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Spring 2019 SSP Partnership List

1. The Role of Women Scientists in the Discovery of RNA Splicing - Pnina Abir-Am (WSRC Resident Scholar) and Mia Hayford (Student)

Description: The discovery of RNA splicing in 1977 is one of the most important landmarks in molecular biology; it was recognized with the Nobel Prize in 1993. The discovery features several women among its co-authors, yet the recognition went to two male lab directors only. By focusing on the intersectionality of gender, ethnic, and age biases, as well as the power structure in pertinent scientific institutions and disciplines, the project seeks to understand why the contributions of these women scientists, especially those who participated as first co-authors, are still neither well known, nor understood, four decades later. The project has conducted oral history with women and men scientists from the US, Scotland, Switzerland, Israel, Poland, and Canada.

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2. The Heroine’s Journey Project - Nancer Ballard (WSRC Resident Scholar) and Savannah Jackson (Student)

Description:  Resident WSRC Scholar Nancer Ballard is interested in working with a student to expand the breadth and depth of the Heroine’s Journey Project (see below) by exploring the applicability of the Heroine Journey arc in other fields or topics (which will be determined in part by the SSP student’s particular field of interest) and regularly publishing the fruits of new work on the project website which currently has more than 10,000 readers in over 93 countries.

The Heroine’s Journey is a different way of seeing goals, process, success and failure, and narrative trajectories than the dominant cultural narrative arc delineated by Joseph Campbell and others, commonly referred to as The Hero’s Journey. Where the Hero’s Journey is oriented toward becoming a leader among men, overcoming obstacles, reclaiming lost honor or and getting the girl/treasure/prize, and linear cause and effect, the Heroine’s Journey is oriented toward wholeness, inclusion, engagement with life’s cycles and the natural world, and complex systems with multiple causes and effects.

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3. The Goddess’s Children Respond to the Alt-Right - Helen Berger (Resident Scholar) and  Maria Alegria (Student)  

 Description:  This project is an examination of the response of the majority of contemporary Pagans in online forums to the growth of a small subset of the religion that is populating the Alt-Right. Contemporary Paganism is a new religion that has incorporated feminism, environmentalism, and a strong belief in being open to alternative views, forms of worship, and political ideologies into its rituals, beliefs, and practices. This study will categorize and analyze contemporary Pagans’ responses to the challenge to that openness by those who are racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynist.

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4. Sexual Assault against Asian and Asian American, African American, Native, Jewish, and Latina Women and against LGBT Persons: Guidelines for Responding - Bernadette Brooten (WSRC Faculty Affiliate) and Ruhi Roy (Student)

Description: The student partner will create sets of recommendations to schools for preventing and responding to sexual violence, based on research syntheses and summaries of research on minority communities that previous scholars have prepared for the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project. Sexual assault occurs in all ethnic and racial communities, but differently in each, and schools will more effectively respond to the needs of specific communities if their policies and practices are research driven. School policies are often based on those of other schools, anecdotal or statistical information from their own, or the preferences of the policy makers, but not on qualitative or quantitative academic research, and they rarely take ethnic and racial differences into account.  The student will write sets of recommendations for schools, based on the past work of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project (FSEP) and posted on its website. The student will first complete one before going on to the next.

5.  Creation of a Musical Performance Edition of Dame Ethel Smyth's ‘Mass in D” - Amelia LeClair (Resident Scholar) and Jake Sibley (Student)  

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Description: Creating a performance edition in Sibelius of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, one of the great larger works by a great woman for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. This piece is currently only available in manuscript, and under copyright in Europe, however I have received permission to create an edition in the US.  Once a performing edition is created, parts can be extracted and the work can finally be performed as frequently as it should be. SSP will help decipher and transcribe into Sibelius the handwriting and notation of the score

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6.  Jewish Family and Life Advice Columnist and Writer - Ruth Nemzoff  (Resident Scholar) and Eliana Padwa and Juliana An  (Students, 25 hours each)

Description: We will write advice columns on Jewish life from multi-generational perspectives. We will also work on a project on how to talk about feminism and Zionism. In addition, we collaborate in using email and social media for professional purposes.

7. National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C - Change Research Project” - Linda Pololi, Resident Scholar, Senior Scientist (WSRC Resident Scholar) and Kacy Ninteau (Student)

Description: The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine – known as “C - Change” for culture change – is seeking an intern to help prepare and evaluate a Mentoring and Leadership program at Brandeis for medical school faculty. The student will be supporting C - Change research projects including the Mentoring and Leadership Institute

8"The OWL Girl" play production around relations in the Middle East - Monica Raymond (WSRC Visiting Scholar) and Emily Politi (Student)

Description: Monica Raymond's play, THE OWL GIRL, a feminist, pacifist take on the situation in the Middle East, will have a performance in NYC in the Spring of 2018. Looking for a dramaturg, someone to do research and create a brief informative booklet for cast and design team that includes information on the history of the conflict in Israel/Palestine, the roles of women in those societies, and the nature of pre-patriarchal religion in the Middle East.

9British Women Convicts in Colonial America: Trafficking Reproductive Labor - Robin Robinson  (WSRC Resident Scholar) and Gilda Geist (Student)

Description:  This project of psycholegal history explores motive and conduct of the conviction and criminal sentence of transportation of British young women, promulgated in the American colonies throughout the long 18th Century until American Independence. Historical documents reveal that young British women convicted of minor, nonviolent offenses and sentenced to transportation for seven (or fourteen) years were bought by agents, sold to convict ship captains, transported in shackles, then sold in America, most to plantation owners. My project is building the case that these British women convicts – mostly young women – were intended as involuntary progenitors of a white laboring class.

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10. A Survey of Pre-College Sexual Education: Undergraduates Rate their Experiences - Phoebe Schnitzer (WSRC Resident Scholar) and Makayla Richards (Student)

Description:  The Survey addresses the nature and quality of pre-college sex education as experienced by undergrads at U Mass Lowell. Students shared their assessment of previous sex education and made recommendations as to sex education curricula they thought useful for high schoolers. Their views add crucial information to the ongoing national debates about sex education.


11.  “Women and Children First: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Susan Dimock” - Susan Wilson (Resident Scholar) and Megan Catalano (Student)

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Description: Though her name lives on in Roxbury's Dimock Street and in the Dimock Center that still straddles that road, Susan Dimock's (1847-75) important story has been essentially unknown in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To her contemporaries in Boston of the 1870s, however, she was known as a strong, selfless pioneer in American medicine — among the first group of physicians to provide professional health care by, and for, women, and one of the finest, most respected surgeons (male or female) in Massachusetts. I am working on the first full-length biography of her life.