In the Spotlight: May 3, 2013

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Alexandra Carpino, professor of art history and chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, presented a lecture, titled “Beauty and Violence:  Matricide Myths on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors,” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on April 11. The lecture was sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America. She also participated in a roundtable discussion, hosted by the UMass Classics Department, on April 10 on the theme of Etruscan womanhood and identity.
  • Mary McGroarty, English professor, was the invited speaker for APPLE day on April 19, sponsored by faculty and students in applied linguistics and language education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. McGroarty presented a graduate student research colloquium on affect and cognition in language research and a lecture, titled “The Challenge of Multiple Agendas for Language Teaching and Research,” based on her chapter, “Multiple Actors and Arenas in Evolving Language Policies,” in J.W. Tollefson’s 2013 volume, Language Policies in Education: Critical Issues.
  • Laura Umphrey, associate professor of communication, presented a paper at the 35th annual Association for Death Education and Counseling conference in Hollywood on April 25. The paper, titled “Sex and Death: Couples, Intimacy, and Losing a Child,” was co-authored by Joanne Cacciatore and Cynthia Lietz, faculty members of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.
  • book coverResearch scientists from the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research were among 120 experts who contributed to Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, a new book published by Island Press. The book is a landmark study that examines how a projected hotter future and changes in precipitation for the southwestern United States will present challenges for managing natural resources, water, infrastructure and threats to human health.