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SBS Newsletter – October 2011

In this issue

Leonce NdikumanaNdikumana Named First Glyn Professor
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Andrew Glyn Professorship in the Department of Economics and the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), as well as the appointment of Léonce Ndikumana to it. On November 7, at 4:00 p.m. in Gordon Hall, a lecture and reception will honor both. Read more...

SBS logoTwo Special SBS Events This Weekend
During Homecoming Weekend, on November 5, 2011 two special SBS events will take place. The 4th Annual Cole Lecture in Contemporary Issues, funded by Robert C. Cole Jr. ’59 (psychology) and his wife, Margaret will feature Associate Professor Erica Scharrer (communication). Following the lecture, a Luncheon to honor Professor Emeritus Edwin Gere (political science) will be held. Both events are free and open to the public but due to space limitations, registration is required. Read more and register.

Molly QuinnAlum Turns Blog into Book
Molly Quinn '05
(journalism) with coworker Jenna Talbott is the author of the popular blog Unhappy Hipsters that features photos and blurbs, documenting modern architecture and the people who live within. Once her blog took off, she received offers from agents to turn the popular website into a book. It's Lonely In the Modern World, published this month, has received rave reviews. The New York Times published a Q & A with Quinn and Talbott. Read profile by Kaitlyn Bigica '13 (journalism).

Mello BarrosSenior Touts UMass Experience
“I was skeptical about attending UMass Amherst because it’s a state school,” says Mello Barros ’12 (political science/accounting). “It didn’t take long for me to realize that I’d made a great decision. Internationally, UMass has an outstanding reputation—and I know this firsthand from my study abroad experience. Amherst has been ranked the best college town in the US, and anyone who lives here will see why. UMass has been a terrific experience at a price that really can’t be beat.” Read more...

And other topics of interest...

Kenneth LemanskiAlum to Lead St. Joseph's College
Kenneth M. Lemanski '76
(political science) has been named interim president of St. Joseph’s College in Maine. An active member of the board of trustees at Saint Joseph's since 2008 and, most recently, the vice president of advancement and university relations at Westfield State University, Lemanski has played a major role in advancing private, state and federal dollars for university priorities there, including $71 million from the Massachusetts State College Building Authority. Read more...

Bernie JaworskiAlum Named Drucker Chair at Claremont Grad University
After a five year search, the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University has appointed Bernie Jaworski '79 (sociology) as the first Peter Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts. Jaworski, who is a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board, has had an outstanding and successful career both in academia and in business, and will carry on the Drucker legacy of tempering sound business practices with a commitment to social responsibility. View video...

Jane FountainFountain Appointed Vice Chair, Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Swtizerland, has appointed Jane Fountain (political science and public policy) to be vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. Fountain served as chair of the Council last year (chairs may serve for only one year), leading sessions at Davos and in Vienna where a major report of the Council, "The Future of Government: Lessons Learned from around the World", was launched last June. Read more...

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SBS Economists to Advise Senator on Fed Reserve Reform
Robert Pollin
and Gerald Epstein, co-directors of the Political Economy Research Institute, and research associate Jane D’Arista are part of a panel of 12 internationally known experts, including Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who will advise Sen. Bernie Sanders on legislation he is drafting to reform the Federal Reserve. Read more...

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CPPA Wins National Social Equity Award
The Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) has been recognized as top in country when it comes to social equity research, teaching and service. The distinction comes from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Its Social Equity Award, new this year, was created to honor a public affairs, public administration and/or public policy program with a comprehensive approach to integrating social equity into its academic and practical work. Read more... 

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Student Success is Topic of the Day
The second annual New England Conference for Student Success was held on the UMass Amherst campus on Friday, September 23. This year’s conference theme, Higher Education for All: Mission Impossible, Mission Imperative, brought together close to 350 people from more than 60 institutions in the northeast. With twenty-eight sessions and two conference-wide addresses, faculty, administrators, student affairs staff and even a few students spent the day sharing their efforts and gathering ideas about how to help students reach their educational goals. There was particular emphasis on working with special populations, including veterans, transfer students, students of color, and those who are the first in their family to attend college. Read more...

Maria RoblesStudent Leadership Summit Offers Networking, Mentoring
Maria Robles ’12 (political science) was one of fifty students selected nationally to attend the inaugural Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT) Actionable Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. in September. “Attending the LOFT Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. was a once in a lifetime experience,” Robles said. “I had never been to Washington D.C. before, so seeing all of [the] historic pieces to our nation was just lovely.” Read more...

Julie MorrisseyMorrissey's Tally Helps UMass Beat Bona
The UMass women's soccer team celebrated Senior Day with a goal from senior Julie Morrissey '12 (sociology) that gave the squad a 1-0 win over St. Bonaventure at Rudd Field. Now sitting at 11-3-2 on the season, 5-1-1 in Atlantic 10 matches, the Minutewomen have equaled the highest win total by the squad since the team posted 17 victories in 1997 and captured the A-10 title. Read more...

Michal LumsdenLumsden Takes on CPPA Communications
Michal Lumsden '03
(journalism) is the new associate director of communications for the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA). Lumsden, who earned a master's degree in journalism at Columbia, has written about economic and social policies for major national publications, says CPPA director Lee Badgett (economics). Read more...

Tovar CerulliMA Student to Publish Book
Tovar Cerulli
, who is working on his MA in communication, has written The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance to be released by Pegasus Books in February 2012. His personal story is blended with history, religion, philosophy, and ecology as he explores our most elemental relationship with nature: food. He shows how our overly sanitized habits of consumption have disconnected us from food and land, and from a sense of belonging. Visit Cerulli's website to read advance praise of the book and learn more about him.

WWLP logoStudents Facing Overwhelming Debt
Going to college used to be the key to a successful future, but for many students across the country, college is leaving them with thousands of dollars of student debt and fewer job prospects. A WWLP 22 News clip on the subject features Ben Taylor '12 (political science) and PhD candidate Anastasia Wilson '11 (economics).

Homecoming logoGet Your Maroon On: Homecoming 2011
Homecoming 2011, the weekend of November 4-6 (with some related events beginning on Nov. 2), is packed with activities, from art exhibitions to recitals to lectures to receptions to football and so much more. Love the Marching Band? Then here's your opportunity to attend the Multiband Pops Concert as well as a reception. Also, a variety of special activities for the classes of 1971 and 1981 have been planned. Read more...

Bike Share ProgramFree Bike Loan Program Starts at UMass Amherst Campus
With the kick-off of the campus Bike Share program in early October, UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty now can borrow a new bike, helmet and lock. It's free and perfect for zipping to class faster, doing errands in town or for a leisurely fall color tour along Pioneer Valley bike trails. Bikes may be borrowed for up to 30 hours per loan from the Student Government Association office upstairs in the Student Union by anyone with a UMass Amherst UCard. Read more and view video...

UMass student bloggersStudent and Alumni Bloggers
Ariana Chapin '12
(journalism) is a featured blogger in the "Students 4 Real" section of the UMass web site. SBS has cornered the alumni blogger market: all three are "ours": S.P. Sullivan '10 (journalism), Caroline Moss '09 (journalism), and TJ Kelly '07 (communication).

Upcoming Events
Fall is always full of events, ranging from informational sessions to outstanding lectures by distinguished guests and faculty. Following is a brief sampling of SBS related activities, but be sure to bookmark the Events Calendar on the SBS website. There you'll find a listing of upcoming events sponsored by SBS programs and departments. View it by week, by month, or as a listing.

Sat, November 5. Cole Lecture in Contemporary Issues. Assoc. Prof. Erica Scharrer (communication). "Virtual Violence: Gender and Aggression in Television and Video Games." Noon – 1:00 p.m., Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room. Free and open to all; registration required due to limited space. Sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Read more...

Mon, November 7. Inauguration of the Andrew Glyn Professorship. Celebration in Recognition of Professor Léonce Ndikumana as the first Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics. 4 – 5:00 p.m., Gordon Hall

Thu, November 11. Zube Lecture Series. Eighth of the weekly series will feature Lucinda Sanders, CEO, OLIN Landscape Architecture, Philadelphia whose topic will be: “Scales of Resilience.”4 – 5:00 p.m. Procopio Room, 105 Hills North. Free, open to the public. Light refreshments.

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.

Alumni News
James Ihedigbo '07 (sociology), currently playing for the New England Patriots, is profiled in the Boston Globe. Ihedigbo’s parents, who came to Amherst from Nigeria and lived on the bare minimum while raising five children, both earned doctorates from UMass Amherst and instilled in their children the importance of education, family and faith. Ihedigbo started the HOPE Africa Foundation in 2008 to educate underprivileged children in Africa.

Alan L. LeBovidge '64 (economics) is senior vice president and chief financial officer for Brandot International Ltd., an investment firm that specializes in creating joint venture partnerships with apparel and textile companies. LeBovidge spent 32 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in positions of increasing responsibility including vice chairman of the tax division. In 2001, he was appointed Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving for 5½ years. From 2007 until 2009, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. Also, a New York Times article about Mitt Romney assertively closing corporate tax loopholes while he was governor of Massachusetts heavily quotes LeBovidge. LeBovidge, who was State Commissioner of Revenue then, found that dozens of Massachusetts banks had reduced their taxes by transferring billions of dollars in assets and, with Romney's support moved forward aggressively, increasing revenues by $110 million in 2003 alone. For the next three years LeBovidge continued this quest, increasing revenues substantially each year, until Romney began seeking the presidential nomination.

October's Dean's Leadership Briefing in NYC provided an opportunity for area alumni to hear about SBS news and discuss issues of importance to students. Maxwell Comando ’11 (anthropology), a recipient of a 2010 Spring Study Abroad Scholarship, spoke about his semester abroad in the Netherlands. In addition, Venuza LaVeaux ’09 (journalism), a recipient of the Bacherman Scholarship Award, addressed the importance of her internship with Dateline NBC in New York. She is working on her master’s degree at CUNY-Brooklyn College.

Ben Brody '12 (journalism) is in Egypt as part of a team of 17 top, young Egyptian and American journalists reporting on the country's 'unfinished revolution' from the ground in Cairo for GlobalPost and The Open Hands Initiative. Take a look at their work.

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism) wrote a great article on new UMass President Robert Caret and his Massachusetts bus tour that appeared in the 10/16 issue.

Maggie Freleng '11 (journalism/English) is a correspondent for the Boston Globe. Don't miss her travel article on bike rides in the Pioneer Valley.

The Huffington Post has purchased Localocracy, founded in 2009 by Conor White-Sullivan '10 (anthropology) while he was still a student. The company serves as an online forum that encourages users to engage in local issues. White-Sullivan and his team members Aaron Soules '10 (communication) and Jay Boice will be joining the Huffington Post Media Group to work on the intersection of editorial and technology and deepen the sites’ engagement with users. Read more in BostInnovation. Also, read White-Sullivan's piece on winning the Harvard Elevator Pitch Competition.

S.P. Sullivan '10 (journalism) conducted a series of interviews with Occupy Wall Street protestors in Zuccotti Park, New York City and provided commentary for WFCR New England Public Radio Morning Edition (10/21/11)

Two Fulbrights have been awarded to recent SBS alumni: Alina Lindblom '11 (political science) received a scholarship to teach English in the Czech Republic, and Alexandra Sprague '11 (anthropology) received a grant to conduct research on mobile garden designs in Mongolia. Read more...

The Nagler Group, a NH-based provider of administrative and human resource staffing services, founded by Matthew Nagler '99 (communication), has been named to Business New Hampshire Magazine’s “10 Companies to Watch” list. The magazine’s Private 100 issue featured the region’s fastest growing organizations with The Nagler Group earning honors as one of the state’s fastest growing businesses.

Lori (Kessler) Shemtob '77 (communication), a divorce and family lawyer, has been named to the Advisory Board of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania that encourages public participation in keeping kids safe. She will share her expertise in program development and community outreach. Shemtob is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an honor bestowed on only 70 attorneys in Pennsylvania. She also is AAML certified as an Arbitrator.

Barry Siegel '86 (political science) has authored Managing the Sale of Your Business: What You Need to Know (Aspatore Press, 2011). Last February he joined the Philadelphia office of the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC as a shareholder, after 17 years as a partner with Klehr, Harrison, Harvey and Branzburg LLP in Philadelphia. Siegel's practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, and general transactional representations.

Heath "HJ" Brightman '90 (leisure studies and resources [once part of landscape architecture and regional planning]) was promoted in August to research (full) professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport. He also is the director, applied research & analysis in the war gaming department.

Kara Doran '08 (communication) is with the energy and environment team at Rasky Baerlin, a communications and government relations firm. She crafts communications materials, designing long-term, integrated strategic communication plans, and media relations efforts. Doran’s background includes a stint at the Rendon Group, working on various projects including the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign and the International Women2Women Leadership Program. Earlier, Doran interned in the Office of Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA), the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, ABC 40 in Springfield, MA, WHDH-TV, Boston’s NBC affiliate and WBZ-TV, Boston’s CBS affiliate.

Peter Flynn PhD '08 (communication) turned part of his doctoral dissertation into a feature-length documentary about the first American silent film company to make movies in Ireland."Blazing the Trail: The O'Kalems in Ireland" premiered at the Irish Film Festival in Boston last spring and has been selected to screen at many film festivals around the world.

With two colleagues from Harvard School of Public Health, Eric McNulty '81 (economics) has co-authored Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration (Jossey-Bass, 2011). It explores the challenges leaders face in light of the many changes in health care and offers practical negotiation and leadership tools and techniques for meeting them.

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
Professors Leonce Ndikumana and Jim Boyce (economics) will be holding a book signing this Thursday, November 3 at 5:00pm at Amherst Books, 8 Main St. Amherst. Their new book, Africa's Odious Debts: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent (Zed Books), has been hailed as a "path-breaking book that should be read by every student, professional and policymaker concerned with the causes of the region's underdevelopment." Watch an interview with the authors on The Real News Network (10/24/11).

Prof. Emeritus George Sulzner (political science) has won the Donner Medal for distinguished achievement, scholarship, and program innovation in the area of Canadian Studies in the United States. Read more...

Robert Paynter (anthropology) is the principal investigator at an archaeological dig at the site of the former Sanford Tavern in Hawley, where students from Mohawk Trail Regional High School have been excavating for artifacts.

Professor Emeritus Edward Bruce MacDougall (landscape architecture and regional planning), former head of the department and former dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources, died Oct. 15 at his home in Amherst. A memorial service was held Oct. 20. Read more...

Asst. Prof. Nina Siulc (legal studies) has been elected to the board of directors for the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs (CULJP). The Consortium, formed in 2003, "is an organization for colleges and universities that have interdisciplinary programs geared toward undergraduate education about law and justice in the United States and Internationally."

Asst. Prof. Stuart Shulman (political science), director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program, received an award for "Outstanding Information Technology-Related Work" at the 2011 American Political Science Association (APSA) annual conference in Seattle, WA. Read more...

Instructor Carl Vigeland (online journalism certificate) has published The Breathless Present: A Memoir in Four Movements (Levellers Press, 2011). It is described as telling "several intersecting stories in a variety of voices that mirror music’s power to transmute memory and affirm life."

SBS in the News, 10/28/11. Africa’s Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled the Continent (Zed Books, 2011), by Leonce Ndikumana and James Boyce (economics), receives an enthusiastic review, noting that it was a focus of lively discussion at the recent African Economic Conference in Addis-Ababa.

Ontario Today, 10/26/11. Author Amy Schalet (sociology), whose book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex, explores differing attitudes about teen sex between American parents and their counterparts in Holland, says parents who let their kids have sex at home exert more influence than parents who say, "Not here." Listen to call-ins and commentary. MacLean's (Canada), 10/25/11. Schalet and her new book are discussed in the health section's lead story. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/10/11. A columnist writes about Schalet and her new book. Schalet spoke at the 32nd annual Healthy Teen Network Conference in Pittsburgh., 10/25/11. Jillian Schwedler (political science) compares the Arab Spring movement, that has toppled political regimes in the Middle East, and Occupy Wall Street, the growing response to corporate power and inequality in societies around the world.

Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/25/11. Ventura Perez (anthropology) discusses the effect of the Mexican drug cartels and narcotics wars on Mexico and the city of Ciudad Juarez  as part of a lecture series hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/25/11. PhD candidate Boone Shear (anthropology) weighs in on the motivation behind the protestors in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Associated Press, picked up by Washington Post, The Guardian, CBS News, et al, 10/23/11. Sheldon Goldman (political science), expert on the federal judicial system, comments in an article about cutting judges' power., 10/2/11. Goldman says President Barack Obama’s federal judicial appointments show his commitment to diversity.

Morning Call [Allentown, Penn.], 10/20/11; Sydney Morning Herald, 9/29/11. Emily West (communication) says sympathy cards for those who have lost their jobs help legitimize a sentiment and take some of the difficulty out of sending support and concern to a friend.

Journal Sentinel [Milwaukee, Wis.], 10/19/11. Sut Jhally (communication) says DC Comics reboot, that reissued 52 new first issues of popular comic books such as Superman, may not be healthy. "I look at this as extending adolescence almost into middle age, which is not good for society, either," he says.

New York Times (Economix blog), 10/17/11. Nancy Folbre (economics) discusses the Occupy Wall Street movement and what it may mean for the debate about wealth distribution in the U.S. Visiting the protestors in New York City showed her that they weren’t proposing class warfare, but were instead expressing class rage. Deccan Herald [Bangalore, India], 10/4/11. A reposted NY Times blog entry by Folbre looks at whether minimum wage laws help or hurt low-wage workers. She mentions studies by Arindrajit Dube (economics) et al. that found such laws had no negative impact on employment, but did increase income for workers in food services and retail employment. New York Times (Economix blog), 10/3/11. Folbre writes about how the debate over taxing wealthy individuals, called “class warfare” by conservatives and Republicans, is the latest version of ongoing economic discussion about conflict between groups.

WFCR, 10/13/11. Eve Weinbaum (labor studies), director of the Labor Center, was interviewed about similarities between the Occupy Wall Street movement and what was happening during the Great Depression. She says there are many parallels between what is happening now and what took place in the 1930s.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/14/11. A story on the Occupy Wall Street protests looks at underlying concerns of the participants. Among those commenting are Robert Pollin and Gerald Friedman (economics), and Ben Taylor '12 (political science).

Bay Area Reporter, 10/13/11. Commenting on "Pride and Prejudice: Employment Discrimination Against Openly Gay Men in the United States," published in the September issue of the American Journal of Sociology, M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, says the most important aspect of the study is that "it rules out differences in the gay and heterosexual applicants' skills and experience by design, so the fact that gay applicants are much less likely to be invited for an interview is hard to explain by anything other than discrimination."

Springfield Republican, 10/13/11. A group of UMass Amherst students held a rally outside the Student Union on Oct. 12 calling for economic justice as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Speakers at the rally included Deepankar Basu and David Kotz (economics).

HealthDay News (picked up by U.S. News & World Report,, Yahoo! News India,, Bio-Medicine,,, 10/12/11. Prof. emeritus Anthony R. Harris (sociology), and colleagues conducted a study that found black Americans are more likely than whites to die of gunshot and other assault-related injuries after they arrive at a trauma center. The study was published by the Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care (August).

Wall Street Journal [subscription required], 10/12/11. Gerald Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, comments in a story about efforts to have academic economists adopt a code of ethics in response to criticism of ethical lapses in the profession related to the 2008 economic crisis. Epstein says a new disclosure policy adopted by the 1,200-member National Bureau of Economic Research is a good start.

Daily Times [Pakistan], 10/11/11. A column by Prof. Emeritus Anwar Syed (political science) says continued hostility towards the United States will be harmful to Pakistan in the long run., 10/7/11. Heidi Garrett-Peltier (Political Economy Research Institute) notes that if the $5 billion cost for a new oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Texas were spent on clean energy projects, it would generate more jobs.

Guardian [U.K.], 10/1/11. A column cites a study by the Political Economy Research Institute that shows more jobs are generated by public spending on education, housing, health and public transportation than by the arms industry.

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, Environmental Design, Journalism, Labor Studies, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), and Sociology. Among our ranks are 38,600 alumni, 3,700 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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