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SBS Newsletter – February 2008

In this issue

Dwight Merriam

Land-Use Lawyer Supports Students
As a partner in Robinson & Cole LLP, a law firm with 220 lawyers and offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Florida, Dwight Merriam ’68 (sociology) has a varied practice in land-use law. “I spend a lot of time representing large-scale developers, mostly in Connecticut,” he says, pointing to the Taubman Company that brought the first Nordstrom’s to New England, a 1,000 acre golf course community development in Old Saybrook, and huge distribution facilities in Windsor and Bloomfield. Merriam also represents governments, neighborhood groups, environmental organizations, and individuals in land use matters: planning, zoning, preservation, eminent domain, etc. Read more...

Steve Fox

Award-winning Journalist Brings Multimedia Talents to the Classroom
Technological innovations are causing a massive transformation in the field of journalism. These days, telling stories involves blogs, audio, video—and elements of all three—in addition to the old standards. This multimedia approach, or convergence journalism, has created mobile journalists—MoJos—who carry laptops, audio recorders, digital cameras, video cameras, and more wherever they go. Many rarely go to the office, opting instead to file their photos, videos and stories from wherever their assignment has taken them. Read more and watch a video...

Danielle Hughes

Woman on Wall Street
Danielle F. (Bionda) Hughes '91 (political science), founder and CEO of Divine Capital Markets in New York City, is one of the few women on Wall Street running a financial services firm. She began her Wall Street career in 1991, and has extensive proven experience in the areas of proprietary and agency trading as well as primary and secondary market capital formation. Read more...

Max Becker

Perfect GPA Reflects Passion for His Courses
Last spring when 1,017 individuals received their diplomas from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst, Matt Becker ’07 (social thought and political economy [STPEC]) with his perfect 4.0 GPA was ranked first in the class. When asked how he accomplished this amazing feat, Becker laughs. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Martin Wobst Anthropologist Uses Archaeology to Study Today’s World
“Archaeology is the science that makes sense of human material artifacts—of any period,” says Professor H. Martin Wobst, whose main interest lies in theory and method of archaeology, one of the four main branches of anthropology. “In our society that is about as materialistic as any ever was, archaeology is the only field that is really focused on that subject matter. Read more...

Ed O'ReillyEd O'Reilly's Uphill Road
While the presidential campaign is monopolizing public attention, attorney Ed O'Reilly '75 (legal studies) is stumping his way across Massachusetts in an effort to unseat four-term U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry. O'Reilly recently opened his western Massachusetts campaign headquarters in Amherst and says he's ready for the challenge of trying to beat an entrenched incumbent. He's taking the grassroots approach. Read more...

M.V. Lee BadgettBadgett Named Among Top Lesbian Researchers
The March 2008 issue of Curve Magazine includes profiles of their selection of the top twenty most powerful lesbians in academics. Among them is M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration. Says the author, Rachel Pepper, who is coordinator of LGBT studies at Yale, "Through some combination of teaching, writing, research and leadership, all these women are changing the face of academia, a world that, until recently, has been run exclusively by straight white men." Read more... [pdf]

scholarship aidSBS Scholarships and Internships
We are happy to announce 2008 SBS scholarship opportunities for undergraduates. Many of these are longstanding, but some new awards have been added this year, thanks to alumni generosity. Scholarship information and applications are available online. Also, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is building relationships with alumni who are interested in hiring UMass Amherst students for summer or semester-long internships. As these internships become available, they are posted on the Career Services website and also on the SBS internships page.

scholarship aidField Study in Communication & Journalism: Sligo & West Coast of Ireland
This year's Field Study in Communication & Journalism course is headed to the stunningly beautiful West Coast of Ireland, July 6 - 20, 2008. Led by Karen List, director of the UMass Amherst Journalism Program, and Steve Klein, coordinator of the Electronic Journalism Program and the Journalism concentration in the Communication Department at George Mason University, this two week, 3-credit course will explore various aspects of intercultural communication and international journalism. Read more...

Aline Sayer working on methodology with studentsMethodology Summer Workshops Scheduled
The Center for Research on Families, in collaboration with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, is offering two summer methodology workshops at UMass Amherst. Analyzing Developmental Trajectories will take place June 9-12, 2008 with instructor Daniel Nagin, professor of public policy and statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. The second workshop, Hierarchical Linear Models I, will be held June 23-27, 2008 with instructors Aline Sayer, professor of psychology at UMass Amherst and CRF's Methodology Program Director, and Natalya Verbitsky, University of Chicago. Click here for more information on the UMass Amherst workshops. The Summer Program is internationally recognized as a preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research and instruction. These courses are very popular, and class size is limited, so register early at

Upcoming Events
Monday, March 3, 2008
Title: DIstinguished Faculty Lecture Series: Martin Wobst (anthropology) presents "An Archaeological Look at Us”
4:00 p.m. Massachusetts Room, Mullins Center; reception follows
Faculty members in the series receive a Chancellor’s Medal following their lectures. The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the campus.
Sponsored by the offices of the chancellor and the provost

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Title: The Big Gamble: The Costs, Benefits and Coverage of Casinos
7:00 p.m. Mancheski Executive Seminar Room, Lender School of Business Center, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT.
Cosponsored by The New England News Forum, based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, this free, public symposium will assess the impact and reporting of casino gambling in New England. Participants include public officials, journalists, researchers and a top industry executives.

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Title: Public Engagement Project Panel: "Writing and Placing Op-Eds"
2:00 p.m. 620 Thompson Hall, 6th floor conference room
Panelists: Professor Ralph Whitehead, journalism; Patrick Callahan, UMass Amherst News Office, Professor Bob Pollin, economics and PERI; Professor Nancy Folbre, economics. Moderated by Lee Badgett, economics and CPPA Director
Developed by "The Public Engagement Project" (PEP), and co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Families (CRF), the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA), the Psychology Department’s Peace and Violence Concentration, and the Sociology Department. PEP supports faculty members who want to take their research outside of the academy through engagement with the media, community groups, policy makers, and others.

Thursday, April 3, 2008
Title: Making Connections: Life after UMass
4:30-6:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge
About 20 alumni from STPEC, Women’s Studies and the Labor Center will speak with current students about their career/job/grad school experiences and share information on internships and other career opportunities. A wide range of careers, from education and law to medicine and social services and more, will be represented. This is not a job fair, but a networking opportunity open to all UMass Amherst students.
Co-sponsored by STPEC, Women's Studies, the Labor Center, and Career Services.

Thursday–Friday, April 3–4, 2008
Title: Landscapes of Violence: Conflict and Trauma through Time
Begins at 10:00 a.m. Thursday and ends with a plenary session on Friday morning, UMass Amherst Campus Center
This conference aims to examine violence through ideological connections between the material world and social discourse, thus providing a multidimensional approach to understanding the bases and aesthetics of violence. Attention will be given to uncovering the motives, dynamics and functions of violence for individuals, groups, populations and societies, as well as for bonds and social relations in the private, institutional and public spheres of life. Fifty-two individuals representing five UMass Amherst colleges and 17 departments will make presentations. Among the many notable leaders in peace and violence on hand will be Nancy Scheper-Hughes, professor of medical anthropology at the University of California Berkeley; James Brooks, president and CEO of the School of Advanced Research; Dr. Herbert Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, and Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and many others.
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Psychology of Peace and Violence Concentration in Department of Psychology and coordinated by Ventura Perez (anthropology) and Linda Tropp (peace psychology). More information will be available online after March 10.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture series, sponsored by the Center for Research on Families
Developmental Psychologist Susan H. Landry, Michael Matthew Knight Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Title: TBA
4:00 p.m. Room 620, Thompson Hall

Monday, April 28, 2008
Title: DIstinguished Faculty Lecture Series: Sara Lennox (STPEC) presents "Claiming Blackness in Germany"
4:00 p.m. Massachusetts Room, Mullins Center; reception follows
Faculty members in the series receive a Chancellor’s Medal following their lectures. The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the campus.
Sponsored by the offices of the chancellor and the provost

Monday, May 12, 2008
Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture series, sponsored by the Center for Research on Families
Katherine S. Newman from Princeton University, where she is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; and Director of the Joint Doctoral Programs in Sociology, Politics, Psychology and Social Policy.
Title: “Failure to Launch? Delayed Departure from the Family Home in Western Europe and Japan"
2:00 p.m. Room 620, Thompson Hall

Faculty Notes
A book by Professor Emeritus Donald A. Proulx (anthropology) has been selected as an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, the journal of reviews for academic libraries. His work, A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography: Reading a Culture Through Its Art, is among 646 books and electronic resources named to this year’s list, which was published in the journal’s January issue. Read more...

A new book coedited by Linda Tropp (peace psychology), Improving Intergroup Relations: Building on the Legacy of Thomas F. Pettigrew, to be released in May, is receiving great reviews. Read more...

Michelle Budig and Joya Misra (sociology and public policy) have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, "Estimating the Cross-National Effects of Family Policies on the Wage Penalty for Motherhood Using Multilevel Models."

Emily Erikson (sociology) has been appointed associate editor of Sociological Theory.

The American Sociological Review's June issue will include an article by Jennifer Lundquist (sociology), entitled "Reevaluating Ethnic and Gender Satisfaction Differences: The Effect of a Meritocratic Institution."

Alumni News
Dr. Irma McClaurin (anthropology) is associate vice president for System Academic Administration at the University of Minnesota and executive director of its new Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. Prior to this appointment, she was a program officer with responsibility for higher education, scholarship, and diversity programs at the Ford Foundation, and prior to that she was a tenured professor at the University of Florida. Read more...

Chris Flood '94 (STPEC), '97 (labor studies), according to Professor Sara Lennox (STPEC), is a career public defender and recently joined the Public Defenders in New Orleans as a supervising attorney. After graduating from NYU Law School in 2000, he spent more than five years in the Trial Division of the D.C. Public Defender Service, and for the past two years has represented clients in Manhattan federal court with the Federal Defenders of New York. In both offices Flood worked extensively with forensic evidence, including DNA technology.

After graduation Amber L. Reed '03 (communication) landed a public relations job at Magic, the largest fashion trade show in the world. In the course of her work, she met a woman who is involved with the Oscars in Hollywood and was offered a chance be a press guide for this year's ceremony. As with all red carpet events, many members of the press, all with different credentials, attended. Reed, who underwent some intense training, led the press around, showed them where they were supposed to be and, most importantly, ensured that they followed the show's strict rules, both on the red carpet and behind the scenes.

Anton Hart '86 MA '89 PhD (psychology) is in private practice as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City and Poughkeepsie, NY. "I am a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City where I am also a member of the faculty," Hart writes. "I have been active in the division of psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association (Division 39) and serve on the editorial board of its journal, Psychoanalytic Psychology. I am also an associate editor of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I have been writing on issues of psychoanalytic theory and technique and on issues of racial trauma." Hart recently chaired a task-force that developed a proclamation against psychologists' participation in torture, coercive interrogation and related activities. "All are invited to sign and disseminate the information," says Hart.

John Moynihan '83 (economics), former Deputy Commissioner of the Inspectional Services Division and Internal Control Officer with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, has left state government after 24 years to start a company, Minuteman Governance. Minuteman provides comprehensive information security and data protection services to organizations from all industries and sectors.

Edward Kimball '89 (legal studies) was recently promoted to Counsel at Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America in Pittsfield MA.

SBS in the News
Washington Post, 2/25/08. In the article "Democrats Equally Adept at Shifting Positions" Associate Dean Robert Feldman (psychology), an expert on lying, says flip-flopping on the campaign trail is a very human trait. "Politicians are like the rest of us," he says. "In everyday life, we say things to make ourselves look better, get people to like us, get a job. We all lie, to a greater or lesser extent. It's the same with politicians."

Boston Globe, 2/17/08. Research on gender stereotyping by Nilanjana Dasgupta (psychology) is cited in an article examining whether Hillary Clinton can overcome societal bias against women in her bid for the presidency. While gender bias tends to be stronger than racial bias, Dasgupta’s study found that exposing women to information about accomplished women can undermine stereotyping about the incompatibility of women and leadership., 2/14/08. UMass Amherst’s Archaeological Services, part of the department of anthropology, with the town of Kingston,MA, is assessing historical sites there to pinpoint historic sites with the greatest archaeological significance.

PoynterOnline, 2/12/08. Norman Sims (journalism) was interviewed on the publication of his new book, True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism.

Kaz Inform, [Kazakhstan] 2/12/08. Professor Emeritus Donald Proulx (anthropology) comments on the recent find of a 2,000-year-old mine in the mountains of Peru that shows that an ancient people there mined hematite iron ore centuries before the Inca Empire.

Dow Jones Market Watch, 2/6/08. Robert Pollin (economics) says the falling housing market in Massachusetts was a key indicator going into the Super Tuesday presidential primary election. Voters in both the Democratic and Republican primaries around the country ranked the economy as their top issue in the election., 2/5/08. The research of Lisa S. Scott (psychology), showing that infants refine and narrow their ability to discriminate in hearing and sight during their first year, is highlighted.

NPR, Talk of the Nation, 2/5/08. Associate Dean Robert Feldman (psychology) was interviewed by Lynn Neary. Discussing "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth," he explained the psychology behind truth and fiction while syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson weighed in on the art of honesty—when it's a good idea to tell the truth and when it's better to fudge the details, and Brad Blanton, a radical truth teller, explained why honesty is the only policy.

Boston Globe, 2/4/08. Ralph Whitehead Jr. (journalism) discusses how elite colleges and universities are responding to pressure from Congress to explain why costs are rising so rapidly even as endowments soar in the billions of dollars for top schools. He also looks at some of the statistics released by schools as part of their justification for high costs and modest increases in student aid. 2/11/08. Whitehead's column discusses Therese Murray, president of the state Senate, who was a strong backer of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton in the recent Democratic presidential primary, and played a key role in delivering her district and the state to the New York senator.

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

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