News & Events
While attending a meeting for the Food and Agriculture Organization Intergovernmental Group (FAO-IGG) of the United Nations, Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, professor of geography, helped develop a report to help guide the FAO-IGG in assisting tea growers around the world adapt to climate change. Dr. Hayes-Bohanan co-wrote the paper at the meeting, held in Washington D.C., with Working Group on Climate Change, comprised of top tea researchers from Sri Lanka, India, and Kenya. Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, a coffee specialist, is currently working on a two-volume reference book, Geography of Coffee and Tea. Read more on his report and other projects on the professor’s blog: http://environmentalgeography.blogspot.com/2012/09/tea-time.html
Patricia J Serino, who is enrolled in the master's of social work program, recently presented her research poster, "Client-Centered Care Planning," at BSU’s Graduate Research Symposium, the Massachusetts Gerontology Association's annual meeting, and at the National Research on Child and Family Practice and Policy conference, also held at BSU, which Ms. Serino also helped plan and organize. At the Mass Gerontology Meeting (which was themed "The Invisible Faces of Ageism"), the Woburn resident earned for her work one of the event’s top prizes.
The Spanish language journal of international history, ISTOR, translated and published an article about the history of hockey by Professor Andrew Holman. Dr. Holman is a respected authority on the subject, as well as director of BSU's Canadian Studies Program, and his article, "Una bandera de tendones: el hockey sobre heilo y la historia de Canada," is featured in the journal's spring 2012 issue.
Dr. Jo-Ann Della Giustina, associate professor and graduate program coordinator of criminal justice, was invited to participate in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety's conference, "Rethinking Reentry: A Massachusetts Imperative." The goal of the conference was to create tailored, concrete strategies to suport successful reentry of returning citizens after incarceration. It was held in anticipation of Gov. Deval Patrick's statewide Reentry Task Force. Also, Dr. Della Giustina will present her paper, "Incarcerated workers in the Prison Industrial Complex: From convict leasing to modern-day prison labor," at the Justice Studies Association conference in Chicago. She is the national treasurer of the Justice Studies Association.
Dr. Joyce Rain Anderson, assistant professor of English, was the keynote speaker with Lee Farrrow of My Sister's Keeper, at the South Shore Parent Leadership Conference held in Brockton. The presentation was titled "Strengthening Families to Strengthen Communities," and was filed by Brockton cable TV. Dr. Anderson was also elected to a third term as board president of the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Additionally, she was one of the speakers at the Women's Community Leadership Development Summit at Stonehill College. In June, Dr. Anderson will present her paper, "Connecting People and Places: Native American Programming at Bridgewater," at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference at Mohegan Sun.
In recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, 14 political science juniors and seniors were inducted into the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha. Inductees were: Devin Armstrong, Virginia Buckley, Casey Crawford, Kelsey Davis, Joshua Derouen, Matthew Diomede, Kayla Haarvey, Brendan Joyce, Michael Landry, Alexandria LaRose, Ryan Roccko, Christopher Schweitzer, Natasha Silva and Eric Wallace. The BSU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha is one of 150 in the United States.
Melissa Arrighi, who earned her Master of Public Administration in 2001, has been appointed town manager in Plymouth, where she had previously served as assistant town manager. Ms. Arrighi also holds a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater and prior to working in Plymouth, she had bee assistant town manager in Orleans. MPA alumna Athena Mota, G'11, was honored by the New England Business Bulletin as one of the South Coast's "Top Young Professionals Under 40."
The latest publication of Dr. Yongjin Shin, assistant professor of communication studies, was featured in the Journal of Urban Technology. The article is titled "Community Informatics and the New Urbanism: Incorporating Information and Communication Technologies into Planning Integrated Urban Communities." Dr. Shin also presented his work on "Conceptualizing a Bourdieusian relational framework for urban politics research" at the annual convention of the Urban Affairs Association in Pittsburgh.
Brockton native Sharlene Paul, a psychology major with a minor in social welfare, is the inaugural recipient of the Adam London Memorial Scholarship. Established by Dr. Howard London, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and his colleagues, the scholarship is in memory of his son, Adam, who died August 2010 in a single-car accident at age 17. Sharlene will earn her degree over the summer and aspires to attend gradute school and enter the mental health field to help adult populations, the elderly and people with disabilities. In a thank-you letter to Dr. London, she wrote, "I thank you very much for creating this scholarship. Not only does it help others, but it inspires people like me to keep striving for greatness."
The Forensic Team took third place at the Northeast Regional Championships at Suffolk University, with member Taylor Pettiford qualifying for Nationals in Prose Interpretation and Informative Speaking. Team members are Andrew Zbyszewski, Alexandria LaRose, Emma Hao, Matt Bates, Shannon Lynch, Hillary Howarth, Justin Perry and Mr. Pettiford. Professor Susan Miskelly is the team's adviser.