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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

STEPHANIE ATHEY, associate professor of humanities and Honors Program director, was named president of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her article "Psychology and Tradecraft: Networks, or Structure as the Subject of Human Rights" appeared in Writing Beyond the State.

Deborah Baldizar: Lasell University Faculty and Staff AccomplishmentsDEBORAH BALDIZAR, assistant professor of art (left), was awarded "Best in Show" at a community art exhibition at the IMAGO Gallery in Warren, Rhode Island, for a sculpture in her "Honoring Immigrants" series. 

JANICE BARRETT, professor of communication, will chair a competitive paper panel, "Novel Views on Strategic Communication in a Political World," for the International Communication Association's annual conference. She is an invited member of the Harvard Business Review advisory council

STEVE BLOOM, associate vice president for academic affairs, presented "Directing Susan Glaspell's Trifles" at a roundtable session, "Eugene O'Neill's Path to the Nobel Prize (1936)" at the Modern Language Association's annual convention in January. He is currently co-organizing an international conference on O'Neill to take place in Boston in June 2021. Bloom will retire from Lasell after 20 years of service in 2020.

Carol Brooks Ball: Lasell University Faculty and Staff AccomplishmentsCAROL BROOKS BALL, assistant director of digital marketing (right), and her golden retriever, Ryder, visit Beverly Hospital patients and staff every Sunday. Ryder, a certified therapy dog, was recently featured in a video created by Beth Israel Lahey Health highlighting the importance of pet therapy programs.

HEIDI BURGIEL, instructional designer, coauthored an article, "The Association of High School Computer Science Content and Pedagogy with Students' Success in College Computer Science," for publication in ACM's Transactions on Computing Education

KENNETH CALHOUN, associate professor and program chair of art and graphic design, published a short story, "Our Adams," in Ninth Letter. Another story, "At War with the Sellouts," is forthcoming in the Santa Monica Review

Blake and Carey Faculty and Staff AccomplishmentJILL CAREY, professor and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection, partnered with LYNN BLAKE, professor and program chair of fashion design, on a team of costume judges at WGBH's "An Evening Inspired by Sherlock Holmes" (left). The team reviewed attendees' Victorian-era fashion creations for historic accuracy and creative interpretation. Photo by Sheldon Golder. 

KENT CHERRINGTON, director of athletic communications, was named to the 2020 inductee class for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame. A plaque commemorating his achievement will join the organization's permanent display at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis. 

CHRISTIANNE EASON, assistant professor of athletic training, presented "Managing Change: Athletic Trainers as Leaders in the Workplace" at the 2020 Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association conference. Eason is also a contributing author of a new textbook, Qualitative Research in the Health Professions.

KIM FARAH, professor of chemistry, was awarded full membership in Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering. 

CHARLOTTE FRAZIER, associate professor of psychology, launched the Pathways to Diversity in Psychology program at Lasell. She also presented "STEM as a Call to Action: Developing a Research Mentoring Program for Undergraduate Students of Color" with DEIRDRE DONOVAN, assistant professor of mathematics, at AAC&U/PKaL conferences in Chicago and at Framingham State University.

Lisa Granata Faculty and Staff Accomplishment

LISA GRANATA, lecturer (right), is a local artist who presented work at "EXCAVATION: Layers of Meaning," an exhibit at the New Bedford Art Museum. The exhibit, curated by fellow Lasell lecturer CATHERINE CARTER, featured 10 Massachusetts artists whose work had not previously appeared in the museum.

JOSE GUZMAN, associate professor of Spanish, published "La memoria, el espacio transnacional y los grupos marginados en el teatro de Aristedes Vargas" in Convergencias de la Cultura Ecuatoriana

ELIZABETH HARTMANN, associate professor of education, delivered the keynote address for the Babson-Olin-Wellesley (BOW) Consortium's Teaching and Learning Workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She also coauthored a book chapter in the Handbook of Research on Developing Engaging Online Courses

MARISA HASTIE, professor of exercise science, had a poster presentation accepted at the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association conference. She was also featured in a Boston 25 News story on dairy and plant-based milk consumption trends.

CRISTINA HAVERTY, dean of the School of Health Sciences, presented a pilot research study on "The Influence of Leadership on Maintaining Faculty Morale in Hard Times" at the Eastern Educational Research Association's annual conference.

Fan from Lasell University Fashion CollectionSTEPHANIE HEBERT, collections manager for the Lasell Fashion Collection and JILL CAREY partnered with experts from the Fan Association of North America to review comprehensive catalog records from the University's historic fan assortment (pictured right: Gift of the American Textile History Museum, originally donated by Elise Morenon).

GAIL JAUREGUI, assistant professor of fashion, completed her MBA at Lasell and was promoted from visiting instructor to her current position.

Stephen Fischer Faculty Staff Accomplishment STEPHEN FISCHER, associate professor of graphic design, designed the cover art for Such Splendid Prisons: Diplomatic Detainment in America During World War II (left) by Harvey Solomon.

ASHMITA KHASNABISH, lecturer, edited a new anthology published by Rowman & Littlefield, Postcoloniality, Globalization, and Diaspora: What's Next? (December 2019). She also chaired a panel, "Humanistic Identity," at the Northeastern Modern Language Association conference. 

BETSY LEONDAR-WRIGHT, associate professor of sociology, published "The Activist Class Cultures Project" in Collaborating for Change: A Participatory Action Research Casebook from Rutgers University Press.

SHARYN LOWENSTEIN, former associate professor of humanities, has a book chapter in press in Teaching and Learning Strategies in Sustainable Development. Lowenstein now teaches in an adjunct capacity; she retired from full-time teaching after 19 years of service. 

AMY MAYNARD, associate professor of education, presented to the Association of Teacher Educators on engaging collaboration between content and clinical education faculty. The presentation stemmed from collaboration between Lasell faculty and students in the fashion and education departments.

JOANN M. MONTEPARE, director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, coauthored a special publication sponsored by AARP: Higher Education and Aging: The Age-Friendly Movement - Building a Case for Age-Inclusivity. She also moderated a WBUR CitySpace event on the future of aging.

MARGO LEMIEUX, professor emerita, created "The Peace of Wild Things," a lamp inspired by a Wendell Berry poem, for an invitational exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum. Lemieux retired as a full-time professor in January 2020 after 30 years as a member of the Lasell faculty.

JIM OSTROW, provost, will retire from Lasell University following 19 years of service in June 2020. Says PRESIDENT MICHAEL B. ALEXANDER, "Jim developed Connected Learning into a principle that would come to saturate all academics, whereby students do the actual work in their fields of study and are productive rather than consumptive learners." In retirement, Ostrow will focus his professional attention on research and writing as a social theorist and philosopher of education.

ESTHER PEARSON, assistant professor of mathematics, was published in Intelligent Computing with her chapter "STEPS to STEM," which focuses on her "Science, Technology, Engineering, Precollege Studies," or STEPS, program. 

TONISHA M. PINCKNEY, lecturer,was appointed commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (Worcester County Region). She was also voted in as chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness Committee of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, Inc.

CLAUDIA RINALDI, program chair of education, participated in a radio interview in response to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education's proposed plan to diversify the teacher workforce through MTEL test alternatives. 

HELEN SANTOS, assistant vice president and dean of academic success, retired from Lasell after 14 years in her role. "She has had a transformative effect on the student experience," said PROVOST JIM OSTROW. "Helen's many accomplishments have resulted in significant increases in student academic persistence and success." 

DAN SARGEANT, assistant professor of sport management, will speak on the changing structure of New England minor league baseball at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. With Sargeant's support, the Lasell Sport Management Association collected more than $1,000 in hockey equipment for the Waltham Recreation Department.

ANH TRAN, associate professor of economics and management, published a book, Vietnam at the Crossroads.

ANNE VALLELY, professor of fashion, and HORTENSE GERARDO, associate professor of anthropology and performing arts, retired from Lasell University after 20 and 14 years of service, respectively. 

ERIN VICENTE, associate professor of communication, had work accepted to the International Communication Association conference: "Opening Up the Meanings of the Professional" at Bondi University. 

NANCY WALDRON, associate professor of marketing and chair of the business program, had a presentation, "The Affective Component and its Role in Student Learning and Retention," accepted by the International Academic Research Conference.

TENNEH WILKINS, assistant professor of fashion, attended and assisted facilitation of a workshop at Southern New Hampshire University on "Using Student-Led Focus Groups to Assess Student Learning and Experiences" with colleagues MARISA HASTIE and DENNY FREY, associate dean of curricular integration and associate professor of history.

TOM ZAWISZA, assistant professor of justice studies, published his book Homicide Case Studies through Taylor and Francis.

ZANE ZHENG, associate professor of psychology, led two presentations at the Association for Psychological Science's annual convention, including "The Influence of Context on Attentional Control in the Lexical Decision Task."

VLADIMIR ZIMAKOV, associate professor of art, will present a visiting artist lecture and day-long set of illustration workshops at the Kansas City Art Institute. The talk, "Cover to Cover: Words, Pictures, and Everything in Between," will focus on his professional illustration and personal work from the last 15 years.

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