SBS Newsletter – October 2008
In this issue
New Rudd Chair Focuses on Adoption
Student’s Community Service Helps Downtown Amherst
Harnessing the Power of Journalism
Taking UMass Amherst to the Top Tier
Governor's Sweeping Cuts Include $12 Million for Campus
On Debate Night, Journalism Classes Aflutter over Twitter
Psych Services Center Offers Parents Program for Changing Challenging Behavior in Children
Pollin Discusses 'Green Growth' in Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Scholarships for Spring Study Abroad
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, estimates that 2.5 million green jobs could be created over the next 10 years with an investment of $150 billion per year. Pollin testified last month before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He also testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor, which held a hearing on “Building an Economic Recovery Package: Creating and Preserving Jobs in America.” Read more...
In October Tim Barker, Katie Dambach and Mitch Mulholland (anthropology) participated in the 2nd Annual Family Archaeology Fair at the Boston Museum of Science, sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Boston Museum of Science. The department's two tables were filled with PowerPoint presentations, posters, artifacts and replicas, and the group presented Massachusetts archaeology to about 1,500 students and teachers from the Boston area.
"Snap Peas," an exhibition of photos taken by Western Mass 5th graders, will be on view at the State House from Nov. 3–7, 2008. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the PhotoVoice Lab on campus, facilitated by Krista Harper (anthropology and public policy); Fertile Ground, a farm-to-school program that creates awareness of good food, nutrition, and preservation of local farmland; and the Williamsburg Elementary School. The Photo Voice Lab, one of several new methodologies under development in the Emerging Methods Workgroup on campus, places cameras in the hands of community members so that they can document concerns and perspectives. "Snap Peas" was developed and conducted by CPPA graduate student and Fertile Ground director, Catherine Sands, Prof. Harper, and Lee Ellen Reed, an undergraduate anthropology student.
On November 19–20, 2008, Professor Harold D. Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology and a leading expert in the field of adoption, will be presenting in two sessions at the I International Adoption Congress in Lisbon Portugal: Child Development and Adoption and From Evaluation of Prospective Adoptive Parents to Final Adoption. The I International Adoption Congress strives to bring understanding and new ideas related to national and international adoption, to better understand the limitations and constraints associated with adoption, and to find ways for improving welfare of these children. General objectives of the event include addressing the reality of adoption in Portugal and limitations of the social response that children and families face; reviewing the concept of adoption; reflecting on distinct international realities; promoting alternative answers for full adoption; and motivating international adoption by exploring this concept.
Sara Lennox (STPEC), director of German and Scandinavian Studies and president of the German Studies Association, presided over the GSA’s 32nd annual conference held Oct. 2-5 in St. Paul, Minn. A number of faculty and graduate students played active roles at the national meeting.
Former UMass football player James Ihedigbo ’07 (sociology) has made the active roster of the NFL's New York Jets. He expects to play Sunday,November 5 against the Buffalo Bills. Read more...
Gene Dias '88 (journalism) is director of community relations for the Philadelphia Phillies. Four other UMass Amherst alumni are also affiliated with the team. Read more...
Amy [Patricia] MacKinnon '90 (political science) has published her first novel. In Tethered she works with a dark theme [fear of the dark] as a way toward meaning and wholeness— even toward faith— and taps a private, inner part of herself. "People who know me and who read the book are shocked," she said in an interview at her home in Marshfield, MA. "They don't know this side of me." Read article about the book and MacKinnon in the Boston Globe. Amy adds, "Jeff Sedgwick's [political science] class completely turned my life around for the better. He made an offhand remark, stating I was one of his best students. I was flabbergasted. Before that, I had no confidence in my academic abilities whatsoever and my grades reflected it. After, I consistently made dean's list."
Christina [Sokoloff] Severin '89 (social thought and political economy) is executive director of Network Health, the group that provides health insurance coverage to those eligible for Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care program, which was established through a 2006 legislative act. The nonprofit, with its Network Health Together plan, is also one of four to cover a portion of the state’s Medicaid population through MassHealth. Read a profile in the Boston Herald.
Mohamed Ibrahim (a.k.a. Mohamed Elgadi) '99 (economics) wrote, "I currently work at ServiceNet, Inc. [in Northampton, MA] and thought that [SBS] students might want to check our website for job opportunities. There are always openings—full time and part time."
Wes Golumb '74 (sociology), coordinator of Lakes Region Community College's Energy Services and Technology Department, has been appointed to New Hampshire's new Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board. Read more...
SBS in the News
New York Times, 10/29/08 [requires subscription]. Sheldon Goldman (political science) says recent Republican appointees to federal appeals courts have nudged the law to the right in cases where they could exercise some discretion. Over time, he said, such moves can result in “enormous influence.”
Springfield Republican, 10/26/08. Howard Ziff (journalism) says Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” and his “profound sense of what was happening in American popular culture” helped shape his later career in the film industry.
AFP.com, 10/24/08. Nancy Folbre (economics), a member of the Economists’ Policy Group on Women’s Issues, made up of economics professors and researchers from 25 US universities, says the group rated the presidential candidates on issues that affect women. “We’re tired of hearing about the 'Joes,' as in six-pack and Plumber, and want more attention paid to the 'Joannes' – the women in our economy who earn less money and shoulder more family responsibility than men,” she says. Democrat Barack Obama earned a B; Republican John McCain got a D.
Market Oracle [U.K.], 10/20/08. Robert Pollin (economics) is interviewed about a wide range of subjects related to the current economic problems in the national and global markets. Boston Globe, 10/21/08. Pollin is quoted in a column about how investing in green jobs could act as a strong stimulus to the national economy.
Boston Herald, 10/18/08. Derek Khanna '10 (political science and history), executive political director of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans, has launched a website that encourages Samuel J. “Joe the Plumber” Werzelbacher of Ohio to run for Congress.
Azcentral.com [Arizona], 10/19/08. David Kotz (economics) comments about how deregulation of financial markets set the stage for the economic crisis that has hit global markets. Kotz says when finance is deregulated, it leads to speculation.
Forbes.com, 10/15/08. Daniel Anderson (psychology) comments on why some people have trouble paying attention. He says if one’s attention is constantly being broken or diverted, you have to go back and reconstruct what you have been thinking, causing lost time and sometimes lost insights. (Note: the link to Forbes has a brief introduction before connecting to the selected page.)
Mlive.com [Kalamazoo, Mich.], 10/15/08. A review of the book How Do We Spend Our Time includes special emphasis on a chapter written by Nancy Folbre (economics) and graduate research assistant Jayoung Yoon, titled “The Value of Unpaid Child Care in the United States in 2003.” The book was edited by Jean Kimmel of Western Michigan University.
Allafrica.com, 10/12/08. A report written by James Boyce and Leonce Ndikumana (economics) finds that capital flight from sub-Saharan Africa runs between $20 billion and $28 billion per year.
Washington Post, 10/9/08. In the OpEd section, Amy Schalet (sociology) poses this question to Sarah Palin: "Should public school students be taught that contraception and condoms can prevent unintended pregnancy and disease?" The column has been reprinted in papers across the county and sparked debate.
Salon.com, 10/2/08. Brian Schaffner (political science) is referenced by Alex Koppelman in his article about why it might be too early to tell how the election will turn out. (Note: the link to Salon.com has a brief introduction before connecting to the selected page.)
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