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SBS Newsletter – December 2009/January 2010

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Amir MoiniStudent Says UMass Experience Deserves Payback
When Amir Moini ’11 (communication) received the Connor Internship Award last spring from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, he was able to fulfill a goal. “I wanted to go to Los Angeles and intern in Hollywood,” he says, “but I didn’t have the funds to do so. Without this scholarship, it would not have been possible, so I am very grateful for the financial support.” Read more...

Third grader with SBS backpackThird Grade Minutemen and Women
UMass Amherst in Brooklyn? Believe it! Stefanie Perry ’06 (political science), special services coordinator at Achievement First East New York Elementary Charter School, recently informed the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences that a third grade class is named after UMass Amherst. At Achievement First, Perry explained, college is the ultimate goal, and each class is named after a college. “All of our scholars are taught that if they work hard, they will be able to ‘climb the mountain’ to college. In fact, full of spirit, they yell out the year that they will graduate." Read more...

Lynnette Leidy SievertSievert Elected Fellow of AAAS
Lynnette Leidy Sievert
(anthropology) and three other UMass Amherst faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Sievert was honored for “distinguished contributions to the biocultural study of women’s health, particularly for enhancing understanding of menopause and its relation to broader aspects of women’s lives.” Read more...

Jaimie GraziStudy Abroad Scholarship Recipients Selected
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences understands that many students—now more than ever—need financial assistance to help their dreams come true. And because SBS encourages its students to study abroad for a semester or two, or at least a summer, we are working hard to make more funds available to help support this experience. This year, thanks to the generosity of Jeffrey Katz '69 (economics), owner of Sherwood Equities in New York, the College was able to support 20 students with scholarships up to $1,000 for their spring travel abroad experience. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

James Alic GarangLost Boy of Sudan Keeps Hope Alive
James Alic Garang, a PhD candidate in economics, is part of group nobody would want to join: the “Lost Boys” of Sudan. The term refers to the estimated 27,000 boys who were either orphaned or taken from their homes during the civil war in Sudan from 1983 to 2005. Garang, who is about 32—he’s not exactly sure—left his home in the village of Ajok in southern Sudan when he was 10 or 11. In the mid- to late-1980s, the violence perpetrated by the government militia in small villages like Ajok, he says, was escalating. Read more....

Wheel of Fortune imageTrue Life: I was on Wheel of Fortune
On December 30, Justin Gagnon appeared as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune," proudly identifying himself as a journalism major at UMass Amherst. Unfortunately, he didn't win, but he did manage to double his annual salary in 30 minutes. Earlier in the month Gagnon wrote an article for the Daily Collegian that reflected on the overall experience. He writes, "One can only succeed as far as their luck can allow him or her to go, but with one action as simple as a click of a mouse, his or her life can change for the better or for the worse in an instant. Mine changed last May. It was the time of year that when big dreams meander into a strange purgatory between inevitability and just another reverie of the season. This year, however, my big dream would actually amount to something." Read more...

Center for Heritage and Society basket imageCenter for Heritage and Society Established
The Center for Heritage and Society (CHS), which has operated on an interim basis for the last year, was formally established Dec. 15 by the Faculty Senate. Directed by Elizabeth Chilton, chair of the Anthropology Department, the center is a multidisciplinary initiative to create new approaches to heritage conservation and communication around the world. Read more...

Center for Heritage and Society basket imageHeintz on Structural Deficits
On January 5, 2010, the Real News Network aired an interview with James Heintz PhD '01 (economics), associate director of the Political Economy Research Institute, in which he discusses how to address structural deficits in state and local governments as a way to deal with high unemployment. He says planning budgets in longer cycles and using federal funding to boost state economies can be helpful. View the video.

Gilman ScholarshipCampus Ranks 4th Nationally in Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad
UMass Amherst students are among the most successful nationally in the congressionally funded Gilman Scholarship program for study abroad. Fourteen students (five from SBS) have been awarded the scholarships for the spring 2010 semester, ranking the school fourth in the country with Evergreen State University in Washington and San Francisco State University. The other top-ranked schools are the University of California, Berkeley, University of Arizona and New York University. Read more...

UMass libraryLibraries Announce Student Contests
The Libraries are inviting submissions for two student awards: the new Book Collecting Contest for undergraduates and graduate students, and the second annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline for both contests is Feb. 19. Winners will be announced in late March and first-place recipients will receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends on April 10. Read more...

graduating seniorsCampus Among 100 'Best Value' Schools
UMass Amherst is among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2009-10,” according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. For out-of-state students, UMass Amherst is 49th on its measure of high quality education and affordability. Kiplinger’s also ranks the campus 79th in overall value for in-state residents. Kiplinger’s bases its rankings on a combination of academics and affordability. Using data on more than 500 schools, the magazine weighs academic quality, cost and financial aid to develop its top 100 rankings. Read more...

Amherst centerAmherst: A Smart College Town
Are we smart? You bet! In the latest ranking of college towns, this time by the Internet-based news service, The Daily Beast, Amherst popped up in the top 10, enjoying one of highest percentages of adults with graduate-level degrees (43%) in the nation. Adding that students make up almost two-thirds of the population, the site was impressed by how the Five Colleges “dominate the local atmosphere” with diverse academic offerings." Among the towns joining Amherst in the top 10 are Chapel Hill, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Boulder, Colo.; Cambridge, Mass. and Berkeley, Calif. The Daily Beast is a news and opinion website published by Tina Brown. Read more...

UMass Amherst sealBecome a UMass Advocate
Because of stimulus funding UMass Amherst has not yet felt the pain of the major reduction in state support. However, many state and local agencies, including UMass, will face a “funding cliff” next year. Estimates point to a reduction of $50 million or more in state allocations – an enormous and potentially devastating cut. A number of inititatives have been put into place to cope with the situation. In addition, UMass Amherst is working to engage students, alumni, and other supporters in an institutional advocacy network to make the case in both Washington and Boston that support for the institution is a critical investment. An advocacy website contains tools and information to assist anyone who wishes to advocate on our behalf. Thoughts and suggestions on the best ways to engage both our constituents and our elected officials are welcome. Read more about the budget.

Upcoming Events
Check out the Events Calendar on the SBS website. There you'll find a listing of upcoming events related to the programs and departments in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences of interest to alumni, students, faculty and/or friends. View it by week, by month, or as a listing.

Alumni News
Dani Bionda Hughes '91 (political science) is CEO and founder of Divine Capital Markets LLC, a prominent securities brokerage and investment bank serving institutional managers and high net worth individuals. On January 8, the firm announced the release of the second of a series of independent research reports focused on macroeconomic and business specific coverage, computer trend, for Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC "sector"), the world's top four emerging market economies. Read more...

Gary Cook '76 (sociology) is in his 31st year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, teaching history and coaching soccer and basketball. He's been department chair and freshman dean, and established the Model UN program. His boys' varsity soccer teams are perennial post-season contenders in the New England Tournament. Technical director (New England) and an associate national staff coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Cook holds the NSCAA advanced national and premier diplomas, and has coordinated several local diploma courses for the NSCAA.

Henry L. Barr '68 (government) is featured in the Gutsy Leaders section of the Grand Circle Foundation's website for his work with Boston's West End House Boys & Girls Club. Read more...

Francis (Frank) Wright '81 (communication), in his third term as alderman for Melrose, MA, is serving as president of the Board of Aldermen this year.

When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets by Timothy Black MA '88, PhD '94 (sociology) and When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins '70 (political science) were on the Washington Post's Holiday Guide 2009: Best Book list.

Wade Tarzia '80 (anthropology), who teaches English at Naugatuck Community College, writes, "I am enjoying my first sabbatical leave by capturing all the themes I started at UMass: draft out a science fiction novel; start a creative nonfiction focusing on humor and sailing (In Search of Tim Severin); and return to Ireland (traveling by bicycle) to continue my folklore/ethnography of a region of Co. Cavan. I've enjoyed being a 'gentleman scholar-adventurer' and have brought in much that I learned or started from the vantage points of the UMass anthropology, English, and comparative literature departments.The goals of a liberal education are not dead yet!"

Jill Mullin '00 (psychology) has published a new book: Drawing Autism (Mark Batty Publishers). The book celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in the drawings, paintings and collages created by individuals diagnosed with autism. The work of over 50 international contributors exhibits unique perspectives on how these individuals see the world and their places in it, and the range of talent and stories behind each artist is incredible. More importantly, however, the book is a collection of the artistic products emitted from the minds of individuals on the autistic spectrum, showcasing what these children and adults feel and see and how they translate it to paper and craft. The art in this book truly demonstrates the range of the autistic mind.

Bobbi-Sue Doyle Hazard '04 (legal studies, sports management) has a new position at New England Cryogenic Center, Inc., a biotechnology company in Newton, MA, as their first in-house corporate counsel. "I was hired in October," she writes. "The director of the company saw a cover story in the Boston Business Journal featuring me and a few other newer attorneys looking for work and what we were doing instead. He called the writer of the article and then hired me. NECC has never had an in-house counsel. I am responsible not only for NECC’s legal issues but also the related companies: New England Cord Blood Bank, New England Cell Repository and National Dental Pulp Laboratory." After graduation Bobbi-Sue went to Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA and received her JD in 2007. "After interning with the government in PA during my last year of school, I decided to come home to Massachusetts, passed the Massachusetts Bar, and was licensed in June 2008."

Louis Schoolcraft '98 (sociology) received the 2009 K.O. Hodgson Distinguished Service Award from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals. Schoolcraft, controller of Ferguson Waterworks in Canton, MA, is on the board of the NEWWA. The award recognizes exemplary service and dedication to the New England Water Works Association and the water works profession.

Kelleann Foster '86 MLA (landscape architecture), associate professor of landscape architecture at Penn State, is author of Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design (John Wiley & Sons), based on her extensive experience teaching professional practice and working on student recruitment issues. The book is a resource for high school students interested in the landscape architecture profession, professionals considering a career change and current college students pursuing landscape architecture degrees.

After the DVD of her Lake Reflections book (Paragon Studios, 2007) brought such a big response, award-winning poet Jackie F. Jones '70 (sociology) was invited to do many in-person readings. Those programs too were well received, so she took a logical next step: she auditioned for a voiceover course. In July 2008, she was accepted to attend Dan Levine’s special master class for voiceover artists at his Such A Voice studio in Burlington, VT. With professional coaching, Jackie recorded narrative and commercial demos and learned that her writing skills gave her another way to help voiceover clients. Meanwhile, Jackie, who lives in Davidson, NC, has continued attending writing workshops and publishing poems. On her website you can learn more about her writings and listen to her voiceover samples.

Only three times in the history of the Longsjo Classic, a Fitchburg, MA cycling race that just celebrated its 50th anniversary, have officials awarded the “Got Sisu” award. In November Ronald M. Ansin, longtime friend of SBS and father of two alumni, received the award, in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the largest and second-oldest pro/am cycling competition in America. Sisu, a Finnish word, means strength of will, determination and perseverance. The race commemorates Art Longsjo’s life and accomplishments. Longsjo, with his Finnish heritage, was the first American to qualify for both the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year, 1956. Ansin was thanked not only for supporting the race, but for his support of dozens of important community initiatives. On another note, Ansin is a judge for the second annual Enterprise Bank Celebration of Excellence. They will select individuals, businesses, and community organizations that are fueling the local economy, giving back in measureable ways, or creating more vibrant communities by impacting the civic, social, educational, and cultural lives of our neighbors and friends. Tedy Bruschi, NFL superstar and stroke survivor, will deliver the keynote address at the gala presentation on May 5.

John White '94 (communication) is the new vice president for development and alumni relations at Springfield College. Since joining the college in 2001, White has served in a number of key positions. As major gifts officer, he was part of a team that raised $44.5 million for the most successful campaign in the college's history: 11% over the original goal. In addition, White oversaw the completion of a $1 million fundraising "mini-challenge" to name an outdoor sports complex, played a significant role in establishing the college's major gifts program, and until assuming his new role on Oct. 1, served as interim director of development.

Neal Mann '67, MA '68 (speech) writes, "Retired part time in 2000 and full time from audiology in 2005. While employed part time as an audiologist, I took the tests for my commercial driver's license and started driving trucks delivering wine and juice just because I wanted to."

Martin Comack MA '99 (labor relations) is an ABD doctoral candidate in political science at Northeastern University.

Mona L. Hirata '95 (communication, economics) is president and co-founder of Weddings by Grace and Mona, one of Hawaii's leading boutique-style wedding planning companies. She recently accepted a new venture, teaching the first wedding planning certification course offered at Kapiolani Community College, in collaboration with the Wedding Planning Institute. The course began in September with 19 students. Mona will give these students a practical perspective by sharing her experiences as a wedding planner and by bringing in guest speakers from vendors within the wedding industry. Hirata also addressed the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship class at Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, as a featured entrepreneur.

Wellesley Marsh '04 (legal studies, art) writes, "Taschen Books recently published the Music Icon series which features my photo layout and research work. So far, the series includes books on Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix. Working with one of the best publishers in the world has been a wonderful experience."

Daniel Friedmann '76 (political science) has partnered with two colleagues to form D2M Consulting LLC, a company that provides start-up and small companies with a range of supportive consulting services, including strategic financial planning, direct marketing, Internet marketing, e-commerce, business process improvements, software related advice, and project management. They also launched an e-commerce website, where, he says, "you can get great deals on tickets to events."

Paul Mullins PhD '96 (anthropology), associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, is president-elect of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Henri Hebert '94 (communication) is on a filmmaking team that went into public schools for over a year to find out why schools are failing and how to change this for future children. In October Dream with Me: A Documentary About One Year in America's Public Schools was featured on the "Hollywood Dailies Show" on the REELZ Channel.

Wicked Good Year: How the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics turned the Hub of the Universe into the Capitol of Sports (HarperCollins) by Stephen Buckley '78 (communication) was published in November. Steve is a sports writer for the Boston Herald and a frequent guest of WEEI radio.

Please send us your news! Also, view upcoming alumni events, sponsored by the Alumni Assocation, 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/Department News
Peter M. Haas (political science) gave an invited lecture on “The Evolution of Multilateral Environmental Governance” on Dec. 17 to the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Social Science Research Center Berlin). He is the Karl Deutsch Visiting Professor there.

Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government, gave a keynote address at eGOVsharE 2009: “eTransformation in Public Administration from e-Government to e-Governance: Sharing Experience,” held Dec. 8-11 in Antalya, Turkey. Read more...

Prof. Emeritus Suzanne Model (sociology), who studies international migration, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at Academia Sinica in Taiwan during the spring semester. Read more...

John R. Mullin (landscape architecture and regional planning), dean of the Graduate School, received a $159,500 grant from the Economic Development Administration/US Department of Commerce for the Center for Economic Development's University Center Program.

M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, received a $50,000 grant for research services from the Williams Institute UCLA Law School.

Prof. Emeritus Gerard Braunthal (political science) is the author of the book Right-Wing Extremism in Contemporary Germany (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009). This volume surveys the right-extremist scene in Germany primarily since unification in 1990. It covers the three major rightist parties, the neo-Nazi groups, and the skinhead gangs that are challenging the political status quo. Read more...

The Labor Center hosted a lively conference on immigration and the future of work in Massachusetts in November, featuring new research and updates from activists and keynote addresses from Robyn Rodriguez, assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University, and Eddie Acosta, national worker center coordinator for the AFL-CIO. More than 60 people attended the event, including UMass trustee Ed Collins and Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Robert Haynes. Read more...

"Not an 'Angel', Not a 'Whore'" by PhD candidate Amrita Pande (sociology) was published in the May-August 2009 issue of Indian Journal of Gender Studies. Her research and teaching interests include gender and globalization, gendered bodies and gendered workspaces, assisted reproductive technologies and social movements. She is currently working on an ethnography of transnational commercial surrogacy in Gujarat, India.

The paper "Race and Childlessness in America, 1988-2002" by Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Michelle J. Budig, and Anna Curtis was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family (71[3]:74155).

In November Rebecca Lisi, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, won re-election as City Councilor at-Large in Holyoke, MA. Undergrad Caroline Koch '10 (political science) spoke with her about the experience. Read more...

Jan Servaes (communication) says that most of the Communication for Sustainable Social Change seminars have been uploaded on Amherst Community TV (ACTV) website, available on demand. The Center has also started an interview series, 'Encounters." The first in the series is Prof. Tim Kennedy, author Where the Rivers Meet the Sky: A Collaborative Approach to Participatory Development. To watch, click here.

SBS in the News
Readwriteweb.com, 1/11/10. A news story about recent changes to the privacy settings on Facebook includes mention of a paper written by Chris Peterson '09 (legal studies), who looked at the issues of privacy versus secrecy on social networking sites, such as Facebook. Peterson argues that privacy is now based on context.

Fox Business News, 1/11/10. A study done by James K. Boyce (economics) says residents of California could see energy and other prices increase by about 1.3% if the state charges greenhouse gas emitters $20 per ton of carbon dioxide under state law. The law sets up a cap-and-trade mechanism for controlling greenhouse gases. Istockanalysis.com, 12/14/09. Boyce discusses a new proposal that could break the legislative impasse on Capitol Hill over energy and climate change regulations. He argues that a new approach offered by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington is a sounder plan than the bill approved this fall by the U.S. House.

The Real News Network, 1/10/10; Firedoglake.com, 1/11/10. James Crotty (economics), an associate with the Political Economy Research Institute on campus, discusses the recent financial collapse and why he believes it was caused by speculative bubbles based on “false values” and “structural blackmail” within huge financial firms.

The Real News Network, 1/6/10. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, talks about why he believes there should be a federal tax levied on speculative financial transactions. He says such a tax would help prevent speculative bubbles in the economy. Bnet.com, 12/21/09. Pollin comments in a story about the impact a tax on security trading would have on the national economy. He says a 0.5% federal tax would raise large amounts of revenue and would discourage the kinds of speculative excesses that have created the current economic crisis. Examiner.com, 12/7/09. Pollin says federal economic stimulus money targeted for green jobs has so far had very little impact on the wind and alternative energy sectors. He also notes that most of the federal funding has yet to be released but when it is, it should transform alternative energy research and use. PRI “Living on Earth,” 11/30/09. Pollin is interviewed about the impact the climate bill pending before the U.S. Senate will have on job creation. Pollin argues that spending on energy conservation, clean energy and moving away from fossil fuels will create 1.7 million clean energy jobs. Opponents of the legislation say it will cause major job losses.

El Paso Times, 1/4/10. C.N. Le (sociology) says in addition to counting the population, the U.S. Census generates information that serves as the basis for making political and social decisions that have an impact on peoples’ daily lives.

New American Media, 12/30/09. In an interview Jillian Schwedler (political science), author of Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen, offers insights on what is going on among fundamentalist clerics and the government in Yemen. She says the nation has extremists, but a basic concern is that the government has lost control of large areas where Islamic radicals may operate.

MassLive.com, 12/27/09. Stephen J. Fox (journalism), who follows new media, speaks about the rapid advance of "must have" mobile technology in the last decade. “The idea of waiting and seeing if it catches on has been replaced by ‘let me jump in and check this out,’” he says.

NPR “Talk of the Nation,” 12/22/09. Tom Juravich (labor studies) comments in a story about when job retraining programs work and when they don’t. He says the key is to make sure workers are given training for jobs that actually exist.

Boston Globe, 12/21/09. Ray La Raja (political science) notes that the candidates running for the open U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts face a daunting task in trying to engage voters during the holiday season. He says this may be even more difficult for Republican candidate Scott Brown who is an underdog and lacks the statewide name recognition enjoyed by Democrat Martha Coakley, the current attorney general. Wall Street Journal, 12/8/09. La Raja comments in a story about a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn state bans on the use of corporate funds to influence state elections and races for Congress or the presidency. La Raja says if the ban is overturned by the court, it will likely be felt most in states with “very aggressive politics.” About half of the states have laws restricting the use of corporate funding in elections.

MSN Health & Fitness, 12/17/09. Nancy Folbre (economics) comments in a story that focuses on how some women are responding to the economic downturn by selling their eggs, renting their bodies to carry other people’s babies to term and selling breast milk. She says women feel the economic strain more acutely than men because they earn less in the market place and have less money in savings. IndianExpress.com, 12/17/09. Folbre was a guest lecturer at Delhi University’s Institute of Economic Growth, giving a talk on how to value unpaid family work, especially care work for children, the sick and elderly, which was often not adequately measured in labor surveys, leading to profoundly wrong measurements of living standards and economic output. New York Times, 12/14/09. Folbre writes a column about the roles men and women play in care-giving, especially when it involves long-term care for the elderly. She argues that women most often find themselves in care-giving roles because of gender stereotypes and economic disadvantage. About 67% of care-givers are women, according to a recent survey, Folbre says. Medical News Today, 12/2/09. Folbre writes about the possible impact of an amendment to the House-passed health reform bill that would place some restrictions on the availability of abortion services, especially for low-income women. Her comments are excerpted from a blog she writes for the New York Times.

Asia Times, 12/11/09. Max Fraad Wolf, a doctoral student in economics, writes a column about the widening wealth gap in the U.S.

Dollars & Sense, November/December 2009. An article by Gerald Friedman (economics) discusses how state and local governments are feeling the impact of the national economic downturn much more than the federal government because they are required to balance budgets in a time of shrinking revenue. Besides amplifiying negative aspects of the slumping economy, such cuts in services and infrastructure last longer because reserve funds rarely are able to make up for lost revenues.

USA Today, 12/9/09. In a feature on celebrity imposters and lying, SBS Dean Robert Feldman, author of The Liar in Your Life, speculates that the couple who recently crashed a White House party are extremely status conscious and probably entered gradually into deceptions until they reached a point where they couldn’t turn back.

Indian Country Today [pdf], 12/9/08. Front page article features the efforts of Ventura Perez (anthropology), an expert in individual and societal violence and trauma, and others who were instrumental in bringing the remains of 12 Yaqui warriors home to Mexico 107 years after their massacre and removal from the site to New York's American Museum of Natural History where they were placed in storage. Upon their repatriation, they were buried with honors and ceremonies by their welcoming descendants. The experience, Perez say, has reaffirmed his belief that anthropology is to be conducted in service of the people.

Pittsburgh Business Times, 12/4/09. Jeannette Wicks-Lim (Political Economy Research Institute) says creation of a living wage ordinance in Pittsburgh doesn’t have the “negative employment effect” often cited by opponents of such measures.

Business Week, 12/4/09. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, comments in a story about how businesses certified by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are finding the designation beneficial to their enterprises. She says it can help overcome various forms of discrimination that have an impact on gays and lesbians seeking to start new businesses.

New York Times, 12/2/09. Peter Haas (political science) says the European Union lacks the political clout to determine the outcome of the climate change conference that was held in Copenhagen. Instead, the conference is shaping up to be dominated by the U.S. and China, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Haas says the E.U. still has a stake in the outcome, and still has influence because Europeans have made progress toward creating a low-carbon economy and want to reap some benefits from those efforts.

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, Journalism, Labor Studies, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP), Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), and Sociology. Among our ranks are 38,600 alumni, 3,800 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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