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SBS Newsletter – December 2012/January 2013

In this issue

Marta Murray-CloseEconomist, ISSR Scholar Murray-Close Focused on Diversity of Family Arrangements
“I’ve been interested in the social sciences since I first attended Smith College as an undergraduate,” says Marta Murray-Close, assistant professor of economics and public policy, who is focused broadly on family economics and economic demography. “I was a psychology major and loved being a departmental research assistant. In fact, the research topics that most interest me now—gender, sexual orientation, and work-family issues—haven’t changed much since then.” Read more...

Aline Gubrium and Elizabeth KrauseFord Foundation Grants $500K to “Hear Our Stories” Project
On New Year’s Eve 2012 Aline Gubrium (public health) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Krause (anthropology) had a fantastic reason to celebrate. That’s when they learned their “Hear Our Stories” grant proposal to the Ford Foundation’s Sexuality Research Initiative was funded with $500,000 over two years, starting immediately. Read more....

William C. RamseyFrom the Classroom to the Bench
William C. Ramsey ’97
(political science), chief administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Boston, says attending UMass was one of the most positive experiences of his life. "Courses like Sheldon Goldman's ‘Constitutional Law’ and ‘Civil Liberties’ and John Brigham's course on the U.S. Supreme Court allowed me to develop important analytical and research skills. Without question, these courses enabled me to succeed in law school and later as a practicing attorney.” Read more...

Naomi GerstelSociologist Broadens Our Vision of Work, Family, and Inequality
Sociologist Naomi Gerstel’s research has brought to light the issue of gender inequality and how equality is promoted or discouraged through women’s and men’s participation in work and families. As she sees it, “I entered a field with arbitrarily narrow, even myopic, images of woman’s place, of work, of families, and their connections. And I worked throughout my career to change and broaden those images.” Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Michelle Budig and Joya Misra Closing the Gap: Sociologists Assess Motherhood Wage Penalty on a Global Scale
A growing number of career-minded women are opting out of motherhood—a trend that is raising important questions about work and family across the globe. With assistance from graduate student Irene Boeckmann, UMass Amherst sociologists Michelle Budig and Joya Misra have compiled their ongoing cross-national research on how policies affect mothers’ employment and wages into the Work-Family Policy Indicators—a specialized database hosted by the Luxembourg Income Study. Read more...

Lee BadgettSocial Shift: Same-sex Marriage and the Impact of Family and Gender Policies
Social movements appear to be a natural part of the evolutionary process—last century’s women’s suffrage and civil rights movements alone transformed our society. These shifts, however, do not come without their troublesome quakes, which is why economist M.V. Lee Badgett, a world-renowned expert in social policy issues that affect same-sex couples and their families, is conducting research surrounding the impacts of gay marriage legislation on societies. Read more...

Elizabeth ChiltonChilton Addresses Conferences in Spain and Turkey
Prof. Elizabeth S. Chilton MA '91, PhD '96 (anthropology), associate dean for research in SBS, was an invited presenter at the meeting of the Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property at the University of Barcelona in November. Immediately afterward she traveled to Turkey to present a paper at the international conference “Heritage and Risk” at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Read more...

Jeannette Wicks-LimCan People Educate Themselves Out of Unemployment and Poverty?
Jeannette Wicks-Lim MA '04, PhD '05 (economics) of the Political Economy Research Institute on campus discusses her study that shows about two-thirds of new jobs being created in the U.S. require only a high-school education or less. Watch the interview with The Real News Network.

A green latrine in Ghana, built by Caitlyn Butler and her Team Green LatrineTeam Green Latrine Strikes Again
Graduate students Katie Fox and Sally Miller (landscape architecture and regional planning) are part of Team Green Latrine that is competing in the UMass Innovation Challenge Competition. Already the team has won $1,000 in the MinutePitch competition and an additional $1,000 for their performance in the ElevatorPitch competition. The team is advised by Dr. Caitlyn Butler (civil & environmental engineering), who created the Microbial Fuel Cell Latrine. They all traveled to Ghana last May to install the first latrine. Read more...

Daniel MacDonaldEcon Grad Student MacDonald Wins Prestigious Awards
Congratulations to graduate student Daniel MacDonald (economics) who is the recipient of a $5,000 William R. Waters Research Grant for his project, "Social Economics: Social Justice and Institutions in Historical Perspective," the second major award he has received in the last few months. Read more...

Ashley BoudrowSenior Campaign Committee Awards Scholarships
The UMass Amherst Senior Campaign Committee, a program of the Student Philanthropy Committee, is proud to announce that three students, including Ashley Boudrow '13 (sociology), received scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of the Classes of 2008 and 2011. Read more...

Dan HalloranStudent Explores Civil-Military Relations at US Affairs Conference
Dan Halloran '13 (political science) was one of two students who represented UMass at the annual Student Conference on US Affairs at West Point in November. This conference brings together civilian and military college students, professors, and other experts on US affairs to discuss a variety of political issues. This year’s focus was assuring accountability and assessing American priorities in an age of austerity. Halloran’s group tackled the issue of how civilians can hold the military more accountable. Read more...

Online Journalism logoOnline Journalism Certificate Offers Fundamental Tools of the Trade
About a year ago, journalism faculty members Brian McDermott and Razvan Sibii became co-directors of the online Certificate of Journalism. “Our goal is to provide a diverse student body access to high quality journalism classes online,” says McDermott. “The instructors in the program pride themselves on their teaching and working closely with each student.” Read more...

Paul R. ShuldinerPaul R. Shuldiner Memorial Scholarship
The Paul R. Shuldiner Memorial Scholarship was established by Professor Paul W. Shuldiner (civil engineering) and the Shuldiner Family in memory of Paul R. (Randy) Shuldiner '75. The scholarship is open to all sophomore, junior and senior legal studies majors. Applicants are required to submit an essay, the topic of which changes each year (due February 15). For more information about Shuldiner and this year's competition, click here.

Stephen ResnickBeloved Professor Stephen Resnick Dies
We are sorry to report the death of Professor Emeritus Stephen Resnick (economics) on January 2, 2013. Resnick was a beloved teacher at UMass for nearly 4 decades, bringing a comparative approach to teaching the subject that exposed students to a wide range of economic thinking. "Steve won every teaching prize that UMass has," says his colleague Richard Wolff, with whom Resnick co-authored essays, articles and books, including Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian (MIT Press, 2012). Read the obituary written by Resnick's former student Greg Saulmon '01 (economics/history)...

Alumni News
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has named Maydad Cohen '97 (political science/history) the deputy chief of staff for policy and cabinet affairs. Read more...

Danielle Hughes '91 (political science), founder and CEO of Divine Capital Markets in NYC, appeared with CNBC's Courtney Reagan and Larry Kantor of Barclays to discuss Tiffany's lackluster holiday season results as potentially being the first sign that the high-end consumer is scaling back. View discussion...

Chuck DiMare '74 (political science), MPA '83, director of Student Legal Services at UMass and a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow since 1995, was recently interviewed in the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal [pdf].

Holly Galvin '12 (legal studies) is now a litigation paralegal in Boston at law office of Iannella and Mummolo, a national Social Security disability benefits firm that specializes in Massachusetts personal injury, slip & fall, general liability, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and auto accident cases.

With UMass physician Dr. Pierre Rouzier, Charles Levi Nielsen '06 (journalism) has published Henry Gets Moving, a bilingual motivational story for children about a hamster who triumphs over obesity with an active lifestyle, healthy eating, and comical help from his friends.

Conor White-Sullivan '10 (anthropology), director of editorial technology with the Huffington Post Media Group, has been named to Forbes Magazine's "Thirty Under Thirty: Media" list (even though they got his name backwards!). As a student at UMass, he and Aaron Soules '10 (communication) founded Localocracy, an online town common where registered voters using real names can weigh in on local issues. In summer 2011, Localocracy was recognized as one of Mass High Tech’s “Startup Watch: Five you should follow” companies. Shortly thereafter White-Sullivan and Soules sold it to AOL's Huffington Post Media Group. Now, at age 23, White-Sullivan heads editorial tech for @Huffpost.

William Bennett '87 (political science), senior development officer at Wellesley College, will receive the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I Quarter Century Circle Award at its annual conference in Boston, MA on January 30, 2013. The award honors those who have completed 25 years of service for non-profit organizations in the professions encompassed by CASE.

Maria Sacchetti '91 (journalism/Spanish), who covers immigration for the Boston Globe, was interviewed by Dina Rudick, also of the Globe, for "The Back Story: The Immigration System." Back in October, Sacchetti met with journalism classes and spoke on the Journalism All-Stars panel. She'll return in the spring to speak with Karen List's "Journalism Ethics" class.

Marwan Zubi '88 (political science), an attorney with Nicolai Law Group, P.C., in Springfield, MA, was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 in labor and employment litigation. Read more...

Let's hear it for outstanding lawyers! Erin (Moran) Shapiro '94 (political science), a partner with the Boston Law firm of Atwood & Cherny, was included in the publication: "The Best Lawyers in America, 2013" in the field of Family Law. Read more...

Lori (Kessler) Shemtob '77 (communication), a founding partner of Shemtob Law, P.C., a full service family law firm, spoke at the Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Her talk covered the fundamentals of divorce law. Read more....

Allan MacNeill MA '87, PhD '97 (economics), a professor at Webster University, received this year’s Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored annually by St. Louis-based Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader. Read more...

Lauren Torres '08 (communication), along with Dana Butler '12 (communication disorders), has joined the faculty of Landmark School in Beverly, MA. Both are teaching classes in Oral Expression and providing one-to-one daily tutorials, which are the hallmark of Landmark’s program. In addition, both are enrolled in the Simmons College Master of Science in Education program through which they will also earn their Massachusetts Initial License in Moderate Disabilities. Approximately 95% of Landmark faculty hold advanced degrees, significantly more than most other institutions of their kind.

Kevin Andrade '98 (economics) is a senior global equity trader for Eaton Vance Management.

Richard Simonetti '96 (economics) is senior vice president in New York Life’s Agency Department, responsible for agent and manager recruitment, training and development. Simonetti joined New York Life as an agent in the Long Island General Office in July 1996. Since then, he has held several positions with increasing managerial responsibility in that office and in Detroit.

Roger Lau '00 (political science), who served as political director for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign, has been named her state director, running her offices in Boston and other Massachusetts locales. Read more...

Emily Barnes '11 (economics) is an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Previously, she spent a year working as a supervisory survey statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling, and volunteering as a Girl Scout leader.

Peter Matchak MRP '12 is a member of the Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee that received the 2012 Citizen Planner Award, from the American Planning Association-MA chapter.

Eric Weinstein '88 (political science) is a sole practitioner with his own law office in Framingham, Massachusetts. An interview with him was featured on the Pre-Law Advising blog in December.

Meredith (Berman) Miller '03 (economics) is an advanced placement economics teacher at Boca Raton Community High School.

Robert Chase '06 (economics) is an MBA/MPA fellow at Cornell University.

Gabriel Fried '95 (economics) is CEO of Hilco Streambank, a company that partners with clients on the monetization of intangible assets. Recently, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain approved the appointment of Hilco as the agent representing Hostess Brands, Inc. for the integrated disposition of key real estate and industrial assets.

Cleo Hage '12 (economics) and Wuxi He '12 (economics) are assistant economists at Regional Economic Models, Inc., an economic forecasting software company in Amherst, MA.

Daniel-Kim Nguyen '10 (economics) has been promoted to associate manager, small businesses at Indeed, Inc., a search engine that gives job seekers free access to millions of employment opportunities. 

Matthew Orlando '10 (economics) is a category manager at, a privately owned retailer in Boston. Responsible for the Commercial & Educational product category, he focuses primarily on driving selection and improving supplier economics.

Barbara Rivera '96 (economics) is a district manager for Starbucks Coffee.

Michael Williams '11 (economics) is founder and president of Glexia, Inc., a full-service IT company in Merrimac, MA.

The Political Science Department has a lengthy listing of alumni notes from political science and legal studies majors. To view the it, click here.

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
Last month, Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Program invited Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, to speak with government officials who are considering legal recognition for same-sex couples. Read more...

Foreign Affairs has named "Game of Thrones as Theory" by Charli Carpenter (political science) and "Island Grabbing in Asia" by Michael Klare, a Five College professor in political science, among the top ten articles of 2012. See the full listing...

At the plenary session of the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) 2013 Workshop in Doha, Qatar, David Mednicoff (public policy), director of Middle Eastern studies, discussed his research on the Arab politics of the rule of law in comparative perspective, and received commentary from Hani Sayed, assistant professor of law at the American University of Cairo. This major collaborative event brings together legal scholars from around the world to promote innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, and social justice in the aftermath of the economic crisis.

Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice, a book edited by Professor Emeritus Ethan Katsh (legal studies), is now available in its entirety for free online. It includes articles by Katsh and Leah Wing (legal studies).

Recently, Michael Ash, chair of the Department of Economics and director of STPEC, wrote, "The highlight of the fall semester for me was 'Phishing for Phools,' the Fall 2012 Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture given by George Akerlof, incidentally my dissertation advisor and, more importantly, a 2001 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. George gave a great lecture, which I encourage you to watch, and was kind enough to publicly share his opinion of the UMass Amherst Economics Department: 'This is truly one of the great economics departments anywhere in the world and one that is especially devoted to finding out and to pursuing the truth, and pursuing the truth that matters for absolutely all of us.'”

Before she became a doctoral student at UMass, Alix Olson (political science) was a touring poet who won the National Poetry Slam in 1998. She has also published books and recorded an album. Gracing the covers of Ms. Magazine, Curve, and Velvet Park, Olson and her work have also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Out, The Progressive, The Advocate, Girlfriends Magazine, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Poets and Writers, Woman Rock, Venus, Lesbian News, Gay and Lesbian Times, Nervy Girl,, the Lesbian Review of Books, and hundreds of regional newspapers and magazines. Read more...

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) honored Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, with a 2012 City of Justice Award. The annual award recognizes the nation’s leading progressive voices and celebrates a bold, common vision of a new economy for all. Past honorees and speakers include Culture Clash, Danny Glover, Ben Jealous, Van Jones, NFL Players Association & Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Sean Penn, among others Read more...

Master's of regional planning students Toni Marie Pignatelli MRP ’13 and Jonathan G. Cooper MRP ’13 have been selected to present at the 2013 National Planning Conference in Chicago in April. Pignatelli will present "Adapting to Coastal Change: A Participatory Approach to Hazard Mitigation Planning in New Bedford, MA," and Cooper will focus on "Skilled Labor Development Opportunities For A Growing Demographic." Click here for their picture with Prof. of Regional Planning John Mullin.

Speaking of John Mullin, he has been on the receiving end of several major awards in the past few weeks. Mullin received the 2012 Charles E. Downe Memorial Award from the American Planning Association-MA chapter. The award honors a planner who exemplifies public outreach, mentoring of young planners, demonstrated patience and the utmost integrity. He also has been selected as the 2013 Dale Prize Scholar. Presented by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona, this award recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. The 2013 Dale Prize will be presented in early February at a colloquium on "Restoring Main Street: Linking Historic Preservation and Economic Development."

Many students and faculty have participated in ISSR's free short courses and consultation services since the ISSR lab opening this past October. All social science graduate students and faculty are welcome to come by for help with their research. While almost 50% of participants last semester came from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ISSR welcomed many visitors from other schools, including the School of Education (20%), the College of Natural Sciences (15%), Isenberg School of Management (7%), and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (6%). For more information about ISSR and its services, visit the ISSR website.

Amel Ahmed (political science) has published Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance (Cambridge University Press). It links historical democratization to contemporary democratization, providing new avenues for theorizing about democracy, offers a historically grounded approach to understanding the origins of democratic institutions which will appeal to those who prefer to see process-tracing, rather than statistical analysis, and features four in-depth cases studies: the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Belgium.

The new book From Identity-Based Conflict to Identity-Based Cooperation (Springer) includes a chapter by PhD candidate Harita Patel (political science).

The newly published American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports includes chapter on "Sports and the Digital Age" by Prof. Steve Fox (journalism).

Econ4, an organization that aims to change both the economics profession and common-sense understanding about how the economy works and should work, has produced a new film, "The Bottom Line: Healthcare," featuring economics professors Gerald Epstein, Gerald Friedman, and Robert Pollin. Take a look!

Communication faculty Demetria Shabazz, Martha Fuentes-Bautista, and Mari Castaneda, along with Five College Faculty Member Bernadine Mellis, received a $10,000 digital humanities grant from the Five College Women Studies Research Center to develop a team-taught Feminist Media Justice Colloquium. The course will offer students opportunities to learn about strategies for intervening in mainstream media production and to use new technologies to make media a form of critical practice and activist intervention. Guest speakers will provide models of career paths in alternative media fields. The course will also pave the way for service learning and internship opportunities, mutually benefiting both students and community organizations. For more information about the colloquium, click here. In addition, Fuentes-Bautista and Castaneda received an additional $10,000 grant through the Five College Public Policy Initiative to develop a Media Justice Network (MJnet) in Western Mass and bring Pete Tridish to the Five Colleges as a Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. Read more...

SBS in the News
Times OnLine [Sri Lanka], 1/17/13. Arindrajit Dube (economics) says Mexican officials are welcoming efforts by the Obama administration to win approval for new gun regulations. NPR Marketplace, 12/20/12; (San Diego), 12/19/12. Dube says the 2004 expiration of the assault weapon ban in the U.S. put more powerful weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. A study he conducted shows the increase was most notable on the borders of Texas and Arizona, but not near California, which has tougher gun laws. [Boston Globe], 1/16/13. SBS Dean Robert Feldman, an expert on lying and author of The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships, is quoted in Boston Globe's front-page article on Lance Armstrong.

Real News Network, 1/16/13. In an interview Gerald Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses failed attempts at financial regulation, and what to do about it.

New York Times [Economix blog], 1/14/13. Competing interpretations and scholarship on economic issues lead to progress, not confusion, say Nancy Folbre (economics). New York Times [Economix blog], 1/7/13. Discussing how game theory is being used by both sides in the continuing standoff in Washington over the key issues of taxing and spending, Folbre helps clarify the underlying strategic dilemma. New York Times [Economix blog], 12/31/12. Folbre addresses the political rhetoric of 2012 that often focused on the idea that society is made up of makers and takers. This concept is distorted, she says, because it leaves out those who care for others and those who share. New York Times [Economix blog], 12/24/12. Folbre says declining federal support for programs that affect low-income children eventually will raise society's cost to care for them and their families. She notes that efforts to reduce the federal budget are being aimed at such programs. New York Times [Economix blog], 12/17/12. Writing about the “right to work," Folbre says the best way to encourage American workers is to provide jobs and if the private sector can’t or won’t do that, then the public sector should create them. New York Times [Economix blog], 12/10/12. Folbre discusses how capitalism has contributed to the falling birth rate in the U.S. While public policies meant to support families and child-raising have worked in many instances, they have also contributed to this decline because they are uneven in their application and leave out large groups of people such as low-income mothers and their children.

Time, 1/14/13. Brad Tuttle (journalism), who covers business and personal finance for Time, says restaurants are reluctant to raise prices, even though the basic price of food is rising. Instead, they are focusing on offering low-cost options. Time, 1/11/13. Tuttle examines companies’ ongoing efforts to incorporate “smart” technology into gadgets of all types whether or not there is consumer interest in such products. Time, 1/10/13. Tuttle interviews Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. Time, 1/7/13. Tuttle writes about how fast-food restaurants are expanding their presence with outlets within larger stores, such as Walmart, and expanded hours. Time, 12/18/12. Tuttle says the decision by some shopping malls to skip or scale back on an in-person Santa Claus comes down to the demographics of the shopping center’s typical visitors. Time, 12/10/12. Tuttle writes about why consumers should be skeptical about auto companies' mileage claims for their new cars. [Media Shift blog], 1/8/13. A story on trends in journalism education notes that the UMass Amherst journalism program is hoping to expand its current offerings in entrepreneurial journalism., 1/7/13. Tom Juravich (labor studies) says using temporary employees to do some of the most dangerous jobs shows that employers are abdicating responsibility for their workers. Temps aren’t likely to complain, and if they are hurt, the employer isn’t responsible for workers’ compensation payments.

Brattleboro Reformer, 1/2/13. John Mullin (landscape architecture and regional planning), who studied how Bellows Falls, Vt., can help promote itself, says the community needs to do a better job promoting its history, which stretches back 6,000 years.

AP article published widely across the U.S. 12/26/12. Sheldon Goldman (political science) says President Obama is likely to nominate moderate judges for any vacancies that appear on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is widely viewed as one of the nation's most conservative federal appellate courts. The court covers cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Springfield Republican, 12/21/12. Ventura Perez (anthropology) comments in a story about the end of the Mayan calendar and what some people believe is the end of the world. Perez says the Mayans never talked about the end of the world and suggests the doomsday talk is driven by a recent movie and media coverage.

The Real News Network, 12/20/12. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about a new study that shows states are paying more for medicaid as workers lose jobs with insurance, with no help in sight from federal government. Boston Globe, 12/15/12 [subscription required if article quota is exceeded]. In a column about the impact of budget cuts to state and local governments Pollin says federal stimulus spending is one effective way to prevent major job losses in state and local governments during a recession or major downturn in the national economy., 12/11/12. Pollin is interviewed about his new book, Back to Full Employment, which advocates for the adoption of government policies that can achieve the goal of putting Americans back to work., 12/14/12. A column by Steve Fox (journalism) questions the university’s handling of the death of a student in an off-campus accident in November. Campus spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said the death was not announced out of respect for the student’s family, who asked to keep the matter private. Karen List (journalism) countered that the campus community has a right to know when one of its members dies. The Daily Collegian later reported the name of the deceased student.

Bangor Daily News, 12/7/12. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, comments on the economic impact of legalized same-sex marriage in Maine.

The Real News Network, 12/5/12. James Boyce (economics), director of the Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment at the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses a new study he co-authored that finds that burning fossil fuels not only creates pollutants, but that pollution may also be responsible for the premature deaths of up to 20,000 people per year in the U.S.

PRI “Living on Earth,” 12/4/12. A new report from U.S. researchers has found that of the 378 largest coal-fired power plants in this country, a disproportionate amount are in close proximity to low-income communities and communities of people of color. The report is based on a study by PhD candidate Adrian Wilson (economics), which was sponsored by the NAACP, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

WWLP-TV 22, 12/4/12. Jesse Rhodes (political science) comments on President Obama’s use of Twitter and other social media to rally public support for his proposals to address the federal fiscal cliff.

Augusta Chronicle [Ga.], 12/2/12. Brian Schaffner (political science) outlined his research on how the partisan political divide had an impact on how members of the public judge the health of the economy. His comments were made at a symposium on the 2012 election held at the University of Georgia.

WGBY Connecting Point, 11/28/12. David Mednicoff (public policy), director of Middle Eastern studies, discusses the situation in the Middle East. Huffington Post, 11/28/12. Mednicoff writes about how former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was able to overcome huge obstacles when he proposed and got a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel and how some of that same kind of thinking would go a long way today toward bringing some measure of peace and stability between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

A Word from SBS
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