SBS Newsletter – October 2012
In this issue
SBS to Celebrate ISSR Inaugural Event
Financial Expert Cliggott Joins Economics Department
Internship "Redefines" Political Science for Student
Alum Goldman Leads Marketing/Publicity at Jim Henson Company
Alum Directs PBS TV Show 'This Old House'
Alum to Lead Brides Magazine
Alum Reports on Guantanamo for Miami Herald
Got Opinions? Tell UMass Pollsters
Campus Foliage Tour
CPPA Team Helps Organize U.N. Environmental Project
Interdisciplinary Studies Institute Launched
Economist Andrew Brimmer, Who Broke Color Barrier at Fed, Dies
Labor Center Leader Bloodsworth Dies
UMass Amherst Salute to Service
Traveling Exhibition Tells Story of African Americans in Baseball
Trustees Approve $3.1 Billion Capital Plan
Thurs., Oct. 25. Cole Lecture in Contemporary Issues: Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics and MacArthur "Genius" Award Recipient. "The New Localism: The Economics of Cooperative Enterprise." Free and open to all. Reception to follow. 4-6:00 p.m., Amherst Room, Campus Center, 10th floor.
Fri., Oct. 26. Institute for Social Science Research Inaugural Event. Greetings from Dean Robert Feldman, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, James Staros, Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and other honored guests. New research briefings by ISSR Scholars Michelle Budig (sociology) and Robert Ryan (landscape architecture & regional planning). Reception to follow. 3:30-5:00 p.m. Massachusetts Room, Mullins Center.
Fri., Oct. 26. Panel Discussion: Technology, Gender, and Labor. Distinguished roundtable will feature Christina Dunbar-Hester (Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University), Melissa Gregg (Associate Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney), Gina Neff (Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Washington), and Thomas Streeter (Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont). Free and open to all. 3:00-5:00 p.m., 917 Campus Center. Sponsored by the Department of Communication.
Thurs, Nov. 1, 2012. Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture: George Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences; Koshland Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley; Guest Scholar at the International Monetary Fund; Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings. “Phishing for Phools.” Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. 4:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst.
For more SBS-related events, go to the SBS Events Calendar.
Huffington Post Senior Editor Will McGuinness '10 (journalism) joined HuffPost Live along with several members of the community to weigh in with their reaction to the presidential foreign policy debate on October 22. Watch the video.
Update from Isaac Himmelman '12 (political science/Judaic studies), who was the Commencement speaker in May. You may recall in the summer newsletter we noted that Isaac's dad posted the SBS article about him on his FB wall. A friend who was shooting a new reality show for Oxygen read it, noticed that Isaac was moving to NYC, looking for work in television/film performance/writing, and contacted him about a story production assistant job, which he ultimately got. This month Himmelman wrote that after shooting ended in September he got another job for the same show in post-production in Los Angeles. Networking really does work.
Adrianne Zahner '99 (STPEC) visited campus in mid-October to talk about her journey from UMass to a successful law career to starting her own business. Turtle Love Co. is an award-winning e-tailer of a curated collection of artisan and vintage jewelry, geared toward independent-minded consumers. Read more...
Hannah McGoldrick '12 (journalism), author of the blog "Fit Girl. Happy Girl," has been named associate editor of Runner's World magazine. Read more...
A Journalism All-Stars Alumni Panel in October included dinner at Top of the Campus for journalism students who got great career advice and the chance for some one-on-one conversation with graduates who are rocking the field. The panel included Maria Sacchetti '91, who covers immigration for The Boston Globe; Kori Chambers '03, a morning news anchor at the Fox affiliate in Chicago, IL; Marc Randazza '94, a lawyer focused on First Amendment and Internet law; Janine Warner '90, former online editor for the Miami Herald who now runs her own digital design agency; and Eric Athas '08, a digital news specialist at NPR where he works with local member stations to develop their digital content strategies. Read more about these alumni...
In 2011, FOX 25 and the Westin Copley Place teamed up to bring one lucky member of the armed forces "A Military Wedding to Remember" on Veterans' Day, and they did it again in 2012. Among the finalists were Ryan McLane '10 (political science), a platoon leader in the Army National Guard, and Taylor Lincoln '12 (psychology/kinestheology), who met at UMass and were engaged on July 4. In the end they didn't win, but you can still read more about them...
At the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco on October 29, Michaella Morzuch '03 (political science), MPPA '08 presented "Addressing Autism throughout the Lifespan: Promising State Strategies" as part of the session on A Lifecourse Approach to Special Health Care Needs: Clinical Care to Policy. She writes, "This paper looks at state capacity building and service coordination efforts in nine states to improve early diagnosis and evidence-based interventions for children and adults with ASD across the lifespan. Funds were provided by the Human Services and Resources Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau as part of the 2006 Combating Autism Act." Click here for the abstract.
Thanks to Lonce Sandy-Bailey PhD '06 (political science), assistant professor of political science at Shippensburg University, for sending in the following news. Alison Dagnes PhD '03 (political science), associate professor of political science at Shippensburg University, has published A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor. This book on conservatism and political humor is getting some good press, including an interview on MSNBC, a mention on Andrew Sullivan’s blog, and various NPR radio interviews. Other events include book talks on Oct. 25 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Nov. 14 at Brookline Booksmith in Boston. Read more...
Suzanne Morse '95 (journalism) has been promoted to VP in the communications division of O'Neill and Associates. Her work focuses on media relations, issues management, profile building and social media campaigns. Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Morse worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in his Boston office and the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Additionally, she was the communications manager for Voice of the Faithful, a group formed in response to the crisis in the Catholic Church. While there, she oversaw the development of strategies and campaigns to create greater public awareness of the issues facing the Church, as well as promoting greater responsibility in the Catholic Church.
Edward Hudson '04 (journalism/political science) received a JD from New England Law Boston in May. He was a Dean’s List student there and completed an internship at the Lawrence (MA) District Court Clerk’s Office - Criminal Division.
The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy has named Shannon O'Reilly '04 (political science) one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. As the Executive Director in Communications for Military and Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase, she is responsible for communicating the firm's military and veteran initiatives focused on jobs, homeownership, education, and philanthropy. She is also the communications liaison for the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a growing coalition of companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. Previously O'Reilly was the Director of External Relations at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a non-partisan national security think tank in Washington. Throughout her career, she has also worked on several political campaigns as a foreign policy advisor and communications expert.
In September NBA Houston Rocket Gary Forbes '08 (communication) and The Gary Forbes Foundation hosted the First Annual Strike Out Diabetes Bowling Extravaganza at Brooklyn Bowl in NY to raise funds to aid those living with diabetes. Gary was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was a college sophomore. Initially he tried to hide his discovery to not hinder his future career prospects. Then he changed his mindset, began to excel with it and become a great NBA player. He realized that the key wasn't about staying quiet but teaching others the positive ways to live with diabetes.
Ray Wilson (originally '64, finally '68, eventually '93) (sociology) writes, "The subtitle should hint that the book isn't as mundane as the main title might indicate. The Rosary: Prayer for Thinking Christians is available in both print and ebook versions. The book is as far off-center as some of you might remember me to have been. It turns out that there was some advantage to that."
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
"Flirting with Danger," is a powerful new documentary film adaptation of the book by Lynn Phillips, lecturer and chief undergraduate advisor (communication). Examining how young women navigate their relationships and hookups, it screened as a special event at Amherst Cinema earlier this month. Produced by the Northampton-based Media Education Foundation (MEF), the film explores how mixed messages about women’s sexuality affect young women’s relationships with men. Read more and watch a trailer.
Journalism All-Stars Week in October featured two major events and 10 class appearances by alumni Maria Sacchetti '91, Kori Chambers '03, Marc Randazza '94, Janine Warner '90, and Eric Athas '08 (see Alumni News above for more on them). They were thrilled to be on campus, and all of them asked to return again. Plans have already been made for Boston-based Sachetti and Athos to speak to the Journalism Ethics class in the spring. Writes Karen List, program director, "In every venue, our students paid attention, asked great questions and then lined up five or six deep to ask more after class. Students and faculty are buzzing with ideas and will refer back to the All-Stars for many months to come. The students made connections and connected more fully to us as well, not only because they appreciated this opportunity, but also because they saw us through the eyes of our alums. And they wore ties and jackets!"
Economist Léonce Ndikumana, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and director of the African development policy program at the Political Economy Research Institute, opened the Commonwealth Honors College Faculty Lecture Series in early October. His talk, “What Would Plato Say about Africa’s Odious Debts?” noted that Plato envisioned a well-governed state that represents, advances and defends the interest of the people. Government is supposed to borrow only to finance economic and social development. “It is clear,” he said, “that [in Africa] where over half of borrowed funds cycles back out as private wealth, [the continent] would not pass Plato’s litmus test of a perfect state.” Read more...
The state Department of Public Health’s Western Massachusetts Hospital in Westfield honored Assoc. Prof. Annaliese Bischoff (landscape architecture and regional planning) and Owen White MLA '12 at the grand opening of its therapeutic garden. Bischoff incorporated the project into a 2009 graduate Landscape Architecture studio, and White, one of the students, consolidated the best of the ideas into his master’s project. Read more....
The 2012 distinguished Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the College, and presented by Professor Sylvia A. Law, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine and Psychiatry at NYU Law, is now available online. Check it out to learn more about the 2012 US Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act and the role of cooperative federalism. Besides playing a major role in dozens of civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Law was the first lawyer in the United States to receive a MacArthur "genius" award (1984), and in 2004 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
SBS in the News
Bloomberg, 10/18/12. Tom Juravich (labor relations) says Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is presenting himself to Massachusetts voters as a union member as a way to gain votes from independents and union members in a heavily Democratic state.
Jobs.AOL.com, 10/16/12. Documenting Desegregation: Racial and Gender Segregation in Private-Sector Employment Since the Civil Rights Act (Russell Sage Foundation), a new book co-authored by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology), says progress in creating a national workplace free of segregation and racial and gender discrimination has been slow since passage of federal civil rights laws 50 years ago.
New York Times [Economix blog], 10/15/12. Nancy Folbre (economics) writes about ongoing disagreement over contraception and the assumptions that drive the public policy debates about it. Time, 10/12/12. Folbre is quoted in a story about whether publicly held corporations are in decline and, if that is true, what impact it will have on the ability of ordinary people to invest. New York Times [Economix blog], 10/8/12. Folbre says neither of the candidates running for president this year has addressed the issue of the changing nature of how Americans care for others. Most working people take some responsibility for caring for children, grandchildren, parents or grandparents, but few policies exist to assist them and there is little debate over why. New York Times [Economix blog], 10/1/12. In recognition of October being National Cooperative Month and the United Nations proclaiming 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives, Folbre notes that these enterprises play an important role in our economic system, one that is likely to grow in decades to come. New York Times [Economix blog], 9/24/12. Folbre writes about two competing horror-show narratives that increasingly dominate political discourse in this country. The basic right-wing story line evokes zombie apocalypse. On the left the movie monsters are vampires, the small group of powerful, nearly immortal beings who control the economy and drain the life out of corporations for profit. Both narratives reflect the enormous anxiety people still feel from the 2008 financial crisis and deep recession it spawned.
Springfield Republican, 10/12/12. In an article about the third debate between Senatorial candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, Brian Schaffner (political science), director of the UMass Poll, said the debate illustrated the candidates’ strategies. Huffington Post, 10/11/12. Schaffner writes a column pointing out that the UMass Poll released earlier in the week shows a gap in support for Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts, based on income level. The poll found that a significant number of high-income women in Massachusetts say they will vote for President Obama, but won’t vote for Warren. Commonwealth magazine, 10/11/12. Brian Schaffner (political science) discusses how political polling has changed in the era of cell phones and caller ID.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/12/12. Article features the volunteer landscape design work of Nick Dines, professor emeritus of landscape architecture and regional planning.
Bloomberg, 10/11/12. In an article about the recent debate between Senatorial candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, Ray La Raja (political science) says, "Warren needs to better solidify the Democratic base to counter the lead Brown has among independents, who make up 52% of the electorate."
Telegram & Gazette, Foxborough Patch, 10/10/12; Lowell Sun, Sun Chronicle [Attleboro], Sentinel and Enterprise [Fitchburg], Politico, Political Wire, NECN, WCVB-TV 5, WGGB-TV 40, Boston Magazine, WSHM-TV 3, 10/9/12. On the eve of the third debate between Massachusetts' Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who are vying for the Senatorial seat held by Brown, UMass Amherst poll finds that Warren holds a narrow 48-46% lead over Scott Brown. This Internet poll was conducted Oct. 2-8 with a sample of 500 registered voters in Massachusetts. The UMass Poll is directed by UMass political scientists Brian Schaffner along with associate directors Ray La Raja, Tatishe Nteta and Maryann Barakso. Read the full press release.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/9/12. A story about communities in Western Massachusetts considered to be swing areas in the race for the U.S. Senate between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren notes that in 2010, Belchertown, South Hadley and Westhampton voted majorities for Brown and supported Gov. Deval Patrick’s bid for a second term. Ralph Whitehead (journalism) says turnout for the presidential election could work against Brown this time.
Huffington Post, 10/2/12. David Mednicoff (public policy), director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program, blogs about the ongoing relevance of the book of Jonah. This fundamental, traditional message of Yom Kippur, he says, seems to have fallen upon deaf ears among top Israeli policymakers. While Mednicoff has no simple policy answer to the perceived threat of Iranian nuclear weapons and the evident regional ambitions of the present Iranian government, he does offer several observations that cut in favor of "considering an approach to Iran that seems more like Jonah's God than Jonah."
ABC News, 10/1/12. Jonathan Rosa (anthropology) is one of 24 scholars who have issued a statement saying the term “undocumented” should be used instead of “illegal immigrant” when referring to those without proper citizenship papers. The term "immigrant" means someone who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence; adding the term "illegal" makes it redundant. “Illegal immigrant” is a political term and shouldn’t be used by news organizations striving to be fair and balanced.
Washington Post, 9/27/12. C.N. Le (sociology) says recent movies and television programs that pair white men with Asian women—like the new Sherlock Holmes series with an Asian, female Watson—reflect a long tradition where Asian women are viewed as exotic and sexually alluring. This cultural image also serves to portray Asian men as oppressors of women while white men are seen as a “white knight” protecting them, which appeals to a key segment of the audience: white men.
National Journal, 9/27/12. In an article about students dropping out of college because of a lack of money, a lack of preparation to meet the academic challenges, or both, Dean Robert Feldman discusses first-year experience programs that teach students the basic skills of academic life. Students who take these courses are less likely to drop out, are more socially engaged, and have higher GPAs than students who don’t.
Climate Speculator [Australia], 9/25/12. James K. Boyce (economics), director of the Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment with the Political Economy Research Institute, addresses the dangers of paying polluters to clean up chemicals they produce. A perverse incentive is created that encourages businesses to pollute more in order to collect more money. A better system is to make polluters pay for what they produce, not to offer offsets, and to watch carefully for the local effects pollutants create.
The Hindu Business Line [India], 9/21/12. Business report cites a list of the top 10 corporate air polluters compiled by the Political Economy Research Institute. Economics professors James Boyce and Michael Ash, who co-directed the Corporate Toxics Information project, comment on the findings.
New York Times, 9/21/12. Online Certificate of Journalism instructor Russ Juskalian has published the travel piece, "Off the Map in the Black Garden."
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