Faculty and Staff Accomplishments: Spring 2021

Baldizar sculptures on displayDeborah Baldizar, M.F.A, assistant professor of art, received an honorable mention for her sculpture, “UBUNTU.” The piece, pictured right, was one of 57 (out of 170 entries) accepted in a juried show, “Transformations,” at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.

Janice Barrett, Ed.D., professor of communication and graduate program coordinator for communication, was appointed to the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.

Robe in Lasell University Fashion Collection, provided by Jill CareyJill Carey, M.Ed, professor of fashion and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection, delivered a virtual conference presentation, “The Intentionality of the Architecture and Artistic Details of Indigenous Vietnamese Dress,” at the Costume Colloquium VII hosted virtually in Florence, Italy, and for the Association of Dress Historians in London. Professor Carey also worked with students Mateo Arman, Aine Hawthorne, Julie Pirog ’21, and Sarena Widtfeldt ’22 to launch the Lasell Fashion Collection’s first virtual exhibit, “Early 19th Century Ackermann Illustrative Plates Collide with Contemporary Fashion,” which was published on the PastPerfect Museum software company website. The exhibit provides insights into how illustrative fashion plates from the early 19th century inspired future trends regarding clothing and accessories.  Pictured here: Shamanic Robe, Lasell Fashion Collection (Photography by Matthew Searth ’21)

Anne Doyle, MBA, president of Lasell Village and vice president of Lasell University, spoke on a panel hosted by Lasell Village, “Thinking Differently About Aging.” The webinar was moderated by Deborah Becker, an award-winning WBUR journalist, and featured panelists alongside Doyle including Hae Won Park (MIT Media Lab), Sharon Levine (Massachusetts General Hospital), and Margery Silver (Lasell Village Resident, Trustee Emerita, and Geriatric Neuropsychologist).

Jose R. Guzman, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, translated into Spanish the short story "Freedom Trail," a first-place winning entry for the short story contest, “Boston in 100 Words.”

Karen Harrington, MBA, learning specialist, earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Lasell University.

Janet Huetteman, MBA, associate professor of marketing and graduate program coordinator for business, participated as a panelist in the Massachusetts DECA conference in April 2021 on the topic of marketing innovations. The conference was part of a regional competition of more than 20 colleges in the state. Her marketing and brand expertise was well-received as she spoke alongside executives Matt Weiss from In-N-Out Burger and Neil Martin from Sublime Marketing.

Margo Lemieux Cover Art in Rattle Literary MagazineMargo Lemieux, M.F.A., professor emerita, had a watercolor painting, “Blue Ridge Sunset,” selected for the cover of the Summer 2021 issue of Rattle literary magazine. The image, pictured here, is a scene of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain. The magazine issue focused on Appalachian poets.

Joann M. Montepare, Ph.D., director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, was awarded a grant from the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs to host “Advancing Age Inclusivity in Psychology: A Virtual Teaching Conference.” She was also a panelist in a discussion on nationwide Age-Friendly University (AFU) efforts for “Virtual U: Pathways to Living in an Age-Inclusive Society,” sponsored by AARP.

Esther Pearson, Ed.D., assistant professor of mathematics, had two international paper presentations accepted: “Biostatistics in Biomedicine and Informatics” at the virtual Computing Conference in London, and “Applying Biostatistics in Biomedicine and Informatics” virtually at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, United Kingdom. Pearson also completed the “Advanced Quantitative Public Health Data Literacy” certification from the NYU School of Global Public Health with “high honors with distinction.” She was one of 120 statisticians and biostatisticians selected worldwide to participate in the program, which included work on data analytics with Stata and R programming.

Chrystal Porter, Ph.D., Ed.S., vice president of enrollment and marketing, was re-elected to serve a second 10-year term as a Corporator with the North Shore Bank (North Shore Bancorp).

Dolores Radlo, M.Ed., director of the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) and Disability Services, presented and participated in a panel discussion on data-informed academic advising, “Nourishing the Whole Student with Analytics: Conversations with Peer Institutions,” at Syracuse University in January 2021.

Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D., Joan Weiler ’49 professor of education and program chair of education, was the keynote speaker at the Waltham Partnership for Youth’s annual meeting to speak about equity in education. Subsequently, she was quoted in the Boston Globe in May and June 2021 about Boston Public Schools’ approach to addressing the needs of students with disabilities who are learning English. She was also invited to be on the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) planning committee as a member for the 2021 OSEP Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference.

Stephen Sarikas, Ph.D., professor of biology, led an online focus group discussion sponsored by Pearson Education about online learning, in which he shared how he conducts his anatomy and physiology courses fully online. He also presented a virtual workshop, “Bioethics Discussion Forums in an Anatomy & Physiology Course,” at the 35th Annual Conference of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society.

Nancy Snow, M.S.M., executive assistant at Lasell Village, was honored to speak on behalf of the Class of 2020 at Lasell University’s graduate commencement exercises in May 2021. Her speech focused on lessons learned at Lasell and how they were applied during the pandemic.

Brian Wardyga, Ed.D., professor of communication, won Best Television Station Advisor and the Tom Gibson Award for Outstanding Engineering at the 2021 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards ceremony.

Tom Zawisza, Ph.D., assistant professor of justice studies, was a co-author on an article published in the Journal of Urban Design, entitled: “Employing Participatory Risk Mapping (PRM) as a Land Use Planning Method: The Case of a Derelict Former Hospital in Laredo, Texas, USA.”

Zane Zheng, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of academic research, recently published a research article in Social Science Computer Review with alumni Skye Bouffard ’20 and Deanna Giglio ’20: “Social media and romantic relationship: excessive social media use leads to relationship conflicts, negative outcomes, and addiction via mediated pathways.”