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2009

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Full-Text Articles in Social and Behavioral Sciences

New Directions In Participatory Visual Ethnography: Possibilities For Public Anthropology, Krista Harper Dec 2009

New Directions In Participatory Visual Ethnography: Possibilities For Public Anthropology, Krista Harper

Krista M. Harper

New visual technologies are changing the ways that anthropologists do research and opening up new possibilities for participatory approaches appealing to diverse audiences. Participatory digital methodologies include digital storytelling, PhotoVoice, and participatory geographic information systems (GIS), as well as community-based filmmaking, and participatory digital archival research. Over twenty years ago, feminist and postmodern anthropologists led a discipline-wide discussion of the ways that we produce and represent culture through ethnographic fieldwork and writing. Few of these critics, however, challenged the notion of the written text as the central medium of anthropological knowledge. More recently, public anthropology has reinvigorated discussion of the ...


The Potential Of Partnerships, Marilyn S. Billings Dec 2009

The Potential Of Partnerships, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

This webinar will use the University of Massachusetts‘ institutional repository as a case study to explore how the new digital repository service has affected the way librarians envision our place in the future of the academy, how the academy is changing its view of the library’s role, new tools and skills that we are developing to fulfill this service, and new partnerships that we have created and fostered to exploit this new vision. We hope to foster discussion and provide insights and opportunities for further exploration of how the role of libraries as publishers enables us to be key ...


The Changing Landscape Of Scholarly Communication & The Role Of An Institutional Repository, Marilyn S. Billings Nov 2009

The Changing Landscape Of Scholarly Communication & The Role Of An Institutional Repository, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

This presentation outlines new emerging areas of scholarly communication that are being seen in Academic Libraries, the relationship to institutional repositories, and to the changing roles of academic librarians.


Digital Creation & Preservation 101, Meghan Banach Bergin, Mj Canavan, Yuan Li, Aaron Rubinstein, Brian Shelburne, Kelcy Shepherd Nov 2009

Digital Creation & Preservation 101, Meghan Banach Bergin, Mj Canavan, Yuan Li, Aaron Rubinstein, Brian Shelburne, Kelcy Shepherd

Meghan Banach Bergin

This presentation gives an overview of digital preservation.


The Google Book Search Settlement And The View From The Public Interest World, Laura Quilter Nov 2009

The Google Book Search Settlement And The View From The Public Interest World, Laura Quilter

Laura Quilter

No abstract provided.


The Social And Cultural Realization Of Diversity: An Interview With Donal Carbaugh, Donal Carbaugh Nov 2009

The Social And Cultural Realization Of Diversity: An Interview With Donal Carbaugh, Donal Carbaugh

Donal Carbaugh

No abstract provided.


Lives, Images, Audiences, Intentions: Participatory Visual Anthropology In A Hungarian Romani Neighborhood, Krista Harper Nov 2009

Lives, Images, Audiences, Intentions: Participatory Visual Anthropology In A Hungarian Romani Neighborhood, Krista Harper

Krista M. Harper

Participatory visual methodologies open up new possibilities for community collaboration in the research process, appeal to diverse audiences, and produce rich visual and narrative data guided by participant interests and priorities. Presenting a recent research collaboration with a grassroots Romani (Gypsy) community organization in northern Hungary, I discuss ethical and epistemological questions raised in participatory visual research. In this project, our team used the PhotoVoice method to generate knowledge and documentation related to environment, health, and the lived experiences of social exclusion. I explore power relationships in the research process as well as historical and contemporary issues of documentary photography ...


Library As Publishing Agent: Exploring New Roles, Marilyn S. Billings Oct 2009

Library As Publishing Agent: Exploring New Roles, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves as campus publishers. One means of doing this is to implement an Institutional Repository, providing opportunities to showcase senior theses, dissertations, award-winning papers, and student and faculty peer-reviewed journals. The Academic Librarians Section (ALS) presented Marilyn Billings from UMass Amherst to explain how this works in her library.


Scholarworks, The Umass Amherst Digital Repository: Showcasing New Ways Of Sharing Our Scholarly Work, Marilyn S. Billings Oct 2009

Scholarworks, The Umass Amherst Digital Repository: Showcasing New Ways Of Sharing Our Scholarly Work, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

Presentation about ScholarWorks digital repository, scholarly communication, ETDs, graduate student work, and open access publishing to the Graduate School's program for the Graduate Program Directors. This is an update of the presentation given in Sept 2008.


Esence: The Ethics In Science And Engineering National Clearinghouse, Marilyn S. Billings Oct 2009

Esence: The Ethics In Science And Engineering National Clearinghouse, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

This talk provides an example, through ESENCe, of the benefit to librarians of partnering with faculty to pull in large grants.


The Epigenetics Of Sex Differences In The Brain, Geert De Vries, M. M. Mccarthy, A. P. Auger, T. L. Bale, G. A. Dunn, N. G. Forger, E. K. Murray, B. M. Nugent, J. M. Schwarz, M. E. Wilson Oct 2009

The Epigenetics Of Sex Differences In The Brain, Geert De Vries, M. M. Mccarthy, A. P. Auger, T. L. Bale, G. A. Dunn, N. G. Forger, E. K. Murray, B. M. Nugent, J. M. Schwarz, M. E. Wilson

Geert De Vries

Epigenetic changes in the nervous system are emerging as a critical component of enduring effects induced by early life experience, hormonal exposure, trauma and injury, or learning and memory. Sex differences in the brain are largely determined by steroid hormone exposure during a perinatal sensitive period that alters subsequent hormonal and nonhormonal responses throughout the lifespan. Steroid receptors are members of a nuclear receptor transcription factor superfamily and recruit multiple proteins that possess enzymatic activity relevant to epigenetic changes such as acetylation and methylation. Thus steroid hormones are uniquely poised to exert epigenetic effects on the developing nervous system to ...


Scholarworks As A Digital Publishing Platform, Marilyn S. Billings Sep 2009

Scholarworks As A Digital Publishing Platform, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

This presentation demonstrates how the University Libraries at UMass Amherst are using their Digital Commons IR ScholarWorks to provide digital publishing programs for UMass Amherst.


Documenting And Promoting Engagement Using Scholarworks, Umass Amherst’S Digital Repository, Marilyn S. Billings Sep 2009

Documenting And Promoting Engagement Using Scholarworks, Umass Amherst’S Digital Repository, Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

The University of Massachusetts Amherst scholarly community is exploiting new digital technologies to showcase campus engagement initiatives. This session shows how a new partnership between the Outreach Division and the University Libraries has created opportunities for dissemination, institutional tracking, and understanding engagement as a vital component of teaching and scholarship.


Hack Your Blog (Lightning Talk), Laura Quilter Sep 2009

Hack Your Blog (Lightning Talk), Laura Quilter

Laura Quilter

A short 101-level lightning talk on "hacking your blog" for Software Freedom Day, Boston, 2009.


Response-Tenure, Dan Clawson Sep 2009

Response-Tenure, Dan Clawson

Dan Clawson

No abstract provided.


Tenure And The Future Of The University, Dan Clawson Sep 2009

Tenure And The Future Of The University, Dan Clawson

Dan Clawson

No abstract provided.


Doing Gender Difference Through Greeting Cards: The Construction Of A Communication Gap In Marketing And Everyday Practice., Emily West Sep 2009

Doing Gender Difference Through Greeting Cards: The Construction Of A Communication Gap In Marketing And Everyday Practice., Emily West

Emily E. West

Greeting card communication reflects the highly gendered division of both emotional and domestic labor in American culture. It’s generally thought that American men do not take as much responsibility for sending greeting cards as women, or display competence in this mode of communication, and both survey data and field work with greeting card consumers confirm this overall pattern. For many women, greeting card communication is part of a feminized habitus that includes kinship work as well as routine provisioning for the household. For men, taking an interest in greeting cards can seem like discrediting behavior for heterosexual masculinity, and ...


Epigenetic Control Of Sexual Differentiation Of The Bed Nucleus Of The Stria Terminalis, Geert De Vries, E. K. Murray, A. Hien, N. G. Forger Sep 2009

Epigenetic Control Of Sexual Differentiation Of The Bed Nucleus Of The Stria Terminalis, Geert De Vries, E. K. Murray, A. Hien, N. G. Forger

Geert De Vries

The principal nucleus of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTp) is larger in volume and contains more cells in male than female mice. These sex differences depend on testosterone and arise from a higher rate of cell death during early postnatal life in females. There is a delay of several days between the testosterone surge at birth and sexually dimorphic cell death in the BNSTp, suggesting that epigenetic mechanisms may be involved. We tested the hypothesis that chromatin remodeling plays a role in sexual differentiation of the BNSTp by manipulating the balance between histone acetylation and deacetylation using ...


Current Issues In Intellectual Freedom, Laura Quilter Jul 2009

Current Issues In Intellectual Freedom, Laura Quilter

Laura Quilter

No abstract provided.


Environmental Justice And Roma Communities In Central And Eastern Europe, Krista Harper, Tamara Steger, Richard Filcak Jul 2009

Environmental Justice And Roma Communities In Central And Eastern Europe, Krista Harper, Tamara Steger, Richard Filcak

Krista M. Harper

Environmental injustice and the social exclusion of Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has roots in historical patterns of ethnic exclusion and widening socioeconomic inequalities following the collapse of state socialism and the transition to multi-party parliamentary governments in 1989. In this article, we discuss some of the methodological considerations in environmental justice research, engage theoretical perspectives on environmental inequalities and social exclusion, discuss the dynamics of discrimination and environmental protection regarding the Roma in CEE, and summarize two case studies on environmental justice in Slovakia and Hungary. We argue that when some landscapes and social groups are ...


E-Science @ Umass: Anticipating And Supporting E-Science Activities At The University Of Massachusetts, Maxine G. Schmidt, Rebecca Reznik-Zellen Jul 2009

E-Science @ Umass: Anticipating And Supporting E-Science Activities At The University Of Massachusetts, Maxine G. Schmidt, Rebecca Reznik-Zellen

Maxine G Schmidt

In March of 2008 an Ad Hoccommittee of Science Librarians from the University of Massachusetts Five Campus System convened to discuss the challenges of e-science and prepare the Libraries for their role in e-science initiatives. Three primary outcomes intended to support e-science activities emerged from the work of the Ad Hoc committee.


Library Space Redesign (Virtual), Marilyn S. Billings Jun 2009

Library Space Redesign (Virtual), Marilyn S. Billings

Marilyn S. Billings

This session will present a series of "think pieces" for both librarians and other campus constituencies to explore as we create new ways of working together to meet the needs of students, faculty and researchers of the 21st century. Topics will include new scholarly communication techniques, digital repositories, new partnerships and ways of marketing our scholarly outreach activities, and examine the implications for our current and future workforce.


Across The Bridge: Using Photovoice To Study Environment And Health In A Romani Community., Krista Harper Jun 2009

Across The Bridge: Using Photovoice To Study Environment And Health In A Romani Community., Krista Harper

Krista M. Harper

This photo essay is the product of a partnership between Prof. Krista Harper, the Sajó River Association for Environment and Community Development, and community organizer Judit Bari. The project took place in a small city in northeastern Hungary hit hard by factory closings since the collapse of state socialism in 1989. The Roma community, about 20% of the town’s population, has been especially vulnerable. A team of six young people participated as photographers and discussion participants, working closely with Harper and Bari. Other community members joined discussions of the images. The team held a photo exhibition in the neighborhood ...


How To Find, Use, And Get Open Access Content, Laura Quilter May 2009

How To Find, Use, And Get Open Access Content, Laura Quilter

Laura Quilter

No abstract provided.


W. Bush’S Judicial Legacy: Mission Accomplished, Sheldon Goldman, Sara Schiavoni, Elliot Slotnick May 2009

W. Bush’S Judicial Legacy: Mission Accomplished, Sheldon Goldman, Sara Schiavoni, Elliot Slotnick

Sheldon Goldman

No abstract provided.


Fishing Upstream: What Do Libraries Want From Vendors, Leslie Horner Button Apr 2009

Fishing Upstream: What Do Libraries Want From Vendors, Leslie Horner Button

Leslie Horner Button

No abstract provided.


From Democratization To Globalization To Justice: Political Generations In Hungarian Environmentalism From The 1980s To The 2000s, Krista Harper Apr 2009

From Democratization To Globalization To Justice: Political Generations In Hungarian Environmentalism From The 1980s To The 2000s, Krista Harper

Krista M. Harper

This presentation applies sociologist Nancy Whittier's concept of "political generations" to explore political identities and strategies appearing over time in the Hungarian environmental movement. I discuss the rise of democratic environmentalism in the 1980s, the shift to a more professionalized and globally oriented activist stance in the 1990s, and the emergence of social justice frames associated with the newest cohort of environmental activists of the 2000s.


Justice In The Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution From America's Industries And Companies To Our States, Cities And Neighborhoods, Michael Ash, James Boyce, Grace Chang, Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Jennifer Tran Apr 2009

Justice In The Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution From America's Industries And Companies To Our States, Cities And Neighborhoods, Michael Ash, James Boyce, Grace Chang, Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Jennifer Tran

James K. Boyce

No abstract provided.


E-Science @ The University Of Massachusetts, Maxine G. Schmidt, Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Raquel Rivera, Cecilia P. Mullen Mar 2009

E-Science @ The University Of Massachusetts, Maxine G. Schmidt, Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Raquel Rivera, Cecilia P. Mullen

Maxine G Schmidt

e-Science @ the University of Massachusetts Abstract: What is e-Science and how can libraries and librarians support it? The University of Massachusetts takes a proactive approach to support network-enabled research on its campuses and provides examples where e-Science is already at work. Statement: “e-Science” is a term commonly used to describe research in a networked environment, a growing trend not only in the sciences, but the arts and humanities as well. e-Science creates both opportunities and challenges for academic libraries. The opportunities lie in leveraging the basic skill set that libraries and librarians already possess: the knowledge of and practical experience ...


The Revitalization Of New England's Small Town Mills: Breathing New Life Into Old Places, John Mullin, Zenia Kotval Mar 2009

The Revitalization Of New England's Small Town Mills: Breathing New Life Into Old Places, John Mullin, Zenia Kotval

John R. Mullin

This paper describes and analyzes the recent experience of communities in the six New England states concerning the revitalization of their 19th century mills and mill yards. It begins with an examination of the importance of these complexes to the economy of New England in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the slow decline of the mills into the present. It then identifies the factors that are now stimulating their revitalization and provides myriad examples of where success has occurred. This is followed by a section on 'Lessons Learned' from the experience, and a closing comment concerning future actions.