Chair and Associate Professor Launches Speakers Series

September 11th, 2015

Williams, Chad

Dr. Chad L. Williams will launch the 2015 – 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Speakers Series on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Hartwick College. Dr. Williams will present a lecture titled “W. E. B. Du Bois and the First World War.”

Chair and Associate Professor of African & Afro-American Studies here at Brandeis University, Dr. Williams is a noted expert on Du Bois, who stands as arguably the most significant black intellectual in American history.  Dr. Williams commented:

In his long life as a scholar and activist, few moments impacted Du Bois as deeply as World War I. When the United States entered the war in 1917, he optimistically encouraged African Americans to rally behind their country in hopes of a brighter democratic future for the race. By the mid-1930s, after some two decades of disillusionment, Du Bois came to see the war as a tragic failure and his own position one of deep shame. The story of Du Bois and World War I is the story of what the war meant for African Americans, a painful struggle to be seen as full American citizens and find meaning in a moment of supreme sacrifice that, in the face of continued racism, felt increasingly futile. 

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

Congratulations to Margie E. Lachman, Ph.D.

September 8th, 2015

Lachman, MargieThe Division of Social Sciences is proud to congratulate Dr. Margie Lachman on receiving the Gerontological Society of America’s 2015 Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology.

Dr. Lachman’s research is in the area of lifespan development with a focus on midlife and later life. Her current work is aimed at identifying psychosocial (e.g., sense of control, social support) and behavioral (e.g., physical exercise) factors that can protect against, minimize, or compensate for declines in cognition (e.g., memory) and health. She is conducting studies to examine long-term predictors of psychological and physical health, laboratory-based experiments to identify psychological and physiological processes involved in aging-related changes, and intervention studies to enhance performance and promote adaptive functioning.

Thank you Dr. Lachman for your contributions to your Brandeis colleagues, students and the world.

Brandeis Students Seed Rooftop Farm

June 4th, 2015
Image from Boston Herald

Image from Boston Herald

Boston Herald
May 24, 2015
The 1,500-square-foot rooftop farm is located on the “red roof” of the Gerstenzang Science Center. ENVS students came up with the idea in Laura Goldin’s “Greening the Ivory Tower” course in fall 2014 and worked with Green City Growers to set up the farm at the end of the spring semester.
Everyone is welcome to take part in the community rooftop farm! For the farming schedule and to learn more about what is happening each week check out the Brandeis page with Green City Growers. You can also follow the Brandeis Farmers Club on Facebook.

Nail Salon Worker Toxic Exposure Studies Cited by Boston Globe

June 4th, 2015

Image from The Boston Globe

Brandeis students continue to make meaningful, newsworthy change for good. On May 12, 2015 the Boston Globe addressed the regulation and safety of Massachusetts nail salons, citing Brandeis University Nail Salon Worker Toxic Exposure studies by the 2011 and 2013 Environmental Health and Justice JBS students: “Amid N.Y. report, how are Mass. nail salons regulated?”. These research studies were presented by the students at the Academy of Sciences Annual International Conferences of Environmental Science and Technology.


May 1st, 2015

Eva BellinEva Bellin, the Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Mentor Award. The $2,500 award will be presented on April 23 by Susan Birren, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Mentor Award recognizes faculty members who exhibit outstanding mentorship of graduate students, including:

  • Inspiring excellent academic performance from students
  • Advising and guiding research
  • Organizing an effective environment for research and scholarship
  • Developing talents such as research skills, teaching ability, presentations, writing and preparation of grant and fellowship applications
  • Sponsoring students in the academic and professional community
  • Interacting effectively with students
  • Responding to students’ academic and personal needs
  • Providing career guidance and helping students find professionally relevant employment
  • Serving as a successful role model

Read more about Dr. Berlin’s award here.

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