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SBS Newsletter – August 2008

In this issue

Robert C. Holub

Welcome to Chancellor Holub
Robert Charles Holub assumed his role as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst August 1, 2008, the 10th chancellor of the flagship campus. A German scholar, Holub’s career has been devoted to public research universities. His last post was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville. As provost, Holub focused on increasing the student retention rates as a way to improve student learning and raise rankings among peer institutions. Read more....

Doug AndertonSociologist’s Interdisciplinary Focus Results in Diverse Research Grants
Professor Doug Anderton (sociology), who is also Associate Dean for Research Affairs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and director of SADRI, the Social and Demographic Research Institute on campus, works on many projects with very different connections: 19th century disease and death, nanotechnology, environmental justice, breast cancer and more. “What unites them all in my framework,” Anderton says, “is social demography and the interaction of populations, organization, environment and technology: a classic demographic focus on interdisciplinarity...." Read more...

Julie Halpin

Internship Opens Doors to the Future
“From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew UMass Amherst was the school for me,” says Julie Halpin ’08 (journalism and political science), who grew up in the tiny town of Plainville, MA, and is now a deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). “I loved the energy, the size, the atmosphere, and the possibilities.” Read more...

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SBS Survey Results
At the end of the spring semester the SBS Dean's Office sent out its first alumni survey to seek ideas on higher education in general and alumni experiences at UMass Amherst in particular. Capitalizing on these unique insights from former students at UMass Amherst, the College will use survey results to make improvements for current students. Results to some of the questions are now posted and make for some interesting reading. In the future we'll be inviting alumni to select their favorite ideas. Read more... [pdf]

And other topics of interest...

Lee BadgettBadgett Sees Economic Benefits from Relaxed Same-sex Marriage Rules
The removal of the ban on marriage by same-sex couples from outside the state will shift the focus of debate from a hot-button social issue to more day-to-day matters, including how it will affect the state budget and economy, says Economics professor M.V. Lee Badgett. The 1913 law that prevented Massachusetts from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages were not legal in their home states was repealed July 31 after Gov. Deval Patrick signed the measure. Read more...

Wenona Ryder-Richmond and Caitlin DivverUndergraduate Research Assistant in Action
Caitlin Divver ’09 (sociology) spent the summer as an undergraduate research assistant with Professor of Sociology Wenona Rymond-Richmond. Her work was supported by a LeBovidge Undergraduate Research Scholarship, funded by Alan LeBovidge ’64 (economics) and his wife Carol through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. These scholarships, presented for the first time this year, funded five research assistants. Read more...

Liam CoenHigh Hopes for UMass Amherst QB
Liam Coen ’09 (communication), the Minutemen's starting quarterback since the third game of his redshirt freshman year, has guided his team to a FCS title game as a sophomore and through two playoff games last year. He understands that expectations on him are high this year. That'll happen when you're on the Walter Payton Award candidate list as a top player in Division I Football Championship Subdivision, or I-AA. "The position I'm in right now as a leader of this team and the leader of the offense, that stuff can't even be a factor right now," Coen says. Coming into 2008, Coen is not only a Payton candidate, he is the preseason Colonial Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, a preseason second-team All-America and a USA Today national player to watch. Read more...

men's soccerGreat Expectations for Soccer Team
A little more than eight months ago the Minutemen soccer team was the talk of the college soccer scene as the College Cup party-crashers in only their second NCAA tournament appearance. UMass Amherst finished the 2007 season ranked fourth nationally after its 1-0 loss to Ohio State in the national semifinals. As a result, expectations for this season are high and the pressure is on. Read more about the team...

Dining Services presentationFood Service Magazines Honor Dining Services
Dining Services has added two more honors to its plate with awards from Food Management and Produce Business magazines. They have won “Best of Show” in Food Management’s 2008 “Best Concepts” awards competition and also captured the 20th Annual Marketing Excellence Award presented by Produce Business. Read more...

anti-drinking adEfforts to Reduce Student Alcohol Abuse
Successful efforts to reduce alcohol abuse at UMass Amherst are featured in a Boston Globe story. Some success has come from changing the perception of the role alcohol plays in campus life. In addition, UMass Amherst recently received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its work in this area. Martha Nelson Patrick, director of community relations, says a clear message being sent by the campus is that out-of-control drinking won’t be tolerated. The story and a sidebar mention the Amethyst Initiative, a call from college presidents and campus leaders to have a robust debate on the current state of laws and regulations affecting drinking, including possibly lowering the drinking age.

facebook logoFacebook Group Created for SBS Alumni
In an effort to find more ways to communicate with alumni, and for alumni to communicate with each other, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has created a Facebook group. It is dedicated to those who graduated from UMass Amherst with degrees in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Labor Studies, Legal Studies, Neuroscience and Behavior, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy, and Sociology. Use this space to network with others, let us know what is going on with your life after UMass Amherst, or just ask questions about the College. To join the group, you must first become a member of Facebook. Once you've joined, go to the SBS Alumni group.

Upcoming Events
Friday, September 12, 2008
SBS Convocation for New Students
Meet the Dean, faculty, undergraduate advisors and fellow students
1:30-2:15 p.m., Bowker Auditorium. Reception to follow.

Eduardo RoberoWednesday, September 17, 2008
Dean Alfange, Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism
"An Improbable Journey: One Judge’s Path to the Federal Bench"
Presented by The Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno ’69 (M.S., labor studies), United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
4:00 p.m., Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor; reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Handicap access is available.
Eduardo Robreno, the first Cuban American appointed to the federal bench, came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1960 through Operation Pedro Pan, which brought more than 14,000 unaccompanied youth into the country. Following a brief stay in Florida, he was resettled to Northampton, Massachusetts, to live with foster parents. He went on to receive a B.A. from Westfield State College and a master's degree from UMass Amherst. After working as a union organizer for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Robreno attended law school at Rutgers. He served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 1978 to 1981 before entering private practice in Philadelphia. In 1992 he was appointed U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science

Alice RossiThursday, September 25, 2008
Second Annual Alice S. and Peter H. Rossi Lecture
"Alice Rossi: Politics, Science and Feminism"
Moderated by: Dr. JoAnn Miller ’84, Professor of Sociology, Purdue University; panelists: Sheila Tobias [pdf], Independent Lecturer and Writer, "Situating Alice Rossi in Feminism's Second Wave"; and Dr. Joan Huber, Professsor of Sociology and Provost Emeritus, Ohio State University
3:30 p.m., Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor; reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Handicap access is available.
Alice S. Rossi, who retired from UMass Amherst in 1991 as the Harriet Martineau Professor of Sociology and who will attend the lecture, is a founding member of the National Organization for Women. She was the catalyst behind the creation of Sociologists for Women in Society. She also served as the 74th President of the American Sociological Association. Professor Rossi was on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College before coming to UMass Amherst in 1974. She conducted some of her most influential survey research as a member of the Social and Demographic Research Institute here. Her groundbreaking research and writings on feminism appeared in both academic journals and the popular press. She is the editor of the acclaimed Feminist Papers (1974, Bantam) and author of Sexuality Across the Life Course (1994, University of Chicago Press).
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

Thursday October 2, 2008
Panel Discussion: "Racial Conflict and Transformation in South Africa: A Multi-disciplinary Exploration of Challenges and Progress"
Panelists include Thomas Pettigrew, Emeritus Research Professor of Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Cape Town, and Senior Consultant, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation; Jeremy Sarkin, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Hofstra University; Graeme Simpson, Director of Thematic Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice; James Heintz, Associate Research Professor and Associate Director, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Click here for more information about all of these speakers.
5:30 p.m., Campus Center Room 163C. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Click here for more information; Free and open to the public, but RSVP (413-545-5957) by Monday, September 29, 2008.
Organized by the Psychology of Peace and Violence Concentration.

Friday, October 3, 2008
Second Annual Nanotechnology and Society Workshop: Emerging Technologies and Opportunities
"Nanotechnology and Society: Networks, Risk and Knowledge Sharing"
The workshop provides a forum for dialogue among social scientists, policy researchers and nanoscientists. This second annual workshop focuses on how innovation works in networks of scientists, universities and firms; how scientists, policymakers and managers approach risk and its management in the context of emerging technologies and policies; and how nanoscience and technology knowledge can be diffused effectively using cyberinfrastructure and cybertools.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Lincoln Campus Center, 10th floor. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lunch provided to registrants.
For details and a full listing of worshops and panelists, click here.
Sponsored by the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Initiative and its Nanoscience and Society Research Group and funded by the National Science Foundation. The STS Initiative is based at the Center for Public Policy and Administration.

Friday, October 3 – Saturday, October 4, 2008
"Celebrating CPPA's First Decade: Connecting Ideas with Action"
Friday, October 3. Collaboration and Innovation: 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m. Faculty and alumni panels on health reform, the digital divide, same-sex marriage, and issues on education; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception and photo exhibit opening
Saturday, October 4. Celebrating Alumni Experience: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alumni-based panels and networking with field experts; Afternoon Networking, tours, and other activities; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wine and cheese reception; 7:00 p.m. Celebratory dinner honoring CPPA founders; Keynote speaker Gail Collins MA '70 (government, now political science), New York Times columnist and author of America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines.
All Celebration events take place in the Campus Center. The Friday and Saturday panels are in room 904, and both the Friday reception and Saturday reception/dinner are in the Amherst Room, 10th floor. For additional program details, reservations (by September 8, please), and hotel information, please visit the Center for Public Policy and Administration or call 413.577.0239.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture
"Confessions of a Late Starter"
Marianne Ferber, professor emerita of economics and former head of women's studies (1979-1983; 1991-1993) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4:00 p.m., Gordon Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Economics

Saturday, October 18, 2008
First Annual Distinguished Speakers Series
Political Science Professor Ray La Raja, who specializes in American politics and election reform, will discuss the upcoming presidential election. His talk is titled, "Will the 2008 Presidential Election Change Politics?"
1:00 pm, Campus Center, Room 804-08
Space is limited, so reserve your seat before October 3 by contacting Angela Westerling at 413-577-1202 or send an email.
The Distinguished Speakers Series, managed by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, highlights the College's latest faculty accomplishments in various fields of study. It has been made possible by an endowment established by Robert C. Cole, Jr. '59 (psychology) and Margaret A. Cole. He retired in 2000 as the CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Delaware.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Robert Pollin, professor of economics and codirector of the Political Economy Research
"How Green Growth Can Revive the Economy"
Following his talk, Professor Pollin will receive the Chancellor's Medal.
4:00 p.m., Massachusetts Room, Mullins Center; reception to follow. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Thursday–Friday, October 30–31, 2008
Conference: Women and Work: Choices and Constraints
Explore key workplace challenges for women in the 21st century by reconsidering the notion of 'opting out.'
Keynote address: Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law (evening of October 30).
Click here for details, panel topics and presenters, and registration information.
Sponsored by the Center for Research on Families

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series
W. Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research. Rutgers University
“Early Education, Parenting Education, and Parent Involvement: What Works and What Doesn't”
4:00 p.m., 620 Thompson Hall. Free and open to the public.
The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series, begun in 1999 through the Center for Research on Families, brings nationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. Sponsored by the Center for Research on Families and the Center for Public Policy and Administration

Faculty Notes
Linda Tropp (psychology), director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Concentration, is coeditor of a new book, Improving Intergroup Relations: Building on the Legacy of Thomas F. Pettigrew (Blackwell Publishing). Tom Pettigrew is one o the world's foremost scholars of prejudice, and this collection of essays by the world's leading scholars of intergroup relations delineates social psychology's contribution to the reduction of prejudice around the world. In addition, Tropp has been named a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Laurie Godfrey (anthropology) will be recognized at this year's Faculty Convocation on September 12 with an Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity. Godfrey, who also won a Guggenheim Award this year, has been a faculty member since 1977. She has devoted her career as a paleontologist and biological anthropologist to the study of the primates of Madagascar, and is working on a book, “Ghost Bones of Madagascar,” about the bones of giant extinct lemurs and associated fauna, and what they tell about the island’s recent past, its present and likely future. Read more....

The Office of the Provost has announced that Sally Powers (psychology), director of the Center for Research on Families, and Robert Pollin (economics), codirector of the Political and Economic Research Center (PERI), have been named Distinguished Faculty Lecturers for the 2008-09 academic year. The lectures honor individual faculty members and celebrate the value of academic excellence. Faculty members chosen for the series receive the Chancellor's Medal following their lectures. The Chancellor's Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the University. Pollin's lecture is coming up on October 20; Powers' lecture will be on April 29. All lectures are open to the public and held in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center and begin at 4:00 p.m. A reception follows.

Alumni News
Dan Kay '99 (political science) is one of 18 contestants on the upcoming reality television show Survivor: Gabon. Kay, originally from Walpole, Mass., earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law where he was also a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He practices lawyer in Boston. Read more...

Doreen Blades '81 (psychology), of Groveland, MA, wrote, "After 15 years in sales and marketing I have opened an on-line store: It specializes in all natural, organic dog and cat food and treats." Throughout her sales career, when people learn that she majored in psychology, she says, "They accuse me of having an unfair advantage!" Doreen also runs a consulting business that focuses on helping businesses find and communicate with customers and understand what is important to decision makers. She will be teaching 3 noncredit courses at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA, during the winter and spring sessions.

Former football player Brandon London '07 (sociology), waived by the Giants, is now a Dolphin after being claimed by Miami. London was about to sign the paperwork to be on the Giants' practice squad when his agent called him to tell him he was an active member of the Dolphins. Read more...

SBS in the News
New York Times, 9/2/08. Kathleen Boykin McElhaney (psychology) comments in a story about how popularity in high school can offer insights into how an individual will fare in adult life. She says if teens believe they fit into some social group in high school, they are likely to do well as they become adults.

Wall Street Journal Online, 8/28/08. Columnist Sue Shellenbarger, writing how much housework children are doing, includes information developed by Professor Emerita Alice Rossi (sociology) that the amount of housework done by children is a strong predictor of whether a person does volunteer work as an adult.

Recorder, 8/28/08. A story on how some local teachers are focusing on MRI scanner research to map areas in the brain where reading goes awry for dyslexic students notes that Lisa Sanders (psychology) is helping them. Sanders says the MRI allows researchers to see what parts of the brain are stimulated by certain activities, such as reading, and this can help develop new teaching tools and strategies.

CBS TV, 8/24/08. Molly O'Grady ’10 (political science), a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, is interviewed for the CBS Evening News. Molly is in the second segment of the video. Molly is an officer in the student group UMass for Barack Obama. Read about her trip to the convention on the group's blog. Read a profile in the Berkshire Eagle.

Providence Business News [requires subscription], 8/11/08. The anticipated economic boom from same-sex marriages following repeal of a Massachusetts law that banned out-of-state couples from marrying if their home state forbids gay marriage, has not yet appeared in Massachusetts or neighboring Rhode Island. M.V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, and co-author of a report on the economic impact of the change in the law, comments in the story.

Valley Advocate, 8/7/08. A feature story focuses on an essay written last year about the problems in Springfield, MA, that was included in a book published by UMass Press and edited by Tom Juravich (labor studies). The essay, written by Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell, chronicles the loss of manufacturing jobs in Springfield and what he sees as the failure of the political leadership in that city to respond to the changes that have damaged the community.

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 departments and programs of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Labor Studies, Legal Studies, Neuroscience and Behavior, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), and Sociology. With 38,000 alumni, 5,000 current undergraduate majors, and 500 graduate students, SBS is the largest of UMass Amherst’s colleges. In addition to its departments, it is home to numerous programs and research institutions. Through the general education courses that SBS offers, the College’s 150 faculty members teach one quarter of the nearly 20,000 undergraduates on campus in any given semester.

Gifts from alumni and friends are vital to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Your investment allows us to create remarkable opportunities for today’s—and tomorrow's—students. If you are already a donor, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, please consider a donation to SBS for your department, student financial aid, or a purpose that speaks to your personal experiences and priorities. To make a gift online, click here. Questions? Contact:
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