Notable & Quotable

Kathryn Welby, Ed.D., associate professor of practice in the Winston School of Education and Social Policy, has been awarded the New England Educational Research Kim Fries Early Career Award. This prestigious award is given to someone who has shown distinction within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree.

Dr. James Kaklamanos, associate professor of civil engineering, published two peer-reviewed journal papers in Earthquake Spectra, which is viewed as one of the top journals in the field of earthquake engineering. The first paper develops a regional seismic velocity model for the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains based on measured shear wave velocity, sediment thickness, and surface geology.  The second paper investigates how current practices of input ground-motion selection influence site response analysis results and their variability, when considering different tectonic settings.

Associate Professor Joseph Stasio was featured in WalletHub’s piece about Farmers Insurance. Stasio teaches in the marketing department at Merrimack’s Girard School of Business.

Dr. James Kaklamanos, associate professor of civil engineering, was interviewed by The Washington Post in conjunction with their coverage of the Morocco earthquake that occurred in Sept. 2023. He appeared in parts of two portions of their live updates after the earthquake: (1) What to do in an earthquake, and (2) Why many buildings in Morocco were vulnerable to the earthquake.

Dr. Daniel Herda, associate professor of sociology, has published an article titled “Population Innumeracy and Anti-Immigrant Violence: The Case of South Africa” in International Migration Review. Dr. Herda will be presenting his research at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) conference in Prague in September.

Jonathan P. Kessler, LICSW, who is completing his first year as an assistant professor of practice in the department of social work, presented a lecture at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) in Riga, Latvia in March titled “The Triple Threat: Brain Development-Attachment, Trauma, and Addiction“. Kessler’s presentation was attended by about 45 current RSU social work students, the dean of the Rīga Stradiņš University School of Social Work as well as administration and faculty members.

Dr. Tunde Szivak, associate professor of health sciences, and Dr. Alyssa Yetter, assistant professor of criminology, in collaboration with former Exercise and Sport Science graduate student Timary Malley, recently published a paper titled “Physical Training Considerations for Police Academy Recruits“.

Reputational damage and name changes: Impact of financial crimes” is an article published by Dr. Omer Unsal, associate professor of finance.  This study examines the relationship between reputational issues and name-change decisions among U.S. financial firms.

Associate Professor Joseph Stasio was recently interviewed by MoneyGeek for his expert views on Business Credit Cards and Startup Funding Studies. Stasio teaches in the marketing department at Merrimack’s Girard School of Business.

Dr. Craig Looney, associate professor in the department of physics, gave a presentation entitled “Making high-quality videos on an inexpensive DIY Lightboard (with technical tips relevant to all budgets)” at the Spring 2023 meeting of the New England Section of the American Physical Society.

Digital Blockade or Corporate Boycott?: A New Tactic of War” is an article published by Dr. Alison Russell associate professor and chair of the department of political science and public policy. It examines the information warfare component of Russia’s war in Ukraine to develop a better understanding of blockade operations in cyberspace and digital corporate boycotts.

Associate Professor Joseph Stasio was featured in WalletHub’s piece about Credit Card promotions. Stasio teaches in the marketing department at Merrimack’s Girard School of Business.

Associate Professor Joseph Stasio was featured in WalletHub’s piece about lowering the cost of car insurance. Stasio teaches in the marketing department at Merrimack’s Girard School of Business.

Dr. George Heffernan, professor and chair of philosophy, recently published a chapter titled “Stein’s Critique of Heidegger on Temporality, Eternity, and Transcendence—with Special Attention to Conrad-Martius’s Contribution”. This volume is dedicated to the lives and legacies of Edith Stein (1891–1942) and Hedwig Conrad-Martius (1888–1966), two key figures in the early phenomenological movement.

“The Need for Seed: News Framing of the Pandemic Gardening Boom” is an article published by Dr. Lisa Perks, professor of communication and media and coordinator of the Merrimack College Garden. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the U.S. and other countries saw a dramatic increase in the number of people starting pandemic gardens.

Presidential Rhetoric and Indian Policy is a book recently published by Dr. Anne Flaherty, associate professor of political science public policy and interim associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

The Business of Emotions in Modern History is a peer-reviewed book that features a range of essays that explore the intersection of business and emotions throughout history, which includes an original work authored by Dr. Debra Michals, assistant professor and director of women’s and gender studies.

Dr. James Kaklamanos, associate professor of civil engineering, was one of two earthquake engineers interviewed by Interesting Engineering on the multitude of buildings that collapsed in Turkey and Syria following the devastating earthquake.

Dr. Melissa Zimdars, associate professor in the Department of Communication and media studies, recently published Medicalized Reality Weight-Loss Television and the Negotiation of Neoliberalism on My 600 Pound Life. Within the article, Zimdars considers how one of these shows, My 600 Pound Life (2012), negotiates and de-centers discourses of neoliberalism through medicalization and spectacle.

Dr. Omer Unsal, assistant professor of finance at the Girard School of Business, recently published an article titled Corporate crimes and innovation: Evidence from US financial firms. By utilizing a large sample of financial firms located within the United States between 2002 and 2019, Unsal found that fraudulent financial firms innovate fewer new products, services, and patents. The article can be found in the Journal of Economic Modelling.