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Notable & Quotable

  • Omer UnsalOmer Unsal, assistant professor of finance, was quoted in a Dec. 14, 2017, story in Pacific Standard, an online magazine that works toward changes to private behavior and public policy. The story examined how companies with high incidents of employment lawsuits spend significantly more money on lobbyists than those that don’t, resulting in better court case outcomes. “Lobbying firms do not suffer from reduced value, while nonlobbying firms suffer from litigation and major problems,” Unsal said.

  • Thomas NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a Nov. 17, 2017, DigBoston investigative article on the use of military-like force by small-town police forces in Massachusetts. Nolan, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, acknowledged that while there is a genuine need for tactically trained officers to respond to certain situations, the types of incidents SWAT teams are supposedly meant to address hardly ever occur in small towns in the state. “If you don’t have situations where the public would endorse use of the SWAT team, the tendency can be for SWAT teams to be deployed for reasons we could see as less than legitimate,” he said.

  • Michael Mascolo, Ph.D.Michael Mascolo, professor of psychology and academic director of the Compass program, published an opinion column, “Time to Listen to Each Other on the Issue of Guns,” in the Nov. 17, 2017, Salem (Mass.) News. In the article, Mascolo urges advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate to open a genuine dialogue in which they listen to each other with empathy and compassion. “Only when each side feels that their concerns have been heard and respected can there be any chance that both can join forces to find new ways to address old and lingering problems,” he wrote.

  • april bowlingApril Bowling, assistant professor of health sciences, was interviewed for U.S. News & World Report’s Oct. 27, 2017, “Parent First” podcast on the possible link between stimulant use and obesity in individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. People with ADHD “have consistently been found to have an increased risk of being overweight or obese,” Bowling noted. She added that adults with the disorder have about one-and-a-half times the obesity risk compared to adults who don’t have ADHD.

  • Mary McHugh, adjunct lecturer in political science and director of the Stevens Service Learning Center, was quoted in an Oct. 20, 2017, Daily News of Newburyport, Massachusetts, story about the war chest Gov. Charlie Baker has amassed for a possible reelection bid in 2018. “It’s hard to beat an incumbent,” she said. “Especially a popular one like Charlie Baker.”

  • Isabelle Cherney, dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, was quoted in an Oct. 6, 2017, Fatherly.com article, “The Unexpected Case for Tough Toys,” about the case for children’s toy play having a positive impact on one’s maturation and development. “You can actually develop all kinds of skills by having the right toys and playing with those,” Cherney said. “It’s exciting. The brain is a wonderful organ.”

  • Melissa “Mish” Zimdars, assistant professor of communication, has received an international travel and research grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The grant supports travel to the U.K. and Ireland to conduct interviews with both media producers who create, and media audiences who watch, content exploring fat embodiment. This project will be the first in a series of international case studies comparing media industry practices and viewer perceptions of television in the context of the obesity epidemic.

  • Monica Cowart, vice provost, and Sean Condon, interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts, were quoted in a Sept. 13, 2017, North Andover Wicked Local story about the school’s new interdisciplinary institute, which will study the current political and cultural climate in the U.S., with a focus on bias. “Given recent events in our country, our focus on bias seems particularly relevant and powerfully important,” said Cowart, founding director of the institute. “This creation of the institute further underscores the college’s historical commitment to fostering social justice and to embracing diversity.” Condon said that faculty and students involved with the institute will have opportunities to become more effective problem solvers. “It will enable them to engage with others who have different perspectives and approaches, and in turn, both students and faculty will be motivated to take collaborative approaches to formulate and address complex and crucial questions,” he said.

  • Alison RussellAlison Russell, assistant professor of political science and international studies, was interviewed for the Center for International Maritime Security’s Sept. 6, 2017, “Sea Control” podcast, “Cyber Threats to Navies.” Russell said the rise of cyber capabilities, such as precision targeting and long-range attacks on systems, means that navies will be simultaneously more connected and more vulnerable at sea than ever before. “The modern Navy has so many capabilities that rely on cyberspace that it must not take access to cyberspace for granted,” she said. “As our ships grow smarter and we invest more and more in the high-end capabilities that allow this unprecedented array of actions, let us not forget to simultaneously ensure that the cyber-connected systems are protected so that our new technology can be used effectively when it’s called upon.”

  • Michael Stroud, associate professor of psychology, has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2017. The honor recognizes K-12 and higher-education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Apple educators work with each other — and with Apple — to bring innovative ideas to classrooms, advise Apple on integrating technology into learning environments and share their expertise with other educators and policymakers.

 

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