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Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars

Presented Our Seventh Annual Seminar

Chemical Reactions: Marijuana, Opioids, and Our Families
Wednesday, March 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 428 of the State House

  • Staci Gruber, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
    "Taking a hit: Assessing the impact of early onset marijuana uses on the brain"

  • John Kelly, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
    "The public health and safety impact of marijuana legalization"

  • Kathleen Palm Reed, Ph.D., Clark University
    "The highs and lows of relapse and recovery in opiod use disorder"



The Path to a Climate-Friendly and Socially Just Transportation Future -  Kristina Egan

Thursday, 10/1/2015 4:00 PM-5:15 PM

University Center/Tilton Hall, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA - free

Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture - Kristina Egan serves as the Director for Transportation for Massachusetts, with oversight of all coalition activities. She has an established career in transportation, working to address climate change and building social equity. Before joining the coalition in 2010, she served for four years as the Director of the South Coast Rail project, and was the first Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. Ms. Egan holds a M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A from Wesleyan University.

The format was a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with speakers was encouraged.
Sponsored by: Co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
For more information, e-mail or call 508-751-4619.

Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars

Presented Our Sixth Annual Seminar

Mission Critical: Reforming Foster Care and Child Protective Services in Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Boston State House

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2015 Family Impact Seminar Policy Briefs

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Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows to Embark on Summer Research

The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have announced their NOAA Fellows for 2014. Scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering for a third year with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities are overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager, and advised by a Clark faculty mentor.

Receiving fellowships for the summer are:


Julianne Murphy '17 is an intended Biology or Biochemistry major who will work in New Jersey on the project, Diet Effects on Growth and Survival of Deep Sea Red Crab Larvae. Her Clark faculty mentor is Professor Luis Smith from the Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.


Michino Hisabayashi '15 is a Geography major, Economics minor whose NOAA Project will be in Hawaii working on NOAA's Sentinel Site Program and Habitat Blueprint - From Observation to Stewardship. Professor Deborah Martin of the Graduate School of Geography will serve as Michino's faculty mentor.



Silvana "Vanessa" Carrasco '15 is majoring in Biology and will spend the summer in Seattle studying Impacts of Storage on Bacterial Levels and Product Quality of Farm-raised Macroalgae. Her faculty mentor is Professor David Hibbett of Clark's Biology Department.



The Fellows were feted at a luncheon at the Mosakowski Institute on April 29th. This is the third year that the Marsh and Mosakowski Institutes have partnered with NOAA to offer fellowships to Clark University students. Three of four 2013 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows shared their experiences with the students and guests at the luncheon. Faye Harwell '15 a biology major whose NOAA project involved coastal ecology in Maine, talked about the deep sense of community she felt: "I was invited into a real research family." Lucas Earl '14, a geography major who worked in Puget Sound said he'd "gained a lot by participating in research at a high academic level." Economics major Desiree Jerome '14 shared her reflections on working at NOAA headquarters in Washington, DC, on socio-economic policy and analysis projects. Johnston noted her success in a rigorous and demanding internship


The Imperative of SUCCESSFUL AGING: Implications for Policy

Monday April 21, 2014 | 4 p.m.
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

Dr. Roger Landry has seen the future, and it is good. It is a future of tens of millions of Americans living long, healthy, and satisfying lives after retirement, one where we avoid squandering hundreds of billions of dollars on health care and lost productivity. This future will only come to pass, however, if Americans embrace and practice what Landry calls successful aging, a combination of individual behaviors and societal choices that promote health, well-being, and independence. A former Air Force flight surgeon and the author of Live Long, Die Short, Dr. Landry addressed one of the fundamental social and public policy issues of our time, one that ultimately affects
all of us.


Partners for Housing Conference

Monday, April 7, 2014
Government officials, leaders of non-profit housing and community develop.m.ent organizations, private developers, and heads of private, quasi-public, and philanthropic organizations discussed the efforts partnerships made to increase and preserve the supply of affordable housing; the challenges they encounter; and the changes they deem necessary to increase their impact.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute and was open to Clark students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to people involved in policy-making, implementation, financing and advocacy for affordable housing in the New England region.

For more information visit the conference web site


Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars

Presented Our Fifth Annual Seminar


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Boston's State House, Room 437

Legislators, legislative staff, executive branch members, and others interested in the health and well-being of our citizens heard three of the country’s leading experts discuss:

Cardiovascular Disease: How Did it Become Such a Problem, Risk Factors, and the Role of Public Policy
By Ira S. Ockene, M.D., David and Barbara Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology, Director of the Preventive Cardiology Progra.m., University of Massachusetts Medical School

Child and Adolescent Obesity in Massachusetts: Opportunities for Effective Policy Interventions at the State Level
By Christina D. Economos, Ph.D., Associate Director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention; the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition; Associate Professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the School of Medicine, Tufts University

Type 2 Diabetes in Massachusetts: A Population Perspective and Its Implications for Public Policy
By Barbara Goldoftas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, International Develop.m.ent, Community, and Environment Progra.m. at Clark University

The Massachusetts Fa.m.ily Impact Seminars are a series of seminars, briefing reports, and discussion sessions for state policymakers. The seminars provide non-partisan, solution-oriented research on fa.m.ily issues. For further information, contact the Director of the Fa.m.ily Impact Seminars, Denise A. Hines, Ph.D., at or at 508-793-7458.

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"Stakes is High" Educating New Century Students

Thursday, December 5, 2013
4:00 p.m.
Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, Clark University

Free and Open to the Public

Today's students are more technologically competent and globally connected than ever. However, those charged with teaching them often fail to fully engage "New Century" students and miss opportunities to make maximum use of the exciting culture they are creating. Gloria Ladson-Billings, one of America’s leading educational theorists, addressed the way youth culture is re-shaping culturally relevant pedagogy to cross racial, cultural, gender, linguistic, and global boundaries.  Watch Video


What is "Smart Grid" and Why Should We Care? A Community Event

Monday November 25, 2013 5:00-6:30
Tilton Hall, Clark University

Come learn about changing electricity systems in Worcester and beyond. This free community event welcomed the Worcester and Clark communities to explore why we should care about electricity system changes and smart grid develop.m.ent. The need for community awareness of and engagement with energy systems is growing as we are increasingly dependent on electricity for basic needs. Innovations in electricity systems are needed to increase reliance and efficiency and to reduce environmental impacts of energy, but like all new technologies, unintended adverse impacts are possible. Investments to improve electricity systems have become a societal priority, yet concerns related to costs, privacy, security, health, and safety have emerged.  Worcester is the location of National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions program which is a smart grid pilot, so residents of Worcester and other communities in the region were welcome to attend this session to learn more about emerging develop.m.ents and debate about smart grid.

Clark faculty that presentated at this event included:
Jennie Stephens, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
Chuck Agosta, Professor of Physics
Rob Goble, Research Professor at the Marsh Institute
Gil Pontius, Professor of Geography
Students in Professor Pontius' Land and Water Resources Course will also be presenting
Facilitation by Tim Downs, Associate Professor of ES&P, Difficult Dialogue Leadership Team

This event was sponsored by the Clark University Environmental Sustainability Task Force, the Mosakowski Institute, the Marsh Institute, and Clark's Difficult Dialogue Program.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Internship - Clark University

The Mosakowski and Marsh Institutes launched a new summer internship program for undergraduates at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA Internships have placed Clark students in exciting, hands-on projects at locations around the United States.

Students from a wide range of majors will have the chance to learn from working scientists and policy experts at one of America's leading public scientific institutions. The interns will also be mentored by Clark faculty to maximize the connections between their internship experiences and their academic programs.

The following four students have been selected for the program, which awards summer research stipends of $4000 per student.


Lucas Earl, '14 is a Geography major who will work on the project, Land-based Influences on the Ecology of Coastal Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems in Puget Sound, WA. His Clark faculty mentor is Professor Christopher Williams from the Geography Department.


Faye Harwell, '15 is a Biology major whose NOAA project will be Coastal Ecology Research Supporting Ecosystem-Based Management, Wells, ME. Professor Deb Robertson of the Biology Department will serve as Faye's faculty mentor.


Gina Jenkins, '14 is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and will spend the summer in Seattle studying Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation, Seattle, WA. Her faculty mentor is Professor Karen Frey of Clark's Geography Department.


Desiree Jerome, '14 majors in Economics and will study Socio-economic Support for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Silver Spring, MD. Professor Jacqueline Geoghegan of Clark's Economic Department will serve as Desiree's faculty mentor.

For more information about Clark's NOAA Internship Program, contact Prof. Robert Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at 508.751.4619 or Jim Gomes, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at 508.421.3872.

Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture

This year's Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture, titled "From Earth Transformed to Sustainability Science," was in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Earth Transformed by Human Action Symposium. William C. Clark lectured, with discussions by B.L. Turner II and Robert W. Kates. The lecture took place on April 2nd at 4:00 p.m. in the University Center (Tilton Hall). This event was co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Graduate School of Geography and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.

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Also associated with the event were two public panel discussions held earlier on the same day:

Panel 1 Discussion: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Global Change and Adaptation (Lurie Conference Room)
Karen Frey, Ron Eastman, Colin Polsky (Moderator: Tony Bebbington)

Panel 2 Discussion: 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Social Transitions and Global Change (Lurie Conference Room)
Jennie Stephens, Timothy Downs, James Murphy (Moderator: Robert Johnston)

Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Develop.m.ent on the Smaller-Metro Scale

Historian and journalist Catherine Tumber traveled to 25 cities in the Northeast and Midwest to research her book Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World (MIT Press, 2012). The lecture was held on Thursday, February 28 and she discussed strategies for developing a productive green economy in the era of climate change, and invited conversation about Worcester's efforts to meet the challenge.

Tumber spent most of her life in Upstate New York, and now lives in Boston. She is currently a visiting scholar with Northeastern University's School of Public Planning and Urban Affairs, and a fellow with MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Institute.

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Dr. Lee Gurel '48 Lecture

Annual Dr. Lee Gurel '48 Lecture "Measures of Effective Teaching" was held on Wednesday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m. University Center, Tilton Hall. Everyone wants their teacher, their child’s teacher, their nations’ teachers, to be first rate. Many people look back fondly on special teachers who changed their lives. But how do we tell who the great teachers are? Even more important, how can we produce more great teachers and more effective teaching? Dr. Thomas Kane of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, one of the nation’s leading researchers on Education, explored these topics in this year’s Dr. Lee Gurel’48 Lecture.

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Read a recent policy brief from Dr. Kane's Measures of Effective Teaching project.

NOAA Internship

The 2012 Mosakowski Lecture

Ruy Teixeira, one of America's leading political demographers, delivered The 2012 Mosakowski Lecture on Wednesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Tilton Hall. The lecture was free and open to the public. Prof. Teixeira, the co-author of the classic book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, discussed long term trends in America's population, and their implications for politics and policy.

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Michael Dukakis

Presidential Politics Past and Present

The Mosakowski Institute along with the Political Science Department hosted Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic Pary Nominee for President on Monday, September 17. His lecture "Presidential Politics Past and Present" can be viewed below.

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Masachusetts State House

Political Economy of the World System Conference

Clark is hosted the 36th annual Political Economy of the World System conference, Labor, Democracy, and Global Capitalism, on April 20-22 with support from the Mosakowski Institute. Immanuel Wallerstein, founder of World-Systems Analysis, delivered the keynote address, "Labor versus Capital?" Comedian Jimmy Tingle performed at an event open to the community on Saturday, April 21. [See the agenda]


Redistricting map or New England

Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes moderated a panel entitled "Redistricting New England" at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA) in Portsmouth, NH on April 28. Clark Political Science Professor Robert Boatright was one of the panelists, along with leading scholars on congressional redistricting from several other New England colleges and universities. The Institute will be publishing a booklet of the panelists' papers in the summer of 2013.

Masachusetts State House

Family Impact Seminar: Youth at Risk

Clark University, through the Mosakowski Institute, is the Massachusetts affiliate of the national Family Impact Seminar program. On April 4, we presented our third annual seminar for legislators, "Youth at Risk," at the State House. Clark's Family Impact Seminars are directed by Research Assistant Professor Denise Hines of the Psychology Department.

Presentations included:

  1. How are Youth Doing? Trends in Youth Victimization and Well-Being and Implications for Youth Policy, by Lisa M. Jones, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Psychology, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  2. Global and Local Youth Unemployment: Dislocation and Pathways, by Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, International Develop.m.ent, Community, and Environment Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA
  3. Online Predators – Myth versus Reality, by Janis Wolak, J.D., Senior Researcher, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Attendees were asked to pre-register online or email the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at, or call Lisa Coakley at (508) 421-3872.

Please feel free to contact Denise Hines, Ph.D., Director of the Family Impact Seminar Series for any questions regarding the seminar itself at or 508-793-7458.

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Wolak Presentation

Kevin Knobloch

2012 Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture

On March 27, Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, delivered the 2012 Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture. The title is Science and Democracy in Turmoil: The Fracturing of a Great American Relationship, and the lecture was jointly sponsored by the Marsh and Mosakowski Institutes.

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April 11, 2011 The Massachusetts Legislature's Special Joint Committee on Redistricting held its Worcester-area public hearing at Clark University. The hearing was an opportunity for members of the public to make suggestions to legislators about how they should redraw Massachusetts' congressional and state legislative districts in light of the results of the 2010 census. Massachusetts will lose one of its 10 seats in Congress as a result of its population growing at a lower rate than the national average over the past decade.

Legislature's Web notice of the hearing »
Public Hearing »
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April 5, 2011 "Growing a Sustainable Future: Reasons for Urgency and Hope" Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture Series - Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator and Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

As an advocate for science, Jane Lubchenco is well known in international and national arenas. She is a former president of the International Council for Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. She was a presidential-appointee for two terms on the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress and oversees the National Science Foundation. Lubchenco is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Society, and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. She served on the Pew Oceans Commission and the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative. Lubchenco has received numerous awards including a MacArthur ("Genius") Fellowship, nine honorary degrees, the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment, the 2003 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, the 2004 Environmental Law Institute Award and the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science's Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

Sponsored by: George Perkins Marsh Institute and Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

2011 Family Impact Seminar: The Mosakowski Institute presented its annual Family Impact Seminar for state legislators at the State House in Boston March 2011. "Men at Risk: The Physical, Mental, and Social Health of Men in Massachusetts" included presentations by Clark Psychology Professor Michael Addis and two colleagues from other institutions.

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Listen here for WBUR interview with Professors Addis and Mahalik »

March 28, 2011"Gerrymandering" Come see the new documentary film that asks, "Are voters choosing their representatives? Or are politicians choosing their voters?" Higgins University Center, Grace Conference Room. 7:00 P.M. A discussion followed the screening of the film. 

December 1, 2010"How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education" NO ISSUE IN AMERICA IS MORE IMPORTANT, AND FEW MORE CONTENTIOUS, THAN THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. Diane Ravitch, an eminent educational historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, offered her unique perspective on where the movement to reform American education has gone wrong, and shared her ideas for how to improve our schools and the life prospects of our children.

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October 28, 2010 "Public Knowledge, Public Policy: How can community information make a difference?" "Knowledge is Power," said Sir Francis Bacon. University research produces knowledge every day, but its power often fails to materialize. Worcester's neighbor to the south, Providence, has been harnessing the power of knowledge for the betterment of the city and its residents for nearly two decades. Pat McGuigan, Executive Director described the work of the Providence Plan, an innovative public-private partnership that uses data, GIS mapping, and community dialogue to help shape Providence's future.

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October 24, 2010 Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) Annual Conference »

The Conference featured a variety of panels and workshops on topical issues relevant to current and future climate activists. MCAN conference goers ran the gamut from local officials to climate activists to average citizens of Massachusetts concerned about the threat of global warming. The conference, which attracted over 200 people this year, was held for the ninth time and for the first time out of the metro-Boston area. Sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. For more information, e-mail or call 508-751-4619.

September 24, 2010 In celebration of David P. Angel's Inauguration as Clark's Ninth President, The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise presented a panel on "The Great Recession and Its Impact on Families" to alumni, faculty, students and staff at Clark's Traina Center for the Arts.
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September 9, 2010With a significantly increased minority population, effective minority responsiveness and representation throughout the public sector in medium-sized cities such as Worcester, MA is central to the city's overall success. Based in part on results of a thirty-question survey purposively distributed to African-American residents of Worcester, the community roundtable provided a forum for area leaders to discuss the significance of the data collected and to strategize for next steps. Clark Professor Ravi K. Perry discussed how the survey results and related data detail African-American Worcester residents' opinions on city government efforts to present their interests, how African-American Worcester residents' views on city public services and quality of life differ from whites' views on similar questions in other surveys, and explained why most respondents identified a lack of leadership in the black community and expressed dissatisfaction with a number of political representation issues. Dr. Perry was joined by various community leaders, Clark faculty, and students and held a Q&A session after his presentation. Watch slide video »

March 3, 2010 Individuals with Disabilities: The Next Civil Rights Movement, The last half century has witnessed a succession of social movements in the United States aimed at securing equal rights for African-Americans, women, and gays and lesbians. Individuals with disabilities, argues Steven Rothstein, must be the next to claim full equality under law and in society. Rothstein, the President of the Perkins School for the Blind, one of the world's leading institutions for educating the blind and deaf-blind,traced the progress that has been made in the twenty years since the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act and set out an agenda for future action. Co-sponsored with Difficult Dialogues. Watch Video

October 19, 2009 Lee Miringoff '73, The Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (and Clark alum) is the driving force behind the highly regarded Marist Poll. Dr. Miringoff shared the latest research on American public opinion about President Obama, health care reform, and other current topics. Co-sponsored with the Government Department.

October 14, 2009 Richard Rothstein, The Economic Policy Institute Scholar, former New York Times Education columnist, and author of several books (including Class and Schools and Grading Education) was a panelist at the Mosakowski Institute's inaugural conference last November. He returned to Clark to deliver a lecture on standards and accountability in American public education. Co-sponsored with the Sociology Department.

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Mar. 12-13, 2009

Conference: Liberal Education and Effective Practice »
Conference: University Research and the American Agenda »