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Notable & Quotable

  • Alicia Malone, assistant professor of criminology, co-edited a volume, “Girls, Aggression and Intersectionality: Transforming the Discourse of ‘Mean Girls’” in the United States,” for Routledge’s Research in Gender and Society series. “Girls, Aggression and Intersectionality” examines how intersecting social identities, such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and age, shape media representations of, and criminal justice responses to, girls’ aggression. Former Merrimack professor Krista McQueeney, now at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, served as co-editor.

  • Michael DeCesare, professor and chair of sociology, was quoted in a Feb. 7, 2018, Boston Globe story about the ongoing search for the next president of Harvard University. DeCesare, who chairs a committee on university governance at the American Association of University Professors, said the school ought to pick an academic, to send a message to faculty that their work is important. “For Harvard to kind of reaffirm the importance of an academically oriented president would go a long way,” he said.

  • Debra Michals, assistant professor and director of women’s and gender studies, was quoted in a Feb. 2, 2018, Boston Herald story about inspiring places to visit during Black History Month, which is celebrated nationally in February. Michals suggested Harriet Tubman Historical Park, a national park in Upstate New York, which celebrates the famed leader of the Underground Railroad. “What makes her so incredibly striking is that she went back several times after her own escape to freedom to help others,” Michals said. “I don’t think most people today could comprehend what kind of inner fortitude and dedication to the larger cause of freedom that that must have taken.”

  • School of Health Sciences Dean Kyle McInnis, Associate Dean Kevin Finn and Assistant Professor Zi Yan published an article, “Promoting Physical Activity and Science Learning in an Outdoor Education Program,” in the Jan. 5, 2018, issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. In the article, the authors argue that Integrating physical activity and science learning in an outdoor education program addresses two challenges children face today: physical inactivity and poor science performance.

  • 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, 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.”


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