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SBS Newsletter – December 2010/January 2011

In this issue

Chris LockeLife in the Fast (and Legal) Lane
Over the years Chris Locke ’75 (sociology), senior partner and former chair of the Environmental Law Department at Farella Braun & Martel LLP in San Francisco, has donated time and money to various organizations, including UMass. Recently, he ramped up, making a major commitment to fund scholarships for students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Read more...

Claire BronchukScholarships Allow Access to Undergraduate Opportunities
“UMass wasn’t my first choice when I began the college application process,” Claire Bronchuk ’12 (political science/business management) admits. “But, after weighing all of my options, UMass was the best fit, especially because several of the private schools I was considering didn’t offer adequate financial aid. In the end, I chose UMass for its diverse range of academic departments, as well as the extracurricular activities, including Marching Band.” Read more...

Sean DandleyTelecom Entrepreneur Credits UMass as Foundation of Success
Since 1988 Sean Dandley ’85 (journalism), president and CEO of DSCI Corporation in Waltham, MA, has had a front-row seat in the telecommunication industry’s incredible evolution. “The only constant has been change,” Dandley says. “Changes in technology: Internet, cell phones, smart phones, data networks, and so on; changes in the regulatory environment: not so long ago Ma Bell was the only telephone company around, but thanks to legal rulings and deregulation, a multitude of providers, including DSCI, came into existence.” Read more...

Arindrajit Dube, Gerald Epstein and James Crotty

Three UMass Economists Selected for INET Inaugural Grants Program
For its Inaugural Grants Program, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) has selected 27 projects to address many of the most challenging issues facing economics today. Two are spearheaded by three UMass economists: Arindrajit Dube, Gerald Epstein and James Crotty. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Ventura PerezSPARC Names Perez "Innovator" for Open Access Journal and Community Engagement
To go beyond the confines of academia and engage with the community to improve their lives through research, Prof. Ventura R. Pérez MA '00, PhD '06 (anthropology) launched an interdisciplinary open-access journal dedicated to the study of violence and the impact it has on society. For his efforts, Pérez has been honored as the first Innovator of 2011 by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). Read more...

academe coverThe Glass Ceiling in Academe
"The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work," by Joya Misra (sociology and public policy), Jennifer Hickes Lundquist (sociology), master's degree candidate Elissa Dahlberg Holmes and Stephanie Agiomavritis '10 (sociology), discusses their research on the gender gap in academe. Conducted on campus during 2008-09, their study found significant gender gaps in service assignments and advancement of male and female professors and examined patterns related to specific service duties as well as allocation of time. Read more...

Anthony NelsonHonoring the Student Athlete
Minuteman football player Anthony Nelson '11 (economics) was honored in December as the campus’ male scholar-athlete. Nelson has a 3.88 GPA and was named a first-team Academic All-American in November by ESPN. Read article by John Stifler (economics) and view the video of Nelson's acceptance speech.

Tyler HolmesLinebacker Holmes Named All-American and More
The Associated Press has named linebacker Tyler Holmes '12 (sociology) a first-team All-American. He also received the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet as the region’s player of the year, the first UMass player to win the honor since Dennis Dent '79 (education) in 1978. Holmes also was named an AFCA All-American, the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, CAA First-Team linebacker and New England Football Writers All-Star. In addition, he finished fifth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, honoring the best defensive players in the Football Championship Subdivision. Read more...

SBS logoScholarships for SBS Students
Applications for SBS scholarships are now available for undergraduates. Click here for details and applications; deadlines vary. In addition, the Center for Research on Families has announced its the annual competition for graduate and undergraduate student awards in family research. Application Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2011; Notification: March 21, 2011. Preference is given to students in the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

SBS logoCareer Services Offers Students Career Fairs
Career Services will be hosting two major career fairs: the ALANA Career Fair 2011 on February 8 and the Career Blast 2011 on February 9. In addition, between these two events on the evening of February 8, Career Services will sponsor a Networking Night to meet recruiters/alumni from various organizations. Students: Don't miss these opportunities to interact with alumni (and other potential employers) who are looking to hire. Two events in two days with an evening of networking tucked in between. Click here for more details. Alumni: If your organization is looking for diverse, talented and enthusiastic employees for full-time, co-op and/or internship opportunities, these events are for you! Click here to register your organization.

SBS logoInvestment Banking Summer Internship Available
Piper Jaffray continues a tradition of recruiting UMass Amherst students into its summer internship program for investment banking analysts in San Francisco. Several recent students and alumni have earned this internship. Resume and cover letter should be emailed to Kelly O'Kane no later than February 4, 2011. Students from a wide variety of majors are encouraged to apply. For further information about Piper Jaffray, internship qualifications, and program details, click here.

Robert J Manning, trusteeManning Resigns Board of Trustees Leadership
Board of Trustees Chairman Robert J. Manning has stepped down as the leader of the 22-person UMass governance board, saying it would be beneficial for the university to have new leadership as it enters a period of transition. The surprise announcement came at the end of the quarterly board meeting at the Campus Center. Read more... Read Boston Globe editorial.

Robert CaretTrustees Name Caret UMass President
The Board of Trustees has named Robert L. Caret president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. Caret, the president of Towson University in Maryland, will succeed retiring President Jack M. Wilson, who steps down on June 30. James J. Karam, head of the search committee and acting chair of the Board of Trustees, says, "After conducting an exhaustive search, we selected a president with the qualifications, the character, and the vision to lead our university system forward and to build upon the strengths of our world class university system." Read more...

Upcoming Events
Bookmark 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
Alison J. Rapping MS '90 (public policy and administration) of Phoenix is principal of Alison & Associates, providing services to nonprofit organizations and community initiatives in the areas of nonprofit capacity building and organizational effectiveness, fundraising and resource development, and facilitation of community initiatives. Read more...

Michelle Cardinal '89 (communication) is the first woman contributor to the blog, Bizzy Life: For People Who Live Their Work. Co-founder of the advertising agency, The R2CGroup, she has been named "Oregon Woman Entrepreneur of The Year" and one of Inc Magazine's "Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs," in addition to receiving multiple recognitions for running Oregon's largest woman-owned company. Cardinal is a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board.

Boston Herald sportswriter Steve Buckley '78 (communication) publicly disclosed that he is gay in a moving column (1/6/11). His announcement has generated enormous support among his fans and the sports community, as detailed in a follow-up article the next day.

Lindsay McCluskey '09 (anthropology), president of the United States Student Association, was quoted in an AP article about a study that says 45% of college students show no significant improvement in critical thinking skills, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore year.

Former Minuteman forward Tony Gaffney '09 (sociology) has signed with the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League. Read more...

Khaled Saghieh MA '05 (economics) was featured in a New York Times story (12/29/10) about the Beirut, Lebanon-based newspaper Al Akhbar, the only Arab newspaper to obtain a substantial batch of WikiLeaks cables. Saghieh, managing editor, abandoned his PhD studies to help start the paper, which has developed a reputation for daring in a society where the press is usually very careful about what it prints.

Grace Williams '08 (sociology) of Dighton, Massachusetts, is a Peace Corps volunteer in the Healthy Schools program in Guatemala. At home on her annual leave, she spoke with Dighton middle schoolers about her experience. Read more in the Taunton Daily Gazette.

The Boston Globe featured Cori Simeon-Ohiri '10 (communication/classical civilization) in a story about recent college graduates who have found work in the Boston area. It took her three months and hundreds of applications, but she finally landed a spot as a hostess at the chic Boston restaurant Scampo. The good news is that job openings appear to be on the rise.

Jennifer Braceras '89 (communication/history), a UMass trustee, wrote a Boston Herald editorial (December 13) about the political fallout from Gov. Deval Patrick’s intervention in the search process for a new UMass president. Patrick has been criticized for what some view as his blocking the candidacy of Martin Meehan, UMass Lowell chancellor, and the subsequent resignation of Robert Manning, the chairman of the Board of Trustee. The editorial has been archived and is available for a fee.

Katie Huston '08 (journalism/political science) is a publications manager and research fellow at the Economic Policy Research Institute, an NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Newly elected Massachusetts Northwestern district attorney David E. Sullivan '81 (ISOM, management) has named Jeremy Bucci '98 (political science/philosophy) as chief trial counsel. Bucci, who has been a prosecutor in Suffolk County since 2001, will be attorney in charge in Franklin County and will prosecute major felonies and supervise narcotic and asset forfeiture cases under Sullivan. 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.

Department/Faculty News
The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society is offering several courses for Spring 2011 as part of its continuing International Heritage Online Studies Program for advanced students and for career development for heritage professionals. Registration deadline is January 30, 2011.

Professor Jack Ahern (landscape architecture and regional planning) has been named Vice Provost for International Programs. A UMass Amherst alumnus ['74, environmental design], he has been on the faculty for 25 years, nine of them as head of LARP.

SBS in the News
WFCR, 1/18/11. David Mednicoff (legal studies and public policy), acting director of the Social Thought and Political Economy program, discusses the unfolding political situation in Tunisia. The ouster of the Tunisian President Zine Ben Ali amid street protests has created a new government in that country and is having major repercussions throughout the Arab world, Mednicoff says. With a broad background in international law and politics, he has particular expertise in Middle Eastern politics and law, human rights and globalization theory. Mednicoff visited the region in 2009.

The Olympian [Olympia, Wash.], 1/13/11. An article on military spending and its job-generating capacity cites a 2007 study by Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute. He found that $1 billion in defense spending creates fewer jobs than the same amount invested in education, mass transit, health care or home weatherization.

Inside Higher Ed, 1/12/11. An article cites the Joya Misra, Jennifer Lundquist et al (sociology) article in Academe (see article above).

New York Times (Bucks blog), 1/10/11. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, discusses her personal financial resolutions for 2011. The Economist, 1/6/11. Badgett weighs in on the debate about single-sex marriage as a featured guest in an online debate. She points to evidence that shows same-sex couples should share in the basic human right to marry, and having the right to marry is good for same-sex couples and their families, for the institution of marriage and for society as a whole. Newsweek, 12/14/10. A story on whether the fight for gay rights is the contemporary equivalent to the civil rights movement of the 1960s cites a study on poverty in the LGB community, coauthored by Badgett, economics graduate student Alyssa Schneebaum, Randy Albelda PhD '83 (economics), and the Williams Institute at UCLA.

Springfield Republican, 1/10/11. A new project of Five Colleges, Inc. aims to connect communities from Turners Falls to Springfield more closely to the river running through them. The Connecticut River has value not only as a working economic lifeline but as a regional symbol, says Frank Sleegers (landscape architecture and regional planning). The “riverscaping” project is supported by a grant from the Delegation of the European Union plus course, program and faculty support from Hampshire College and UMass Amherst.

Springfield Republican, 1/6/11. Landscape architecture students are developing a design for revitalizing Hatfield center. Their work is using suggestions from a Pioneer Valley Planning Commission report.

Time, 1/5/11. Article cites research by Michelle Budig (sociology) and PhD candidate Melissa Hodges, published in December's Gender and Society, that says married men who are fathers get paid more than women and other men.

The Economist, 1/6/11. Gerald Epstein (economics) and graduate student Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth recently published a paper that found many of the financial economists who weighed in on new federal regulation of Wall Street didn’t disclose their potential conflicts of interest. They also organized a letter to the American Economic Association, the world’s largest professional society for economists, calling for adoption of a code of ethical standards. The first day of the annual meeting, that convened Jan. 6 in Denver, included a debate on the role of ethics in the profession. News coverage has been extensive: Boston Herald, 1/12/11 Planet Money  [NPR] ; New York Times [Economix blog], The Economist, 1/4/11;, 1/3/11; Bloomberg, 12/31/10; New York Times, 12/30/10., 12/10/10. Epstein comments in an editorial about large bonuses for Wall Street executives and what impact such payments have on the larger economy. Epstein says, “These things don’t add to the pie. They redistribute it – often from the taxpayers to banks and other financial institutions.”

Public News Service, 1/3/11. A Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center report says the state has lost fewer jobs and maintained higher wages than most parts of the country and didn’t have a sharp increase in the poverty rate. This is due largely to the role that education plays in Massachusetts' economy, according to Jeff Thompson (Political Economy Research Institute).

New York Times (Economix blog), 1/3/11. Nancy Folbre (economics), writes about economic and environmental impacts of conserving and caring for trees. She says that effective representation of women in community forestry decision-making significantly improves conservation outcomes.  The Real News Network, 12/16/10. Folbre discusses why men have suffered higher levels of unemployment than women in the current recession. She notes that manufacturing, a male-dominated sector of the economy, has been hit harder with job losses than female-dominated sectors such as health care and services. New York Times (Economix blog), 12/13/10. Folbre writes about the same topic, that has been dubbed the "mancession" by many. The Atlantic, December 2010. An economics columnist takes note of Folbre’s observation and says construction, another male-dominated area of the economy, has also been hard hit. New York Times (Economix blog), 12/6/10. Folbre writes about sex discrimination in pay in the private sector and how difficult it is for people to find out whether they are being paid the same as other people doing the same work. Christian Science Monitor, 12/5/10. Folbre, author of Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family, comments in a story about what it actually costs to raise a child.

Boston Globe [from AP], 12/28/10. In an article about top stories for 2010 Ralph Whitehead (journalism), who tracks politics and popular culture, says Republican Scott Brown’s surprise victory in the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate resonated more outside than within the state, however, it was a wakeup call for many Massachusetts Democrats.

Boston Herald, 12/22/10. In the wake of the announcement that Massachusetts will lose one Congressional seat, various scenarios are taking shape. Emeritus Prof. Jerry Mileur (political science) comments that U.S. Rep. John W. Olver (D-Amherst), despite holding a key position on the Appropriations Committee, might be vulnerable.

Washington Post, 12/12/10. Pulitzer-winning columnist Gene Weingarten, author of Fiddler in the Subway and recent guest-speaker at UMass, referenced the event, calling the students "intelligent, engaged, sophisticated, and accomplished individuals."

The Tennessean, 12/12/10 (sorry, the article is no longer available online). Sheldon Goldman (political science) discusses the Obama administration's decision to support a federal judge nominee from Tennessee who was backed by the state’s two Republican senators rather than one preferred by some of the state’s Democratic House members. He says the administration has apparently concluded it has more to gain from working with the Republicans than the House delegation.

Federal Computer Week, 12/10/10. Jane Fountain (political science), director of the National Center for Digital Government, comments about progress that is being made in sharing government data. She says the number of people who take advantage of the available data remains relatively small.

Kansas City Star, 12/8/10. A study, co-authored by Arindrajit Dube (economics), finds that raising the minimum wage does not lead to the elimination of low-wage jobs in either the long- or short-term. The study was published in the journal The Review of Economics and Statistics.

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, 3,700 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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