SBS Newsletter – January 2008
In this issue
SBS Dean Leads With Passion and Verve
Entrepreneur Recalls Development of Business
Making It on Wall Street
Ghana Experience Impacts Student’s Life
Policy Debate Team Makes Big Forensics Impact
Fabulous Diamonds...from the Boston Suburbs
Alumna Nominated to MA Superior Court
Research Scientist Studies Economic Enigma
The Public Engagement Project
Economics Expert Advises Arizonans on Municipal Finance
Peter Haas (political science) has a busy spring lined up. Besides teaching international environmental politics, he is presenting at the February International Peace Academy's Opening Symposium on Task Forces for Strengthening UN Capacity. Later in February he is participating in the IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change) consultative workshop on Knowledge and Learning for Societal Change and Sustainability, to be held at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin, Germany. Then, in April, he has been invited to talk at the University of Toronto on "Constructing International Environmental Governance."
Steve Fox (journalism) has been selected by the Poynter Institute, along with a select group of journalists from around the world, as a participant in their Poynter Multimedia Journalism for College Educators in February, 2008.
Controlling Public Education: Localism versus Equity by Katie McDermott (education and public policy) was recently published in China. In the book, McDermott addresses the tension between equal opportunity for all students and local control of public education, which often seems impossible to resolve. She argues that existing local institutions are no longer sufficient for achieving either equity or democratic governance. Using the results of field research in Connecticut, McDermott offers a solution to making the education system more democratic and equitable.
Jonathan Wilson '77 (anthropology), seven-time Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball champion while head coach at Duke, has been named Columbia University’s head coach of volleyball. Wilson, who won more than 300 games at Duke, has also coached in the Ivy League as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, and was head coach of women’s volleyball at Rice. Read more...
Chris Capraro '08, former member of the UMass Amherst hockey team, now plays with the Charlotte Checkers. Read profile on Charlotte.com.
Barbara Bartlett-Weiss '07 (journalism) is the interim science writer for UMass Press. Barbara first earned a B.S. in geology, then returned to UMass Amherst for the journalism degree.
Brendan Hall '07 (journalism) is a reporter at the Sentinel and Enterprise in Fitchburg, MA.
Kelly McGuire '07 (journalism) is an account manager at The Breton Group, an advertising/marketing agency in Valhalla, New York.
Irma Bushati-Bala ’99 MPA is a senior analyst for the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, part of Human Resources and Social Development in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
Carrie Puglisi ’04 MPPA is working as the residential project manager for la Casa de Don Pedro, a community-based development corporation in New Jersey.
Carlo Ruiz-Giraldo ’04 MPPA is an advisor to the National Constituent Assembly in Ecuador. In this role, Carlo will be working on a new constitution for the country.
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SBS in the News
Healthyhearing.com, 1/13/08. Research by Lisa Scott (psychology) finds that infants refine and narrow their visual and auditory skills in the first year of life.
Ralph Whitehead Jr. (journalism) has been prolific in the Boston Globe this month. 1/7/08: Whitehead discusses ways Harvard University could use its enormous endowment to fund research into how to educate the least privileged students and give them a quality college education despite the hurdles they face. 1/14/08: On the eve of the Michigan primary and the Nevada caucus, Whitehead discusses the political and economic impact of unions in those states. He argues that unions boost the pay rates of members in both manufacturing and service sector jobs. 1/21/08: Whitehead talks about the shrinking relationship between the news media and advertisers. 1/28/08: Column discusses how legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi wasn’t only a disciplinarian, but also a teacher who greatly improved professional football.
USA Today, 1/7/08 (AP); Fosters.com [New Hampshire], 12/30/07. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, predicts that a new same-sex civil union law in New Hampshire will have a significant impact on the state’s economy. Badgett was the lead author of the census snapshot of same-sex couples in New Hampshire, published by the Williams Institute.
Boston Globe, 1/6/08. Associate Professor Linda Tropp (psychology) was referenced in an article about new ways of thinking about social relationships, e.g. turning prejudices into positive forces. The idea, according to Harvard researcher Todd Pittinsky, is to teach people to like each other more instead of merely training them to hate each other less. Tropp has found that a single friendship can have a ripple effect on attitudes. In the laboratory, she paired up people of different races to engage in friendship-building activities, such as sharing embarrassing moments and cooperating on Jenga, a game involving building blocks. Afterward, participants reported initiating more interracial contact."When you forge close relationships across group boundaries," Tropp says, "you become invested in the friend and their group."
WBZ Radio, 1/3/08. Tom Juravich (labor studies) discusses his book, The Future of Work in Massachusetts, recently published by the University of Massachusetts Press. (On the landing page, scroll down to the heading: "UMass/Amherst book forecasts the future of work in this state.") To read more about the book, click here.
Springfield Republican, 12/30/07. Ray La Raja (political science) says presidential candidates are unlikely to spend much time campaigning in Massachusetts prior to the Feb. 5 primary since other larger states, such as New York, Illinois and New Jersey, are holding their primaries on the same date.
BusinessWest Online, 12/24/07. In the article "Experts Say the Nation Will Likely Skirt a Recession, but All Bets Are Off" by George O'Brien, Robert Nakosteen (economics) says,“Things are definitely going to feel sluggish by next spring.” He also used "stagnant" and "soft" as he discussed the national economy and what might happen with it in the months ahead.
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