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SBS Newsletter – March 2010

In this issue

Muralists Danny Devenny and Mark ErvineArtists-in-Residence Examine Irish Conflict and Transformation to Peace through Art
For conflict transformation to succeed, a mutual story about the future must emerge. Muralists Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine, former enemies in the war in the north/Northern Ireland, are looking together at the future and have combined their talents to create shared narratives through public art. This spring they will be artists-in-residence on campus, taking part in a number of events, including publicly painting a mural for the University as part of the Art of Conflict Transformation, a multi-year series of events coordinated by Leah Wing (legal studies). Read more....

Grass Roots Development group on the busStudents Use Spring Break to Serve Others
More than 80 UMass Amherst students spent a March week in rural Virginia assisting two separate local organizations with community designed projects in low-income, largely African American communities. The effort was part of a long standing curricular alternative spring break sponsored by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT), based in the Anthropology Department. Read more...

Kofi TontoGetting Started on Big Dreams
Kofi Tonto ’10 (economics) wants to be an entrepreneur—in fact, he is in the process of launching his first business. Ghana Abroad, Inc., he hopes, will help reverse the brain drain out of that country. “Things have to change in Africa,” says Tonto, who was born there and moved to Worcester, MA, when he was fourteen. “My goal is to find ways to shape up the good things, develop new policies to eliminate the bad, and create a system that will fit how we live as Africans. Ghana Abroad is a first step to broadcast my ideas to the world. Read more...

Krista Harper and Jackie UrlaNSF Grant Funds Anthro Research Experience for Students
The National Science Foundation has awarded $149,500 to the Department of Anthropology for implementation of "Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS)." Principle Investigators Krista Harper and Jacqueline Urla will direct this three-year International Research Experience for Students (IRES) project that will allow fifteen undergraduate and graduate students from UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges consortium to participate. Three cohorts of students, selected by Harper and Urla, will conduct systematic, comparative research around the theme of critical heritage anthropology in collaboration with the graduate program in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona in Spain. Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Larry PinkhamPinkham Memorial Scholarship Established
The Lawrence Dana Pinkham Memorial Scholarship has been established to support Journalism students who study abroad. Pinkham, a former chair of Journalism who died February 28, was instrumental in developing journalism education in both China and India. "It seems especially appropriate to help UMass Journalism majors broaden their horizons in Larry's memory," says Karen List, Journalism Program director. Read more...

moneyUndergrad Scholarship App Deadline Next Week
Thursday, April 8 is the application deadline for several SBS undergraduate scholarships.These awards support students in SBS who are taking unpaid internships, doing study abroad in the fall or for full academic year, and serving as undergraduate research assistants for faculty. Much more information and applications for these awards are available on the SBS website. Please note that the deadline for some scholarshipson listed on that page has already passed; applications for those are no longer being accepted.) Questions? Please contact Jackie Brousseau-Pereira; 413.545.1933.

sports journalism pictureSports Journalism Concentration Apps for Fall
Beginning in the Fall 2010 semester, a Sports Journalism Concentration will be available to journalism majors. Pending approval by the Faculty Senate, the program will offer four courses, each relating to a different aspect of sports journalism: Sports Journalism, The Role of Images in Sports, The Politics of Sports, and The Business of Sports. For more information on these courses and the application process, click here. The application deadline is April 5. In addition, join the Sports Journalism Concentration Facebook Page.

Commencement MedalNew Format for Undergraduate Commencement
This year, for the first time, Undergraduate Commencemen has been divided into two parts. The university commencementt, at which degrees will be conferred, will take place on Saturday, May 15 from 10:00–11:30 a.m. in Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Then, after light refreshments, each school/college will conduct an additional ceremony at various venues across campus from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The College Social and Behavioral Sciences' Senior Celebration will be held in the Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, which means that SBS students and families don't need to "travel." Read more...

ncdg logoNCDG Student Research Grants Available
The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) is pleased to announce its 2010-11 Student Research Grants (SRG). University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. The NCDG SRG supports student research at UMass Amherst that examines the intersection of information and communication technologies, policy, and government. Requests for funding up to $1,000 will be considered. Click here for instructions and an application form [pdf]. Deadline is May 15.

Marching band memberMarching Band Among Tops in US
The Minuteman Marching Band has been named one of the greatest college bands in the country by Bleacher Report, a sports news, commentary and opinion website. Geoffrey Tanner lavishes praise on the 350-member band, longtime director George N. Parks and percussion teacher and associate director Thom Hannum. “Their band director is well known for teaching thousands of high school drum majors how to lead,” writes Tanner. “Their percussion instructor is legendary....Every high school band looks up to them....They are the Power and Class of New England." Read more...

community service honor roll logoCampus Earns National Recognition for Community Service
For the fourth consecutive year, UMass Amherst has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual honor roll award, recognizes colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. Read more...

Upcoming Events
Check out the Events Calendar on the SBS website. There you'll find a listing of upcoming events related to the programs and departments in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences of interest to alumni, students, faculty and/or friends. View it by week, by month, or as a listing.

Alumni News
Stephen EncarnacaoStephen Encarnacao '70 (economics) is president and CEO of Vancouver, B.C.‘s Dayton Boots. Before taking the helm at Dayton 3 years ago, he was VP, chief marketing officer for Reebok International during its meteoric growth phase when the company grew from less than $50 million in annual sales to nearly $1 billion and usurped Nike’s position as the #1 brand in the U.S footwear market. He also was senior VP, marketing at Converse and COO at Puma USA. An interview with Encarnacao appeared in a recent Scout Magazine.

Following a national search, Jean Kim '73 (sociology) has been named the permanent vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at UMass Amherst. Kim served as interim vice chancellor for the past nine months. Read more in the Springfield Republican.

Henry Barr '68 (government) is the chair of the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation’s board of trustees. In its ten years of existence, the foundation, based in Framingham, MA, has provided over $30 million to help meet the region's health care needs by supporting community-based and community-administered health programs. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the foundation awarded ten $10,000 grants in March. “Every day, the foundation’s resources are being used by community groups, municipalities, and non-profit organizations to make health care more accessible and to improve the care of individuals and families through a host of innovative programs and services,” says Barr, who also is the chair of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board.

Credit Suisse’s prime services group has conducted a survey that illustrates the extent to which the relationship between hedge-fund managers and their investors has changed. Overall, the relationship is on a more sustainable footing, says Benjamin Happ '98 (psychology) in a recent Asian Investor. Happ is Asia-Pacific head of capital services in the prime services group in Hong Kong and a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board. “The word we would use is ‘appropriate’,” he adds, when defining the circumstances in which either investors or managers adapt to the new environment. “There has been a harmonisation of thinking about terms,” says Happ. “Investors have a better understanding of hedge-fund managers’ objectives and a sense of what’s realistic or possible. Managers appreciate what investors need.”

Patricia (Balbach) Reeves '82 (communication) recently formed Reeves Media LLC, an outdoor advertising consulting and buying service. In outdoor advertising since 1983, Reeves was with CBS Outdoor for over 20 years. Based in Atanta, GA, she also has a billboard advertising company in Turks and Caicos, BWI.

Carole Counihan '76 MA, '81 PhD (anthropology) has published A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (University of Texas Press, 2009). This ethnographic study of a Mexican American community in rural Southern Colorado uses food-centered life histories with nineteen women to explore meanings of land and water, food production and exchange, gender roles and relations, meals and family, food rituals surrounding death, and changing food consumption.

James A. Smith '72, '77 MA (political science) is a managing partner with Terra Firma Risk Management, a London-based security firm. Previously, he was a senior security consultant for Clayton Consultants, a Triple Canopy company, and before that a senior consultant for Pinkerton Business Risks. Smith, who entered the private sector security field after retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service, lives on an island in northeast Florida.

Wendy Darling '97 (journalism) is technical projects manager for Emory University's health sciences center in Atlanta. She has technical and content responsibility for a large website, plus maintenance of social media communications and production of videos and podcasts. Her multidisciplinary, liberal arts UMass education is "the envy of all."

Heidi Nadel '93 (journalism) has been elected a partner in the law firm Todd & Weld LLP, effective July 1, 2010. Named an Up & Coming Lawyer in 2008 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, she concentrates her practice on complex commercial disputes, probate and fiduciary litigation, civil rights and First Amendment law, and appeals.

Please send us your news! Also, view upcoming alumni events, sponsored by the Alumni Assocation, 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/Department News
A group of students from the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, led by Professor Jack Ahern, is conducting a study of open space uses in Woburn, including the possible creation of recreational fields, botanical gardens and even the expansion of cemetery space. Read more...

Professor Emeritus Ethan Katsh (legal studies) has been selected as the 2010-2011 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Haifa (Israel). Katsh is currently serving as principal dispute resolution consultant for the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), a new federal agency mandated to provide mediation in Freedom of Information Act disputes.

SBS in the News, 3/30/10. Sheldon Goldman (political science) comments in a story about the impact of delays in getting President Obama’s nominees confirmed by the U.S. Senate for various federal jobs. Goldman says the delays also can have a negative effect on the federal courts when senators block nominations for political or personal reasons.

Financial Times, 3/29/10. A blog posting on the chances that the U.S. Congress will approve any type of cap-and-trade energy legislation mentions that one bill, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Susan Collins, received support recently when the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) reported the bill would yield economic benefits. Big, 3/28/10. A study by PERI says a proposed federal clean energy and jobs bill will have economic benefits for low-income and middle class households.

Tribune-Democrat [Johnstown, Penn.], 3/25/10. A study done by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) finds that African-American men spend more time looking for work and experience less job security than whites with equivalent skills.

UN Dispatch, 3/22/10. Charli Carpenter (political science) is interviewed in a video about human security, the new U.N. Security Council report on Somalia, gender equality and how Hollywood values are affecting the U.N.

New York Times Economix blog, 3/22/10. Nancy Folbre (economics) writes about what she calls the resentment zone, the income range where families make just enough to lose eligibility for means-tested benefits including food stamps, Medicaid and the earned-income tax credit. She says the size of this group may help explain why some lower-income Americans are attracted by movements such as the Tea Party. Mercury News [San Jose, Calif.], 3/10/10. A letter to the editor cites a recent discussion by Folbre about underwater mortgages, in which she wrote about the unlikely possibility of a widespread homeowner revolt against lenders and banks. AOL News, 2/26/10. Folbre is cited in an article about efforts in Washington to pass federal legislation that would help set up savings accounts for all children. Proponents hope this will be a first step in combating financial illiteracy. Folbre notes that for every $5 spent on a senior citizen, the government spends only $2 on a child.

Springfield Republican, 3/21/10. A course taught this semester by Stephen Fox (journalism) has student reporters probing the 2008 death of UMass Amherst student Katie Sherman during a study-abroad semester in India. The course is also focusing on the safety of study abroad programs across the country. Sherman’s death, ruled a suicide by Indian officials, was also investigated by the FBI, but no results have been released.

Springfield Republican, 3/18/10. Professor Emeritus R. Brooke Thomas (anthropology), who discovered the community of Nuñoa in the Peruvian Andes more than 40 years ago, formed the nonprofit Nuñoa Project to improve peoples’ lives there. Stephen Purdy (veterinary and animal sciences), director of camelid studies and current president of the project, and his students have also volunteered over the years. A March fundraiser on campus featured speakers associated with the project.

ecampusnews, 3/17/10. Adjunct faculty member Aron Goldman (public policy) comments in a story on how the FCC’s plans to expand broadband Internet access nationwide may affect so-called “anchor institutions” such as colleges and universities. Faculty and students who live in Shutesbury, for example, now use dial-up, making it difficult to complete the most basic online operations, such as e-mail with large attachments. High-speed broadband is not a luxury but is essential, especially for students, he says. Goldman served on a panel last October with Gov. Deval Patrick.

Solve Climate, 3/15/10. James K. Boyce (economics) is cited in a story about differing opinions on how to draft federal legislation that would limit carbon emissions from fossil fuels in ways that won’t cripple the domestic energy industry. Boyce says setting different limits for carbon from different types of fuel reduces the efficiency of regulations and encourages lobbyists for each type of fuel to seek separate deals.

Springfield Republican, 3/15/10. Robert N. Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, and James S. Heintz, associate director of PERI and associate research professor, comment in a story about how to track the use of federal stimulus funding in the region. The Real News Network, 3/7/10 (video and transcript). Pollin discusses why he thinks paying higher wages for jobs such as those needed to fix the national infrastructure or to retrofit buildings to make them energy efficient, will boost the economy. Pollin also argues that higher wages don’t automatically lead to inflation.

The Hindu, 3/11/10.This remembrance of Professor Emeritus Larry Pinkham (journalism), 83, of Amherst, who died Feb. 28, notes that he helped start English-language journalism programs at several schools in China and later served as dean and distinguished visiting professor at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, India.

Springfield Republican, 3/11/10. At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century by Tom Juravich (labor studies), published by UMass Press, is profiled. USA Today, 3/2/10. Juravich comments in a story about Ravenswood, W.Va., a small community of 4,000 people that has just one large employer, an aluminum factory that has been in decline in recent years. Ravenswood was also the scene of a major battle between unionized workers and management who locked out the workers when their contract expired in 1990. Juravich says Ravenswood is “one plant shutdown from oblivion.”

WWLP-TV 22, 3/10/10. At a recent public fourm, graduate students from landscape architecture and regional planning outlined ideas for upgrading the downtown corridor in Springfield between the riverfront and the quadrangle where the city’s museums are located.

Tehran Times [Iran], 3/9/10. A feature on research on lying done by Robert Feldman, dean of the College of Social and Behavior Sciences, indicates that people lie far more often than they realize. Feldman says people often lie to maintain self-esteem in the face of perceived threats. Palm Beach Daily News, 3/2/10. Feldman discussed his book The Liar in Your Life at a Parker Ladd Author breakfast meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 26. The breakfast series always includes 2 noted authors. Feldman shared the podium with Nelson DeMille, who spoke about crafting his reality-based thrillers.

The Hill, 3/9/10. The work of Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, and Research Fellow Heidi Garrett-Peltier (PERI) is referenced to bolster an argument that improved land management will do more to mitigate climate change than an approach focused solely on energy issues. The article cites research by the pair, indicating that every million dollars spent on forest and stream restoration and sustainable land management produces 39 jobs. Dollars & Sense, 3/8/10. Garrett-Peltier looks at the idea that increased defense spending to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan may help the damaged economy the same way any government spending is used when the economy falters. She says this “military Keynesianism” may work to some degree, but is an inefficient way to spend public money. Instead, she argues, spending on non-military projects creates more jobs and more positive economic impact.

Diario Público [Spain], 3/7/10. Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government, is interviewed about intellectual property rights, business and the information potential of the internet.

Providence Journal, 3/5/10. Jeff Thompson (Political Economy Research Institute) comments in a story about the unemployment rate in Rhode Island.

Boston Globe, 3/4/10. Political columnist Dan Payne says President Barack Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick share many traits, including a lack of an overall unifying political goal. He notes that “UMass Amherst wise man” Ralph W. Whitehead (journalism) once suggested that Massachusetts should have its own foreign policy. Payne thinks that is still a good idea.

Color Magazine, 3/3/10. C.N. Le (sociology) says the U.S. census shows that the nation’s population is becoming increasingly non-white, with the number of Latinos and Asians growing the fastest. He expects the 2010 census will continue to show those trends and that by 2046, whites will no longer be a majority in the U.S. population.

Huffington Post, 2/26/10. Gerald Friedman (economics) comments in a story about price-cutting in the art market. He says price is a signal for quality in art and discounting can be viewed as sending the signal that something is not as desirable as it might seem.

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, Journalism, Labor Studies, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP), Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), and Sociology. Among our ranks are 38,600 alumni, 3,800 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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