SBS Newsletter – February 2013
In this issue
Political Scientist, ISSR Research Scholar Focuses on Minority Migrants in Europe
ISSR Research Scholar, Archaeologist Focuses on Anthropology through Race, Gender and Class
Dube Research on Minimum Wage Tapped by White House, Media
Civic Initiative Director Hannahan Meets with Young Leaders in Pakistan
Rossi Lecture to Feature NOW President Terry O’Neill on Challenges Facing Feminists
Law Looms Large in Student’s Dreams
Legal Studies Alum Focuses on Music, Law, and International Social Justice
Writing for the Environment
Ten for Ten:
Center for Research on Families Hits Sweet Spot of Success
Fulbright Award Goes to Alvarez for Research in Brazil
Support the Goldman Scholarship Fund
Canada-based Vision Critical Buys Shulman Software
UMass Turns 150, Celebrations Abound
Tue, Mar 5. Annual Rossi Lecture: Terry O'Neill, president of NOW. She will discuss ”Past, Present and Future Challenges for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Feminism in the U.S.” This event was named in honor of Alice S. and Peter H. Rossi, distinguished professors of sociology at UMass. Sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Sociology, with support from the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.1-3:00 pm, Student Union Ballroom. Refreshments. Read more....
Thu, Mar 7. ISSR Panel: Comparing Qualitative Research Software Packages. For social science graduate students and faculty, this panel will describe various software packages and demonstrate their interfaces. 12:30-1:30 pm, W-32 Machmer Hall. Light reception to follow.
Tue, March 12. Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence—Kevin Knobloch'78 (journalism), president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He will discuss "Needed: Skillful Capitalists to Lead Us to a Low-Carbon Future. 4:00 pm, Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell. Followed by Q&A and complimentary refreshments. Read more...
For more SBS-related events, go to the SBS Events Calendar.
Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism) is coauthor of a new book on James "Whitey" Bulger and portrays him as part defiant, part delusional, cloaked in something of a persecution complex.
Dr. Pierre Rouzier of University Health Services and Chaz Nielsen '06 (journalism) have written Henry Gets Moving, a book for children, ages 4-8, about a hamster who learns the hard way that living a healthy lifestyle is the way to go. Read a review...
If you follow football, then you probably already know that James Ihedigbo '07 (sociology), who is a safety with the Balitimore Ravens, won a Super Bowl ring this year. His picture on winning the game is terrific and says it all. During the week prior to the big game, Ihedigbo, who played in the Super Bowl last year with the New England Patriots, advised teammates on how to handle the intense media attention. Read more...
Clare Brown '96 (anthropology), associate chair and academic advisor for the Master of Arts in Exhibition Design Program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in DC., is an exhibition designer with 15 years of experience in New York, Washington, and Massachusetts. She was a guest speaker in late January for the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department's Zube Lecture Series, sharing with her audience the ins and outs of museum exhibition design. Click here for more information about Clare and her work.
Will McGuinness '10 (journalism), HuffPost College senior editor, wrote an article about a new study that found half of recent college grads work jobs that don't require a degree, and shortly after its publication participated with several others in a chat on Hufffington Live entitled "The Price of Diplomas."
Meredith DiMola '99 (STPEC/women's studies) received a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University in 2003. A Certified Professional Coach/CPC, she runs a career coaching company called Life's Work Career Coaching, helping mid-senior career professionals love the career they are in or find a career they can love. She also works with the UMass Alumni Association and offers discounts to her fellow alumni. Read more...
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Faculty and Department News
Associate Prof. Krista Harper (anthropology and public policy) has been named a University Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. She will receive training and support from the university’s Community Engagement and Service-Learning program to develop a new course with a service-learning component. “Participatory Digital and Visual Research” will be offered for the first time in fall 2013. Read more...
The Huffington Post has partnered with UMass Journalism's investigative journalism class to report on how institutions are responding to claims of sexual violence. Watch the discussion about how this came to be, featuring Prof. Steve Fox, Rosemary Kelly '13 (journalism/political science), a member of the class, and Will McGuinness '10 (journalism), Huffington Post senior editor, among others.
The first Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) “Research in Process Panel” of the Spring 2013 semester, “Social Science Research in Springfield,” took place on Thursday, February 7. The panel featured three social scientists who are engaged in research and engagement projects in Springfield: Sylvia Brandt (resource economics and public policy); Frank Sleegers (landscape architecture and regional planning); and Fred Rose (Center for Public Policy and Administration). Read more about their work.
Prof. Erica Scharrer is the new Chair of the Department of Communication. Her research interests involve the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence.
As more and more states are legalizing gay marriage and the Supreme Court prepares to weigh in on the Defense of Marriage Act, the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) will offer this summer an innovative and timely online course about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender social science, public policy and law. Read more...
"Portraits in Design" is a new lecture series at the National Building Museum that takes a biographical look at the iconic designers whose past work has had a lasting impact on our contemporary built world. Among the February speakers for the series was Assoc. Prof. Ethan Carr (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning). He discussed the influential career of Frederick Law Olmsted, including New York’s Central Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, and the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C.
We are sorry to report deaths of former faculty members. George I. Treyz, economics professor from 1968-1995 and founder of Regional Economic Models Inc. in Amherst, died Feb. 14. Read obituaries in the New York Times and the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Also on Feb. 14, Kenneth L. Brown, retired professor of communication, died in South Hadley. Read his obituary. William K. Price, a retired professor of communication who taught at the university from 1963 until 1996, died on Feb. 8. A resident of South Deerfield, he was a lifelong learner with a broad range of interests. Read his obituary. David W. Yaukey, professor of sociology from 1964-1991, died Feb. 9. He was best known for his pioneering fertility surveys that encouraged and supported family planning programs in developing countries and shortened their population explosions. Read his obituary.
SBS in the News
Real News Network, 2/25/13. James Heintz, associate director and research professor at PERI, says President Obama and the GOP are focusing on budget cutting instead of creating more employment. Fiscal policy, which should be used to aid recovery, is being turned into political brinkmanship.
New York Times [Economix blog], 2/25/13. Nancy Folbre (economics) says the online economy may be helping us in ways that are hard to measure. Research by PhD candidate Anders Fremstad MA '11 (economics), she says, is one way to quantify online services. New York Times [Economix blog], 2/18/13. Folbre points out why developing and expanding early education programs, as suggested by President Obama as a long-term policy, makes economic sense but, like Social Security and Medicare, are likely to come under the deficit cutting knife. New York Times [Economix blog], 2/11/13. Folbre says that worries about the U.S. suffering from having too few children are overstated, as are concerns that the growing percentage of older Americans will hobble the economic diversity of our society. New York Times [Economix blog], 1/28/13. Folbre discusses the book Documenting Desegregation, co-authored by Donald Tomaskovic-Devy (sociology) and Kevin Stainback. While overt discrimination based on race and gender is no longer culturally acceptable, both covert bias and institutional inertia perpetuate inequality. In the words of President Obama, "Our journey is not complete." Marketplace.com, 1/28/13. As of yesterday, merchants in 40 states can charge you more to swipe your card. However, Folbre says it’s unlikely that retailers will pass on the new charges because "small businesses are really terrified that they'll discourage customers."
BillMoyers.com, 2/22/13. Prof. Emeritus Richard Wolff (economics) was a guest on "Bill Moyers & Company" and discussed raising the minimum wage and why it is necessary to make major changes to the capitalist system so that it can survive and serve ordinary people, not just the economic elites. Read the profile of Wolff posted on the BillMoyers.com website.
Time, 2/20/13. Brad Tuttle (journalism) addresses how gasoline prices have recently increased, just as they did around the same time last year. Time, 2/19/13. Tuttle examines Carnival’s compensation offer to cruise passengers who were stranded at sea on a disabled ship. Time, 2/7/13.Tuttle writes about how the foreclosure crisis in Florida means real estate deals for those with the resources to take advantage. Time, 2/8/13. Tuttle writes about the ethics of taking advantage of mistakes on airline fair listings online to get cheap flights. Time, 2/13/13. Tuttle says joining the Burmese python hunt in Florida is a really bad idea on many levels. Time, 2/6/13. Tuttle discusses the decline in "old-fashioned stick-ups" at banks, noting that with ATMs and online transactions, there is a sharp increase in scams and electronic theft. Time, 2/5/13. Tuttle focuses on consumers, who want to continue buying cars powered – at least in part – by gasoline, and that accounts for the popularity of the Toyota Prius. However, other car manufacturers are producing hybrids which is heating up the competition. Time, 1/29/13. Tuttle says consumers like the idea of electric cars, but so far haven’t gotten past concerns about high costs and limited range for the vehicles. Time, 1/28/13. Tuttle says airlines are running out of ideas for new fees to charge customers.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/16/13. A story looks at efforts by anthropologists Robert Paynter and Donna "Rae" Gould to repatriate the remains of Native Americans. Originally dug up in 1925 by an Amherst college faculty member, the remains later were given to UMass Amherst. Paynter and Gould have been working for more than a decade to return the materials to the appropriate tribes.
WFCR Morning Edition Extra, 2/15/13. Brian McDermott (journalism) discussed his current photography exhibit, Saturday Night in America, at Flying Object in Hadley. Be sure to click through to see some of the photos.
WWLP Channel 22, 2/14/13. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute and PERI researcher Jeannette Wicks-Lim discuss the effort to boost the minimum wage.
The American Prospect, 2/13/13. Tatishe Nteta (political science) finds that working class African-Americans join their white counterparts in high support for restrictive immigration policies.
PBS MediaShift, 2/13/13. In an article on whether news media outlets should be willing to pay college interns, Steve Fox (journalism) says it’s nice that City University of New York has a policy of having the school pay interns if the news outlet won’t, but that the onus should be on the company.
Real News Network, 2/13/13. Gerald Epstein (economics), discussing President Obama's State of the Union address, says his language on wages, infrastructure and climate change could help shift the debate but didn't go far enough.
The International, 2/11/13. Kevin Young (political science) comments about how the U.S. government is suing Standard & Poor’s for its role in the financial meltdown of 2008 that nearly destroyed the international financial system.
Federal News Radio, 2/11/13. Jane Fountain (political science and public policy) discusses how federal agencies can better work together. Fountain, who has recently published a report on such cross-agency collaboration, is director of the National Center for Digital Government.
Financial Times, 2/8/13 [requires registration]. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, comments about how support for legalizing same-sex marriage is growing around the world.
Montana Public Radio News, 2/5/13. A study done by the Political Economy Research Institute is cited in an op-ed about the need to preserve timberlands in Montana. The PERI study found that for every $1 million invested in forest restoration creates 40 jobs, compared to 14 jobs created for the investment in solar power, or 13 jobs for an investment in wind industries.
Bloomberg, 2/4/13. Neil Silberman (anthropology), commenting about the dig at Israel's Beth Shemesh, notes that its having been a border town and a source of tension between the Philistines and the kingdom of Judah make it most interesting.
Bloomberg BNA, 2/4/13. Michael Ash (economics) comments on a report that says the amount of toxic material released in the air, water and through other means—and the risk—has declined since 2001, reminding us that it is important to remember that all toxic materials are dangerous, but some are considerably more toxic than others. WGBY-TV 57, 1/23/13. Michael Ash (economics), chair of the department, discusses ideas for dealing with the federal debt ceiling on the talk show “Connecting Point.”
San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3/13. Sheldon Goldman (political science) says President Obama has nominated more ex-prosecutors to be federal judges than any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
axcentral.com [The Republic], 2/3/13. David Cort (sociology) says House Speaker John Boehner is likely to be cautious in how he handles possible legislation to reform the national immigration laws. He says Boehner will probably wait to see what kind of bill comes out of the Senate before signaling whether he will support or oppose the effort because he doesn’t want to alienate his conservative caucus members.
Bloomberg Business Week, 1/31/13. Why do people lie at work? Dean Robert S. Feldman explains. West Virginia Gazette, 1/26/13. Since Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah, SBS Dean Robert S. Feldman, author of The Liar in Your Life, has received much media attention related to Armstrong's history of lies. Nothing about Armstrong’s case is out of the ordinary, says Feldman, because we live in a society where lying is widespread and quite acceptable. People often lie to protect their self-image and eventually justify this action because they are telling others what they want to hear.
NPR, 1/30/13. in a story about controversy surrounding the term “illegal immigrant,” Jonathan Rosa (anthropology) says the phrase is contradictory, but points out that "undocumented immigrant" doesn't quite fit either because the term "makes it seem as though there's [just been] an administrative mistake, as if a document wasn't issued." He uses the phrase “unauthorized migrant” to describe people in this country illegally or without proper immigration documents, noting that a “migrant” is someone who is moving across national borders, without presumptions about legal status.
Bloomberg, 1/29/31. Eve Weinbaum (labor studies), director of the Labor Center, comments about the U.S. Court of Appeals' decision that the recess appointments of 3 members of the National Labor Relations Board were invalid, putting all of the board’s actions into question.
Inside Higher Ed, Physorg.com, 1/24/13; Science Daily, News Blaze [Australia], 1/23/13. In a study published in the January issue of Fathering, sociologists Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, along with KerryAnn O'Meara of the University of Maryland (formerly of UMass), examined assumptions that men take unfair advantage of parental leave at universities.
WGBY-TV 57, 1/22/13. Amel Ahmed (political science) discussed the ongoing political transformation underway in Egypt on “Connecting Point.” She recently traveled to Egypt to see the situation first-hand.
Washington Post, 1/23/13. A story on the decision to allow women in combat roles cites a study conducted among 30,000 active-duty personnel by Jennifer Lundquist (sociology), published in the American Sociological Review a few years ago. It showed that women consistently reported higher job satisfaction in the military than male counterparts of the same ethnicity. This trend held true for African Americans, Hispanics and Whites, and is the exact opposite of what sociologists see in the private sector.
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