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SBS Newsletter – Summer 2012

In this issue

Goldman Named Distinguished Professor
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Board of Trustees has appointed long-time political science faculty member Sheldon Goldman, a top expert on the politics of judicial selection and confirmation, a Distinguished Professor. This appointment recognizes his outstanding research, service, and teaching in the Department of Political Science. Read more...

Gabrielle MelchiondaGrowing a Business, the Mad Gab’s Way
What happens when an anthropology major flunks a math gen ed requirement? For Gabrielle Melchionda ’92, it opened the door to creating Mad Gab’s natural body care products. Twenty years later, the journey that began with a natural lip balm created in her mother’s kitchen has grown to include a wide array of products that are selling like crazy around the U.S. and internationally. Based in Portland, Maine, Mad Gab’s is located in a 4500 square-foot space where “a fun bunch of hardworking folks make, ship and sell our wonderful products.” Read more...

Elizabeth ChiltonChilton Receives NSF Grant for Collaborative Research
Congratulations to Elizabeth Chilton (anthropology) who has been awarded $237,921 from the National Science Foundation as PI for a collaborative research grant entitled "Interacting Influences of Climate, Land Use, and Other Disturbances on Regime Shifts in Forest Ecosystems: Holocene Dynamics in the Northeastern United States." The total project budget is $1.1 million and includes collaborators from Harvard University and the University of Wyoming. Read more...

Scholarship recipientsSBS Scholarship Recipients
The annual SBS Scholarship Ceremony took place on May 5, 2012. This event is a highlight of the year for us—so many outstanding students, happy families, and many of the scholarship benefactors all coming together! Congratulations to all of you. View the photo album.

And other topics of interest...

Kumble R. SubbaswamyChronicle of Higher Education Features New Chancellor
Kumble R. Subbaswamy, who assumed his responsibilities as chancellor of UMass Amherst on July 1, is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. He earns high marks for being straightforward and willing to listen. Subbaswamy says he will improve enrollment and access along with cost containment, plans to increase faculty hiring and the number of doctorates awarded, and will collaborate with the other four campuses in the UMass system. Included are comments by Professor Ralph Whitehead (journalism).

M.V. Lee BadgettBadgett Testifies Before Senate for Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act
M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that Congress should pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because lesbian, gay and bisexual people are nearly as likely to file discrimination complaints as those already protected by federal anti-bias laws. Read more... View the video of Badgett's testimony.

Dan MacDonaldEcon Grad Student Wins Award for Exceptional Paper
Congratulations to PhD candidate Daniel MacDonald (economics) who won the Horvat-Vanek Prize for his paper, “Understanding the Sources of Productivity Growth during Industrialization: An Empirical Investigation of the Dynamic Properties of Piece Rate Contracts.” The prize is awarded every two years for a research paper of exceptional quality written by a young scholar in an area of interest to the International Association for the Economics of Participation. Read more...

Joseph SheleyAlum to Lead CSU Stanislaus, Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Joseph F. Sheley PhD '76 (sociology), provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento, has been named as interim president of California State University, Stanislaus. Read more... In addition, Sheley received the Lifetime Acievement Award from Sacramento State University, also his alma mater, where he has served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Read more...

Josue LopezBoxing Changes Lives of Coach, Student
They came together by accident—a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and a college sophomore— at the fitness center and soon formed a bond based on mutual respect and a passion for the sport known as “the sweet science.” Since then boxing has changed the lives of Stephen “Rocky” Snow, 61, and Josue Lopez '13 (legal studies), 21, who has won the 2012 national championship in the lightweight division. Read more...

Jackie UrlaAnthropologist Presents at Paris Conference, Engages in Fieldwork
It’s been a busy summer for Professor Jacqueline Urla (anthropology). At the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) conference in Paris she made a plenary presentation at the EASA conference. Her “Reflections on a ‘Thick’ Description of Resistance,” reviewed the emergence of resistance as an object of ethnographic study. Read more...

students walking on campusNew Opportunity: Bachelor's and Master's in Five Years
The Political Science Department has launched a new accelerated master's degree in political science. The program will allow any Five College student to complete a Bachelor's Degree in any major plus a Master's Degree in Political Science in about five years, faster than with a traditional master's program. Read more...

Howard Ziff Memorial Service Celebrates Life of Howard Ziff
Former students, friends and colleagues of Howard Ziff, a founder of the UMass Amherst journalism program who died in April, gathered at Memorial Hall on July 22 for a memorial service. Among those offering comments were Karen List, journalism program director, B.J. Roche, journalism lecturer, and Larry Carpman '75 (journalism), president of Carpman Communications in Boston. Read article in the Springfield Republican. View the live-stream video.

Charles H. DolanPolitical Communication Expert Joins Political Science Advisory Board
Charles H. Dolan, Jr. ’74 (political science), executive vice president for Prism Public Affairs in Washington, DC, regularly works with public and private entities to strategically brand and effectively communicate organizations’ messages. His company “operates at the intersection of public policy and the media.” Having recently joined the Department of Political Science Advisory Board, Dolan plans to use his expertise and experiences to help shape the institution that gave him so much. Read more...

Alumni News
This is how networking works! The story about Isaac Himmelman '12 (political science/Judaic studies) being selected as student speaker for Commencement 2012 is posted May 31. Isaac's dad links to article on his FB wall. A friend reads it, notices that Isaac is moving to NYC and looking for work. He contacts Isaac about an opening for a story production assistant on a new reality show he's shooting this summer for Oxygen. Upshot: "Did the interview yesterday. Got the job today." Congratulations Isaac!

Another great networking story: Jim Coveno '91 (economics) and David Matthy '91 (ISOM), founders of the creative shop DotGain, have joined forces with Christian McMahan '92 (ISOM), the former CMO at Heineken USA, and Jackrabbit Design, a digital design firm, to launch a new Boston marketing agency, Smartfish Group. Coveno, Matthy and McMahan have known each other since college and have worked together over the years. Read more...

Dwight H. Merriam '68 (sociology) of Robinson & Cole in Hartford has joined the Owners' Counsel as the Connecticut attorney-member dedicated to representing private property owners, developers and businesses in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, land use and related property rights matters. Merriam's impressive resume includes serving as the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association's Section of State and Local Government Law, teaching at UConn School of Law and Vermont Law School, and several publications. Read more... Merriam is the benefactor of SBS's Merriam Internship Scholarship.

Mehry Sabet '12 (journalism) is featured in NY Times story about college internships. She had three during senior year, including one at Boston Magazine.

Did you hear the NPR piece on the best vegetarian delights at Phillies' ballpark? Kristen Keel '88, MPA '92, who happens to be a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board, was on hand to offer her opinion.

Farid Samir Benavides Vanegas PhD '08(political science) has been appointed Vice Minister for Crime and Restorative Justice in Colombia's Ministry of Justice. Read more [in Spanish]...

Dino Privitera ’89 (journalism/history) has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia. Privitera will aid one of the oldest nonprofit organizations for lawyers of Italian ancestry in its mission to maintain the honor and dignity of the legal profession, perform civic duties, administer justice, and promote the study of law.

William A. Davila ’96 (communication) received his EdD, with a focus on nonprofit management and politics, from the University of Hartford in May.

Peter Lobo '11 (economics) is interviewed about how difficult it is for recent college graduates to find full-time jobs. He finally landed a job as a salesman for Internet technology. Read the article.

After Brig. Gen. Brian Beaudreault  ’83 (sociology) became the Deputy Commander for Marine Corps Forces Central Command in July 2010, he received the additional responsibility to lead the new Marine Forces Central Command-Forward in Bahrain to provide the MARCENT commander additional options for crisis response in the Central Command area of responsibility. Beaudreault recently relinquished command of that 2-year-old unit.

Morris Singer ’06 (journalism/political science) has founded in Cambridge, MA. The former staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services says, “I put the practice of law on hold to solve a pain point for attorneys I identified while working as a public defender for children. I now run a business connecting litigators with the expertise they need to develop their litigation strategies.”

Steven Zelkowitz ’83 (environmental design) was recognized as one of Florida Trend's 2012 Legal Elite. This prestigious distinction honors Florida attorneys who have been voted by their peers as the state's legal leaders, and represents approximately 2% of the more than 66,000 active Florida Bar members currently practicing in the state.

Steven Belec ’02 (communication) received an MPA from Suffolk University in January.

Credit Suisse has reassigned Benjamin Happ '98 (psychology), former head of capital services for its prime brokerage unit in the Asia-Pacific, to Boston. Happ joined the Swiss bank in Hong Kong as a director in mid-2009 after a stint as alternative investment manager at Abax Global Capital, where he headed business development. Prior to that, he had worked at Morgan Stanley in New York in its investment management and prime brokerage divisions—the youngest VP ever in that company. Happ is a member of the SBS Dean's Advisory Board.

Maura (Nevel) Thomas ’92 (economics/psychology), a highly regarded productivity and time management expert with a unique perspective, has published Personal Productivity Secrets (John Wiley & Sons). She speaks and trains nationally and internationally on personal productivity and how to create a culture of productivity in the workplace. The book draws on Thomas' 20 years of experience in the industry to share the most universally useful process for managing the details of a busy life. Thomas kicks to the curb the concept of "time management" and makes a powerful argument that when you control your attention, you control your life.

Shelley Thompson ’00 (journalism/history) received a PhD in journalism studies at Bournemouth University in England. Her thesis explored the coverage of nanotechnology in the mainstream press in both print and online versions. Thompson began her journalism career writing the high-school column for the Tewksbury (Mass.) Advocate from 1994-96. After UMass she worked for the Bedford Minuteman; Compliance Reporter, a publication of Institutional Investor; and the New Hampshire Bureau of the Eagle-Tribune, where she received several awards for her reporting, including a First Amendment Award for a series on a secret government payment to a public employee leaving his job. Now a lecturer in corporate and marketing communications at Bournemouth University, Thompson is also engaged in research, including understanding young people's knowledge of the influence of public relations on news; analyzing the ways in which people discuss politics in non-political blogs; and exploring young people's use of the media and their experiences of living without media for 24 hours.

Lisa Breslow Thompson ’82 (political science), principal of Lisa Thompson Graphic Design, has created an eye-catching design for The Saxonville Mills: Three Centuries of Industry in Framingham. The book is a compelling history of the mills from the 17th century through the 20th century, with a colorful and fascinating section devoted to the current tenants of the nine buildings that make up today's Saxonville Industrial Park.

Francis Larkin ’69 (government) writes, "My book, 5 Words and Then Some, is now available for Kindle and the Nook. You can download it for less than $4—the price of a coffee and muffin, and it will provide you with hope, inspiration and advice on how to succeed in life."

Karyn (Massey) Martin ’01 (communication), senior account director at 451 Marketing, a Boston based communications agency, received the 2012 Ringer Award by the Publicity Club of New England. The Award recognizes a public relations professional who has demonstrated excellence in public relations strategy, handling clients and staff, creativity, PR program implementation and oversight, as well as superior written and interpersonal communication skills and professionalism. Martin has more than 11 years of public relations experience in a variety of areas including consumer packaged goods, travel, luxury, hospitality and technology. She specializes in developing and managing integrated public relations campaigns for clients.

Bonner Meudell PhD '77 (sociology) is vice president of health plan process administration at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California.

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
Assistant Professor Lauren McCarthy (legal studies) has received the Edwin S. Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of public law. Her dissertation, "Trafficking (In)justice: Law Enforcement's Response to Human Trafficking in Russia" looks at the implementation of laws against human trafficking in Russia by law enforcement officials. It finds that "Russian law enforcement agents are prosecuting human traffickers, but not human trafficking." She will receive the award at this year's annual APSA Conference.

This summer at the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Prof. Marty Norden (communication) gave a plenary presentation on the representation of abortion, birth control and eugenics in the 1916 film "Where Are My Children?" This worldwide hit starring Tyrone Power was written and directed by pioneering filmmaker Lois Weber. Norden, who is editing a book on Weber to be published by the University Press of Mississippi, also spoke about the screenwriter-director’s career and its relationship to this film. Watch the film and read more about it.

Julie Hemment (anthropology) has been awarded a fellowship from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (in the Title VIII Research Competition, $40,000) to work on her book, provisionally entitled Volunteers, Entrepreneurs and Patriots: Youth as New Subjects of State Policy in Russia. The book draws on the NSF-funded collaborative research project that she has been undertaking with youth and scholars in Tver, Russia since 2006.

Betsy Krause (anthropology) has been awarded a $164,410 NSF grant for the 2-year project "Chinese Immigration and Family Encounters in Italy." Krause has also been awarded (with Massimo Bressan, U. of Florence, Italy) a $34,741 Wenner Gren Collaborative Grant to aid collaborative research on "Tight Knit: Familistic Encounters in a Transnational Fast-Fashion District."

SBS in the News
NPR Marketplace, 7/31/12. in a story the Houston janitors' strike for fair pay, Arindrajit Dube (economics) comments on outsourcing and the delinking between wages of service workers and companies.Time, 7/25/12. Dube comments about how the political debate in the U.S. over gun control may be fueling violence in Mexico and Canada. He and 2 colleagues published a study on the topic earlier this year., 6/29/12. Some business leaders in New York have endorsed raising the minimum wage in that state, citing data from that shows such increases in San Francisco and Santa Fe created more business and a better business climate. This reflects findings of economists, including Dube who have studied the issue.

The Real News Network, 7/31/12. Gerald Friedman (economics) discusses America's sick health care system., 7/8/12. Using the two-story, $350,000 doghouse that heiress Paris Hilton built for her pets as an example, Friedman writes about how the U.S. economic system favors the wealthy and works to the disadvantage of ordinary working people. Blue Mass Group, 6/4/12. On the 100th anniversary of the establishment of minimum wage, Friedman discusses its history.

Outlook India, 7/30/12. Dean Robinson (political science) offers opinions in a cover article that discusses the paling of the Obama brand and suggests that the President is victim of his own popularity and the electorate's unrealistic expectations.

New York Times [Economix blog], 7/30/12. Nancy Folbre (economics) addresses the H1-B visa program that allows foreign workers with particular areas of “skill shortage” to work in the U.S. and how this program and the trend to outsource highly skilled jobs are having a huge impact on the employment prospects of college graduates here. New York Times [Economix blog], 7/23/12. Folbre opines on the declining number of men who contribute money and time to raising children—the other side of the rising number of single mothers in our society. New York Times [Economix blog], 7/16/12. Folbre addresses the debate that is underway about keeping and adjusting the child tax credits in the federal tax code. New York Times [Economix blog], 7/9/12. Folbre says the idea that Social Security is undermining parenthood, promoted by some conservative commentators, should not be taken seriously. New York Times, 7/2/12. Folbre discusses the estimated cost of raising children, noting that a married, middle-income, two-child family is expected to spend $235,000 on housing, medical care, food, clothing, toys and other items during the next 17 years for a child born in 2011. College costs are not included. New York Times [Economix blog], 6/25/12. Writing about the recent demise of the Paycheck Fairness Act, Folbre says this issue will reemerge. Paying men and women different wages for the same work isn’t going to go away and eventually people will realize that it’s bad for business. Wall Street Journal, 6/22/12. Folbre comments in a story about how recent estimates of the cost of raising a child – about $300,000 for the first 17 years – may be well short of the mark. The story cites Folbre’s 2008 book Valuing Children that argues foregone wages should be included in any cost estimate for parents. This category includes time spent by parents with their children instead of at work. Washington Post, 6/14/12. A columnist writing about Father’s Day and the comparative home work load of moms and dads cites recent comments by Folbre that while women generally do more housework than men, most surveys underestimate how much is done by both men and women. New York Times, 6/13/12. Folbre comments in the obituary for Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics. Ostrom, who won the Nobel in 2009, she says, relied on fieldwork in her research, not just analyzing statistics and data. Ostrom was on campus last year to present the Gamble Memorial Lecture. [Your Career blog], 6/13/12. In the article "Dads' household duties worth less than moms'" Folbre says the workload between men and women in families is shifting, but women still do more of the heavy lifting. She cautions against relying on statistics about who does domestic chores saying they underestimate what both moms and dads do within the family. New York Times [Economix blog], 6/4/12. Folbre writes about the difference between unfunded liabilities and public debt. She says many conservative economists and politicians are trying to shift the cost of future spending on health care and other social programs from the government onto individuals.

WBEZ [Chicago], Kansas City Star, Fresno Bee, 7/26/12. Amy Schalet (sociology) discusses her research on differing attitudes among the Dutch and Americans about teens and sex and her book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex. 660 News Radio [Calgary, Alberta], 6/14/12. Discussing her book, Schalet says the Dutch approach the subject of teen sex more openly than Americans.

The Real News Network, 7/26/12. Léonce Ndikumana (economics) discusses offshore finance in Africa and the need for more transparency in how large banks operate there. The current system, he says, is intentionally opaque because banks collude with corrupt officials to move large sums of money out of the continent. Radio France Internationale, 7/20/12. Ndikumana discusses China’s announcement of a 16-billion-euro loan package for African countries—double what the Chinese pledged three years ago., 7/24/12. An article about The Liar in Your Life by Dean Robert S. Feldman and his research showing that lying increases substantially when online says the book and the research are "exceptional."

Daily Hampshire Gazette, 7/20/12. Karen List (journalism) discusses the Emily List Fund for the Performing Arts Therapy that was set up to celebrate the life of her daughter Emily who died last November of cancer. The fund recently issued its first round of grants.

22News inFocus, 7/20/12. Jesse Rhodes (political science) was featured on an episode that explored the three ballot questions MA voters will face in the 2012 election. WWLP-TV 22, 7/11/12. Recent polls that show President Obama is more popular with unmarried voters, while married people are more supportive of Republican Mitt Romney, reflects the difference in how the two groups experience the economy, says Rhodes. He notes that single voters tend to be more concerned about social issues such as equality in health care and gay rights than married couples, who are focused more on the economy.

Amherst Bulletin, 7/20/12. John Stifler (economics), contributing writer for the Amherst Bulletin, reviews At the Edge of Camelot by Donald Katzner (economics). With historical objectivity the book covers the transformation of the Economics Department from its traditional neoclassical program into the most famously (or notoriously) radical Marxian economics department anywhere. Stifler says, "It shows how people of intelligence, compassion and basic goodwill can rise above the political squabbling that sometimes mars the careers - and the teaching abilities - of academics almost everywhere."

The Washington Times, 7/19/12. In an article about 98-year-old Harry Kelber announcing his run for AFL-CIO president, Eve Weinbaum, director of the Labor Relations and Research Center, says the AFL-CIO election process is transparent and formally democratic.

The American Prospect, 7/19/12. Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, says Back to Full Employment by Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, deserves a broad public hearing as part of the debate on how to get the U.S. economy working again. Huffington Post, 7/12/12. Robert Pollin comments about how American businesses and banks are sitting on more than $3 trillion. His recent report suggests if just some of that idle cash were moved into productive investment, the U.S. economy would get a boost and unemployment would drop to around 5 percent. The Real News Network, 6/13/12. Pollin discusses the idea of having a national industrial policy in the U.S. and whether the Pentagon already runs an informal industrial policy. Defense spending, he says, has been very successful in boosting the aerospace and electronic industries but also has downsides in cost overruns and huge budgets that prop up companies that otherwise might not work in our economy. The Real News Network, 6/6/12. Pollin says the disappointing job creation numbers for May show that the U.S. economy is stalled by the combination of worries about the situation in Europe and austerity conditions in the United States, particularly in state and local governments. Overall, he says, the effect is to hinder economic activity at a time when government policy should be stimulating it.

Minnesota Public Radio, 7/16/12. More and more, political candidates in state races are getting money from all over the nation, says Raymond J. La Raja (political science). Talking Points Memo, 6/7/12. In an article about Mike Leavitt leading Mitt Romney's transition team, La Raja says Romney likes to surround himself with people who are analytical.

Boston Magazine, 7/13/12. Columnist Barry Nolan talks to economists Arindrajit Dube and Nancy Folbre about the ongoing debate over the federal minimum wage.

Himal Southasian magazine, 7/13/12. Deepankar Basu (economics) writes about the debate over what to do about the Indian economy and whether it is correct to suggest that country is in an economic crisis. Arguing for policies that may lead to slower economic growth, he believes his ideas would help improve the living standards for many more people than just those at the top of the income scale.

Boston Globe, 6/29/12. Letter to the editor by Asst. Research Prof. Heidi Garrett-Peltier (Political Economy Research Institute) says cuts to the U.S. defense budget will have a negative impact on the Massachusetts economy, but if those cuts are made to the domestic side of the budget instead, the impact will be quicker and much more damaging., 6/22/12. Steve Fox (journalism) is interviewed about why he pushes his students to conduct interviews in person, or on the telephone, and not to rely on e-mail. Fox says he tells students that e-mail interviews should be considered a last resort.

Minnesota Public Radio, 6/18/12. Asst. Research Prof. Jeannette Wicks-Lim (Political Economy Research Institute) says just as President Obama shouldn’t be held accountable for all of the job losses that have occurred during his administration, former Gov. Mitt Romney shouldn’t be held strictly accountable for his job creation record in Massachusetts. She notes that economic turmoil in Europe is having a negative impact on job creation in the U.S., but Obama can do little about it., 6/17/12. Research by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) and Patricia Warren of Florida State University finds that stopping or searching cars and drivers based primarily on race rather than suspicious activity or an observed violation (racial profiling) is particularly problematic because it’s discrimination “enacted and organized by federal and local government.”

Christian Science Monitor, 6/3/12. In an article about the dollars and cents of good deeds, Professor Emeritus Herbert Gintis (economics) says that community altruism is not only good for individuals but is also a strong benefit to communities. The concept goes back 2 million years.

Terra Daily, 6/1/12. Laurie Godfrey (anthropology) is a co-author of an article, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that suggests the disappearance of one species does not necessarily allow remaining competitor species to thrive by filling empty niches. The research focused on lemur extinctions over the past 2,000 years.

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