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  • Jun 29, 2017 —
    Daniel Herda subscribes to the adage that if you want to understand another person’s experiences, walk a mile in his shoes. So, last month, the assistant professor of sociology led a 10-day study-abroad trip to Germany as part of his course Crossing Borders: The Sociology of Immigration.
  • Apr 12, 2017 —
    Professor of Philosophy Monica Cowart has been appointed vice provost and awarded an American Council on Education fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year, Provost Allan Weatherwax said.
  • May 11, 2017 —
    Plenty of students may feel like they’re in an episode of “The Walking Dead” around finals time, but few have the chance to study the hit TV show for class credit.
  • Apr 3, 2017 —
    A committee of motivated faculty and students has developed an impressive lineup of events and lectures, including a two-day symposium on immigration, for this year’s annual Social Justice Week celebration at Merrimack. Activities run today, April 3, through Friday, April 7.

Notable & Quotable

  • 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.


  • Alison RussellAlison 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 said the 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.”

  • 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.

  • Michael Stroud, associate professor of psychology, has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2017. The honor recognizes K-12 and higher-education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Apple educators work with each other — and with Apple — to bring innovative ideas to classrooms, advise Apple on integrating technology into learning environments and share their expertise with other educators and policymakers.