Arts and Sciences News & Events

See news and events in Merrimack College’s School of Arts and Sciences.

News

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By: Joseph O'Connell
The $750,000 award will build a state-of-the-art instructional facility in Palmisano Hall featuring top-of-the-line instruments used in life sciences research and industry.
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By: Michael Cronin
Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences said Merrimack College’s newest research incubator has benefited their work immensely.
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By: Joseph O'Connell
More than 100 people gathered to mark the opening of the state-of-the-art applied life sciences research space in Palmisano Hall.
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By: Michael Cronin
Maxwell Beland ’24, who will graduate from Merrimack's School of Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 17, was awarded the Merrimack Medal for exemplifying outstanding character and achievement of service to his classmates and the College community.
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By: Michael Cronin
More than 200 students representing all five schools proudly presented at locations across campus research work and projects across various disciplines.

Notable & Quotable

Joe Kelley, professor of religious and theological studies and director of the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, will be traveling to Bogotá, Colombia in April with Sr. Jeanne Gribaudo and 3 Austin Scholars to attend the International Conference on Education: St. Augustine, Teacher for the 21st Century. Kelley will present a paper about Catholic higher education and the Austin Scholars Program, Merrimack’s oldest existing living-learning community.

Laura Pruett, associate professor and chair of visual and performing arts, presented a research poster, “I Did It My Way: An Alternative Concept for Teaching American Music,” March 25, 2017, at the annual conference of the Society for American Musicin Montréal.

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.

Alison 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 saidthe 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.”

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.

Assistant professor of graphic design,Dan Vlahos, MFA, was elected for membership to the prestigiousSociety of Printersin Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1905, the Society is dedicated to the study and advancement of the art of printing.

Michael DeCesare, professor and chair of sociology, delivered the keynote address April 27, 2017,at the State University of New York Voices Conference on Shared Governance in Suffern, New York. The conference examined the challenges facing governance leaders and members, and explore alternative solutions. DeCesare was also the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Kentucky AAUP (American Association of University Professors) Conference on April 8 at the University of Louisville, where he delivered a talk titled “Threats to Traditional Academic Governance.” DeCesare was invited to speak at both conferences due to his work as the chair of AAUP’s National Committee on College University Governance.

Sociology Associate Professor Daniel Herda presented his research on interpersonal contact between immigrants and citizens at the American Sociological Association virtual conference.

Psychology Department assistant professor Laura Kurdziel was recently featured by KABC-TV News in Los Angelesfor a story on the benefits of napping for children. When children don’t get a nap they need, it stresses their bodies and makes it harder to go to sleep at night, Kurdziel told the news outlet.

School of Health Sciences DeanKyle McInnis,Associate DeanKevin Finnand Assistant ProfessorZi Yanpublished 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, theauthorsargue that Integrating physical activity and science learning in an outdoor education program addresses two challengeschildren face today: physical inactivity and poor science performance.

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