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Notable & Quotable

  • Juliana CohenJuliana Cohen, assistant professor of health sciences, co-authored a May 18, 2017, column for The Huffington Post on the Trump administration’s decision to rollback regulations associated with the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, an Obama-era initiative to curb this country’s obesity epidemic and maximize children’s learning and development. “We should not weaken the school lunch standards further,” wrote Cohen and her co-authors, Jessica Hoffman, Lindsay Rosenfeld and Edward Alan Miller. “Instead, we should truly make school lunches great by providing schools with the resources they need to offer the healthiest, best-tasting foods possible. Investing in the health and development of our youngest citizens is one of the most important investments we can make as a country.”

  • Tom NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a May 18, 2017, Boston Globe article on a controversial Facebook post by the Taunton, Massachusetts, Police Department. The post detailed the police’s encounter with a 39-year-old Newton, Massachusetts, woman who allegedly mowed down several mailboxes with a lizard tucked into her undergarments. It read: “Where does one hold a bearded dragon lizard while driving, you ask? Answer: In their brassiere, of course!” Nolan said the post, while perhaps meant to be lighthearted, was instead mean-spirited. “The purpose of putting this out on social media is what?” he asked. “Embarrassment of someone and their family?”

  • Melissa ZimdarsMelissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication, was quoted in a May 16, 2017, post by technology blogger Richard Hartley about new measures taken by Facebook to root out “fake news.” Zimdars, who has gained national attention for creating a list of untrustworthy news sites, said it seemed Facebook was largely responding to bad press. “My initial read on it is it’s ultimately kind of a PR move. It’s cheap to do. It’s easy. It doesn’t actually require them to do anything,” she said.

  • Zipper examines fire damage at Haverhill home with WBZ-TV's Cheryl Fiandaca (WBZ-TV). Zipper examines fire damage at Haverhill home with WBZ-TV’s Cheryl Fiandaca (WBZ-TV).

    Paul Zipper, adjunct lecturer in criminology and a detective lieutenant at the Massachusetts State Police, was interviewed for a May 8, 2017, Channel 4 I-Team report on how state investigators pinpoint the causes of fire. Zipper said each fire is like a mystery. “To simplify it, we are doing an autopsy,” he said. “We have a death of a building, and we try to figure out what caused it.”

  • James KaklamanosJim Kaklamanos, assistant professor of civil engineering, was named recipient of a 2017 ExCEED New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Kaklamanos was cited for his outstanding teaching record as a new faculty member, contributions to the academic and surrounding community and proven commitment to education. He will be recognized at the society’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, on June 27.

  • Mary McHughMary McHugh, director of the Stevens Service Learning Center and an adjunct lecturer of political science, was quoted in a May 4, 2017, Salem (Mass.) News story about Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s reelection prospects in 2018. “It’s hard to beat an incumbent, especially a popular one,” McHugh said. “And Massachusetts voters seem to like the checks and balances of having a Republican governor and Democratic Legislature.”

  • krista mcqueeneyKrista McQueeney, associate professor of education, was quoted in a May 3, 2017, Eagle-Tribune story about parents’ and educators’ concerns arising from the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which features the graphic depiction of a teenager’s suicide. Though she is uneasy about such scenes being viewed by teens, McQueeney said they can have a positive impact if discussed openly. “What I find effective is when school systems give parents and guardians talking points to initiate conversations with young people about these difficult issues,” she said. “This can be especially helpful for parents who didn’t grow up in today’s digital society and/or may be uncomfortable navigating conversations about sensitive topics.”

  • Thomas NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a May 1, 2017, Boston Globe story about the physical toll endured by Boston police officers who work large amounts of overtime in addition to their regular shifts. When assigning overtime shifts, Nolan said, the department aims to maintain a certain number of officers at each police district to ensure officer safety. “If you have officers sick, you have to get to your minimum,” he said.

  • Paul Antonellis Jr.Rachel SilsbeePaul Antonellis Jr., lecturer in management and director of the human resource management programs, and Rachel Silsbee, assistant director of student success at the Writing Center, published a paper, “Employment Interview Screening: Is the Ink Worth It?” in the February 2017 issue of the Global Journal of Human Resource Management. The paper looked at how tattoos are viewed by interviewers and the impact tattoos have on the interview process. Antonellis published a second article, “Practical Steps for the Utilization of Action Research in Your Organization: A Qualitative Approach for Nonacademic Research,” in the May 2017 issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Studies. The article detailed the process nonacademic researchers can use to investigate topics they wish to change within an organization.

  • Cynthia CarlsonCynthia Carlson, assistant professor of civil engineering, was first author on a paper, “Storm-Water Management as a Public Good Provision Problem: Survey to Understand Perspectives of Low-Impact Development for Urban Storm Water Management Practices Under Climate Change,” that won Best Policy-Oriented Paper of 2016 from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The paper explored how storm water could be thought of as a “public good” and be managed better.

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