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SBS Newsletter – February 2012

In this issue

Stuart Beckley and Jessica AllanLARP Alumni Assume Leadership Roles in Ware, Easthampton
When Easthampton, MA, city planner Stuart Beckley MRP ’89 (landscape architecture and regional planning) recently left his position after 22 years to become town manager of Ware, MA, Mayor Michael Tautznik stated, “He is irreplaceable,” referencing Easthampton’s growth and expansion under Beckley’s watch. Enter Jessica Allan MRP, MLA ’04 (landscape architecture and regional planning), who will take over the position in early March. Read more...

Kerri SadoffFrom Falmouth to Ghana, Sadoff Discusses her Adventure
When Kerri Sadoff ’12 (social thought and political economy) left Falmouth High School, her dream was to put as much distance as she could between herself and Falmouth, Mass. “I had assumed going as far away from home as I could was what I needed... UMass is only three hours from Falmouth, yet I have found it to be an entire, wonderful world away.” Read more...

IRC/Model UN membersIPO Sponsors IRC/Model UN Travel
Recently the International Programs Office (IPO) sponsored the International Relations Club (IRC) to attend the Model United Nations Assembly at McGill University in Montreal. Ranked the fourth most competitive conference, the third largest on the North American circuit, and the best in Canada, the McGill event has established itself as the standard for professionalism, provocative and substantive debate, and impeccable organization. Read more...

SBS logoSenior Celebration Ceremony Scheduled for May 12
The SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. All SBS graduates in attendance will be recognized individually and receive a UMass Amherst medallion. Tickets are not required; seniors may invite as many guests as they like. Click here for details of the event, plus a special request for seniors to share a photograph for use in the slideshow that will precede the ceremony (and be posted later on the SBS YouTube channel). Click here to see last year's slideshow.

And other topics of interest...

Ted KoppelNewsman Koppel To Be Commencement Speaker
Ted Koppel, one of the nation’s most highly respected and honored television journalists, will be the featured speaker at undergraduate commencement at UMass Amherst on May 11. Koppel will also receive an honorary degree at the event in McGuirk Alumni Stadium where 5,000 students will receive their bachelor’s degrees. Koppel’s legendary work on ABC News’ “Nightline” defined modern television journalism by conducting the first live interviews on a daily basis with newsmakers across the globe, beginning with the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979. Read more...

front page Boston Globe featuring story by Rachel RobertsGlobe Publishes Journalism Students' Work
Steve Fox's Investigative Journalism class, which has been covering the aftermath of last June's Western Massachusetts tornado, was all over the paper and online versions of the Boston Sunday Globe (2/19/12). Included were stories, videos or podcasts by Amy Chaunt '13 (journalism), Lindsey Davis '12 (journalism/legal studies), Anna Meiler '12 (journalism), Lyntoria Newton (Hampshire College), Rachel Roberts '12 (journalism) (front page article), Nick Russo '12 (journalism/BDIC), and Colin Spence '12 (journalism). In case you missed these terrific features, you can access them here.

STPEC logoSTPEC Reunion Weekend to Mark 40-Year Celebration, Lennox Retirement
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) program at UMass Amherst. In addition, it also represents the end of an era with the impending retirement of STPEC director, Sara Lennox, after thirty years of leadership. To celebrate, a reunion for the STPEC community will take place on campus, April 13–14. The weekend promises to be a vigorous occasion of conversation, thought, socializing, and activism! Read more...

Jaime ZagamiAlum Works to Ease Military-Civilian Transitions
Jaime T. Zagami ’08 (political science) supports our troops. This doesn't mean hanging yellow ribbons or waving American flags. Instead, she demonstrates a personal and professional devotion to easing the transition from military to civilian life -- especially for those service men and women with post-traumatic or other combat-induced disorders. Read more...

Amanda OttoUndergraduate Plays Key Role in Family Research Study
Typically, hot flashes are thought to result from dropping estrogen levels associated with menopause. However, post-partum women also experience reduced estrogen levels and hot flashes while breast feeding. As part of her student assistantship in family research, Amanda Otto ’12 (anthropology) is examining the link between post-partum and menopausal hot flashes. Funded by the Center for Research on Families, Otto is working with Prof. Lynnette Leidy Sievert (anthropology) to study recent mothers in the Pioneer Valley. Read more...

Mark A. PapirioLaw Gives Voice to Less Fortunate
“UMass’ Legal Studies Program boasts some of the best legal minds anywhere,” says Mark A. Papirio '81. The faculty, he says, “helped keep me on the straight and narrow path at school….Peter d’Errico [professor emeritus of legal studies] went out of his way both to help me secure an internship and to put my best foot forward in applying to law school." Read more...

Marc RandazzaFrom Flunkie to First Amendment Law Specialist
Marc Randazza '94 (journalism) had already flunked out of UMass three times when Professor Karen List cornered him in the hallway and said, “You’re the smartest guy in my class and you just failed my exam. What the hell is wrong with you?” Then she told him if he got an ‘A’ on the next two exams, he could still get an ‘A’ in her course, Journalism and Law. Randazza not only got an ‘A’ in the class, but graduated cum laude with a newfound reverence for the First Amendment. Read more...

Sean CarterSetting an Example, On and Off the Court
Sean Carter '12 (sociology), a center on the men’s basketball team, has had the best season of his career and also excelled in the classroom. This past fall he earned a perfect score—a 4.0 GPA. Coach Derek Kellogg says Carter, a transfer from Oregon State, is an example to other team members on and off the court. Says Carter, "I'm trying to show the younger guys what type of grades we should be getting. We're all capable of it." Read more...

IS logoInterdisciplinary Studies Institute Established
With major funding from the Provost’s Office and the deans of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (IS) has been established. An amplification of its predecessor, the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts (ISHA), IS will offer substantial research allowances for faculty fellows from humanities and arts, social sciences and natural sciences. Expanding ISHA’s tradition of bringing international as well as interdisciplinary speakers to campus through residencies, co-sponsorships, and lectures, IS will also provide interdisciplinary research grants to faculty and graduate students. For more information on IS's first seminar, click here [pdf].

Peter HaasHow Can We Promote a Sustainable World?
"Sustainability is a matter of resilience – anticipating problems, formulating reasoned and feasible solutions, and implementing them," writes Peter Haas (political science). "In our globalized world this requires a number of things which we study as political scientists: international cooperation, national will, delegation to expertise, enforcement, and legitimacy." Read more...

Center for Research on Families logoEssay Collection Examines Women and Work
In 2008 the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) held a national conference entitled “Women and Work: Choices and Constraints.” Now, based on that informative event, a new book, Women Who Opt Out (New York University Press), has been published. This collection of original essays, including one by Joya Misra (sociology) and another by Maureen Perry-Jenkins (psychology), takes a multi-disciplinary approach in questioning the basic thesis of “the opt-out revolution.” Read more...

Lee BadgettCPPA's Badgett in Spotlight for Gay Rights Work
M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and research director of the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA, has been in the media spotlight this month— first in the New York Times [registration may be required], then on National Public Radio, and again on C-SPAN—for the work she does championing the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Read more about Badgett...

Cover of Remembering John Bonsignore, the bookRemembering John Bonsignore
Remembering John Bonsignore, The Founder of Legal Studies at UMass by Artie Wolfe honors the creator in 1973 of the first Legal Studies Program in the United States. Bonsignore also was a primary author of the first legal studies textbook, Before the Law. With colleagues, he established the American Legal Studies Association and was the first editor of the Legal Studies Forum, an interdisciplinary journal. Legal Studies at UMass today has over 240 majors and 10 faculty from different disciplines. Wolfe is a former professor at Indiana University South Bend and Michigan State.

White House Campus ChallengeCampus Champions of Change Challenge: Vote for UMass Permaculture Initiative
The White House is recognizing American students making a difference on their campuses, and the top 5 entries will visit the White House to meet the President. The UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative is in the running, having been selected as one of 15 finalists from with thousands of entries and months of review. The group needs your votes to get to Washington. Go to the link now and make your three votes count! Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Upcoming Events
Spring semester is always full of events, ranging from informational sessions to outstanding lectures by distinguished guests and faculty. Following is a brief sampling of SBS related activities, but be sure to visit and bookmark the Events Calendar on the SBS website. There you'll find a listing of upcoming events sponsored by SBS programs and departments. View it by week, by month, or as a listing.

Thu, March 1. Zube Lecture Series: Chris Huntress MLA/MRP '99 will discuss the Athletic Field Planning Design and Construction. 4:00 p.m., Hills North, 105 Procopio Room. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. For a complete listing of the Zube Spring Lecture Series, click here.

Wed, March 7. 19th Annual Multicultural Film Festival (fifth screening of the series). “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” directed by Pamela Yates. 7:30–9:30 p.m., 137 Isenberg School of Management. Free and open to the public. Curated by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts; the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; the University Museum of Contemporary Art; Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures; UMass Arts Council.

Mon, March 12. Speaker: Joe McGinniss, celebrated author of The Selling of a President, 1968 and The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin. 4-5:00 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge.

For more SBS-related events, go to the SBS Events Calendar.

Alumni News
The Union of Concerned Scientists, headed by Kevin Knobloch '78 (journalism), has long worked to expose corporate and political interference in science. In the wake of the February release of documents from the Heartland Institute, revealing that some of the nation’s largest fossil fuel interests are funding attacks to discredit climate science, including in public schools, Knobloch issued a statement that calls for greater corporate transparency. Since then environmental advocate Peter Glieck, recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2003 and co-founder/president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, has acknowledged that he obtained the Heartland documents inappropriately. Read more...

A Boston Globe article about Mitt Romney being a bulldog on closing corporate tax loopholes when he was governor of Massachusetts heavily references Alan LeBovidge '64 (economics). He was head of the Department of Revenue at the time, and "Romney let LeBovidge off the leash," allowing him to raise millions in the process and earning the title "the Closer." LeBovidge is a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board.

Chris Greer '88 (economics) is global head of capital introductions at Citi Prime Finance. In an article in MarketWatch  (BusinessWire) about their report, "Day One & Early Stage Investor Allocations to Hedge Funds," that sheds light on the most important factors investors consider when assessing day one/early stage opportunities, Greer explains survey results. He also is quoted in a Reuter's article about the same topic. Greer is a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board.

Chelsea Dugan '11 (journalism) is a full-time account coordinator at Schwartz MSL, a healthcare and technology PR firm in Waltham, Mass. "I work primarily on healthcare accounts, such as GE," Dugan writes, "but have recently been added to a tech team and am embracing the opportunity to learn some new things."

Emily Grund '10 (journalism) is a year and a half into her Peace Corps service, serving as an education volunteer in the Philippines. She writes, "It has been a challenging and life changing experience so far.... I am currently working on a project with my school to develop a remedial reading program. Thanks to a few organizations, I was able to get some books donated for the students but, due to a lack of other resources such as visual aids, proper training modules, school supplies and more, I applied for a Peace Corps Partnership Grant [that is now] posted on the Peace Corps website [calling] for donations. Once the grant is fully funded, I will have access to the money to purchase these resources for my school and successfully finish my project. The original request was for $2,191.71 [and] after several donations we are now [seeking] $1,326.71. Thanks so much for your consideration."

Sara Afzal '10 (journalism) is a communications assistant at MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, a cross-disciplinary research center at MIT that is focused on the high-impact, complex, sociotechnical systems that shape the world.

Since July William Delker '92 (political science) has been a Superior Court justice in New Hampshire. Delker was nominated by Governor John Lynch, who praised Delker's "sharp intellect and command of the law" and his "deep commitment to justice and fairness." Previously Delker was senior assistant attorney general, in charge of the state’s Cold Case unit and handled much of the state’s Supreme Court appellate work in the conviction and death sentence against Michael Addison, convicted for the 2006 murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs. Delker also has been an adjunct professor of law at Franklin Pierce Law Center and the Massachusetts School of Law.

The Atlantic published an article by PhD candidate Tovar Cerulli MA '11 (communication) that discusses his transformation from a vegan to someone who eats some animals and is now a hunter. Cerulli is the author of The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance. His doctoral research focuses on food, hunting, and human relationships with nature.

Bill Gallagher '01 (journalism) was line producer for the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" and was at the ceremony.

Read the on-deadline piece for Yahoo! Sports about Tom Brady's disappointment with the Super Bowl result, by Dan Wetzel '94 (journalism). Other journalism alumni also covered the Super Bowl: Neil Carroll '11 and Mike LaCrosse '10 for Channel 40 (Springfield, MA); and Steve Buckley '78, Dan Duggan '06 and Chris Evans '95 (photos) for the Boston Herald. Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism) wrote a column about how this year’s Super Bowl, which featured Victor Cruz '10 on the Giants and James Ihedigbo '07 (sociology) on the Patriots, might prove to be an excellent advertisement for the school and a boost for efforts to move the football program up to the top level of competition in the country. 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.

Faculty and Department News
The Journalism Program and The Massachusetts Review co-sponsored a public lecture by internationally reknowned photojournalist Gary Knight in late February. Knight's work has appeared in major publications such as Time, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and more. He also is a co-founder of VII photo agency which has been responsible for creating and relaying to the world many of the images that define the turbulent opening years of the 21st century.

ESPN's Rob King discussed the role of race in sports coverage with sports journalism students in Jena Janovy's class.

Assoc. Prof. Jillian Schwedler (political science), spent the first anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution in Le Kef, Tunisia, learning more about the transformations that have taken place. According to Schwedler, “before the revolution ever reached Tunis, it unfolded in smaller towns throughout the country—spreading from Sidi Bouzid to Bou Zayen, Kassrine, Thala, Ghafsa, Le Kef, and Jendouba.” Schwedler has recently released two publications: Revolution in the Arab World: The Long View (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 2011) and "Le Kef is Still on Fire: A Mountaintop View of the Anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution" (Jadaliyya, 2012).

Prof. Carol E. Heim (economics and public policy) presented a Visiting Fellows Colloquium entitled "Who Pays, Who Benefits, Who Decides? The Political Economy of Urban Infrastructure in Nineteenth-Century Chicago and Twentieth-Century Phoenix" at All Souls College, Oxford, in January.

Asst. Prof. Angelica Bernal (political science) has received a Faculty Research/Healey Endowment grant for her work on radical populism and presidential constitutionalism in Latin America. "This recent turn to constitutionalism represents a challenge to the conventional understanding of populism and reveals new, under-studied dynamics of presidential power," she says.

Time has recently published three stories by lecturer Brad Tuttle (journalism): "The Price is Righter," about how JC Penney's new CEO is trying to revolutionize the department store shopping experience, and "The Plug-in Surge," about the newest hybrid and electric cars, and "Gas Prices Usually Fall in February—but Not This Year",  which addresses rising prices that are likely to be significantly higher by springtime. The first two stories require a subscription, but the third is available to the public. Kudos to Tuttle!

Asst. Prof. Rahsaan Maxwell (political science) has received a Faculty Research Grant to conduct a survey of racial and ethnic minorities in contemporary Britain, which experienced an unprecedented increase in racial and ethnic minority migrants after WWII. He will assess factors that led minorities to identify with the nation and their particular racial or ethnic group.

Asst. Prof. Stuart Shulman (political science), director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass, is part of a $395,458 grant from the National Science Foundation which seeks to integrate computer, information, and social sciences to "develop a model of organization influence on legislative outcomes."

Joya Misra (sociology) recently took over the editorship of Gender & Society. She and her team, Randy Barrios, Laura Heston, and Elisa Martínez (all from the sociology department at UMass Amherst) are pleased to announce the release of the first issue under their leadership. Congratulations to a hard working crew. See table of contents.

"Rethinking Culture: Organized Pro Bono and the the External Sources of Law Firm Culture," by Steven Boutcher (sociology), has been accepted for publication in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal.

SBS in the News
Truth-out.org, 2/29/12. Whitney Battle-Baptiste (anthropology) author of Black Feminist Archaeology, discusses "the often dueling oppressions of race and gender identity."

CBS News Money Watch, 2/29/12; Hartford Courant, 2/28/12. Based on his research, Arindrajit Dube (economics) testified before state lawmakers in Connecticut that raising the state’s minimum wage is likely to result in job losses.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/29/12. Ralph Whitehead (journalism) says Republican presidential candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney, is likely to win next week’s Massachusetts primary election, but it won’t give him much of a momentum boost.

Al Jazeera, 2/28/12. On the one-year anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East, Jillian Schwedler (political science) says the question is not whether there are revolutionary changes in the air, but whether these changes are part of a new epoch where dictators and the old order are giving way to something else.

The Australian, 2/28/12. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, comments about the debate underway on legislation in Australia that would approve same-sex marriage. Washington Blade, 2/24/12. Badgett says in the U.S., proponents of legal same-sex marriage have found themselves on the offensive in states such as Maryland and New Jersey. 936 ABC Hobart [Tasmania], 2/23/12. Badgett in a radio interview notes that if Tasmania became the first state in Australia to legalize same-sex marriage, it could be worth $100m to the state through tourism. The Guardian [U.K.], 2/13/12. Badgett comments in a story about how the economy in the state of Washington could see a $88 million windfall now that lawmakers there have legalized same-sex marriage. It is estimated that $57 million could enter the state economy in the first year.

Hurriyet Daily News [Turkey], 2/27/12. Gerald Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says Turkey’s Central Bank should consider implementing a Tobin tax to help cut risks deriving from hot money flows into the economy.

New York Times [Economix blog], 2/27/12. Nancy Folbre (economics), pointing to efforts to make corporations focus more on long-term planning and less on short-term profits, notes that publicly-held companies are most likely to have a short-term focus while private companies are more willing to invest a higher percentage of assets into planning for the future. New York Times [Economix blog], 2/6/12. Citing research by Jennifer Hickes Lundquist (sociology), Folbre discusses how the U.S. military has created a system that relies on teamwork and an emphasis on increasing social contact and collaboration for soldiers to move up the ranks, and how this has significantly reduced racial and ethnic conflict. New York Times (Economix blog), 1/30/12. Folbre says traffic snarls are costly to the country’s economy and notes that if drivers were forced to pay a premium to drive in the most congested areas they would find other ways to get around. Such a plan would boost mass transit, encourage bicycle use and clean up air fouled by vehicles, she says.

Springfield Republican, 2/25/12. Ray La Raja (political science) notes that as soon as super PACs see one side or the other gaining an advantage in the Massachusetts Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren (who are currently running about even), they will begin spending on negative advertising. Chicago Tribune, 2/21/12; U.S. News & World Report, 2/17/12. La Raja comments on Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s decision to co-sponsor legislation, allowing employers to opt out of requirements to provide healthcare coverage for religious or moral reasons. He says there is a big chance for a backlash if likely opponent Elizabeth Warren can use the issue to connect Brown to the religious right. Daily Hampshire Gazette [subscription may be required], 2/17/12. La Raja comments in a story about why Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who likely will oppose U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in the fall election, has been so successful with fundraising in the Northampton/Amherst area.

Chicago Tribune [from Reuters], 2/24/12. Sheldon Goldman (political science) comments about how Barack Obama may become the first president in the last half century to finish a full term without appointing any judges to the U.S. appeals court. In addition to intense partisan bickering in the Senate over all of Obama’s appointments, the political calendar also is working against getting judicial appointments approved in this election year.

New England Public Radio, 2/20/12. Amy Schalet (sociology) thinks the American public's views about teenage sex aren't always well reflected in the barrage of media reports around the issue. Daily Hampshire Gazette, Amherst Bulletin, 2/10/12. Lengthy story features Schalet, author of Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex that discusses differences in attitudes about teen sex between Dutch and American parents. She says overcoming these differences is through comprehensive sex education.

Defense Aerospace.com, 2/17/12; PressTV.com, 2/21/12. A study by the Political Economy Research Institute that found that government spending on defense is the least effective way to create jobs is cited.

Daily Hampshire Gazette [subscription may be required], 2/17/12. Steve Fox (journalism) writes an op-ed about how he would like to find a way to bring opposing sides together in his hometown of Shutesbury where a vicious battle over whether to build a new library is taking place. The Online Journalism Review, 1/27/12. Fox writes about the need for a new Twitter ethos that puts primary value on checking information prior to forwarding it quickly to other people.

WGBY-TV 57 “Connecting Point,” 2/7/12 (sorry, the clip isn't available). Amel Ahmed (political science) discusses the political situation in Egypt, one year after the “Arab Spring” uprisings. She also references her website that monitors the democratization movement in Egypt.

GlobalPost, 2/2/12. A report on new findings that only 1 in 3 Americans want to marry cites research on unmarried adults conducted by Naomi Gerstel (sociology) and a colleague at Boston College.

Vermont Public Radio, 2/1/12. Continuing her series on the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Vermont, adjunct faculty Nancy Cohen (journalism) conducts an interview with a couple whose home was washed away. Determined to find a new home, they discuss the challenges of being in limbo.

Commonwealth Magazine, 1/31/12. Rachel Roberts '12 (journalism) looks at the work of Charles Grandson IV, principal of Springfield’s High School of Commerce, one of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

Springfield Republican, 1/30/12. Ray La Raja and Jesse Rhodes (political science) and Steve Fox (journalism) discuss the growing influence of money on political campaigns as illustrated by the huge spending by candidates and so-called super PACs in Florida.

The Real News Network, 1/30/12. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech as well as his research showing that if banks began lending money they are holding in reserve then it would significantly reduce unemployment.

WBEZ 91.5 [Worldview], 1/27/12. Enobong (Anna) Branch (sociology) discusses her book, Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work, and the critically acclaimed movie "The Help."

Live Science, 1/27/12; Scientific American, 1/26/12. A new study by Brian F. Schaffner (political science) finds that concerns about race may have meant that President Barack Obama received 3% less of the presidential vote than if he were white. Schaffner says this margin could be enough to decide a close election. The study of the 2008 presidential election found that as many as one-fifth of voters cared about race more than other considerations when casting ballots. The research was published in the December issue of Political Psychology.

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