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Achievements, accolades, and other items of note from the Clark University community.

May 25, 2023

Clark, Worcester State participants earn diversity and inclusion certificates 

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program graduates

Thirty-five Clark and Worcester State University staff, students, faculty, and alumni graduated from the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program this May. Launched in 2014, the program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the President’s Office.

The professional development opportunity allows participants to engage in authentic, critical dialogue and in-depth examination of diversity, difference, power, and privilege, with the goal of gaining knowledge and still to work more effectively in an intercultural, diverse environment.

This year’s Clark graduates included Ashley Caruso, Vishwa Chhatbar, Stefanie Covino, Chris Davey, Amy Daly Gardner, Amanda Desai, Amanda Edson, Dorothy Erickson, Pam Fenn, Sarah Gould, Logan Hennessy, Jessie Darrell Jarbadan, Matt Johnston, Lauren Kendzierski, Meredith King, Hilary Laraba, Shadi Maleki, Lydia Mann, Susannah Marcucci, Sarah McMaster, Thomas Morgan, Paul Phillips, Sarah SanGiovanni, Ariana Sarmiento Fielding, Suzanne Scoggins, Sribhagyam Srinivasan, Kerri Stearns, and Rose Wine.

Worcester State graduates included Elena Arranz Alonso, Mark Beaudry, Sonela Demirazi, Sue Foo, Josh Katz, Sarah Potrikus, and Sarah Valois.

Learn more about the program.

May 11, 2023

Justin Shaw publishes chapter in Arden Shakespeare book

English Professor Justin Shaw recently contributed a chapter, “‘The Blank of What He Was’: Dryden, Newton, and the Discipline of Shakespeare’s White People,” to an anthology of essays published under The Arden Shakespeare imprint.

According to the publisher, “White People in Shakespeare: Essays on Race, Culture and the Elite” (Bloomsbury, 2023) examines what part Shakespeare played in the construction of a “white people” and how his work has been enlisted to define and bolster a white cultural and racial identity.

April 27, 2023

Manson named artistic consultant for MidAmerica Productions

MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International are pleased to announce the appointment of Cailin Marcel Manson as their new artistic consultant for the 41st season at Carnegie Hall and the international concert residencies abroad in 2023 and 2024.

In his new role, Manson will bring his wealth of experience and creativity to consult and bring new ideas and repertoire suggestions for the upcoming MidAmerica Productions season at Carnegie Hall and the MidAm International residencies in 2024.

“I am both inspired and driven by what MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International have done over the last 40 years,” Manson said. “I am compelled to be a continuing and consistent part of that: crafting and curating those life-changing musical experiences into a season and stewarding the excellence of MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International into its future.”

Along with his roles as director of the music program, director of music performance, and associate professor of practice at Clark, Manson is music director of The Keene Chorale, music director of Barn Opera, and artistic director of the New England Repertory Orchestra. Recently, with MidAmerica Productions, Manson led the New England Symphonic Ensemble and selected choirs — including the Clark University Choir — and soloists Soprano Eilana Lappalainen, Mezzo-Soprano Margaret Lattimore, Tenor Abraham Bretón, and Bass Daniel Sumegi in Verdi’s Requiem at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out house on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

In addition to consulting, Manson is scheduled to appear in the MidAmerica Productions 2024 season at Carnegie Hall, as well as on the MidAm International Concert Residency in Paris in 2024, where he will conduct Faure’s Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique Bel’Arte de Paris.

Cailin Marcel Manson studied voice performance at Temple University, and opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Clark seniors named to Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most esteemed academic honor society in the United States. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The society embraces freedom of inquiry, and liberty of thought and expression.

The Lambda of Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Clark University in 1953. Every spring, a select group of seniors who exemplify excellence in the arts and sciences, great character, and high potential are invited to join the chapter. Selection is made on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated breadth and depth of studies in the liberal arts, intellectual curiosity and integrity, and tolerance for diverse views.

Members of the Phi Beta Kappa Class of 2023 are:

Hattie Carolan Jill Cass MacKenzie Johnson Meghan Hines Sarah Miller
Holly Gilson Kelsey Heyel Maggie Herlihy Mischka Altucher Savannah Croft-Levin
Isabel Kelly Kira Houston Mahdi Boulila Natalya Loughrin Sindi Tane
Isabelle Raskin Kristina Deverdzic Maisie Kramer Noah Rowan Sophie Alienello
Jack McPadden Liam Swiggard Matt Lee Raquel Jorge Fernandes Talia Harlow
Jenna Hendrickx Lilah Feitner Max Macort Rose Delogu Tatiana Schmid
Jessie Garbeil Lily Palmer Megan Freitag Sara Wheeler

April 13, 2023

Tricker earns Mellon Foundation Fellowship; selected to First Book Institute

In March, Professor Spencer Tricker was awarded a short-term Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship to conduct research at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. He will complete the fellowship this summer, examining the papers of American author Jack London; this research will be incorporated into Tricker’s book project.

Tricker has also been selected as one of eight participants for the First Book Institute, a selective workshop focused on helping emerging scholars publish their first book with a premier academic press. His book project is titled “Imminent Communities: Liberal Cosmopolitanism and Empire in Transpacific Literature.” The First Book Institute, held in early June, is hosted by Penn State University’s Center for American Literary Studies.

In July, Tricker will present a keynote lecture at a conference on pioneering Asian Canadian author Winnifred Eaton (a.k.a. Onoto Watanna). Held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the conference is titled “Onoto Watanna’s Cattle at 100: Indomitable Women in the West During Chinese Exclusion.”

Goldberg named NCFR Prestigious Fellow

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has conferred its prestigious fellow status on Abbie E. Goldberg, Ph.D., the Jan and Larry Landry University Professor at Clark.

At NCFR, she has made significant and sustained contributions, most notably as the chair of the Feminism and Family Science Section, as well as serving across a number of search committees, and review boards. In recognition of her achievements, she has received two of NCFR’s Jessie Bernard Awards for Feminist Scholarship.

NCFR Fellows are nominated by their peers and are selected by the NCFR Fellows Committee. Dr. Goldberg will be recognized as a new fellow at the 2023 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 8-11 in Orlando, Florida, where she will also be a featured plenary presenter.

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March 30, 2023

Semerdjian named Kaloosdian Mugar Professor

Elyse Semerdjian has been appointed the Stephen and Marian Mugar and Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian ’52 Chair in Modern Armenian History and Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Semerdjian, a professor of Islamic World/Middle Eastern History and Chair of the History Department at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, teaches a broad range of courses on gender, sexuality, social history, culture, and politics of the Middle East. A specialist in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Syria, she has published on gender, law, violence, and Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

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March 16, 2023

Professor Yazdanparast earns award from Journal of Consumer Behaviour

Dr. Atefeh Yazdanparast, associate professor of marketing, was recently named a Reviewer of the Year for the A-ranked Journal of Consumer Behavior. To earn this award, reviewers must be nominated by a member of the editorial team; those nominations were then evaluated by the editors in terms of both quantity of reviews and quality of reviews as rated by the associate editors.

February 23, 2023

RWU Law School names Clark alum as chair of Board of Directors

Judge Brian P. Stern, associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court and a member of the Clark University Class of 1988, has been elected chairperson of the Roger Williams University School of Law Board of Directors.

“RWU Law plays an active and vital role in our legal community,” Stern said. “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Board and to support the university’s students, faculty, as well as  law school’s mission overall.”

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Cynthia Caron joins Land Portal Board of Directors

Cynthia Caron, associate professor of international development and social change in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Land Portal Foundation for a three-year term.

“I most look forward to becoming part of a community of practice and working with and learning from others who have a strong commitment to the large range of issues we confront in the land sector,” Caron said. “In working with others, I hope to find ways to strengthen the vital services provided by, enhance the role of, and contribute to the sustainability of the Land Portal Foundation. Personally, I hope to work with new Land Portal partners and potentially colleges and universities.

“There is tremendous potential for the Land Portal with respect to agenda setting and thought leadership when it comes to how land is situated in international development.”

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February 9, 2023

Atefeh Yazdanparast named associate editor of consumer behavior journal

Atefeh Yazdanparast, associate professor of marketing in the School of Management, has been named associate editor of the Journal of Consumer Behaviour.

Yazdanparast’s research interests include the social psychology of consumer decision-making; digital technology and decision-making; and sensory marketing. At Clark, she teaches courses in digital marketing analytics, marketing research, consumer behavior, and marketing strategy.

The Journal of Consumer Behaviour, established in 2001, is a bimonthly peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the study of how different factors impact how individuals purchase, use, and dispose of goods and services.

Clark alum’s thesis recognized by Massachusetts Governor’s Council

During the Jan. 25, 2023 meeting of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council, Councillor Paul DePalo recognized Michael Mischley ’22, MPA ’23, who was in attendance. DePalo noted that Mischley wrote his capstone thesis on the Council, and had come to observe the meeting.

Governor Maura Healey commended Mischley for his work and thanked him for engaging with government.

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Alum named to Office of United States Trade Representative

Kenneth Schagrin ’84 has been named Assistant United States Trade Representative for Services & Investment in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

In this capacity, he is responsible for implementing innovative U.S. trade policy regarding services, digital trade, and investment initiatives. His responsibilities also include facilitating bilateral investment treaties and relevant policy in the World Trade Organization, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the G20, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations.

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January 26, 2023

Clarkies hold Day of Service

Members of the Clark community participated in a Day of Service on Jan. 19 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteers visited Pernet Family Health Service to paint, organize, and clear out library and study space as part of a project organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteering.

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January 12, 2023

Clarkies named ‘Women to Watch’ in Worcester

Worcester Magazine named five Clarkies to its “Worcester Women to Watch in 2023” list, which highlights 20 women who are making an impact on the city.

Congratulations to:

  • Robyn Kennedy, MPA ’21; state senator for the 1st Worcester District
  • Andrea Munar, MAT ’15; principal of the Nativity School of Worcester
  • Domenica Perrone MBA/CDP ’20; director of Clark’s Office of Community Engagement and Volunteering
  • Clare Robbins, MPA ’23; assistant city clerk for the City of Worcester
  • Jeanette Tozer, M.A./CDP ’13; affordable housing trust fund manager for the City of Worcester

Blackstone Watershed Collaborative contributes to Massachusetts Climate Change Assessment

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs has released the first statewide assessment detailing how Massachusetts people, environments, and infrastructure may be affected by climate change and related hazards through the end of the century.

The Massachusetts Climate Change Assessment evaluates 37 climate impacts across five sectors — human, infrastructure, natural environment, governance, and economy — and seven regions of the Commonwealth, and will directly inform the first five-year update to the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan, expected to be released this fall.

The Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, housed at Clark University’s George Perkins Marsh Institute, served as a reviewer and contributor of the assessment. Stefanie Covino, M.S./ES&P ’15, director of the Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, celebrated the report’s release.

“This is big news in the state environmental world,” Covino said, “as it provides the most up-to-date analysis of how the state is affected by climate change hazards, with a focus on impacts to our most vulnerable residents.”

December 21, 2022

Sangermano named a Kavli Fellow

Geography professor Florencia Sangermano has been named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and recently participated in an Israeli-American Symposia held with the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities.

Sangermano is one of 185 Kavli Fellows chosen from across the country. She specializes in conservation biology, GIS, remote sensing, and landscape ecology. Her research interests lie in the application of geospatial analysis and satellite remote sensing to evaluate changes in the earth system, and to assess their effect on ecosystems and biodiversity.

Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines. Annual symposia are held for young scientists in the U.S., and bilateral symposia have included young researchers in the U.K., Germany, France, Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Israel, and South Korea.

First-year students find Common ground in dystopian graphic novel

Graphic novel writer Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings recently challenged Clark students to think about the future’s challenges through storytelling.

The two adapted Octavia Butler’s 1993 dystopian science fiction novel “Parable of the Sower” into a modern graphic novel, which is the focus of this year’s Common Academic Experience, a program created to acquaint new students with Clark academics by focusing on a single text or film.  This year’s Common Academic Experience culminated on Nov. 3, when Professor Betsy Huang and Professor Spencer Tricker co-moderated a discussion with Duffy and Jennings, who participated virtually.

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December 8, 2022

Niu, Tricker named North Star Collective Fellows

Shuo Niu, professor of computer science, and Spencer Tricker, professor of English, have been named fellows of the New England Board of Higher Education’s North Star Collective program for BIPOC early career faculty.  

Previous North Star Collective Faculty Fellows were professors Justin Shaw (English) and Asha Best (Geography). 

The North Star Collective, of which Clark University is a founding member, is a part of NEBHE’s broader reparative justice initiative, which is committed to restoring, nourishing, and uplifting BIPOC faculty in the region as well as supporting leaders as they transform institutions around racial equity.

Goldberg is keynote speaker at family mediation conference

Professor Abbie Goldberg delivered the keynote address at the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation’s 21st annual Family Mediation Institute, held virtually on Dec. 1 and 2.

Goldberg’s lecture, “Divorce Involving LGBTQ Parents and Parents of Trans Children: Research and Consideration for Mediators,” addressed same-sex marriage, drawing on her 17-year longitudinal study of lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parent families; divorce and parenting time where one partner identifies as trans; and divorce and parenting time when a child is trans. She also provided guidance for mediators seeking to support clients in such cases.

November 22, 2022

‘COVID Posse’ research published in PLOS Global Public Health

A study conducted by biology professors Nathan Ahlgren and Philip Bergmann and sociology professor Rosalie Torres Stone about the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized groups has been published in PLOS Global Public Health.

For “County-level societal predictors of COVID-19 cases and deaths changed through time in the United States: A longitudinal ecological study,” the professors mined information from vast amounts of publicly available data to explore the progress of the pandemic over time and how it has affected different demographic groups. The Clark researchers determined that relationships between racial/ethnic, demographic, health, and socio-economic factors and COVID-19 case and death rates changed over time in the U.S.

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November 10, 2022

Faculty honored for achievements as teachers, advisers, and scholars

Clark University faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding work as teachers, advisers, and researchers. The annual awards were presented during an Oct. 19 ceremony at Harrington House.

“Exceptional work is taking place across the University in our classrooms, labs, offices, and departments,” Provost Sebastián Royo said in a message to the community, “and it is essential that we pause to acknowledge and celebrate it.”

“All of the nominees were incredibly worthy, and their amazing achievements should be celebrated as well,” he added.

The ceremony also honored faculty members who received promotions during the 2021–22 academic year.

Read more and view the complete list of honorees »

Clarkies explore link between psychology and business success

Three Clark alums returned to campus to share how an educational background in psychology has helped them manage teams in a wide range of industries and areas, from public health and pharmaceuticals development to fashion retail to corporate-level management and human resources. They joined the Career Connections Center and the School of Management on an Oct. 19 panel that was part of the CCC’s Business, Marketing, Finance, and Consulting Career Exploration Week.

The participating alumni included Zach Walsh ’16, MBA ’17, human resources manager at NIC+ZOE; Sehar Mahmood ’08, senior manager, solutions squad lead, and project manager at Pfizer; and Jacklyn Mellen ’04, executive development/learning and development manager/marketing at The TJX Companies.

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October 27, 2022

Williams to deliver keynote at symposium on climate resilience in Central Appalachian Forests

Professor Christopher A. Williams, director of environmental sciences at Clark, will deliver a keynote address, at the Natural Areas Association’s virtual symposium, “Nature’s Front Line: The Role of Natural Areas in Climate Resilience in Central Appalachian Forests,” on Oct. 28.

Williams’ presentation, “Conservation of Forest Carbon as Climate Protection: Assessing Opportunities and Limitations,” will address what we know about baseline carbon uptake in forests of the U.S., provide insights into the underlying science, and spotlight some tools available for practitioners.  In addition, Williams will discuss the value of forest conservation for climate protection, and what can be claimed as a nature-based climate solution.

Bhachu presents at Royal Society

Parminder Bhachu, professor of sociology, recently spoke at a dinner of the Fellows of the Royal Society in London. In attendance were scientists and physicists who worked on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment that discovered the Higgs boson, sometimes referred to as “the God particle.”

Bhachu was seated with Sir Tejinder Virdee, best known for originating the concept and overseeing the construction of the CMS experiment, about whom she wrote in her book “Movers and Makers.”

October 13, 2022

Huang authors essay for new collection on American horror 

English Professor Betsy Huang has contributed a chapter to The Cambridge Companion to American Horror. Her essay, “SF and the Weird,” examines the way two related genres, science fiction (SF) and the weird, deploy horror to critique the sources and expressions of “American horror” – namely, the dark side of American exceptionalism and the social and environmental consequences of its imperialist projects. Taking horror seriously, the book surveys America’s bloody and haunted history through its most terrifying cultural expressions.

The collection of essays opens up the body of American Horror — through literature, film, TV, music, video games, and a host of other mediums — and gathers the leading scholars in the field to dissect the gruesome histories and shocking forms of American life.

Through a series of accessible and informed essays, moving from the seventeenth century to the present day, explores one of the liveliest and most progressive areas of contemporary culture. From slavery to censorship, from occult forces to monstrous beings, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in America’s most terrifying cultural expressions.

September 29, 2022

BCMB student earns top honor at Protein Society event

Emma Kane, a doctoral candidate in the biochemistry and molecular biology program, won the poster contest at the Protein Society 36th Annual Symposium recently held in San Francisco.

Kane, who works in Professor Donald Spratt’s lab, presented the collaboration between Aaron Muth’s lab at St. John’s University and Spratt’s lab in which they are optimizing the therapeutic targeting of a protein called gankyrin to address its overexpression in various cancers.

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September 15, 2022

BCMB students meet 2021 Nobel Prize winner

Doctoral student Ariane Borges and Kim Nguyen ’22, who both work in Professor Arundhati Nag’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, recently attended the LEADS Conference in Washington, D.C., where they met David MacMillan, the 2021 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and other Nobel laureates.

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September 1, 2022

Professor Mark Turnbull honored by American Chemical Society

Chemistry Professor Mark Turnbull has been named at 2022 Fellow of the American Chemical Society. This designation is awarded to ACS members who have made exceptional contributions to the science and profession and have provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

August 18, 2022

APA–Clark Workshop returns to campus

For the first time in three years, Clark welcomed psychology teachers from across the country to campus for the American Psychological Association–Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers. During the conference, 25 educators heard from master teachers, enhanced their teaching skills, learned about groundbreaking research by Clark faculty, and networked with their peers.

This year’s presenters included Clark Psychology Professors Alena Esposito and Andrew Stewart; Jeanne Turner of Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa; and Michael Sandler of Arlington High School, Arlington, Massachusetts. Onarae Rice, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Furman University, delivered the keynote address.

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August 4, 2022

Juan Pablo Rivera honored for recent publications

Spanish Professor Juan Pablo Rivera has received honorable mention from the International Latino Book Awards for two books published in Spain last year: “La hermosa carne: El cuerpo en la poesía puertorriqueña actual,” a collection of essays, and “En Invierno la Batalla,” a book of poetry.

The international Latino Book Awards honor authors, translators, and illustrators for their books written either in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Clark alumna named distinguished scholar at premier research university in Canada

Jacqueline Sullivan ’95 has been named the 2022 Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar at Western University in London, Ontario. An associate professor of philosophy, she is a philosopher of science with training in history and philosophy of science and neuroscience. A primary aim of her current research is to understand the processes by which cognitive neuroscientists seek to establish facts about the neural underpinnings of human cognition and behavior using rodent models of health and disease. She is the principal investigator on “The Philosophy of Neuroscience in Practice,” funded by an Insight Grant from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and is currently working on a book and series of articles based on this project.

After graduating from Clark, Sullivan earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

July 21, 2022

Busson-Hall hosts podcast on finding the ‘silver lining’

Clark University Trustee Ingrid Busson-Hall ’96 has launched “This Is My Silver Lining,” a podcast that shines a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Her co-host is Kathleen Merrigan. In each episode, guests share their stories of resilience, courage, optimism, and gratitude.

You can listen to episodes on the “This Is My Silver Lining” website or find them wherever you get your podcasts.

Florencia Sangermano named a TRELIS fellow

Florencia Sangermano, assistant professor of geography, has been named a Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences (TRELIS) Fellow. The TRELIS Program, funded through the National Science Foundation, is designed to provide professional development for academic women in the geospatial sciences.

Sangermano was one of almost 50 applicants for the fellowship, which is a program of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science.

July 7, 2022

DiIorio’s new play to be performed in September 

Theatre Arts Director Gino DiIorio’s new play “Scab” will be produced by Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union, N.J., from September 8 to 25.

“Scab” tells the story of Gilda, a middle-aged woman, who has to train Eduardo, a young Mexican man, how to be a shop foreman when her factory plant moves to Mexico. Over the course of a week, they discover that their assumptions regarding personal expectations and cultural differences are not always correct.

Visit the Premiere Stages website for more information.

Cynthia Enloe appointed visiting professor at the University of Cambridge

Professor Cynthia Enloe has been appointed the Diane Middleton and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge for the university’s Michaelmas Term, mid-October through early December.

The appointment involves giving a public lecture at Cambridge, and also supports Enloe’s current research, which is a book project — “Twelve Feminist Lessons of War” — inspired in part by her efforts to make feminist sense of the Ukraine war.

Mira Ormsby named assistant director of Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

Mira Ormsby has joined the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) as assistant director.

She first joined Clark in 2016 as the grants coordinator and clinical program assistant in the Department of Psychology. She also has experience as a consultant working with various federal agencies (Energy and Defense departments, and NASA) to redesign their business processes, and has conducted policy implementations and inspections for FEMA-funded projects.

In this new role as assistant director, Ormsby will be assisting OSPR Director Lisa Gaudette in federal grant and contract review and submission, grant database management and reporting, and federal grants prospecting.

Professor Jing Zhang voted president-elect of Digital Government Society

Professor Jing Zhang, associate dean of the School of Management, was elected president-elect of the Digital Government Society this spring. She will remain in this role for the 2022–23 year, and then serve two years as president.

The Digital Government Society serves the interests of a community of scholars and managers interested in the development and impacts of digital government. Its mission is to “foster the use of information and technology to support and improve public policies and government operations, engage citizens, and provide comprehensive and timely government services.” The group includes members from all industry sectors.

Hamid Dolatsara facilitates first NFT for sale by Clark students

Professor Hamid Ahady Dolatsara of the School of Management has facilitated the first non-fungible token (NFT) put up for sale by Clark University students. As part of his 2022 summer Blockchain and Cryptocurrency course, Dolatsara taught students how to create and sell NFTs. They were tasked with creating a simple — but interesting and unique — NFT submission. Dolatsara then selected the first one to sell, which was partially created by Python codes.

Dolatsara works to provide hands-on experiences for students that focus on the design and development of blockchain through programming, which can then be applied to business applications. He also teaches topics such as hash functions, cryptocurrency, transactions, marketing, and trading.

View Clark’s first NFT submission »

June 23, 2022

Betsy Huang reappointed as Dean of the College

Provost Sebastián Royo recently announced that Betsy Huang has been reappointed as associate provost and dean of the college. Her second three-year term began on June 1, following a review coordinated by the Undergraduate Academic Board, with input from faculty, administration, and staff.

“Dean Huang’s accomplishments in her first term are impressive,” Royo said. “She has achieved this while continuing to foster her own academic and research passions. As dean of the college, Betsy is a model of empathetic leadership and support for students and faculty, serving Clark with deep care and abiding professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with her in this capacity.”

Clark to host 2025 Economic Geography conference

Clark University has been selected to host the 7th Global Conference on Economic Geography, organizers announced at the close of the 2022 conference in Dublin this month.

The Graduate School of Geography at Clark is one of the only geography programs in North America to publish an international, peer-reviewed journal, Economic Geography, which was established in 1925 by then-president Wallace Atwood and is currently edited by Professor Jim Murphy. Economic Geography ranked No. 2 among geography and economic journals in the 2020 ISI Social Sciences Citation Index, which ranks the prestige of peer-reviewed journals globally.

Clark alum awarded a  Princeton in Africa fellowship

Heran Abiy ’21, M.A. ’22, has been awarded a 2022–23 Princeton in Africa fellowship with the Kucetekela Foundation in Lusaka, Zambia.

Abiy majored in sociology as an undergraduate, with a minor in global environmental studies and a concentration in comparative race and ethnic studies. She earned her master’s degree in community development and planning through Clark’s Accelerated Degree Program.

Abiy is one of 27 Princeton Fellows working with 17 organizations in 13 African countries. Princeton in Africa is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with Princeton University. Our mission is to develop future leaders dedicated to African affairs and create a network of alumni that are connected to the continent personally and professionally. 


June 8, 2022

Clark selected to participate in AAC&U’s Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute

Clark University is among 54 institutions selected by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to attend the 2022 Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute, Aug. 11 through Dec. 16. Co-directed by AAC&U and IBM, this virtual institute will focus on supporting campus efforts to strengthen connections between college learning and workforce preparation and to develop productive campus-industry partnerships.

School of Professional Studies announces student and faculty awards 

School of Professional Studies students and faculty were honored for their accomplishments at a May 20 awards ceremony held at the AC Hotel in Worcester.

“It is fitting that the School of Professional Studies recognizes and celebrates faculty and students together since the school is distinguished by deep and ongoing collaborations between teachers and learners,” said John G. Labrie, dean of the SPS and associate provost for professional education.

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New trustees bring investment, business expertise to the board

Clark University has announced the addition of Donella Brockington ’73 and Arlene Morris ’92 to its Board of Trustees.

Lee Plave ’80 has also been reappointed to the Board.

Chair-elect Gary D. Labovich ’81 notes that in addition to their deep commitment to Clark, Brockington and Morris bring with them valuable business and governmental experience that will help inform the Board’s decision-making.

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