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  • Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Brittnie Aiello presents a diploma to an inmate during a ceremony ... Jan 30, 2018 —
    Eleven inmates at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Middleton (Massachusetts) Jail earned four credits from Merrimack College as part of an innovative program in which they completed the new course “Institutions and Inequality” at the end of the fall semester.
  • Nov 13, 2017 —
    More than 150 Merrimack students participated in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Muslim Relations’ annual Kristallnacht commemoration, “Shattered Glass, Shattered Lives,” Nov. 8 at Temple Emanuel of Andover. The event included a performance by the Merrimack Concert Choir, under the direction of Hugh Hinton.
  • Nov 13, 2017 —
    Merrimack’s popular director of media instructional services, Kevin Salemme, will deliver the honors program’s annual Last Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Cascia Hall.
  • Nov 8, 2017 —
    Receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness or terminal disease can be a frightening experience for even the strongest person. But by maintaining an open line of communication with their doctors, patients can mitigate feelings of losing control over their life, a Merrimack professor has found.

Notable & Quotable

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Melissa “Mish” Zimdars, assistant professor of communication, has received an international travel and research grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The grant supports travel to the U.K. and Ireland to conduct interviews with both media producers who create, and media audiences who watch, content exploring fat embodiment. This project will be the first in a series of international case studies comparing media industry practices and viewer perceptions of television in the context of the obesity epidemic.