SBS Newsletter – June 2009
In this issue
New Dean Takes Over, LARP Joins SBS
Econ Prof to Advise California's Cap-and-Trade Emissions Program
Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award Goes to UMass Student
SBS Alum Named Interim VC of Student Affairs
Staros Named Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
A Different Understanding of Privacy
Today Show's Wedding Couple
Clegg Drafted by Washington Nationals
LAX Star Named ESPN All-American First Team
Grad Certificate in Film Studies Now Available
Holub Speaks on Paying for College
Campus Center Hotel Shines after Renovation
Christopher Overtree (psychology), director of the Psychological Services Center, was recently appointed Internet editor for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy. Read more....
Jeffrey Blaustein (psychology) is president-elect of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. He will serve two years before becoming president.
News from sociology: Robert Zussman was elected to the American Sociological Association's Publications Committee. Joya Misra was elected chair of the Race, Sex and Class section of the American Sociological Association's Jay Demerath was elected chair of the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Wenona Rymond-Richmond's monograph, Darfur and the Crime of Genocide, coauthored with John Hagan, has been selected to receive the Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Outstanding Book Award for the Crime, Law and Deviance Section of the ASA.
Harris Freeman (labor studies) has left the Labor Center due to his appointment to the Commonwealth Employee Relations Board (CERB) by Governor Deval Patrick. CERB was created in 2007 as part of the governor's restructuring of Massachusetts' labor relations agencies. The 3-member Board will function as an appellate body to resolve labor disputes involving public sector employees. For more information, see the Labor Center blog.
In May, David Mednicoff (legal studies and public policy) participated in a working group on "Migrant Labor in the Gulf" in a Qatar-based conference funded by Georgetown University's Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). See the write up.
In July 2004, Springfield, MA, was on the verge of bankruptcy. When Gov. Romney and the Legislature established the five-member control board, headed first by Alan LeBovidge '64 (economics), then state commissioner of revenue, the mayor, City Council and School Committee lost the power to make financial and personnel decisions. The job of the state-appointed controllers was to outline, mentor and guide city leaders. The relationship, somewhat rocky at first, evolved into a partnership based on trust and mutual respect. City councilors who initially criticized the board—and later became members of the control board (by statute the council president serves on the panel)—came to understand why tough medicine was necessary. Disbanded on June 30, 2009 the control board has left the city in sound fiscal shape, having accumulated more than $42 million in reserves plus an additional $48 million set aside to repay the Commonwealth. Read editorial and article.
In June Chris Barry '79 and his business partner Kevin Hildreth opened North End Butchers in Brattleboro, Vermont, to meet the demand for locally produced meats, poultry, cheeses, milk, eggs and breads.They are working with farmers and other purveyors of local products in the tri-state region, and all their local meats and poultry will be free of chemical additives, preservatives, growth hormones and antibiotics, according to their business plan.
Brendan Wilson '99 (communication) is president and owner of Watchdog Consulting Services LLC, a national recycling and disposal outsourcing company dedicated to saving clients time and money while optimizing their recycling and disposal services. By using industry knowledge and experience, Watchdog says it can save clients thousands of dollars off of their monthly operating expenses. Read more...
Shortly after the Advocates 10th annual Art Exhibit opened at the Framingham Public Library in May, Grace Fogarty '01 (political science) screened a documentary she'd made about her battle with depression. Crediting treatment from Advocates, a leading Massachusetts human services provider, as key to her recovery, Fogarty made the 19-minute digital video, "History of a Girl," because "I was very concerned about messages from the community I'd heard about people receiving treatment from Advocates," she said. Now working for Advocates as a peer specialist, the 29-year-old Fogarty expressed hope her film "explains in a human way" that people receiving treatment for different disabilities "aren't bad people." Fogarty said the exhibit and her film share similar messages. "I think if people look into the artwork (in the library) they'll see the people behind it," she said. "They'll see some amazing souls and not just people with mental and physical needs." Click here to see Fogarty's video. Read an article about the exhibition.
Tonya Largy MA ’01 recently finished a three-year term as president of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society which maintains the Robbins Museum of Archaeology in Middleborough.
Robert Beadle '02 (communication, political science), president of Northeast Public Relations, Inc., was named 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Rhode Island and all of New England this month by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Beadle has developed and implemented public relations and marketing programs for over 40 companies, non-profit organizations and government entities including Arpin International Group, the Boy Scouts of America and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. His company specializes in social media applications for public relations and marketing.
Lori (Kessler) Shemtob '77 (communication), divorce and family law attorney, has been recognized as one of the top 50 women attorneys in Pennsylvania by Law & Politics Media, Inc., the publishers of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. The basis for selection includes noteworthy verdicts or settlements: experience, honors, awards, community service, scholarly lectures, writings and more. Only 5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania were recognized as Super Lawyers for 2009, and of those, Ms. Shemtob was ranked as one of the top 50 women in the "nomination, research and blue ribbon review process".
Jason Rodriguez '09 PhD (sociology) received a post-doctoral appointment at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University.
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SBS in the News
Enterprise [Brockton], 6/29/09; Fall River Herald, 6/26/09. Former Minuteman basketball star Tony Gaffney '09 (sociology) has been asked to attend the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league in Las Vegas, July 10-19. Boston Herald, 6/24/09; Springfield Republican, ABC40, 6/23/09. Articles about Gaffney speculate about his chances for being selected in the NBA draft on June 25.
Boston Globe, 6/25/09 [scroll down]. Erin Kelley '09 (psychology) of the UMass Amherst women’s crew team has been named a College Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete.
Dollars&Sense, 6/22/09. Asst. Research Professor Jeannette Wicks-Lim (PERI) says that switching to a clean energy economy will help the environment, alleviate the recession — and create job opportunities for women, too. Wicks-Lim, who co-authored a study for PERI on the subject entitled “Green Prosperity,” points out in an editorial that large-scale, federal building projects (such as ones that will result from clean energy funding) make it possible to implement and enforce affirmative action policies for women and minorities.
The New York Times, Las Vegas Sun, 6/18/09; The Tennessean, The News-Sentinel, 6/19/09. The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), in partnership with the Center for American Progress, has released a study titled “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy.” It estimates that proposed federal clean energy bills combined with the economic stimulus program could create 1.7 million new jobs versus what could be created in current energy sectors with the same investments. The study’s findings have been cited widely by national media outlets since its release on June 18.
Fox News, 6/18/09. Some oil companies are greener than others, according to Michael Ash (economics and public policy) who cited a ranking of the 100 worst air-polluting companies compiled by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst. The studies were published in 2002 and 2005.
Lax Magazine, 6/15/09. Merritt Cosgrove '10 (psychology and communication) and recent graduate Jaclyn Rosenzweig '09 are playing for Ireland in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Women’s Cup in Prague. [scroll down to #5 under Ten to Watch.]
Houston Style Magazine, 6/11/09; The Cagle Post, 6/8/09. A column by the Rev. Jesse Jackson mentions that Robert Pollin (economics) is predicting that renewable energy and energy conservation will be the focus of the new global economy and the U.S. needs to develop policies that put this country at the forefront of those industries.
Newsweek, 6/3/09; Reuters, 6/4/09. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, comments in a pair of stories about the economic impact of gay marriage in states that have legalized it or are considering doing so. Badgett says in New England, legal gay marriage is becoming a recruiting tool for universities, health care companies and financial service firms that dominate the regional economy. Springfield Republican, 5/31/09; News & Observer [N.C.], 5/30/09. Badgett comments in a story about the fifth anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. A study co-authored by Badgett says the state has seen a $111 million increase in economic activity in the past five years related to the new marriage law. An editorial also cites Badgett’s study.
Z Magazine, June 2009. Dan Clawson (sociology) writes about the battle that is underway within the Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing and most politically active union in the country. SEIU is being challenged by a breakaway union, the National Union of Health Workers.
Times of India, 6/2/09. Daniel Anderson (psychology) has been involved in a study that shows that allowing infants to watch television may harm their cognitive development. Parents of infants are being urged to minimize exposure to television during the first two years, the study says.
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