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  • 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.
  • 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 2, 2017 —
    Merrimack’s Institutional Review Board has approved research experiments to study the effects of concussions on sleep, emotional reactivity to behavioral tasks and brain activity that are to be conducted in a new sleep lab.

Notable & Quotable

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Monica Cowart, vice provost, and Sean Condon, interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts, were quoted in a Sept. 13, 2017, North Andover Wicked Local story about the school’s new interdisciplinary institute, which will study the current political and cultural climate in the U.S., with a focus on bias. “Given recent events in our country, our focus on bias seems particularly relevant and powerfully important,” said Cowart, founding director of the institute. “This creation of the institute further underscores the college’s historical commitment to fostering social justice and to embracing diversity.” Condon said that faculty and students involved with the institute will have opportunities to become more effective problem solvers. “It will enable them to engage with others who have different perspectives and approaches, and in turn, both students and faculty will be motivated to take collaborative approaches to formulate and address complex and crucial questions,” he said.