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Notable & Quotable

  • Paul ZipperPaul Zipper, adjunct lecturer in criminology and a detective lieutenant at the Massachusetts State Police, was profiled in a March 20, 2017, Boston Globe story about his work leading the force’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit. Investigators who have worked with Zipper said he makes friends easily, helping him crack cases. “His strength is dealing and working with people and befriending them,” said State Police Sgt. Paul Horgan. “He also had and still does have a great talent for getting people to talk to him, and suspects eventually wanting to confess to him.”

  • Kyle McInnisKyle McInnis, associate dean and professor of health sciences, was featured on a segment of Channel 4’s “Eye on Education” March 2, 2017. The piece highlighted the success of McInnis’ Active Science program, which integrates physical activity, technology and academic achievement in school-age children. “We’ve found that physical activity in children is at an all-time low, and we need creative and innovative ways to get kids moving,” McInnis said.

  • Juliana CohenJuliana Cohen, assistant professor of health sciences, was named a fellow at the Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity. The appointment, which recognizes exemplary contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and prevention, is one of the highest honors awarded by the society. Cohen was cited for her ongoing research and publications on child nutrition, especially in economically vulnerable populations.

  • Laura HsuLaura Hsu, assistant professor of education, was quoted in a March 1, 2017, Yahoo! story about the difficulty many men have with the aging process. “Ultimately, it comes down to a feeling of a loss of control,” said Hsu, whose research explores the psychological process of aging and how it can affect physical and mental health. “The norms of masculinity have an undercurrent of being in control and having some element of power, including a feeling of power and control over their own decisions, physical fitness and ability to generate an income. When one’s body or social position can no longer reinforce those feelings, increasing feelings of helplessness can ultimately take a toll on one’s mental and physical health.”

  • Thomas NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, wrote a guest column, “The Police and Immigration: Carpe Opportunitatem,” March 6, 2017, for the blog of the American Constitution Society in which he argues against local police playing a greater role in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s decision to round up and arrest illegal immigrants who do not have criminal records. “It is hardly just the bad dudes’ who are getting ground up in the ICE juggernaut,” he said. “We should be deeply ashamed of this fundamentally flawed and iniquitous policy.”

  • April BowlingApril Bowling, assistant professor of health sciences, was quoted in a Jan. 9, 2017, story in MedPage Today about the behavioral benefits of aerobic exercise for children with behavioral health disorders. “The big takeaway from this study is that kids with these types of (behavioral) challenges may not need a lot of aerobic exercise to see big improvements in classroom behavior,” Bowling said. “But it is really important to find modes of exercise that appeal to them, and work within the existing structures of school.”

  • <p class="p1">President Christopher Hopey, third from right, poses with newly tenured faculty, from left, Jimmy Franco, Brittnie Aiello, Sally Shockro, Susan Marine and Sirkwoo Jin.</p>Five faculty members, representing all four school at Merrimack, were awarded tenure in January by President Christopher E. Hopey, third from right. They are, from left, Jimmy Franco, assistant professor of chemistry; Brittnie Aiello, assistant professor of criminology; Sally Shockro, assistant professor of history; Susan Marine, associate professor and program director in the higher education master’s program; and Sirkwoo Jin, assistant professor of management.

  • James KaklamanosJames Kaklamanos, assistant professor of civil engineering, was honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of this year’s 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering worldwide. The program recognizes the next generation of civil engineering professionals, 30 years and younger, who have demonstrated the potential to lead the field to new heights. Kaklamanos, who serves as faculty adviser to Merrimack’s ASCE student chapter, was cited for his exemplary work with students.


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