Achievements, accolades, and other items of note from the Clark University community.
Agreement with Seven Hills Foundation increases student internship opportunities
Clark University is partnering with the Seven Hills Foundation and its six affiliate sites for student internship opportunities, which will be open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Internships may be based in a number of areas, including clinical, educational, community, technology, business, finance, and human resources. Most opportunities are unpaid, but funding may be available through the Career Connections Center. In addition, students will be eligible to get credit through the Academic Internship Program.
Seven Hills is the premier provider of comprehensive supports for people with significant life challenges.
Goldberg presents family relations conference keynote
While the conference was held in Florida, Goldberg chose to present at a satellite location at the University of Illinois as her talk, “The Effects of Anti-LGBTQ Legislation on Families,” focused especially on Florida. “I am beyond grateful to the anonymous donor whose generosity facilitated the creation of a satellite where people who did not feel safe in, or did not want to travel to, Florida could gather,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
Also at the conference, Goldberg was formally inducted as a National Council on Family Relations Fellow.
DiIorio’s new play has staged reading at New Jersey Rep
Theatre Arts Professor Gino DiIorio’s new play, “Seeds of Doubt,” was read as part of the New Jersey Repertory Company’s Monday Night Salon Readings series.
The play tells the story of two women: Julie, a former activist who is now a research scientist, and her daughter, Simone, who is disillusioned with the complacency of her mother’s generation.
Graduate School recognizes outstanding teaching assistants
The Clark University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences recently presented its annual teaching awards. Two graduate teaching assistants were honored for their commitment to Clark students and faculty.
Arman Bajracharya, a doctoral student in geography, “always and consistently goes, and has gone, above and beyond,” according to Professor James Murphy, director of the Graduate School of Geography.
In nominating Bajracharya for the award, Murphy wrote, “Arman rises to such a level of excellence with regard to their curricular and pedagogical contributions, at such an early stage of their career. As Arman advances toward the completion of his Ph.D. studies, he will be sorely missed as a crucial pillar of support for lower and upper-level classes in the Graduate School of Geography.”
Prasanth Prakash Prabhu, a doctoral student in biology, was nominated for the award by Professor Deborah Robertson, chair of the Department of Biology, and Mandy Gaudreau, introductory biology laboratory coordinator. “Not only is Prasanth an excellent teacher, but he is also an excellent team member,” they wrote. “He regularly helps to create lab activities and materials, assists other introductory Biology teaching assistants and professors, and always with a smile on his face.”
In addition, Robertson and Gaudreau praised Prabhu for upholding universal design learning in his lab by “differentiating his approach to delivering both instructions and biological concepts, and always seeking new ways to help students understand complicated material.”
Covino recognized for work with Blackstone Watershed Collaborative
Stefanie Covino, program of the Blackstone Watershed Collaborative at Clark’s George Perkins Marsh Institute, has been named a 2023 River Advocate by the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. Covino was recognized for her“energy and skill in building a broad and inclusive network to care for the Blackstone River.”
“This is exactly the kind of work I strive for,” Covino wrote on Instagram. “I’m honored to receive [this award] and continue to work with the amazing partners that make this watershed collaborative possible.”
Clark alumna named an outstanding woman in business, describes overcoming old-boys network
The Worcester Business Journal has named Claudia Russo ’82 to its 2023 list of Outstanding Women in Business.
Russo started in a job in office furniture sales on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, with an annual salary of $12,000. “Back then, they didn’t let women in sales,” she said. “They let you in retail, but they weren’t going to let you be in the commissioned, high-paying jobs.” She started her own business, Workplace Resource Ltd., in 2000.
Hayley Haywood ’09, assistant provost for organizational learning, was a member of the Outstanding Women in Business judging panel.
Power-Greene contributes chapter to book on fascism in the U.S.
History Professor Ousmane Power-Greene has written a chapter in a recently published book, “Fascism in America: Past and Present,” which was published in September by the Cambridge University Press.
Power-Greene’s chapter, “‘No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA’ — African American Activists Fight Fascism, 1960–1980s,” explores the contours of Black antiracism and antifascist activism from the 1960s to the 1980s, from struggles against white supremacist collusion with the FBI and local police to assassinate black activists to the fight against state policies, such as forced sterilization of poor Black and Latina women, or the “ghettoization” of Black people in the 1970s.
Alumna receives prestigious Heinz Award for the Economy
Clark University alumna Leah Penniman ’02, M.A. ’03, has received a 2023 Heinz Award in honor of her commitment to training the next generation of Black and Brown farmers and increasing the number of farms owned and operated by people of color.
Established to honor the memory of U.S. Senator John Heinz and to celebrate the vision and the spirit that produce achievements of lasting good, the Heinz Awards recognize individuals making contributions to the Arts, the Economy and the Environment. There are six recipients annually, with two recipients in each of the three categories.
Clark magazine profiled Penniman in 2016. Read “Soul Proprietors: Alumni farmers plant seeds of social justice” »
Women’s soccer team awarded United Soccer Coaches Academic Award
The Clark University women’s soccer team has a College Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches in recognition of their effort in the classroom from the 2022–23 academic year.
United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievements of teams whose student-athletes collectively demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their studies over the course of a full academic year.
Computer science student presents research at international human-computer interaction conference
Jonah Scudere-Weiss ’24 and Computer Science Professor John Magee recently attended the 2023 Human-Computer Interaction International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Scudere-Weiss presented “Parsing Pointer Movements in a Target Unaware Environment.”
Scudere-Weiss was the lead author of the paper, which focuses on analyzing the movements of the mouse pointer for valuable insights into a computer user’s mental status in digital environments. Co-authors included Magee and Abigail Wilson ’24 from Clark, as well as Will Lee and Danielle Allessio from UMass–Amherst. The research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Bolduc addresses annual conference on student employment
Julie Bolduc, director of the Office of Student Employment, presented “Strengthening the Student Experience through On-Campus Employment” at the 2023 conference of the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) in July.
NEASEA is a nonprofit organization that supports student employment through the exchange of ideas, professional development, and the promotion of student employment administrators and their programs.
In her talk, Bolduc discussed the need for inclusive hiring practices and the importance of training supervisors to ensure that all students have a level playing field when seeking on-campus jobs. She also provided a framework for successful student worker onboarding, and stressed the need to foster a culture of feedback that goes both ways.
“I am extremely proud of the work we do at Clark to build an intentional, skill-building experience for students,” Bolduc said. “We are trying to build a more intentional onboarding experience for students that will help both students and supervisors to build stronger working relationships. I was honored to share our work with the NEASEA conference.”
Butler appointed to Swedish working group on peace and dialogue
Political Science Professor Michael Butler has been appointed by the Folke Bernadotte Academy to a four-year term on the new International Working Group on Dialogue, Peace Mediation and Peace Processes.
The FBA, the Swedish government’s agency for peace, security, and development, offers scholars a unique platform for scientific exchange. International research working groups constitute an informed circle of recognized academic experts conducting empirical research on FBA’s areas of focus, with opportunities for collaboration, consulting, grant funding, and policy-relevant research.
Butler’s expertise — on topics including negotiation and mediation, intervention, and post-conflict reconciliation — “will allow me to contribute to the FBA’s development and implementation of best practices on mediation and dialogue, as well as peace processes around the world,” he said.
Butler has also been invited to submit an abstract for consideration for FBA Research Day 2023, which will take place on September 28 in Stockholm. This event marks the inauguration of the FBA International Research Working Groups 2023-2027.
Morgan Acosta recognized as one of Salem State’s ‘40 Under 40’
Salem State University recently celebrated dozens of alumni who have made significant contributions to their profession, community, and/or Salem State University, and one of the “40 Under 40” honorees was Danielle Morgan Acosta ’05, MAT ’06, associate dean for student success–student engagement at Clark, who earned a Master of Education from Salem State in 2009.
“I’m grateful to be recognized for this honor,” Morgan Acosta said. “My experiences at Salem State as a student and young professional gave me a strong foundation and instilled in me a passion for students, mentorship, and service, which I bring with me every day to my work at Clark.”
Tyler Simms to coach at NCAA College Basketball Academy
Clark University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tyler Simms has been selected as a coach for the 2023 NCAA College Basketball Academy being held in Memphis, Tennessee, later this month.
Academy coaching staffs will be composed of Divisions II and III, NAIA, and junior college men’s and women’s college basketball coaches and high school coaches. Coaches for the men’s academy were selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in coordination with the NCAA. On the women’s side, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association facilitated the process for member coaches to apply to work at the academy.
The College Basketball Academy is the only event NCAA Division I coaches are permitted to attend for evaluation purposes during this period.
The academies will let prospective student-athletes participate in a sample of the college basketball experience. These developmental summer academies pair high-level basketball competition with life skills instruction.
In addition to playing in games, participants and their parents or chaperones will attend life skills courses about NCAA eligibility and compliance; the recruiting process; name, image, and likeness opportunities; agents; the Transfer Portal; and the pathway to professional basketball opportunities.
Spellane named interim regional director of Small Business Development Center
Clark University has announced the appointment of Robert P. Spellane as the Interim Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clark University. In this role, he will lead the center’s initiatives to guide and support aspiring and existing small business owners while contributing to the region’s broader business ecosystem.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with a talented team of advisors across Central Massachusetts and am energized by our entrepreneurs and their dreams,” Spellane said.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network comprises six regional offices located strategically throughout Massachusetts. SBDC business advisors foster the start, growth, and sustainability of small businesses by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training, and capital access and connecting clients to the community, including chambers of commerce, community development corporations, and economic development organizations.
Perrone named 2023 Commonwealth Heroine
Domenica Perrone, director of Community Engagement and Volunteering at Clark, was named a Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Commonwealth Heroine awards.
Each year the Commission partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and their communities. Each legislator is encouraged to submit one woman from their constituency as a means of recognizing their invaluable efforts and extraordinary acts of service, who are making a big difference in their communities but not necessarily making the news.
Perrone was nominated by Massachusetts Sen. Robyn Kennedy, MPA ’21.
Perrone and the Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2023 was celebrated on Friday, June 23, in the Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House.
Luxembourg Program students showcased in German publication
Seven students participating in the May Term in Luxembourg through the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Luxembourg Program spent time in St. Vith, Belgium, and their visit was highlighted in the Grenz-Echo, a German language daily newspaper published in Eupen, Belgium.
The students are enrolled in Exploring Identities Across Borders: From Tourism to Ethnography — Unlearning American Exceptionalism, a course taught by Luxembourg Program Director and Psychology Professor Michael Bamberg. During their visit to St. Vith, they visited the city’s history museum as well as the Royal Athenäum. The Clark students had the opportunity to meet with students of the Royal Athenäum as well as seven partner high schools, and joined the Belgian students in their afternoon classes.
Bamberg told the Grenz-Echo that the visit to St. Vith was a success and that the Clark students started to think of themselves as ethnographers instead of tourists, which is the first learning objective of this four-week visit to the Belgian, German, and Luxembourg border regions.
Clark, Worcester State participants earn diversity and inclusion certificates
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Atefeh Yazdanparast named associate editor of consumer behavior journal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.