Category: Faculty News
The social and personal benefits of a collegiate education on incarcerated men have long been academically proven, but a new paper authored by a MET Criminal Justice master’s program alum in conjunction with faculty brings new light to the positive impact an education can have on women serving prison time.
“Doing Time Wisely: The Social and Personal Benefits of Higher Education in Prison” was written by Jillian Baranger (MET’16) along with Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, associate chair and associate professor of the practice of Applied Social Sciences, and Dr. Danielle Rousseau, a MET assistant professor and expert on issues related to gender, mental health, and trauma among the incarcerated. The paper finds that providing imprisoned individuals with the chance to pursue an education can “help to facilitate resilience in taking on the systemic challenges of reentering communities” and build feelings of personal development, resilience, and empowerment. Published in The Prison Journal, their research also found evidence “that engagement in prison higher education can support the development of coping skills and foster transformative self-inquiry and personal development.”
Read the paper here.
MET Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences John Maleyeff was awarded the Best Presentation Certificate for a dialogue he led at the 2018 International Conference in Healthcare Service Management. Held at Japan’s University of Tsukuba, June 8–10, the gathering assembled healthcare management and medical informatics practitioners and academics to explore the innovations, practical challenges, possibilities, and pitfalls faced by those in the field. Dr. Maleyeff’s winning “Biomedical Data Mining” presentation was based on his paper, “Cancer Screening Decision Making Models Based on Health Status Utilities,” co-authored by Master of Science in Actuarial Science student and graduate assistant Danrong Chen. It focused on the study’s design, methodology, and preliminary findings.
Dr. Guanglan Zhang has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of computer science. She is a lead researcher in MET’s Health Informatics Research Lab, a part of the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics and the Health Informatics Graduate Certificate offered at MET. Co-inventor on two patents and a key participant on two currently active grants, Dr. Zhang has published 51 articles in biomedical and bioinformatics journals and seven book chapters, in addition to developing more than 15 online computational systems. Her health informatics studies focus specifically on the development of computational algorithms in biomedical and health sciences.
Read an in-depth interview with Dr. Zhang here.
Director of Gastronomy Megan Elias contributed to “Cooking the Books with Yotam and Nigella,” an episode of the podcast Gastropod. Cohosted by Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history. During the episode, Dr. Elias—who recently authored Food on the Page: Cookbooks and American Culture—discusses different ways that cookbooks reflected historical shifts in class, culture, and technology.
Listen to the full podcast here.
Dr. Danielle Rousseau has long dedicated herself to the comprehensive rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals, with focus on issues related to gender, mental health, and trauma. To advance these aims, the assistant professor in the MET Criminal Justice master’s program will lead a new BU study dedicated to assessing the impact of trauma-informed yoga instruction on the detained, conducted in partnership with the nonprofit Yoga 4 Change.
Awarded a $50,000 grant by the Chartrand Family Foundation, the Yoga 4 Change study will compare three groups of incarcerated individuals—a set of volunteers who have opted into the yoga-based correctional program, a set that has been designated to participate via sentencing, and a control group that does not participate—and evaluate whether the intellectual and physical practices can aid in the emotional growth of participants and better prime them for healthy re-entry into society. The study will be based in Jacksonville, Florida, and the grant affords 50 days of study for Rousseau and a team of BU faculty and graduate students, to assess Yoga 4 Change’s viability and possible expansion.
“I have seen that embodied mindfulness programming can help to ameliorate mental health symptoms, improve physical well-being and create positive coping strategies,” said Dr. Rousseau, who is also a licensed therapist and certified yoga teacher. “Yoga can help with impulse control, bring greater awareness, and allow the practitioner to more effectively maintain sobriety and to manage trauma symptoms by staying present.”
Read more, including a Q&A with Dr. Rousseau, at Yoga 4 Change.
As a recognized Master of Wine, William Nesto is one of the world’s foremost experts on wine appreciation and history. An instructor in the Wine Studies certificate program offered by MET’s Programs in Food & Wine, Nesto and his wife Frances Di Savino co-authored Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, which charts the couple’s journey to Italy in pursuit of learning everything they can about the storied wine region and its beloved Chianti variety.
Nesto and Di Savino were recently invited to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to lead a discussion regarding their historical and cultural findings. Watch a video of the lecture here.
Jeannette Guillemin and Wendy Swart Grossman—who co-designed MET AR 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship, an elective in the MET Master of Science in Arts Administration program—have authored an article that explores the role corporate and university resources can play in creating social impact-minded art. In the December 2017 volume of Social Innovations Journal, the College of Fine Arts faculty members and MET instructors explain that business, collegiate, and artistic institutions can flourish through collaboration, and the way they have seen that potential realized here at Boston University.
“Arts and culture will continue to serve as a valuable strategic partner in Boston,” Swart Grossman and Guillemin, an alum of the Arts Administration master’s program, write. “And universities can lead the way of linking disparate partners to work together toward positive social change.”
Read more in Social Innovations Journal.
As the trade of goods throughout the world evolves, thanks to shifting markets and technologies, so too do the professional opportunities. A recent report from MHI/Deloitte surveyed 1,100 supply chain and manufacturing leaders, and 63 percent said the biggest challenge they face is hiring and retaining a skilled workforce able to take advantage of the landscape’s emerging technology. In an interview featured in Fortune magazine, Associate Professor John Sullivan, who serves as chair of the MET Department of Administrative Sciences, expressed his belief that the field only stands to become more essential to the health of enterprises. “Supply chain management in most industries is going to be a critical component to survival, because if you have any disruption in your supply chain, you die,” he said.
Assistant Professor Canan Gunes Corlu, who teaches as part of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management degree program, added that MET’s supply chain curriculum qualifies its graduates to meet these needs. “The commitment is to provide our students with knowledge and skills in the areas of highest demand by the industry,” she said
Read more here.
Dr. Kyung-shick Choi, Metropolitan College’s resident cybercrime expert and faculty coordinator for the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity master’s and graduate certificate criminal justice programs, is the author of Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation—a comprehensive look into the intersecting disciplines that constitute the growing field of cybercrime. Now, Dr. Choi’s work will be available to non-English-speaking readers, as a Spanish-language translation of the book was released in November.
At 92 years young, Tamar Frankel has seen plenty of change take its time. Hired as BU’s first female law professor in 1963, she continues to instruct to this day, and co-teaches MET AD 678 Financial Regulation and Ethics with MET Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Irena Vodenska. Frankel played a key role in the advancement of the fiduciary rule, a U.S. Department of Labor regulation which stipulates that financial advisors must act in the best interests of retirement clients. The Trump administration has delayed implementation of the rule, but Frankel believes it will endure. “What the rule has done is sown the seed, and the longer it takes the better off we are, because what we must change is the culture and the habits in the financial industry,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “Habits don’t change in one day. It takes time.”
Read more in the Wall Street Journal.