture) spent three years as an owner and operator of a small café in Cambridge, MA, with his father before enrolling at UMass Amherst. Admitting that he “kind of fell into the food service industry,” Stone discovered landscape architecture one day walking through the student design gallery at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Dean Robert Feldman on the David Pakman ShowPeople Lie Constantly, Especially Online
Dean Robert Feldman
discusses his latest study, "Liar, Liar: Hard Drive on Fire" on the David Pakman Show. Noting that people lie every day, he says they are more likely to lie if communicating via internet than face-to-face. David Pakman '05 (communication/economics) has hosted this multiplatform politics and news talk show since 2005. It currently airs on a combination of commercial and public radio stations, on Free Speech TV via DirecTV and DISH Network, and on public access television stations nationwide, via internet podcast and on YouTube. More about the show...

SBS logoSenior Celebration Ceremony on May 12
The SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. All SBS graduates in attendance will be recognized individually and receive a UMass Amherst medallion. Tickets are not required; seniors may invite as many guests as they like. More information....

Thumbs up to Residential First-Year Experience Student Choice AwardeesSBS Faculty Help First-Year Students
Many SBS faculty, lecturers and TAs were recognized with the Residential First-Year Experience Student Choice Award. All recipients were nominated by first-year students because these individuals had a profound influence on them during their first semester. Read more...

Sara Plourde pitchingPlourde's Perfect Pitching
Pitcher Sara Plourde '12 (sociology) threw a perfect game, hit two home runs and drove in six as the Minutewomen defeated St. Bonaventure 10-0 on April 8 in Olean, N.Y. Plourde also won the second game in the doubleheader, allowing just one hit in the 8-2 victory. For Plourde, it was the second perfect game of her career and the 13th in campus history. Read more about Plourde and the softball team at UMass Athletics. Plourde was also featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” column after she struck out the 1,344th batter of her career to break the Atlantic 10 record held by Olympian and former Minutewoman Danielle Henderson.

Melinda TarsiTarsi receives Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies
PhD candidate Melinda Tarsi (political science) has received the 2012 Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies. It will allow her to pursue dissertation research on veteran politics and American social policy at any Presidential library or facility in the National Archives system. Read more...

the old chapelDocumentary of Old Chapel Wins Award
At the center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, The Old Chapel has stood as a symbol for 127 years. This documentary by Matt McCarron '12 (journalism) explores the history of the building and what has happened since its closure in 1997. The film won Best Documentary Film at the 7th Annual UMass Film Festival. Take a look.

Kappa Tau Alph logoKappa Tau Alpha Inducts New Members
Journalism majors Dean Curran '13, Sarah Hardy '12, Mai Hedayat-Zadeh '12, Lily Hicks '12, Angela Hilsman '12, Alexandra Lowder '12, Julia Marion '13, Anna Meiler '12, Nadia Ragounath '13, Mariah Sylvain '12, and Jed Winer '13 have been selected as members of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism and mass communication honor society. Read more...

Students and alumni engaged in the Law DinnerLaw Dinner Provides Students/Alumni Networking Opportunities
The Careers in Law dinner, sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Commonwealth Honors College, the Office of Pre-Law Advising, and the Department of Political Science engaged about 30 students and a number of alumni attorneys, including the Massachusetts Northwestern District Attorney, David Sullivan '81. Following a meal, students engaged in a speed-dating style format, with one attorney per table, and groups rotating every 8 minutes. Read more and view photo gallery...

UMass Minuteman Marching BandBand to Play in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The award-winning Minuteman Marching Band has been chosen to perform in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a nationally televised event that draws more than 50 million viewers and 3.5 million live spectators. At a special meeting held April 3 at the George N. Parks Band Building at UMass Amherst, officials from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade surprised band members with the news of their selection to play in the annual holiday spectacular. View news report...

Sam the Minuteman holding UMass license plateRide with UMass Pride!
The Alumni Association has unveiled a new UMass Amherst special license plate for Massachusetts residents aimed at promoting the image of the state's flagship campus and raising money for scholarships and alumni programs. The plate, which features the Athletic Department's Minuteman logo, carries a UM number designation and is also emblazoned with the slogan "You were. You are. UMASS." Read more...

Peregrine Falcon on top of libraryLibrary's Peregrine Falcons Get Reality Show
A pair of Peregrine Falcons, which have successfully nested on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library on campus for the past ten years, now have a live webcam thanks to the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and the Friends of the Libraries.

Upcoming Events
Following is a brief sampling of SBS related activities coming up in May, but be sure to visit and bookmark the Events Calendar on the SBS website. There you'll find a listing of upcoming events sponsored by SBS programs and departments. View it by week, by month, or as a listing.

Wed, May 2 – Fri, May 4. International Conference: High-Tech Heritage: How Are Digital Technologies Changing Our Views of the Past? Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society. Registration required.

Wed, May 9. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil presented by Professor Timothy Mitchell, chair of the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. Cape Cod Lounge, Campus Center, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science. More information...

Saturday, May 12. SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony. Mullins Center, 1:00 p.m. More information...

For more SBS-related events, go to the SBS Events Calendar.

Alumni News
Jackie Brousseau-Pereira MPA '00 (public policy and administration), director of external affairs in the SBS Dean's Office, was honored by UMass Amherst's Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) with their Service Award for her "generous service and tireless effort in providing support to ALANA students" and her "commitment to the mission of CMASS."

Former UMass football player James Ihedigbo ’07 (sociology), now with the New England Patriots, was in Amherst for the April alumni football game and to attend a fundraiser for the HOPE Africa Foundation.

After graduation Alana Friedberg '11 (journalism) joined the Page Program at CBS News in New York. She's currently working on the show "48 Hours Mystery."

Robert A. Hall 72 (government) has published his sixth book, Advice for my Granddaughter: For When I'm Gone. From the "secret of happiness" to the "secret to avoiding poverty" to "tattoos," this grandfather draws on life experience for the girl he loves—and it's helpful for boys too. Hall, who has pulmonary fibrosis, is donating his royalties to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. This eventually terminal illness kills as many people each year as breast cancer, but is little known or researched. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a former five-term member of the Massachusetts State Senate and, since 1982, a successful non-profit executive. He has been widely published on political and management topics, plus a sprinkling of short fiction and poetry. A resident of Des Plaines, IL, Hall also is the recipient of the 2012 Robert A. Gannon Award, given for a distinguished volume of original verse (“Old Jarhead Poems”) by a Marine poet dealing with Marine Corps life. The award was presented at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Annual Awards Ceremony on April 21 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. Royalties from that book go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read more...

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.

Faculty and Department News
Professor John Brigham (political science) has been named vice president of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA). He will serve a year's term as VP, followed by a year as president-elect, and will become president at the Association's 2015 meeting. Brigham joins a distinguished list of UMass faculty who have served in this capacity: Bill Havard (1968), George Goodwin (1974), Jerry Mileur (1996), amd MJ Peterson (2006).

Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government, has been named by Governor Patrick to the newly established Commonwealth’s Council for Innovation. The council will advise the administration on best opportunities to improve government efficiency and use technology to streamline delivery of services to people, businesses and local governments. Read more...

The Journalism Program's first Howard Ziff Journalist-in-Residence, Mark Stencel of NPR, spent three days on campus in April, guest-speaking in Journalism classes and talking to many Journalism faculty and students. Stencel also delivered a public presentation.

In memory of journalist Anthony Shadid, who tragically died in Syria earlier this year, the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU has released an unedited conversation between him and professor Jillian Schwedler (political science). Read more and watch the video.

Following the death in 2010 of John Bonsignore, founder of Legal Studies at UMass Amherst, his friend Artie Wolfe, formerly prof. of business law and ethics at Michigan State University, wrote Remembering John Bonsignore: A Memoir and Tribute. The book creates a permanent record of Bonsignore’s scholarship and actions in developing the first program devoted to law study that is not dominated by the “law-as-rule-memorization” paradigm prevalent in the late 19th century.

Professor Emeritus Howard J. Wiarda (political science), author of seven books about the Dominican Republic, has been awarded the "Orden de Colon" (Order of Columbus), the highest honor bestowed by that country. Considered one of the nation's leading experts on foreign policy, comparative politics, and international affairs, Wiarda taught at UMass 1965-2003. Read more...

As part of the CMASS/SBS Mentoring Program Assistant Prof. Ventura Pérez (anthropology) spoke about the unconventional path which took him from underachieving high school student (with a 1.2 GPA) to becoming a UMass Amherst Professor. The next day the Daily Collegian featured the story on its front page.

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) has named six faculty members, including Asst. Prof. Fareen Parvez (sociology), as 2012-13 Family Research Scholars. Selected on the basis of their promising work in family-related research, the faculty will receive the time, technical expertise, peer mentorship and national expert consultation to prepare a large grant proposal for their research support. Read more...

CRF also continues its mission of nurturing the next generation of researchers dedicated to understanding and unlocking issues related to the family with its annual grants and awards program. This year, 26 graduate and undergraduate students received over $70,000 of funding to advance their research through graduate fellowships, travel awards, methodological studies awards, undergraduate assistantships, and the honors thesis/capstone awards. PhD candidates Jessica Looze (sociology), Eiko Strader (sociology) and Joo Yeon Suh, (economics) each received a $10,000 Family Research Graduate Fellowship to work with a faculty mentor for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more...

A retirement celebration for Sara Lennox, director of the Social Thought and Political Economy Program and professor in German and Scandinavian Studies, was held on April 13. Lennox is retiring after 38 years on the faculty. The next day STPEC alumni continued the festivities with a reunion to honor and commemorate 40 years of STPEC. Featured were several alumni panels, a reception, dinner and music.

SBS in the News
Zeit Wissen magazine [pdf in German], April-May 2012. Dean Robert S. Feldman (psychology), is interviewed at length about his research and writing on lying. Included are some compelling photographs.

PBS.org, 4/30/12. Steve Fox (journalism) says that even though student journalists know they have the right to cover events, including making videos of police activity, they often are unwilling to challenge authority when told to stop or threatened with arrest.

The Real News Network, 4/30/12. Gerald Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses how the federal Dodd-Frank legislation, designed to regulate banking and Wall Street, is being undermined by the very interests it is supposed to watch over. The overall impact is that many people believe there are strict new rules in place, but in fact that’s not the case.

New York Times [Eonomix blog], 4/30/12. Pondering whether Americans really want to help the unemployed find jobs, Nancy Folbre (economics) writes about the misconception that many unemployed Americans use unemployment benefits to put off finding jobs, which is complemented by the notion that helping the unemployed promotes laziness and cutting benefits would improve the economy.  New York Times [Economix blog], 4/16/12. Folbre writes about the gender gap that has been revealed by polls in the race between Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Kansas City Star, 4/12/12. Folbre says the political controversy created by a comment about Ann Romney’s status as a stay-at-home mom is bringing attention to the fact that economists pay so little attention to the value of unpaid work in the home. She says “it’s crazy” that more effort isn’t devoted to understanding what a homemaker’s job is worth in our society. New York Times [Economix blog], 4/9/12. Folbre writes about how social responsibility has made inroads into the world of investment. While it is hard to prove if such companies can make as much money as those that are only profit-driven, neither is it obvious that socially conscious companies are at any disadvantage in the market.

Maryland Community News, 4/27/12. Commenting about what Maryland might expect if its same-sex marriage law survives a statewide referendum this fall, M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration on campus and the Williams Institute at UCLA, notes that both Iowa and Massachusetts realized millions in related spending as well as state and local tax revenue.

City Limits magazine, 4/25/12. Research by Arindrajit Dube (economics) on the impact of raising the minimum wage is cited in a story about raising the federal minimum wage. Bloomberg, 4/16/12. A story about efforts by some in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage cites research led by Dube that found strong earning effects but no employment effects in doing so. It appears that state lawmakers around the country seem more accepting of the idea than federal lawmakers and have increased state minimum wages.

Washington Post, 4/24/12. Columnist Ruth Marcus, writing about political battles over whether new regulations create or destroy jobs cites a Political Economy Research Institute report. It concluded that new EPA rules on limiting mercury from power plant emissions would create 1.46 million jobs, as opposed to a coal industry study that asserted the new rules would cause the loss of 1.44 million jobs. She notes that such studies can produce results that align with a group’s political views.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, 4/21/12. Frank Sleegers (landscape architecture and regional planning) is quoted in an article about “Riverscaping,” an international conference sponsored by the Five College Architectural Program that creates collaborations between local communities and designers to highlight the Connecticut River. Four finalists were selected to implement their designs in cooperation with Turner's Falls, Hadley, Holyoke and Springfield, each with the help of a $7,500 grant from the program.

OpinoJuris.com, 4/18/12. Blogging about about how social media campaigns can have an impact on international law, using the documentary about African warlord Joseph Kony as an example, Charli Carpenter (political science) ponders a series of questions related to citizens’ appreciation and understanding of international law.

Time, Huffington Post, 4/17/12. A pair of stories marking Equal Pay Day cites two bodies of research, one by Nancy Folbre (economics) and the second by Michelle Budig (sociology) and grad student Melissa Hodges (sociology). Folbre has long studied how women are more likely to work in so-called caring professions which are traditionally lower paid than other work. Budig and Hodges did a study on the “motherhood penalty” women face when they have children. The greatest loss, they found, is among the poorest women.

SFGate.com [San Francisco], 4/17/12. A column about whether higher tax rates for the wealthy will discourage those people from working cites a study by Jeffrey Thompson (Political Economy Research Institute). Thompson says wealthy people don’t work less when taxes go up; they become more creative in finding ways to reduce their taxable income.

Wall Street Journal, 4/16/12. An article about Asian-Americans "outmarrying" less than in the past notes that C.N. Le (sociology) has done an in-depth analysis of Asian-American intermarriage and made the results viewable on his public blog, Asian Nation. Le finds that since 2006, the frequency of inter-Asian marriage has increased by 8% among all Asian-Americans and by 15% among Asians raised in the U.S. New York Times, 3/30/12; Seattle Times, 4/2/12. Research by Le is cited in an article on recent marriage studies that found Asians are increasingly marrying within their own race. According to Le, marriage trends vary among nationalities, with Japanese-Americans having the highest rates of intermarriage with whites and Vietnamese-American men and Indian women having the lowest rates.

Toronto Star, 4/14/12. In a story about the difficulties of doing business in Africa, Leonce Ndikumana (economics) says a myth persists that doing business in Africa requires one to be corrupt.

Reuters, 4/13/12. In an article about President Obama’s efforts to generate “green jobs” being slow to sprout, Robert Pollin (economics), co-chair of the Political Economy Research Institute, notes that the rush of government funding encouraged private-sector participants to inflate their job-creation projections as they angled for a piece of the action. WBUR, 4/11/12. Pollin, along with Bryan Bender, national security reporter for the Boston Globe, and Martin Romitti, director of economic and public policy research at the Donahue Institute, discuss a pair of dueling UMass Amherst studies that are playing a key role in the Washington debate over defense spending cuts. The Donahue Institute's report focuses on potential job losses from defense cuts, while PERI's points to investments in education, clean energy and health would creating many more jobs than in defense. Real News Network, 4/3/12. Pollin says speculation and manipulation are key factors behind rising gas prices.

Alternet.org, 4/13/12. Amy Schalet (sociology) and her book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex, are cited in a story about how European countries are much less prudish about sex than Americans and how strict conservative policies on sexual behavior actually encourage out-of-wedlock births, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases. New York Times, 4/6/12. Teenage boys between 15 and 17 are becoming more careful and more romantic about their first sexual experiences, writes Schalet in an op-ed article.

Yankee Magazine, 4/11/12. The publisher of Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac has donated its corporate records to UMass Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. Company officials note the special relationship with UMass Amherst, where Yankee Magazine’s editor Mel Allen, has taught in the journalism program for more than a decade.

New England Public Radio, 4/10/12. Law School applications are down, says Diane Curtis, director of UMass Amherst Pre-Law Advising, and tells the story in an interview.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, 4/9/12. Alana Tiemessen (political science) comments about Kony 2012, a video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army that uses kidnapped children as soldiers. She says the film misrepresents many main characteristics in the conflict, and so far she has seen little evidence that the video is doing any more than raising general awareness of the issues.

CommonWealth, Spring 2012. Reviewing Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960 – 2010, Ralph Whitehead (journalism) says author Charles Murray does a good job describing the growing rift between high-school educated whites and college-educated whites, but fails to offer a good explanation for what can be done to reach across the divide.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 4/2/12. Using popular mobile phone technology, Charles Schweik (environmental conservation and public policy) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation are collaborating to engage more people in governmental and scientific efforts to collect valuable data about invasive species, particularly the Asian Longhorn Beetle. Interested? You can download the app from the link provided--or just use your computer if you're not using an app-friendly device.

A Word from SBS
This e-letter has been created for alumni and friends of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. SBS includes the degree-granting departments and programs of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Environmental Design, Journalism, Labor Studies, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), and Sociology. Among our ranks are 38,600 alumni, 3,700 undergraduate majors, and 560 graduate students. In addition to its departments, SBS is home to numerous centers and research institutions. Through the general education courses that SBS offers, the College’s 200 faculty members teach one quarter of the nearly 20,000 undergraduates on campus in any given semester.

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