Faculty and Staff Accomplishments: Spring 2021

Poster for Eugene O'Neill's 133rd Birthday Celebration, which featured professor Steven BloomSTEVEN BLOOM, PH.D., professor emeritus, published two essays: “Eugene O’Neill” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context from ABC-CLIO. He provided video commentary for two productions by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, and presented “A House is Not a Home: O’Neill’s Lifelong Quest to Belong,” at a celebration of O’Neill’s birthday in October.

JILL CAREY, M.ED., professor and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection, delivered a global virtual presentation, “The Intentionality of the Architecture and Artistic Details of Indigenous Vietnamese Dress,” at the Association of Dress Historians’ New Research in Dress History conference in June.

PAUL DEBOLE, J.D., assistant professor of justice studies, authored an opinion piece, “Witnessing history at the Sirhan parole meeting: Criminal justice system worked as it should, but years too late,” for Commonwealth Magazine in August.

ANNE DOYLE, MBA, president of Lasell Village, led a panel at the World Ageing Forum on the Future of Ageing in the United States. Panelists included Village residents and Tim Driver, an entrepreneur and founder of the Age-Friendly Institute. The panelists discussed the opportunities created at an age-friendly campus, and their perspectives on living a full life.

LEANNA FARNAM, M.S., assistant professor and program chair for sciences, co-authored two manuscripts with colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital accepted for publication: “Circulating microRNAs and treatment response in childhood asthma” in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and “Early changes in immune cell count, metabolism, and function following sleeve gastrectomy: a prospective human study” in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology.

JOSE R. GUZMAN, PH.D., associate professor of Spanish, delivered a presentation, “Distopía y Realidad en la novela Sé que vienen a matarme de Alicia Yánez Cossío,” through the Asociación de Ecuatorianistas in Quito, Ecuador, in July.

ELIZABETH HARTMANN, PH.D., associate professor of education, was named the principal investigator for the subcontract for CAST and the TIES Center, a national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. The TIES Center works with states, districts, and schools to support the movement of students with disabilities from less inclusive to more inclusive environments.

MARISA HASTIE, ED.D, FASCM, ACSM CEP, professor of exercise science and program chair of exercise science and fitness management programs, was selected as president-elect of the New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. The position is a three-year term, during which she will plan and host two of the region’s annual meetings.

ASHMITA KHASNABISH, PH.D., lecturer, organized and chaired the NeMLA panel, “Can Virtualization Change the World: Is it a New Normal?” in March, and delivered the Poggioli Lecture through the Harvard University Comparative Literature department in February. Khasnabish also authored “On the Theory of Liberated Love and Global Feminist Discourse” in the anthology Love and Vulnerability: Thinking with Pamela Sue Anderson, published by Routledge in January.

"Winter Twilight," a copperplate etching by Professor Emerita Margo LemieuxMARGO LEMIEUX, M.F.A., professor emerita, created a copperplate etching, “Winter Twilight,” (left) that is on display at the Southern Vermont Art Center. Her cooperative studio, Full Tilt Printmaking Studio, is now located at the Mother Brook Art Center in Dedham, Massachusetts.

JAMES WILLIAM LINCOLN G’12, PH.D., lecturer, was nominated for the 2021 American Philosophy Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching, and co-authored “Developing a Philosophy Summer Camp at the University of Kentucky” in Philosophy Camps for Youth: Everything You Wanted to Know about Starting, Organizing, and Running a Philosophy Camp from Rowman and Littlefield.

JOANN M. MONTEPARE, PH.D., director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, organized and hosted the fourth Annual Intergenerational Symposium, “Bold Moves: How Generations Can Work Together for Change.”

NICHOLE ORENCH-RIVERA, PH.D., assistant professor of biology, wrote a research article, “Differential Packaging Into Outer Membrane Vesicles Upon Oxidative Stress Reveals a General Mechanism for Cargo Selectivity,” for Frontiers in Microbiology. She specifically studied the pathogenic bacteria responsible for diarrheal disease in children of lower-income countries.

CLAUDIA RINALDI, PH.D., Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor, professor of education, and education program chair, partnered with two faculty members at UMass Lowell and received a $914,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) for Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education. Lasell will receive nearly half the grant to support scholarships for 12 graduate students over the next five years. The program will collaboratively prepare special education teachers and autism applied behavioral analysts to work together to improve outcomes for children with autism.

The Great Boston Fire by lecturer Stephanie SchorowSTEPHANIE SCHOROW, M.A., lecturer, will have her eighth nonfiction book on topics in Boston history published by Globe Pequot this fall. The Great Boston Fire: The Inferno that Nearly Incinerated the City tells the story of the 1872 conflagration that swept through Boston’s downtown, leaving scenes of utter destruction. Schorow has also penned histories of the Boston Harbor Islands and the infamous Brink’s robbery.

ZANE ZHENG, PH.D., associate professor of social sciences, and two of his students published an article, “Social Media and Romantic Relationship: Excessive Social Media Use Leads to Relationship Conflicts, Negative Outcomes, and Addiction via Mediated Pathways” in Social Science Computer Review. The research combined surveys, behavioral testing, and computational modeling techniques in demonstrating novel pathways between social media use and negative relationship consequences.