SBS Newsletter – August 2010
In this issue
Financial Economist Reflects on Career, Offers Advice
Regional Planner Brings Practical Experience into the Classroom
SBS Is Now on Facebook
Brian Schaffner to Speak at Alumni Gathering in Boston
SBS to Host 2nd Annual Wing Thing; Student Will Win iPad
Creative Economy Grant to Spur CPPA's Springfield Iinitiatives
Want Prosperity? Fund Public Services, Says PERI Study
Juravich Discusses Book on Radio
Feldman Named Distinguished Alumnus
Legal Studies Pioneer Dies
Campus Earns Kudos from Princeton Review
Mark Your Calendar for Homecoming 2010!
UMass vs. UNH: Gillette Stadium to Host First-Ever Collegiate Football Game
Martin Comack MA '99 (labor studies) is an ABD doctoral candidate in political science at Northeastern University.
Dan Lamothe '04 (journalism) completed a six-week reporting assignment in southern Afghanistan as a journalist with Military Times Media Group, an independent newspaper chain focusing on military issues. While in the war zone, he was embedded with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, an infantry battalion based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. The unit has seen regular ambushes from Taliban fighters in recent months, two of which Lamothe witnessed firsthand while traveling with Marine squads in and near the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah. Before returning to the U.S. on June 10, he filed nearly 20 stories and blogged daily on Battle Rattle, a Military Times blog. Lamothe is married to Erika Lovley '06 (journalism), a journalist with Politico, a political newspaper and website based in Washington, D.C.
John Melley '89 (political science) is production director for Boston's award winning Mix 98-5 (WBMX). His reputation for creating effective radio commercials that sell for the station and its clients continues to grow, and he is known throughout the Boston area and nationally for the great character voices he uses in commercials, promotions and announcements. Read more on Melley's website and listen to his demos.
William Bennett '87 (political science) is a senior development officer at Wellesley College, having previously worked at Bentley University as managing director of The Bentley Fund.
Former UMass pitcher Mitchell Clegg '10 (economics) is playing for the Hagerstown Suns, a minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Five other UMass Amherst alumni are playing in the minors and another is playing in Korea. Read more...
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SBS in the News
Tucson Citizen, 8/31/10. The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships by Dean Robert Feldman, is recommended reading in a roundup of recently published paperback books. Others on the list included bios of Ted Kennedy, Michael Jackson and Vince Lombardi!
New York Times, 8/30/10.; In her weekly Economix blog Nancy Folbre (economics) writes about under-the-table employment of nannies and other household workers and how little is known about this part of our economy. Times of India, 8/29/10. Folbre is quoted in a story about the stigma of being a housewife in a world economy where many women now work and take care of household chores. National Review, 8/24/10. A commentator takes issue with a Folbre's 8/16/10 Economix blog. The writer contends that the market correctly sets pay rates based on supply and demand. New York Times, 8/16/10. Folbre blogs about why “girly jobs,” teaching, caring for children or elders, social services and many parts of the health care industry, don’t pay as well as more male-oriented jobs. She says part of the problem is that economic output of this type of work isn't easily measured in a market-based economic system and therefore isn’t highly valued. New York Times, 8/2/10. Folbre blogs about the debate over whether Congress should allow the tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush to expire, or whether only those on the highest income individuals should be allowed to lapse. Folbre argues that while the debate is heated, it generally isn’t based on facts or sound data but rather on ideological perceptions. She notes that many voters believe President Obama has raised taxes, even though that’s not true, and that more than 60% of Tea Party activists believe this.
The New Yorker, 8/30/10. A profile of billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch by Jane Mayer points out that the Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries as one of the top ten air polluters in the nation. The libertarian brothers own a conglomerate headquartered in Wichita valued at an estimated $35 billion. Kittson County Top News Examiner [Minn.], Valley Advocate, 7/29/10. A study of green jobs by the Political Economy Research Institute is cited in articles on the economic impact of emission cap-and-trade legislation and long-term prospects for the state’s construction industry. The PERI study says a shift to a green, low-carbon economy would create 1.7 million jobs.
Amherst Bulletin, 8/27/10. Portraits of Laos 1957; Historic Photographs, a picture book by Professor Emeritus Joel Halpern (anthropology), is the subject of a feature story.
Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy, 8/26/10. Dean Robert Feldman, author of The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships, blogs about lessons learned from Jersey Shore and other reality shows.
The Takeaway [NPR], 8/18/10. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, is interviewed about her book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NYU Press), winner of the 2010 Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association's 44th Division (the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). She comments on what she found while researching the book in the Netherlands where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001. WFCR, 8/5/10; Gay and Lesbian Times, 8/6/10. Badgett is interviewed about the California federal judge striking down that state’s voter-approved Prop. 8 which banned same-sex marriage. The decision used Badgett's testimony in the trial on the economic consequences of the ban and opinions in her book.
Providence Journal, 8/18/10. A story about tax breaks given to businesses in Rhode Island and the difficulty officials there have in tracking whether the recipients achieved the goals of such incentives mentions a recent report by Jeffrey Thompson (Political Economy Research Institute). The PERI report says spending on public works and public education is more effective in generating jobs than tax breaks. Bristol Press [Conn.], 8/16/10. An editorial supports the conclusions of Thompson's report that the way to boost the economy in New England states is by focusing economic development efforts on rebuilding neglected infrastructure and improving education for people at all levels, from pre-school youngsters to older adult workers. He says this works better than giving tax breaks to some businesses.
International Herald Tribune, 8/11/10.Charli Carpenter (political science) writes about the legal definitions of so-called collateral damage – civilians and noncombatants who are killed and injured in wars. She says while international rules have been improved in recent decades, more should be done to keep unintended civilian deaths and injuries as low as possible in war zones.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 8/10/10. Julian Talley (sociology), a wide receiver on the UMass Amherst football team, is profiled. Talley is the team’s leading receiver and has taken on a leadership role.
Boston Herald, 8/4/10. Eve Weinbaum (labor studies), director of the Labor Center, writes a letter-to-the-editor supporting legislation that would require employers to offer paid sick leave. She says studies show employers who offer the benefit see high productivity and morale, reduced absenteeism and lower worker turnover and training expenses. WWLP-TV 22, 7/28/10. Weinbaum comments on the practice of employers considering job applicants’ credit reports in the hiring process. She says there is no correlation between credit ratings and a person's potential as an employee. WWLP-TV 22, 7/26/10. Weinbaum comments on the Massachusetts' legislative bill that would mandate employers to give employees seven paid sick days. She says about half of the state's employees don't have paid sick time. Some industries get less sick time than others.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 8/2/10. Sheldon Goldman (political science) says President Obama is making the federal judiciary more diverse through his appointments. Overall, however, Obama is not nominating highly ideological judges and the process has been slowed by Republican delaying tactics, an analysis says.
Dawn.com [Pakistan], 8/1/10. An editorial by Professor Emeritus Anwar Syed (political science) discusses why talks between India and Pakistan produce few results. He says both sides prefer some level of tension in relations between the two neighbors and therefore the situation is likely to remain tense and unchanged.
Real News Network, 7/30/10. Jane D’Arista (Political Economy Research Institute) says federal financial reform law will benefit five major banks. Real News Network, 7/28/10. D’Arista is interviewed about the impact of the G-20 nations’ austerity measures. She says cuts in government spending will accelerate economic stagnation and revive the notion of class warfare.
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