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SBS Newsletter – July/August 2011

In this issue

Naomi GerstelFamily Studies Pioneer Naomi Gerstel Appointed Distinguished Professor
Naomi Gerstel (sociology), "an indispensible, irreplaceable scholar who has opened fundamentally new lines of inquiry," has been named a Distinguished Professor. Considered a pioneer in the study of unpaid work and gender equality and its relationship to race, class and other social issues, Gerstel was recommended for the honor by UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert Holub and Provost James Staros. Read more....

Scott BurkeUMass Offers Options and Life Lessons, Says Alum
Since participating in a sixth-grade school debate, Scott D. Burke ’84 knew he wanted to be a trial lawyer. Today he is a senior partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, where he has practiced for over 20 years and serves as chair of the firm’s non-medical professional liability group. Read more...

Frederic SchafferResearch, Teaching, Service Inform Political Scientist’s Work
“I have thrived since joining the political science department in 2008,” says Frederic Schaffer, interim chair, and until recently graduate program director and chair of the graduate studies committee. Coming to UMass from MIT via Harvard, he was hired as part of a departmental initiative that sought scholars who span or step outside of the traditional subfields of political science. Read more...

Emily White and friend from Southeastern Guide DogsImproving Lives, One Puppy at a Time
Animal lover Emily White ’12 (sociology) of Upton, MA, has been on the prowl for a career path that involves animals and makes a difference in people’s lives. “I’ve seen how relationships between people and dogs can be mutually beneficial,” she says, “and it occurred to me that the service dog field might be what I’m looking for. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Robert FeldmanFeldman on Sex and Lying
Are men are more likely to lie about sex than women? Dean Robert Feldman, author of The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships, recently discussed that topic on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Radio. Listen to what he had to say.  Also, Feldman is president elect of of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), for which he has been treasurer for the past four years. His term begins in January.

Amy SchaletThe Sleepover Question
’t have to be. In a New York Times op-ed, assistant professor Amy Schalet (sociology) discusses differing Dutch and American parental attitudes about teen sex. "It's interesting and provocative, a great example of social science's contributions to important societal issues," says Dean Robert Feldman. Schalet is the author of the forthcoming Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex. Read more... Two columnists respond: National Review Online, 7/26/11; Slate, 7/25/11. Also, on KUOW's The Conversation, 8/26/11, Schalet discusses the topic.

Black Feminist Archaeology book coverNew Book Outlines Black Feminist Thought for Archaeologists
Black feminist thought has developed in various parts of the academy for over three decades, but has made only minor inroads into archaeological theory and practice. In her new book, Black Feminist Archaeology (Left Coast Press), assistant professor Whitney Battle-Baptiste (anthropology) outlines the basic tenets of Black feminist thought and research for archaeologists and shows how it can be used to improve contemporary historical archaeology. Read more...

Josue “Josh” Lopez ’13Going the Distance: UMass Boxer Demonstrates Strength in Ring and Classroom
“People cannot fathom how much of a mental game boxing is,” says Josue “Josh” Lopez ’13 (legal studies and political science), captain of the UMass Amherst Boxing Team and president of the UMass Amherst Boxing Club. “It is not like the movies where it is glorious and you always win so long as you have that two-minute training scene with ‘Eye of the Tiger’ playing in the background.…The pressure of engaging in one-on-one battle, where one man gets his hand raised, where there is no second place, only one winner and one loser [is indescribable].” Read more...

South side of New England Environmental's new headquarters, featuring a roof of solar panels.Alumni Collaborate on LEED Platinum Building for New England Environmental
The headquarters building for New England Environmental, Inc. (NEE) of Amherst, MA, has received the highest rating, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, by the U.S. Green Building Council. Kuhn Riddle Architects, also of Amherst, assembled a consulting team that included a host of UMass alumni, including Andrew Bohne '99 (landscape architecture and regional planning), *LEED Accredited Professional of record for the building. Read more...

Mark Massaro, Ryan Flynn-Kasuba, and Konstantin Danilov, founders of the UMass Amherst Finance GroupUMass Amherst Alumni Finance Group Created
Mark Massaro '02
(economics/Spanish), equity analyst at Avondale Partners, Konstantin Danilov '05 (economics), investment analyst with Manulife Financial, and Ryan Flynn-Kasuba '10 (Isenberg School of Management), financial analyst at Ropes & Gray LLP, have created the UMass Amherst Alumni Finance Group. Working with the Alumni Association to formalize its structure, the group aims to increase communication and provide networking, learning and mentoring opportunities for students and alumni involved in finance-related fields. Read more...

Julian Talley on the football fieldFour Receive Football Accolades
Congratulations to sociology majors Tyler Holmes '12, Julian Talley '12, Jonathan Hernandez '12, and Nick Speller '13, all of whom earned All-Colonial Conference Preseason accolades from Phil Steele Magazine, one of the top publications to cover college football. Read more...

archaeological field schoolArchaeological Field School Examines Pocumtuck Life
Deerfield, MA, has been part of Native American homelands for thousands of years, since well before Euro-American colonization in the 17th century. Much history of this pre- and early contact period, however, is poorly understood. This summer the 2011 UMass Amherst Field School in Archaeology, run through the Department of Anthropology, investigated a 17th-century Native American site, believed to be the “Pocumtuck Fort,” as part of an on-going community-based archaeology and stewardship project. Although unclear whether the site was ever a fortified habitation, it offered a rare look at Pocumtuck life during a time of large-scale cultural change. Read more…

Robert CaretSome Spark for UMass: Globe Columnist Visits New President
Boston Globe columnist writes, "I realized he was not going to be another relentlessly vanilla university president the moment I stepped out of the car and saw the place he picked for breakfast: Palace Diner, in the heart of an old mill town where the mills are not operating anymore. Think of a mahogany-accented faculty dining room. Think of a self-indulgent alumni club on the top floor of a Boston skyscraper." Read more...  Also, interviews in Commonwealth magazine and on WBUR.

Niagara Movement Founders, WEB DuBois collection, UMassCredo Special Collections Archives Now Online
Credo, the digital repository of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, featuring the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois, is up and running. Named for Du Bois's famous1904 publication about achieving racial equality, Credo eventually will house all digital collections in the UMass Amherst Libraries' archives. A launch celebration is planned for October. Take a look and tell the library what you think.

Teach for America logoTeach for America Application Deadline Looms
Stephanie Ladroga '12
is this year's Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America. This national organization, dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap in the U.S., recruits outstanding college graduates to commit to two years of teaching in low income communities. Says Ladroga, "Teach for America offers incredible opportunities for post-grads, so I want to get information to as many members of the Class of 2012 as possible. The second deadline to apply for the 2012 Corps is coming up on September 16."

Upcoming Events
Fall is always full of events, ranging from informational sessions to outstanding lectures from distinguished guests and faculty. Following is a brief sampling of SBS related activities, but be sure to 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.

Thursday, Sept. 8: After the Towers Fell: A September 11th Retrospective. Panel Discussion. Campus Center Reading Room, 4-6 p.m. Sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Journalism Program, the Departments of Political Science, Economics, and Psychology. Read more...

Thursday, Sept. 8 (and every Thursday through the semester). Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning presents the Zube Lecture Series, 4-6 p.m. Read more...

Thursday, Sept. 15: SBS Wing Thing Welcome to Campus Event. Student Union Ballroom, 4-6 p.m. Stop by and network with SBS students, advisors, faculty, and staff! Enjoy free food (wings, of course, and other yummies!). Enter raffle for iPad. Music. Fun. All students, faculty and staff from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are welcome. Students: register now for this event. See wrap-up and pictures of last year's event.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Panel Discussion: Emerging Democracies. Cape Cod Lounge, 4-6 p.m. Held in recognition of Constitution Day.

Thursday, Sep. 22: The Economics Department presents the 15th Annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture. Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, will lecture on "Thinking About Climate Change as a Commons." Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room, 4-6 p.m. Read more...

Friday, Sept. 23: The Second Annual New England Conference for Student Success, 8 am - 5 pm. Read more...

From time to time the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences sponsors lectures, panels and programs that may be of special interest to alumni. Most of these take place on campus, generally in the late afternoon or early evening, and are free. If you are interested in receiving notification of these events, let us know and we'll put you on a listserv.

Alumni News
Are you an alum and an elected official? Would you be interested in telling your story to current UMass Social and Behavioral Sciences students? We are planning a panel discussion for the spring semester and would love to have you be part of it. Contact Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, director of external affairs, 413.545.1933.

Alan LeBovidge '64 (economics), former head of the MA Department of Revenue and the MA Turnpike Authority, has taken over leadership of the North Andover Finance Committee. Read more...

Rosie Walunas ’11 (journalism) is working in New York City as an assistant editor on a feature documentary about women, war, rape, and genocide. It profiles various women from conflict zones such as Bosnia, the Congo, and more. "It's real," she says.

MJ Adams-Pullan '82 (economics), MRP '89, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, is running for City Councillor at Large in Northampton. You can listen to her ideas in an interview on WHMP.

A story in the New York Daily News about the racial makeup of the U.S. women’s national soccer team focuses on the experiences of Brianna Scurry '95 (political science). She was the only African-American player on the UMass soccer team before playing for the U.S. national team for 14 years. Few African-American women play soccer, she says, which may be why the current national team has only three non-white players.

Olga Deshchenko '10 (journalism) was selected as an Urban Fellow to work with New York's mayor's office and other city agencies this fall.

Atty. Colin Keefe '91 (political science/legal studies) appeared on the "Today Show" with his client Sharon Chanon Velasquez, who served probation in connection with the bullying-related suicide of South Hadley teenager Phoebe Prince.

Jessica (Lacroix) Hall '00 (political science) has been a criminal analyst for Massachusetts' Executive Office of Public Safety for the past 11 years.

Former Minuteman hoopster Tony Gaffney '09 (sociology) has signed a contract to play basketball in Germany next season. Read more...

Former basketball star Ricky Harris '10 (communication) is working out to improve his shot at signing a contract to play pro basketball somewhere this coming season. Read more...

Anissa Talantikite '09 (political science) has been named a 2011 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. The Pickering Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, will provide support for her to complete a graduate degree at Tufts University as she prepares academically and professionally to enter the United States Foreign Service. Talatikite is one of 40 Pickering Fellows—20 undergraduate and 20 graduate—in their journey to represent America in world affairs. View listing.

In "Movers, Shakers, Lawmakers" in UMass Magazine, several SBS alumni with key roles in Massachusetts government were featured. Jeffrey B. Mullan '83 (environmental design) is the first CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation with 10,000 employees and a $4 billion budget, charged with consolidating entrenched organizations such as the Mass Turnpike Authority and MassHighway under one umbrella (note: Mullan has since announced his decision to step down from the post.) Katherine Cohen '02 (economics/political science) is chief of staff and the chief budget person for State Senator Stephen M. Brewer '71, chair of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means. She is married to Aaron Cohen '02 (economics). Scott Jordan '89 (economics/political science) is assistant secretary for capital finance and intergovernmental affairs, working just a few doors down from the Governor's Office. Mark Cusack '07 (political science), Mark Paul MA '08 (labor studies), John Fernandes '74 (political science) and Kathi-Anne Reinstein '93 (communication) are all state reps.

Jane Wolfson '83 (journalism) is VP of marketing and communication at the New England Aquarium.

Andrew Richards '01 (anthropology/Spanish), aka Paul Reverse (not to be confused with Paul Revere), is a Boston Duck Tours guide, bringing history and humor to tourists. Read more...

John Gauthier '73 (sociology), a certified financial planner, recently opened an INVEST Financial office in Amherst. "I have been in the financial services industry for many years, but wanted to get back to the area I loved so much. If anyone sees this note and wants to stop in, please give me a call or visit."

Michael Cote '08 (environmental design) donated a wheelchair to the Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Department’s undergraduate Environmental Design program, run by Patricia McGirr. Why? His grandfather, who had Parkinson's Disease, was restricted to a wheelchair and had to move into his mother's home. "One day I tooled around the house in his chair to see what it was like. It was eye opening. Not only was it cumbersome to move through the doorways, I quickly found out that I couldn't reach a glass for a drink and going up and down the ramp was surprisingly dangerous. This was happening around the same time I enrolled in Patricia's undergrad program. I began to think about 'audiences' and…wanted to learn more about Cradle-to-Wheelchair design, but little was to be found except the occasional obscure academic paper. We came up with the idea for a 'Challenge Chair,' to be used by LARP students to help with the design-thought process [and] challenge them to consider the age-gradient of their audience. In the end, what really impressed me was that the department was so open to new ideas. And it's one of the reasons why I stayed on for a master's."

The United States Trustee's Office, part of the Department of Justice, has appointed Anthony Manhart '95 (legal studies) to the panel of private bankruptcy trustees for the District of Maine. He will also continue his legal practice at Perkins Thompson in Portland, Maine.

Two projects by Matthew Cunningham '00 (landscape architecture) received 2011 Gold Medal Awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Only four gold medals were given this year, and Matthew is the first person to win two in the same year. For one of these projects, Le Petit Chalet in Southwest Harbor, ME, Cunningham worked with alumni-owned Gardenform in South Deerfield, MA. This llandscape construction company is owned by James Barrett '00 (landscape architecture) and Susanna Jewell '03 (landscape architecture).

Meredith (Krumenacker) D'Agostino '03, (communication) has joined 451 Marketing as a public relations account executive. Her sales, marketing, and PR experience will support clients including Yankee Candle, Party of Gold and Universal Secure Registry (USR). Read more...

Laurie (Shea) Cadigan '78 (communication) is president of the 19,000-member Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®. Read more...

Steve Himmer '99 (anthropology) is author of The Bee-Loud Glade (Atticus Books, 2011), a novel about a corporate drone who agrees to live as an ornamental hermit on a billionaire's estate.

After 40 years in journalism Bruce DeSilva '68 (government) retired and began writing crime novels. Publisher's Weekly named his Rogue Island (Forge Books, 2010) one of the best debut novels of 2010.

Joel Fox '79 (government) published his first mystery novel, Lincoln's Hand (Echelon Press, 2010), about an attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body. It was a top-ten paperback bestseller at the Los Angeles Mystery Bookstore.

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
Peter Haas (political science) has been selected as a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts (ISHA) on campus for 2011-2012. Working within the ISHA Seminar on Transformations, he will explore how concepts and experience of politics, society, culture, and science have changed over time. Read more... Haas and Jon Western, Five College associate professor of international relations, have received a grant from Five Colleges, Inc. to examine issues surrounding global leadership in an increasingly complex world. Read more... In June Haas gave a plenary lecture on the "Irrelevant, Advisors or Decision-Makers? The Role of ‘Experts’ in International Decision-Making” research seminar at the Erasmus School of Law, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Universal Preschool: Policy Change, Stability, and the Pew Charitable Trusts by Brenda Bushouse (political science and public policy) has received the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Book Prize for 2011 from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. It recognizes the best book on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that informs policy and practice.

Charles M. Schweik (environmental conservation and public policy) spoke at the University of Alaska Anchorage on open source software development and how those methods might be used to solve large, global problems. He is working on a book on the subject. Read more and listen to the podcast (scroll down to June 27).

High-Stakes Reform: The Politics of Educational Accountability, a new book by Kathryn McDermott (education and public policy), takes a hard look at state-level policies that push public schools to ensure that all students reach a common threshold of knowledge and skills

During the summer Jack Ahern (landscape architecture and regional planning), vice provost for International Programs, delivered a plenary address at the 2011 International Conference on Rural Regeneration in Taipei, Taiwan.

Congratulations to Maryann Barakso (political science) who has been awarded tenure.

Brian McDermott (journalism) was on the Perpignan Project faculty in French Catalonia this summer, working with fifteen college students from the U.S. and Canada on multimedia journalism and learning French. This four-week study-abroad program is co-sponsored by the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) and the San Francisco State University Journalism Department.

Labor Extension Coordinator Dale Melcher (labor studies) is a 2011 recipient of an Usung Heroine award given by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Assistant Professor Enobong Hannah Branch (sociology) has been elected to the Council of the Race, Gender and Class section of the American Sociological Association.

Sociologist Andrew Papachristos won the American Sociological Association's Community Section's Jane Adams Award for best paper. "Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and the Social Structure of Gang Homicide" was published by American Journal of Sociology.

"'Two Armies': Data from the Survey of Active Duty Personnel" by Jen Lundquist (sociology) and PhD candidate Dan Burland was published in June's Armed Forces and Society.

Sociologist Millie Thayer's book, Making Transnational Feminism: Rural Women, NGO Activists, and Northern Donors in Brazil, won the Society for the Study of Social Problems Global Division's 2011 Outstanding Book Award.

Michelle Budig and PhD candidate Melissa Hodges (sociology) received the 2011 Reuben Hill Award, by the National Council on Family Relations, for their paper on the wage penalty for motherhood.

SBS in the News
The Street, 8/31/11 Ray La Raja (political science) comments on why Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is discussing his ideas for tax reform before any of the other candidates and before President Obama outlines his plans to create jobs. Arizona Republic, 7/13/11. La Raja says the influence of gun-rights supporters is disproportionate to their numbers.  Boston Globe, 7/12/11. La Raja comments on the political implications for President Obama of Gov. Patrick signing a bill that curbs collective bargaining rights for municipal employees on health care. The issue could have backfired for Democrats, who have been critical of anti-public union legislation in Wisconsin and Ohio, but Massachusetts unions and the governor negotiated a final agreement that cooled organized labor’s concerns.

Boston Globe, 8/29/11. In her Fiftyshift blog, BJ Roche (journalism) discusses some tribulations of caring for aging parents who may feel “ornery” to downright enraged about changes in their lives. She says some books and TV shows have helped mid-life caregivers to feel less isolated and even laugh at their situations.

Los Angeles Times, 8/26/11; On the anniversary of female suffrage, Eve Weinbaum (labor studies), director of the Labor Center, co-authors an op-ed on the state of women’s rights in the U.S. Reprinted in History News Network, 8/30/11.

South Coast Today, 8/23/11. An editorial, citing comments by UMass economists Nancy Folbre and Gerald Friedman, says a single-payer health care system would help reduce the national debt.  

WWLP-TV 22, 8/22/11. Michael Ash (economics) says the revolution in Libya, which holds about 2% of the world's oil, isn’t likely to have much impact on world oil prices. Falling oil prices are much more related to the global recession, which is causing people to drive less, reducing the demand for oil.

MSNBC.com “Today,” 8/22/11. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2007, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased by 74% to about 46 million, or 15% of the population. Arindrajit Dube (economics) says the federal food stamp program has become an “implicit subsidy for low-wage jobs.”

New York Times (Economix blog), 8/22/11. Nancy Folbre (economics) discusses the debate over whether to impose a financial transaction tax on speculative purchases of stocks, bonds and other financial instruments. Opponents say it would restrain trade while supporters say it would curtail speculation and encourage productive investment. New York Times (Economix blog), 8/15/11. Folbre discusses the furor created when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating. Credit agencies have significant credibility issues of their own based on the role they played in the economic meltdown in 2008 and the fact that they are paid by the same companies they rate, not the consumers and investors who use the rating system. New York Times (Economix blog), 7/25/11. Folbre addresses why it is important to close tax loopholes in the federal tax code to boost the economy and raise more revenue to pay down the national debt. New York Times (Economix blog), 7/18/11. Folbre addresses how the national debate about the debt ceiling and the federal budget deficit has been framed. Dominating the discussion: budget cuts versus tax increases. The press has largely ignored other ideas. New York Times (Economix blog), 7/11/11. Folbre examines why deficit reduction, not unemployment, is dominating the public policy agenda. New York Times (Economix blog), 7/4/11. Folbre discusses the economic logic behind increased efforts to promote bicycle commuting, citing a study that ranked Portland, OR, tops for bike commuting. Folbre also cites a study by Heidi Garrett-Peltier (Political Economy Research Institute) showing bike lane projects are good for employment.

Huffington Post, 8/19/11. Enobong Hannah Branch (sociology) says women who are employed as nannies often work “under the table” without benefits or health insurance. Branch is author of Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work (Rutgers University Press).

Monthly Review, 8/18/11. Gerald Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says the recent debate over raising the debt ceiling to avoid a “first ever” default by the U.S. government doesn’t quite get the facts right. He says in 1971, former President Richard Nixon refused to allow foreign central banks to redeem their dollars for gold, forcing a devaluation of the dollar in a form of default.  FoxBusiness, 8/9/11. Epstein says the impact of the downgrading of the U.S. government’s credit rating isn’t known. If, however, the move is perceived as an increase in risk, banks will likely charge more for loans but won’t pay more for deposits. Fox Business, 6/30/11. Epstein says recent moves to boost capital requirements for large international banks don’t go far enough. New regulations in an agreement reached in June by a group of international bankers are an improvement, he says, but they need to be much stronger.

The NewsHour [PBS], 8/17/11. David Kotz (economics) says the growing income disparity in the U.S. is a major factor in explaining the economic meltdown that began in 2008. Ordinary people borrowing to maintain their living standards when wages are stagnant causes rising debt.

The Irish Emigrant, 8/17/11. Archaeology students from Ireland’s Queen’s University, Belfast, and UMass Lowell say their excavation around Lowell's St. Patrick’s Cathedral was “aided immensely” by Dan Lynch, a PhD candidate in anthropology and field supervisor for the Archaeological Field School. Lynch conducted a complete geophysical survey of the dig site. The project is focused on 30 laborers from County Tyrone who in 1822 walked from the Boston area to the Lowell area to dig canals to power new industries.

The Nation, 8/16/11. Discussing the Securities and Exchange Commission's upcoming review Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade U.S. credit, a blogger notes that Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says S&P wanted to create the impression that it is hard nosed and courageous. Boston Globe, 8/12/11. Pollin says volatility in the stock markets reflects general fear and uncertainty in the U.S. economy. Declines in prices, he notes, create a climate of risk aversion, making people afraid of making big economic moves, including hiring and lending. MontereyCountyWeekly.com, 8/11/11. Pollin discusses the fallout from Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. credit worthiness. He says it was unnecessary and based on a poor understanding of the nation’s debt situation. The Nation, 8/3/11. Pollin comments in a story about whether the triple-A U.S. bond rating from credit rating agencies has any real meaning. Huffington Post, 8/3/11. Pollin comments in an article on how pending federal budget cuts may damage the already weak national economy. Grist.com, 7/12/11. Research on green-related job growth by Pollin is cited in a story on unemployment and the sustainability sector of the economy. Rolling Stone, 7/6/11. Commenting on President Obama’s populist stance on taxing the rich, Pollin says, “I think we don’t want to make too much of his promises on taxes.”

Zcommuncations.org, 8/10/11. Prof. emeritus Richard Wolff (economics) discusses the fallout from Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. credit worthiness. He says it was unnecessary and based on a poor understanding of the nation’s debt situation. David Pakman Show [Real Talk], 8/9/11. On this nationally syndicated show, Wolff and David Pakman '06 (economics/communication) discuss the downgrade of Standard and Poor's, the impact of that decision, and how important this downgrade is— especially with respect to the continuing debt deal.

Daily Times Chronicle, 8/4/11. Article discusses how Rachel Dutton '12 (environmental sciences) implemented lessons learned in Mark Hamin's environmental design class to create a farmer's market in Burlington, MA.

Sharon Patch, 8/1/11. Rebecca Tran '12 (landscape architecture) is recognized for her efforts to create a park in her hometown.

Real News Network, 7/26/11. Prof. emeritus James Crotty (economics) discusses how current calls for austerity in the U.S. economy could damage the social safety net and won’t do anything to deal with the high unemployment rate in the country.

Legal Times [blog], 7/15/11. Sheldon Goldman (political science), along with two other political scientists, says the Obama administration is restricting the flow of information about how it is selecting candidates to be federal judges. The White House, they say, has failed to provide access to information they use in researching how judicial appointments are made and how successful they are.

Marshall Independent [Minn.], 7/8/11. Letter to editor cites studies by M.V. Lee Badgett (economics) et al that found extending domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples would save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Commondreams.org, 7/7/11; Truthout, Zcommunications, 7/5/11; Dollars & Sense, 7/1/1; Physicians For a National Health Program, 7/1/11. Gerald Friedman (economics) argues that universal health care is the only viable solution to soaring health care costs. In fact, according to Friedman, “if current trends continue, the entire economy would be absorbed by health care by the 2050s.”

USA Today Health, 7/6/11. In an article about Casey Anthony being convicted of lying, Dean Robert Feldman, author of The Liar in Your Life, says, "Once you lie, it's very easy for it to become habitual."

Concord Monitor, Smart Growth, 7/5/11. Cycling lanes and infrastructure upgrades create an average of 11.4 jobs for every $1 million spent, according to a study by Heidi Garrett-Peltier (Political Economy Research Institute). Road projects by contrast create only 7.8 jobs and all construction projects only 4.7 jobs per $1 million spent, she says.

National Catholic Reporter, 7/5/11. A June 28 vigil at the New York Mercantile Exchange calling to rein in speculation on food and energy was timed to coincide with the release of “How Wall Street Speculation Is Driving Up Gasoline Prices Today,” by economists Robert Pollin and James Heintz (Political Economy Research Institute).  

New York Times, 7/1/11. Stuart Shulman (political science) comments about online political activism and the impact it may or may not be having on international politics.

Huffington Post, 6/30/11. A columnist writing about younger women dating older men cites research by Lynn Phillips (communication).

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 degree-granting departments and programs of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Environmental Design, Journalism, Labor Studies, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), and Sociology. Among our ranks are 38,600 alumni, 3,700 undergraduate majors, and 560 graduate students. In addition to its departments, SBS is home to numerous centers and research institutions. Through the general education courses that SBS offers, the College’s 200 faculty members teach one quarter of the nearly 20,000 undergraduates on campus in any given semester.

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