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SBS Newsletter – June 2007

In this issue

Elizabeth Paice

Scholarship Helps Student Pave Way to Public Policy Career
Elizabeth Paice ’09 (psychology and political science) of Mansfield, Mass., knows what it means to work hard. Besides fulfilling her basic academic requirements, she also is pursuing a certificate in international relations, a letter in social welfare/social work, and a certificate in public policy and administration. Read more...

fMRI image of brainfMRI Facility to Enhance Research Efforts on Brain Function
This summer researchers within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as interested colleagues from other colleges across campus, will have access to their own brain imaging facility. Read more...


Rod Motamedi

Scholarships Affirm Efforts of Economics Student
“Before coming to UMass Amherst I really didn’t know what economics is, or what economists do,” says Rod Motamedi ’08, who has been described as an economics junkie. Originally he thought business would be his major, but early in the process of fulfilling the prerequisites, Motamedi took a microeconomics course. Read more...

Sonia Alvarez

RLA Award to Support Inter-American Consortium Meetings
Sonia Alvarez. Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Studies and director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, has received a Research Leadership in Action grant of $25,000 from the Vice Provost for Research for her proposal, “Interrogating the Civil Society Agenda.” Alvarez's award will support the annual meetings of an inter-university, inter-American consortium centered on the study of social movements. The first one will be held on the UMass Amherst campus in April 2008. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Kathleen TypadisU.S. Lacrosse Team Finalist
Kathleen Typadis
(sociology), a senior on the women’s lacrosse team, has been chosen as one of 98 players who will participate in final tryouts for the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Development and Elite teams. She earned a spot on the list after an outstanding showing in the first round tryouts in the Stars & Stripes Division at the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament held at Lehigh University in May. Typadis, who hails from Medfield, MA, finished the season ranked 30th nationally in active career goals and begins next season as the No. 3 active goal scorer in the country. Read more...

UMass Amherst food imageFood, Glorious Food!
The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dining Services received a gold award in the 2007 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards for residence hall dining – multiple concepts. If you're on campus, be sure to try out some of the numerous options. And parents of current students can eat free! Read more about the award, and check out the dining services website. Also, UMass Amherst has won one of the 2007 “Best Concepts” awards from Food Management magazine for the renovation and upgrade of the Berkshire Dining Commons. The annual award program recognizes exceptional achievement in key areas of noncommercial food service. Read more...

View of the Connecticut River from Mount SugarloafPioneer Valley Alumni Club Bicycle Ride and Scholarship Fundraiser
Gather your fellow alumni, family and friends for The Farm Ride, a two-day bicycle event, coordinated by Glen Goldstein '85. Participants can arrive on campus August 3 and settle into rooms in the Campus Center Hotel or the new suites at the North Residential Area. Pedal along the river on no-car bike paths and quiet, back country roads shaded with trees. Monies raised above and beyond the ride fee will benefit scholarships for students entering UMass Amherst. Registration is open to any and all interested in a great time! Read more...

Green-e logo for certified productsCollege Presidents Pledge to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
College presidents and chancellors across the country have joined together, pledging to take concrete steps to make campuses “climate neutral” as quickly as possible. At a ceremony in Washington on June 12, 70 college presidents and chancellors signed the Presidents Climate Commitment, which now is supported by 284 institutions—including the UMass system—with a total enrollment numbering two million students in 45 states. Read more...

Labor Center logoNon-Credit ULA Option Begins in July
The Labor Center is piloting a new, non-credit, Union Leadership certificate program for full-time union staff, officers and activists from July 15-25, 2007. Participants will take courses offered through the Union Leadership and Administration (ULA) master's program on a reduced-fee, non-credit basis. This is an opportunity for them to step back and engage with other trade unionists around pressing issues, to take the time to see the big picture, to frame the work they do daily, and to take courses from national experts in their field. For more information, see Labor Extension.

Faculty Notes
"A Symbol of Freedom: The Indian Flag and the Transformations of Nationalism, 1906-2002," by Srirupa Roy (political science), was one of two winners of this year's Article Prize, awarded by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (part of the American Historical Association). These awards go to an article published in the previous year "in any field of history, written by a woman." Roy’s piece appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies in last August. Read the article...

Sociology is pleased to announce that six new faculty will be joining the departmentin the fall: Enobong Anna Branch (SUNY Albany), David Cort (UCLA), Caroline Hanley (Berkeley), Andrew Papachristos (Chicago), Wenona Rymond-Richmond (Northwestern), and Melissa Wooten (Michigan by way of Dartmouth).

Krista Harper (anthropology and public policy) was awarded a $750 SBS Instructional Improvement Grant for next year. She plans to develop a curricular unit on the PhotoVoice method of participatory action research for her qualitative research methods course and to establish a Five Colleges network of PhotoVoice researchers.

Associate Professor Betsy Krause (anthropology) and Milena Marchesi's collaborative work on reproductive politics, “Fertility Politics as ‘Social Viagra’: Reproducing Boundaries, Social Cohesion and Modernity in Italy,” has been published in the June 2007 issue of American Anthropologist.

Congratulations to Naomi Gerstel (sociology), who has been selected as a Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellow for next year. Every year the UMass Amherst Research Council awards the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship to three UMass Amherst faculty for outstanding research and scholarship.

Alumni News
Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism), a veteran Boston Globe reporter, has been appointed to be a metro columnist for the paper. "I've got the job I've wanted since I was a little boy," Cullen says. "A metro columnist for the Globe is like playing left field for the Red Sox—that's how often the job comes up." Read the article...

Recent graduate Peter Kelly-Joseph '07 (political science) in a Cape Cod Times article says his college loan debt is a “manageable” $10,000 because he chose to attend UMass Amherst instead of a more expensive private college. But even saving money and keeping debt to a minimum hasn't solved one problem that Kelly-Joseph and young adults on Cape Cod face. He'll have to leave Wellfleet and the Cape to pursue a job in his chosen field of environmental policy. "With the combination of house prices and the lack of professional jobs, I'm planning to move away," he said. Read the article...

Bob Lee '94 (political science) is president of Living Root Dragon Boat, Inc., a Boston dragon boat club that promotes the sport and cross-cultural understanding through community outreach programs. Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese sport that has become a global phenomenon held in over 40 countries around the world. According to Paddler Magazine, dragon boat racing is the fastest growing and second most popular water sport in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are several hundred dragon boat clubs and teams that compete annually. In North America, dragon boats are constructed of either wood or fiberglass and typically hold 20 people paddling in unison with a drummer and steerer at the front and back respectively.This year LRDB fielded its first youth team to race at the Boston Dragon Boat Festival in June. LRDB's adult teams are participating in races in Boston, Montreal, New York City, Pawtucket, Hartford and San Francisco. New paddlers always wanted. No prior experience necessary. Contact Bob for more information.

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SBS in the News
Boston Globe, 6/23/07. Ralph Whitehead (journalism) comments in a column about the possible presidential candidacy of Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City. ''He has to turn his candidacy into a cause the way George Wallace did and the way Ross Perot did,'' said Whitehead. However, what his cause is remains to be answered. Read the article...

Foreign Policy in Focus, 6/21/07. An article by Robert Pollin (economics, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute [PERI]), entitled "Microcredit: False Hopes and Real Possibilities," discusses the effectiveness of microcredit as a poverty-fighting tool. These institutions, that began with the Grameen Bank, have made important advances relative to the array of moneylenders and pawnbrokers that had previously controlled the provisioning of banking services to the world’s poor. At the same time, considered on their own, Grameen-style initiatives have limited capacity to fight global poverty, especially when placed in a policy setting dominated by neoliberalism. Read the article...

NPR "Morning Edition," 6/20/07. The Senate Rules Committee held a hearing on legislation that would give public funds to candidates who agree to hold down their spending. The ever-lengthening list of fundraising and lobbying scandals has prompted senators to re-think the way they run for office. The top Senate races last year cost more than $25 million dollars. Ray La Raja (political science) comments. Listen to the program...

Boston Globe, 6/17/07. An article on equal parenting and the evolving role of fathers in raising children cites a study by Naomi Gerstel (sociology) and researcher Amy Armenia that finds that 9% of working women take Family and Medical Leave compared to 4% of men. Read the article...

Huffington Post, 6/14/07 (originally posted on Newsweek). James K. Boyce (economics) is cited in a story about creating a huge public trust—the sky trust—funded by consumer payments based on the amount of carbon they put into the atmosphere. According to calculations done by Boyce and Peter Barnes of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, those earning more than $160,000 a year—who have bigger cars and houses and thus use more energy—would pay more in energy charges than they got back in dividends. Those earning less than about $45,000 would end up paying less, and get some extra cash in their pockets. And those in between would find it roughly a wash, though about 70% overall would make money on the deal. Read the article...

CBS News, 6/12/07. Susan Whitbourne (psychology), past president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Aging, is quoted in an article on aging gracefully. Attitude matters, she says. "For some reason, our society is very obsessed with pointing out negative aspects of aging." And she cautions, "Don't get bogged down in all the hype about aging. Once you start thinking about it, it can drive you mad. There's nothing you can do; the clock is going to tick away." She has lots more to say in the article...

International Herald Tribune, 6/1/07. Peter Haas (political science), an expert in global environmental governance, comments in a story about some of the more esoteric projects being considered to deal with global climate change. Some of these projects could breed a dangerous complacency, he warns. Governments and companies might fail to invest in already available means of cutting emissions only to find later that promised technologies failed, or wrought unintended havoc. And some could have unintended side effects, resulting in human beings doing even more harm than good to the earth's delicate systems. Read the article... Haas also was quoted in a New York Times story (6/5/07) about efforts in Europe to create a carbon-emission trading system for companies that emit climate-changing gases. Haas says the worry in the United States is that the limits would be set too low and some polluters would get off easy. Read the article (requires subscription).

Business West, 5/28/07. An editorial notes that while we are still many months away from primary season, Ralph Whitehead (journalism) may already have contributed "the best summation of Mitt Romney, his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, and his contributions, or non-contributions, to this state that we’re probably going to get." Read the article...

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.

Gifts from alumni and friends are vital to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Your investment allows us to create remarkable opportunities for today’s—and tomorrow's—students. If you are already a donor, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, please consider a donation to SBS for your department, student financial aid, or a purpose that speaks to your personal experiences and priorities. To make a gift online, click here. Questions? Contact:
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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