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Assistant Professor Angelica Bernal has been awarded a Family Research Scholarship from the Center for Research on Families (CRF) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Bernal is one of six faculty chosen for this year's Family Scholars program. 

As a CRF Fellow, Professor Bernal will research "The Impact of Petroleum Contamination, Litigation & Legal Activism on Indigenous Families in Ecuador¹s Amazonian Region."

Laura Reed, lecturer and director of the department's Interational Relations Program, spoke at the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts on January 28. Her lecture, "What Next for New START," discussed the significance of the recently ratified strategic arms Treaty. 

Ethan Katsh, professor emeritus of Legal Studies, was a keynote speaker at the 10th International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution in Chennai, India from Feb. 7-9. ODR2011 brings "together the world's leading practitioners, academics, theorists, and online negotiation application developers, to share information, and to create a vehicle for ODR education."

Recent commentary on the political unrest in Egypt has highlighted the rigorous research and outreach of the Political Science Department. On February 3, the department co-hosted Popular Uprisings in the Arab World: An Open Discussion on Recent Events.

Stuart Shulman, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass-based Qualitative Data Analysis Program, gave lectures on "Measuring Validity in Annotation" at the University of Illinois Chicago and Northwestern University on February 3 & 4.

Jillian Schwedler, associate professor of political science, commented in a story about how King Abdullah II of Jordan appears to be one of the least threatened leaders among the countries in the Middle East facing popular unrest. According to Schwedler, Jordan does not have the same level of dissent that is found in other countries in the region. 

Professor Schwedler is an expert on protest and policing in Jordon. She is currently completing work on a manuscript, tentatively titled Protesting Jordan: Law, Space, Dissent.

Professor Bruce Desmarais has recently published two articles on political methodology. The first, co-authored with Skyler Cranmer, a political scientist at UNC Chapel Hill, is currently available in the journal Political Analysis. Click here to read "Inferential Network Analysis with Exponential Random Graph Models." (may require journal subscription).

MJ Peterson, Professor of Political Science, has led the development of a series of in-depth case studies, teaching notes, and other instructional materials for use in graduate science, engineering, and public policy classrooms. The work is part of the National Science Foundation project, International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (IDEESE). 

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the National Center for Digital Government, moderated a session on New Media and the Future of Government for journalists, business executives, government officials, and NGO leaders at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday.

UMass Amherst Graduate and faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Manuel Almeida, recently published Dirigentes y Dirigidos: Para Leer Los Cuadernos de la cárcel de Antonio Gramsci (Leaders and Followers: Reading the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci).