SBS Launches New Website
Ever wonder what your fellow alumni are doing these days? Would you like to visit with some of your favorite professors--or meet new members of the faculty? How about learning more about the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' academic programs and the students who take them? Or would you like to make a gift online? You can do all of this and more by browsing the newly designed SBS website. In fact, you're in the News and Events section of the website now. Be sure to bookmark the home page (www.umass.edu/sbs) and visit often. New information is being added regularly—as quickly as it can be created. Don't miss the stories that connect SBS to you and the world.
Family Research Scholars Receive $903,000 from National Science Foundation
Five faculty members affiliated with the Center for Research on Families (CRF), which is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, have received National Science Foundation grants for their family-related research.
Daniel R. Anderson (psychology) received $299,248 for his research on “The Effects of Background Television on Very Young Children.” Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson (sociology) received $194,199 for their research on “Job Hours and Schedules: Explaining the Social Processes in Four Health Care Occupations.” Joya Misra (sociology and public policy), and Michele Budig (sociology) received $95,000 for their research on “The Cross-National Effects of Work-Family Policies on the Wage Penalty for Motherhood.” Lynnette Leidy Seivert (anthropology) received $275,000 for her research on “Reproductive Aging and Symptom Experience at Midlife Among Bangladeshi Immigrants, Sedentees and White London Neighbors.”
All five faculty have participated in CRF's Family Research Scholars Program, which provides support for select faculty members to produce and submit a major grant proposal on family research. Family Research Scholars also participate in a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar that addresses the details of conceptualizing, writing and submitting a substantive grant proposal. Scholars also receive individualized statistical consultation from CRF’s methodologist and meetings with relevant funding agencies and off-campus experts in the scholars’ targeted areas of family research.
CRF Director and Psychology Professor Sally Powers says, “The program is making a dramatic difference in boosting applications for external support from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Fundamental to sustaining this growth is the establishment of a strong climate of faculty expectation that they will continually seek external research support, that collegial and college support is strong for this activity, and that success is possible. The CRF Family Research Scholars Program has been a potent catalyst for creating this research climate.”The Center for Research on Families actively supports and disseminates social and behavioral sciences research on issues relevant to families. For more information about CRF, go to www.umass.edu/family or contact Sally Powers, 413-545-3307.
Thompson Hall Features New Cyber Cafe
A cyber-cafe with snack bar on campus? Consider it done with the opening this semester of the Thompson Hall Cafe on the ground level of the building. In what used to be a dark passageway, you can now, thanks to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, find intimate seating arrangements where members of the campus community can leisurely gather anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Adding to the comfort level are light breakfasts, great coffee, lunches or snacks that customers can enjoy while catching up on email, research, term papers or whatever the moment calls for. This long awaited renovation to Thompson Hall, an idea generated by former SBS students, includes wireless internet connectivity as well as numerous computer stations for those without laptops.
Public Policy and Administration Offers First Online Graduate Course
The Center for Public Policy and Administration, part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is offering its first online graduate course this spring semester. "Budgeting for Policymakers" will be taught by Michael Hannahan. This course will provide students with insight into the process of creating a budget for a large, complex public institution. It begins with an overview of federal, state and local budgets and how their different budget cycles fit together. The remainder of the course will be spent working on how a real budget is created. Students will have an opportunity to learn from practitioners, case studies and each other. Registration information is now available through the Division of Continuing Education https://www.umassulearn.net/. Other upcoming online courses are Policy Analysis in fall 2006, and Making Public Policy in spring of 2007. More information about the online program (and all CPPA programs) can be found at www.masspolicy.org.
Alumna Jill Carroll Abducted in Iraq
Jill Carroll '99 (journalism), abducted on January 7 and still held in Iraq, referred to journalism as a noble calling in the last paper she wrote for Professor Karen List's Journalism Ethics. "Journalists are not afraid to ask tough questions or risk themselves to get out the information people have a right to know," Carroll wrote. "I believe reporters are humble crusaders with hearts of gold, mouths of sailors, and pens full of unstoppable ink."
In a lengthy article in Editor and Publisher, List, director of the Journalism program, wrote of "Our Jill." She said, in part, "In the best journalistic tradition, Jill covers the war not from her hotel in the Green Zone and armored cars, but from the streets. She moves through Baghdad wearing traditional Arab dress, blending in, speaking to Iraqis in their own language and giving voice to their stories. Jill wrote recently in American Journalism Review that she went to the Middle East on her own because she would rather have jumped off a cliff than cover zoning meetings. She prepared herself in depth to tell the most difficult story of our time, and despite the growing danger that she chronicled, she stayed with it for the love of that story and of the Iraqi people. For those who wonder why Jill was in such a dangerous place when she didn't have to be, the answer lies in her commitment to honest, compassionate journalism and her understanding of its significance in the world...."
Jane E. Fountain: Public Policy Leader Focuses on Science, Technology and Society Initiative
Among the outstanding new faculty who joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at UMass Amherst in 2005 is Jane E. Fountain, formerly associate professor of public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for 16 years. As director of SBS’s Science, Technology and Society Initiative in the Political Science Department and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, she will promote multidisciplinary collaboration among the natural, physical and social sciences, engineering, and public policy. In addition, she has brought to campus the National Center for Digital Government, a National Science Foundation-funded research center for digital government research, practice, and innovation. This effort makes UMass Amherst a central node in a highly visible global leadership network for longitudinal, cross-disciplinary, and problem-oriented research and practice that connects government and the public in entirely new ways. Read more…
Professor Whitbourne Honored at APA Symposium
At the 26th Eminent Women in Psychology Symposium: Historical and Personal Perspectives held during the American Psychological Association’s 113th annual convention last summer, Susan Whitbourne (psychology) was recognized for "outstanding and unusual contributions" to psychology. As part of the program, Whitbourne spoke about her research contributions and personal reflections and was honored with citations from her career achievements. A member of the psychology department since 1984, Whitbourne received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral training program in clinical psychology at UMass Amherst. Her professioinal awards include the Psi Chi National Advisor/Florence Denmark Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Gerontological Society of America Distinguished Mentorship Award, and the APA Division 20 Master Mentor Award. She is author or co-author of 15 books, 100 journal articles and chapters, and more than 175 professional conference presentations on adult development, aging, geropsychology, clinical psychology and teaching. She has been extremely active in the APA and has been on the editorial boards or a consulting editor for several professional journals.
Professor Carbaugh Helps Parks Develop Fair Interpretations of History
To provide visitors with a more accurate picture of a region's history, many national and state parks are working to include cultural information provided by indigenous inhabitants. Donal Carbaugh (communication), followed National Park Service guides at Glacier National Park and the Blackfoot guides who interpret the same area to record the different versions of the same area. Here's how Park Service guides tell Glacier's story: ''Glacier National Park was established in 1910 as part of the National Park system and famous for its glaciers and scenery. It is home to many wild animals including grizzly bears, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.'' Blackfoot tour guides, however, describe the park this way: ''Right out here on this flat there is a famous camping area of our ancestors. From here we have vision quests, or just camp and gather berries and roots. The federal government didn't understand our relationship with the land: we were the first stewards of the park.''
Carbaugh, a featured speaker at a recent Plains Indian Museum Seminar at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, asks: ''What do you call a site when it has two names? The National Park Service contacted me about constructing better tours, tours that would be affecting to people, that people would want to sign up for. How do you train tour guides to tell stories that are fair to history? We need to educate people from the vantage point of different perspectives.''
Monuments placed at Glacier National Park honor Teddy Roosevelt; ''Slippery'' Bill Morrison, a mountain man who sold some of the land to the government; and John Stevens, an engineer who planned the railroad route through the region. Those monuments are located at a site on the Continental Divide called Maria's Pass, named for a cousin of Meriwether Lewis who was not on the expedition. The Park Service's information about the site excludes any mention of the Aboriginal people that may have inhabited the area. The Blackfoot guides, however, refer to the pass as Bears Pass and have a story that explains the name. Carbaugh says that a Kootenai named Koonska, who showed Stevens the way through the pass, is not mentioned. (adapted from a longer article in Indian Country Today by David Meimer, 1/25/05)
Alumnus Named Editor of Mass High Tech
Mass High Tech has named E. Douglas Banks (Journalism/English, 1992) editor. Formerly associate editor of the Boston Business Journal, Banks oversaw real estate coverage and special supplements, successfully launching products like “Startups,” “Best Places to Work” and “Champions in Health Care.” Banks came to the BBJ from Fast Company, where he was a staff editor. He had an earlier stint as a reporter/editor at the BBJ from 1998, establishing the paper’s coverage of the legal profession. Outside the newsroom, Banks teaches journalism at Emerson College and is a board member of Tri-City Family Housing Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit that provides housing for homeless families. He is also an advisory board member of Families for Depression Awareness, a Waltham nonprofit that aims to help families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. Banks holds a master’s of fine arts degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Professor Jones Wins Prize for Scholarship in Legal History
Assistant Professor Bernie D. Jones (legal studies) has won the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Prize for excellence in scholarship sponsored by the American Society for Legal History. The $5,000 annual prize recognizes and promotes new work in the field of American legal history by graduate students, law students and faculty who are not yet tenured. Jones was cited for her work on antebellum will contests in the South, involving elite white male testators who left bequests of freedom and property to their biological slave children and the children's mothers. Her research was documented in the summer issue of the Tulsa Law Review in an article titled "Righteous Fathers, Vulnerable Old Men and Degraded Creatures: Southern Justices on Miscegenation in the Antebellum Will Contest." Jones joined the Legal Studies faculty in 2003. She earned her doctorate in history at the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Amherst 250 Report Outlines Faculty Hiring Plan
An initial blueprint for hiring 250 additional faculty over five years targets teaching deficits in academic departments as well as key research needs across the campus. Posted online in December, an interim report on the Amherst 250 Plan outlines how $7.5 million in new state funding will be used for hiring additional faculty. The report also provides data on the teaching capacities of each school and college and ranks the needs of individual departments compared to national standards.
A key goal of the Amherst 250 Plan is to rebuild and rebalance the faculty after years of random attrition that left the campus with significant gaps between instructional demand and teaching resources. Early retirement incentive programs that began in 2003 led to “significant variations in the teaching deficits among departments measured against national norms for each department.” Deficits were determined by the Provost’s Office using factors such as the number of majors, class size at the lower and upper divisions levels, class availability and undergraduate demand. According to the data, departments with the greatest need for instructional investment include Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Exercise Science, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Philosophy. As a result, 31 tenure track positions to meet instructional need have been identified for the first round of hiring. More information: Amherst 250 Plan interim report
Professor Juravich Gives Keynote at Australian Conference
Tom Juravich, professor of Labor Studies and director of the Labor Relations and Research Center, gave a keynote address at the 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning last December in Sydney, Australia. His talk, “Globalization, the Changing Nature of Work and Its Impact on Workplace and Labor Education,” examined how the nature of work has been altered at the largest and most profitable U.S. firms as the nature of capital has changed and labor markets have become globalized. Juravich discussed how the intensification of the pace and hours of work, inflexible schedules, de-skilling and threats of outsourcing and offshoring are creating an environment less conducive to workplace-based education and training. He also noted how the changes have spawned a variety of new labor education initiatives as unions and their members have struggled to both understand and respond to the new workplace realities. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Australian Centre for Organisational, Vocational and Adult Learning (OVAL Research). Juravich is the author of Chaos on the Shop Floor: A Workers’ View of Quality, Productivity, and Management; Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts’ Workers and Their Unions and Ravenswood: The Steelworkers’ Victory and the Revival of American Labor. He writes regularly about work and the labor process, union organizing and strategic corporate research and campaigns. He is currently completing a book based on four workplace ethnographies.
Professor Jhally Reports on Unreported News
Every year, Project Censored, a media watchdog group at Sonoma State University, identifies and publishes information about a series of major stories that haven't received the kind of attention from the mainstream media they warrant, and therefore haven't made it into the greater public consciousness. "If there were a real democratic press, these are the kind of stories they would do," says Sut Jhally, professor of communication and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. The stories identified by Project Censored involve corporate misdeeds and governmental abuses that have been underreported if not altogether ignored, says Jhally, who helped select this year’s top picks. For the most part, he adds, "stories that affect the powerful don't get reported by the corporate media."
Can a story really be "censored" these days when information from millions of sources whips around the world in a matter of seconds? When a single obscure journal article can be distributed and discussed on hundreds of blogs and websites? When partisans from all sides dissect the mainstream media on the Web every day? "Absolutely," Jhally says. "The Internet is a great place to go if you already know that the mainstream media is heavily biased" and you actively search out sites on the outer limits of the Web. Otherwise, it's just another place where they try to sell you stuff. The challenge for a democratic society is how to get vital information not only at the margins but at the center of our culture." For details, see Censored 2006: The Top 25 Censored Stories (Seven Stories Press, 432 pages, $18.95). (adapted from Willamette Week Online, 1/4/06)
National Media Taps SBS Faculty Expertise and Research
TwinCities.com 1/23/06: "Tribal claims gain in momentum: Casino profits at stake in excluded Indians' suit" by Patrick Condon, Associated Press, includes comments by emeritus professor Peter D’Errico (legal studies) on a legal dispute in Minnesota that has groups of Native Americans challenging each other for the rights to land taken by settlers more than a century ago and profits from casinos. An expert in Indian legal issues, D'Errico reviewed the two most recent decisions made by Judge Charles Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims at the request of the Associated Press. "I would say the plaintiffs have achieved something significant," D'Errico said. "It looks to me like they're in the driver's seat right now." He said it's the first case he's familiar with where a judge has applied the same standards of federal law to an Indian trust issue as he would any other trust case. He said the U.S. government historically has argued that standards are different in some cases.
Irish Times, 1/13/06; Des Moines Register, 12/28/05; Orlando Sentinel, 12/14/05; Delawareonline.com, 12/11/05; Crain’s Cleveland Business, 12/7/05; "The Osgood File,” CBS Radio Network, 10/26/05; Associated Press, 10/25/05: A study by the Political Economy Research Institute ranks Delaware first and Louisiana last in an evaluation of where workers are treated best. The “Decent Work in America” study, based on factors including job opportunities, job quality and workplac e fairness, ranks Massachusetts 18th, hurt in part by its high cost of living. Various coverages of this story have appeared across the country with different angles.
Christian Science Monitor, 1/10/06: In "Ad War at Full Blast as Alito Hearings Begin" by Gail Russell Chaddock, Sheldon Goldman (political science) who is well-known for his opinions on judicial nominations, is quoted on the Supreme Court nominee: "The administration is pulling out all the stops on this nomination, and radical right groups will bear down on any Republican who might break away," he says. "But if Democrats can show that he has opted for the most conservative positions on choice points throughout his career, they may be able to convince enough Republican senators to support a filibuster," he adds.
Environmental News Network, 1/4/06: In "Award-Winning TV Series Creator Mitchell Kriegman Uses 'Shadowmation' Technology to Create Innovative New Preschool Series Focusing on Science and Geography," Dan Anderson (psychology) is credited as one of educational advisors for the program’s curriculum and content which seeks to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity.It identifies him as "a prominent psychologist...who has been involved in the development of numerous children’s television projects including Sesame Street, Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer among others."
Lowell Sentinel and Enterprise, 12/16/05: In "Troops finding support, despite war's unpopularity" by Rebecca Deusser, M.J. Peterson (political science) says, "During the (2004) election, I noticed bumper stickers that said: 'Support our troops, bring them home now,' and I was struck by this. At the peak of the brouhaha over Vietnam, the practice was to take it out on the troops ... but I felt there was some learning here that people have come to understand that the troops are not the decision-makers."
The New York Times, 12/15/05: In "See Baby Touch a Screen. but Does Baby Get It?" by Tamar Lewin, she refers to a research review by Dan Anderson (psychology) in which one group of 12- to 15-month-olds was given a live demonstration of how to use a puppet, while another group saw the demonstration on video. The children who saw the live demonstration could imitate the action - but the others had to see the video six times before they could imitate it. "As a society," Anderson says, "we are in the middle of a vast uncontrolled experiment on our infants and toddlers growing up in homes saturated with electronic media."
Press and Sun Bulletin, 1/8/06; USNews.com, 12/19/05; Norwich Bulletin, 11/28/05; Gannett News Service 11/21/05; Detroit News, 11/3/05; Sacarmento Bee, 10/31/05; Financial Times, 7/16/05, et al: Robert Feldman (psychology) is quoted in various articles about the pervasiveness of lying in daily life.
Wall Street Journal, 11/14/05; Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 11/16/05: In "How African-Americans are faring in corporate America" by Joi Preciphs, Kevin Stainback (sociology) says racial bias becomes more of a problem as people advance in their careers—partly because promotions tend to be based on more subjective criteria, rather than on the kind of rigid guidelines used for technical jobs. "Management positions are less likely to have rigid guidelines regarding necessary education and skills," Stainback said. "Access to management positions is probably more about 'who you know' compared to professional positions, and unfortunately, sex and race continue to be important status distinctions in private-sector workplaces."
Alumnus Uihlein Honored with PGA Distinguished Service Award
"Wally Uihlein's impact upon the business of golf over nearly three decades is a success story that has resulted in serving the needs of players of all abilities," says PGA President Roger Warren. Acushnet chairman and chief executive officer Wally Uihlein, long-time senior executive of one of the world's foremost sport equipment companies and a respected industry statesman, has received the 2005 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The award honors outstanding Americans who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
Uihlein, who attended UMass Amherst from 1973 to 1975 as a sociology major, joined Acushnet in 1976 as a regional sales representative in its Titleist Golf Division, working for a company that at the time reported $55 million in sales and an operating income of $5 million. Within a year, Uihlein became national sales manager. Named vice president of sales and distribution in 1982, he took over as chairman and chief executive officer in May 2000. In 2004, Acushnet earned $1.2 billion in sales, an operating income of $153.8 million and employed 4,500. Acushnet sales now reach Canada, South Africa, Asia and Europe. In addition to his leadership of the Acushnet Company, Uihlein also has contributed many professional and personal hours to junior golf, through his commitment and involvement with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) for more than 25 years. Uihlein and his wife, Tina Marlowe Uihlein, live in North Dartmouth, Mass.
Alumnus Fernandes to Run for State Rep Seat
Milford, Massachusetts, lawyer and alumnus John Fernandes ‘74 (political science) has announced that he is running for the State House seat held by longtime state Representative Marie Parente. ''I've been around local and state government for a long time, and I think I'm good at it," said Fernandes in a 1/26/06 Boston Globe article. The former Milford selectman and School Committee member, whose law practice focuses on real estate, personal injury, auto accidents, business organization, criminal defense, civil litigation, and elder law, had put off running several times because he didn't want to challenge the incumbent. But believing this time that she was going to retire, he decided it was time. ''I certainly have received an incredible amount of encouragement," Fernandes said. One issue he would highlight in his campaign would be the need to get the most services for every dollar in government spending. ''We need to continue to identify proper ways to apply state resources," he says. If both run, the primary is on September 19. The general election is November 7.
$100K Donner Grant Promotes Development of Peace Researchers and Practitioners
"Give Peace a Chance" is much more than a slogan in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst. In 2002 a $2.5 million anonymous gift and $500,000 in start-up funds created the Psychology of Peace and the Prevention of Violence Program. And now, a $100,000 grant from the William H. Donner Foundation will help assure that this unique doctoral program—the only one in the country—attains its academic, research and intervention objectives. Read more…
PERI Publishes Decent Work in America Report
The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) last fall released "Decent Work in America," a report that includes the first index ever to rank all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of their climates for workers. The report attracted widespread media coverage, including Reuters and Associated Press stories in newspapers around the country. Read more…
Family Research Scholars Chosen
Four faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have been named Family Research Scholars by the Center for Research on Families (CRF). Jill McCorkel, assistant professor of Sociology; Elizabeth Harvey, associate professor of Psychology; Leda Cooks, associate professor of Communication; and Julie Hemment, assistant professor of Anthropology, were chosen as scholars for the 2005-06 academic year. Read more…
SADRI Sponsors Local Community Research Group
The Local Community Research Group (LCRG) has operated out of SADRI for over a decade. LCRG offers agencies and nonprofits in the greater New England area the consulting and contractual research services of nationally established research staff. LCRG also provides graduate students in the Sociology an opportunity to gain experience in applied research.
Michael Lewis, director, is the author of numerous papers and has authored or edited seven books, including Poisoning the Ivy: The Seven Deadly Sins and Other Vices of Higher Education in America, The Culture of Inequality, and Urban America: Institutions and Experience. He has served as Associate Editor of the journal Sociological Inquiry since 1996. Research Services include Research Design, Project Evaluations, Statistical Methods, Grant Preparation, Demographic Studies, Surveys and Data Analysis.
A Word from SBS
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