[In the News]

Fran Deutsch Featured on NPR, Takes Motor City by Storm Professor of Psychology and Education Fran Deutsch's book Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works was featured on NPR's Morning Edition on July 26. The national spot interviewed Deutsch, mentioned MHC, and recounted the lives of two dual-earning couples, comparing and contrasting how the families negotiate and manage their responsibilities at work and home.

In Detroit on July 28 and 29, Deutsch wore herself out through the many media engagements that she completed during a brief whirlwind tour of the Motor City area. Originally scheduled to give a talk about her work at Visteon, a division of Ford in Dearborn, Deutsch also managed to squeeze in six interviews while there, including three TV and two radio appearances.

Deutsch's last engagement in the Detroit area with a small cable outlet for 30 minutes was among her favorite experiences to date with the media. "I've found that some of the smaller outlets tend to do a much better job preparing for interviews. The young woman at this station, for example, had a pile of good questions on index cards. She was enthusiastic and smart, making it very enjoyable," explained Deutsch. She also noted that the local article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette was at the top of her list "for getting it right and doing a great job with the writeup."


Blast Off! Martha Ackmann, who teaches in MHC's women's studies program and directs the College's community-based learning program, has been following recent NASA shuttle launches with an eye toward evaluating how the national space agency treats its women members. As reported in the November 13 edition of CSJ, Ackmann's op-ed on John Glenn and the Mercury 13 program appeared last fall in over two dozen newspapers, including such outlets as the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Detroit Free Press, and the Miami Herald. The piece brought to light NASA's rejection of a women's astronaut program during Glenn's era.

Recently, Ackmann traveled to Florida to attend the launch of the shuttle headed by Eileen Collins, NASA's first woman commander. Due to the shuttle's delay, Ackmann missed the launch, but she was invited to a private reception held by Collins's family. Almost a quarter of the friends and family at the event were former WASPs (Women's Air Force Service Pilots) and Mercury 13 members.

Collins, in an outer space press conference, later paid a touching tribute to these important role models, according to Ackmann. Prior to her trip to Florida, Ackmann spent several days in Dallas interviewing two Mercury 13 members for a lengthy profile that she has written about Wally Funk, Mercury 13's youngest member. The Funk piece is anticipated to run as the cover story of Texas Magazine, the Houston Chronicle's Sunday magazine.

The Dallas and Florida trips provided fodder for another Ackmann opinion piece about NASA, which appeared August 4 in the "WomaNews" section of the Chicago Tribune. The op-ed also appeared on August 1 in the Springfield Sunday Republican. In addition, Ackmann's work and trips were the focus of a six-minute WFCR news piece by News Director Bob Paquette, which aired soon after the shuttle's return. Paquette discussed the importance of Collins's historic mission, mentioning Collins's gratitude for the women who came before her.


Academia and Exotica in the News Lecturer in Russian, exotic dancer, and performance artist Susan Scotto was recently featured in a Springfield Sunday Republican article focusing on her not-for-credit exotic dancing class. The story, which ran on August 1, was later picked up by several local outlets and was the basis for a story that ran on the Associated Press newswire last week, resulting in many stories around the country. In addition to profiling Scotto, her views on exotic dancing as an art form, and the evolution and content of her class, the Republican's feature piece included student reaction and Dean of Faculty Donal O'Shea's sense of the campus activity. Although many have labeled Scotto an exhibitionist, the label may not apply despite her tendency to attract attention; she turned down an interview with the nationally syndicated television program Inside Edition and carefully chooses the outlets in which publicity about her appears.