SBS Newsletter – May 2011
In this issue
SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony
SBS Honors Outstanding Teachers
New PhD Blazed Trail for Women in Radio
Students Receive SBS Scholarships
Etkin '81 Honors Prof. Gere with Scholarship
NPR News Names Cornish Host of "Weekend Edition Sunday"
IREX Funds Anthro Grad Student to Study History Initiatives in Balkans
New Leader of the Band
WGBY Ads Win PBS Inspiration Award
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.
Scott Hiller '90 (political science) is volunteer assistant coach for Northwestern University women's lacrosse that won this year's NCAA championship in May, beating top-seeded Maryland. The team is headed by his wife, Kelly Amonte Hiller. Scott is a standout lacrosse player and coach in his own right. He is third on the career points list at UMass, where he was one of just two players to be named All-American all four years. Currently he is co-president and general manager of the Washington Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. Read more...
Jackie Lyons ’11 (sociology) was named to three All-American lacrosse teams after scoring 41 goals and 32 assists as the Minutewomen captured the Atlantic 10 title and advanced to the NCAA tournament. She finished her career as the team’s all-time scorer with 226 points, games played and games started. She was also a two-time A-10 offensive player of the year. Read more...
An ad for the UMass system produced by Eran Lobel ’89 (communication/economics), owner of Element Productions of Allston, MA, has won a New England Emmy (best commercial). “Truly World Class," narrated by actor Bill Pullman MFA '80, debuted last fall. Read more...
Race horse Mucho Macho Man, owned by Dean and Patti Reeves ’82 (communication), came in third in Kentucky Derby! In the Preakness, he came in sixth, having pulled a shoe. Stay tuned for the Belmont on June 11!
Former UMass hockey player Peter Trovato ’05 (journalism/political science) is the founder of the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, which provides money to guarantee college funding for the children of Massachusetts soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Young Alumni Award this year. Read a profile.
George Epstein ’48 sent in some memories of his undergraduate years. "We had about 2000 students in entire student body. It was great school then too. . . Lots of school spirit. Everyone was friendly. To help with expenses, many kids worked on nearby farms (you could eat all the apples you wanted!). Tuition was about $300 per year; I had the Lotta Crabtree scholarship—also worked in the chem lab. It was also lots of fun. (I became a chemist—did grad work at MIT and enjoyed a wonderful fulfilling career. At age 84, am still involved [and] have second career -- Poker (have written two poker books, am columnist for two poker newspapers, and teach poker at senior center and at West LA College. Great recreation for older folks!). I was there when we changed from MSC to UMass, and, serving as sports editor, ran the contest to name our sports teams. Great professors -- even played baseball against their team. (Prof. Walter Ritchie was a good sport when I slid into second base and knocked him down.) Prof. J. Harold Smith was my idol; encouraged me to study and enjoy learning chemistry. . . Recall annual tug-of-war at College Pond. Math and Physics taught in old wooden buildings. Goessmann (chem.) Lab was magnificent. So many wonderful memories. So many wonderful classmates and profs."
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
In May Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government and the Science, Technology and Society Initiative, gave the keynote address at the United Nations Conference on e-Government in Asia and the Pacific in Seoul. Read more...
Jack Ahern (landscape architecture and regional planning), vice provost for International Programs, was inducted as a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture at the national organization's annual meeting in Los Angeles. Read more...
David Mednicoff (Center for Public Policy and Administration), associate director of STPEC, presented his research in Singapore as part of a two-day international conference on the Arab Gulf region. Read more...
Research Professor Mitch Mulholland (anthropology), director of Archaeological Services, retired in May after three decades of research, scholarship, and dedication to his field that touched the lives of thousands. In addition to a festive send-off on May 28, a professional tribute took place earlier in the day at the annual Conference of the New England Archaeology, held at UMass.
SBS in the News
Amherst Bulletin, 5/27/11. A remembrance of William F. Field, first dean of students at UMass, who died May 22, includes comments from Prof. Emeritus Lewis Mainzer (political science).
New York Times, 5/27/11. In a letter to the editor, M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, responds to an op-ed that took issue with her research on the positive economic impact of same-sex marriage. Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 5/11/11. Badgett co-authors a column on a study in Massachusetts that found that more than three-quarters of the 283 transgendered people surveyed reported some form of discrimination. Such discrimination costs Massachusetts at least $3 million a year in higher social service expenditures and millions more in lost income taxes. Badgett says the study focused on Massachusetts because there is a bill under consideration in the Legislature to ban such discrimination. Boston Globe, 5/11/11. Badgett comments in an article about the study.
Muskegon Chronicle [Mich.], 5/23/11. The Bluegreen Alliance in Muskegon, MI, distributed copies of a Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) report on the economic benefits of a green chemical industry in the U.S. The alliance is encouraging communities with ties to the chemical industry to work with chemical companies to create new products and processes as well as new jobs. Black Star News, 5/16/11. A columnist writing about the National Urban League’s upcoming “jobs tour” of New England, designed to promote job creation, cites the finding by PERI that New England lost 348,000 jobs between December 2007 and November 2009. Hartford Courant, 5/15/11. An economics columnist discussing myths about state government in Connecticut cites a PERI study that found, when age and educational level are taken into account, the average public-sector worker earns about 2% less than an equivalent private sector employee.
Boston Herald, 5/22/11. Tom Juravich (labor studies) says that legislation to take away the ability of municipal unions to control their own health plans is not simply a cost-cutting measure, but rather is part of an attempt to weaken all unions in the state.
Earthtechling.com, 5/19/11. Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), says the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable energy is not well understood.The program, he says, makes borrowing by startup companies easier because it backs up loans. The overall goal is to boost innovation in new fields of energy development, he says. Iwatchnews.org, 5/13/11. A new report co-authored by Pollin and James Heintz (PERI) says a shift to “green” chemistry and stronger regulation of toxic chemicals could help revive the nation’s chemical industry. They say such a shift will create new market opportunities and create jobs in a sector that has lost more than 300,000 jobs since 1992. The Real News Network, 5/2/11. Pollin and former economics faculty member Leonce Ndikumana, director of operations policy at the African Development Bank, discuss how some African countries are borrowing and investing in an effort to create jobs.
WGBY-TV "Connecting Point," 5/18/11. Brooks Fitch interviews John R. Mullin (landscape architecture and regional planning), director of the Center for Economic Development and dean of the UMass Graduate School, about the UMass/Springfield partnership.
Boston.com, 5/17/11. B.J. Roche (journalism) blogs about how students are leaving college with ever larger amounts of debt and highlights some people and organizations that offer scholarships to help reduce that debt. SBS is prominently noted for offering lifelines to talented students.
WGBY-TV "Connecting Point," 5/13/11. Political consultant Tony Cignoli, Mike Hannahan (political science), and Jerold Duquette from Central Connecticut State University discuss the coming presidential race, the 2012 Massachusetts contest for U.S Senator and the odds of western Massachusetts keeping both of its congressional seats during re-districting.
Masslive.com, 5/12/11. Ray La Raja (political science) and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal of Springfield (who also teaches in the journalism program) discuss why Massachusetts is losing a seat in the U.S. House and how that might affect western and central Massachusetts in a program put together by Mai Hedayat-Zadet ’12 (journalism/environmental design), a member of the SBS Dean's Student Advisory Council and a winner of one of this year's SBS Dean's Opportunity Fund Scholarships.
Yahoo! News, 5/10/11. Deepankar Basu (economics) is co-author of a Political Economy Research Institute study that shows a weakening link between economic growth and job creation.
Foreign Affairs, 5/9/11. Charli Carpenter (political science) writes about the need for a truly independent agency within the United Nations to investigate war crimes. She says the current system is flawed and depends on offending governments cooperating with investigators and accepting criticism, something few if any countries will actually do.
The Real News Network, 5/5/11; part 2, 5/9/11. Professor Emeritus and Sheridan Scholar James Crotty (economics) discusses how some conservatives want to return the U.S. to a 1920s-style of unregulated capitalism and weak unions.
Colorado Independent, 5/5/11. Colorado conservation groups are citing a report by James Heintz (Political Economy Research Institute) that says EPA regulation of greenhouse gases will create 1.4 million new jobs. The groups are opposing a member of the Colorado congressional delegation who supports curtailing the EPA's ability to do so.
Iowa Independent, 5/3/11. A report by Jeffrey Thompson (Political Economy Research Institute) finds that higher taxes do not play a notable role in causing people to move to a different county or state. Other factors, mainly employment, housing and family concerns, are what motivate people to move.
WGGB-TV 40, 5/2/11. Steve Fox (journalism) discusses the role of social media', and Twitter in particular, in breaking news about the death of Osama bin Laden. “There’s a multi-platform world going on here,” he says. “People no longer get their info from just one source.”
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