Task Force Named to Address Sexual Violence, Harassment and Assault

The following statement was sent to the campus community on Dec. 7:

Earlier this semester, the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) hosted a town hall as part of its Safe at Work campaign that underscored the need to rebuild trust between administrators and students and work as effective collaborators in the struggle against sexual violence, harassment and assault against graduate students.

In response to the serious concerns raised at the town hall, I invited GWIS to join...

Chancellor Subbaswamy attends Share Our Table

Campus Community Celebrates Jewish and Muslim Food Traditions

Dining Services hosted Share Our Table, an event celebrating interwoven Jewish and Muslim food traditions, on Nov. 30 in Franklin Dining Commons.  

The evening provided an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to sample global foods, while also mingling with their peers and joining the conversation about kosher and halal customs. The menu included chicken tikka, beef rending, Moroccan fish, kugel and more....

Bryan Monesson-Olson

Team Creates 3D Tool for Making Science Accessible

A team from the College of Natural Sciences, W.E.B. Du Bois Library and Information Technology (IT) presented a project that used a 3D printer to create DNA molecule models for use by blind or low-vision students at the recent World Usability Day New England Conference Nov. 9 at the University of Connecticut.  

The team’s members were Bryan Monesson-Olson, lecturer and director of the honors program in biochemistry and molecular biology; Dennis Spencer of the Digital Media Lab in the...

Jin Kim-Mozeleski

UMass Amherst Research Targets Smoking Link with Food Insecurity

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst social and health psychologist Jin Kim-Mozeleski recently received a five-year, $839,000 grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop an outreach program to help people with food insecurity to quit smoking.

Her project follows up on research that observed a link between smoking and the difficulty in having access to enough healthy and preferred food to lead an active and healthy life.

As she explains,...

Graduate Commons

New Graduate Commons Opens in Du Bois Library

A new dedicated study and group work space for graduate students formally opened in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library on Nov. 30.

The Graduate Commons features a mix of desks, tables and seating with moveable whiteboards and accent furniture to accommodate individual and group study. There are also two all-glass small group meeting rooms at the northwest and northeast corners, and remote printing service. The commons occupies half of Floor 5 of the library. There is swipe card access for...

Volunteers from the university and Holyoke Public Schools prepare donations for displaced families from Puerto Rico.

Giving Tuesday Donations to Help Displaced Puerto Rican Families

As part of Giving Tuesday, the campus community donated winter clothes and toiletries to Holyoke Public Schools in support of displaced families arriving from Puerto Rico.

The effort, which was coordinated by the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life, collected more than 20 industrial-size garbage bags full of winter coats, hats, scarves, clothing, shoes and more.

These donated items are intended to help families that have relocated to Holyoke...

Jamila Lyiscott

Lyiscott Shares Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grant to Ghana

Jamila Lyiscott, visiting associate professor in student developmemt, has received a 2017 Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grant titled “Learning in Ghana: Linking Language, Literacy & Culture.” Lyiscott and co-grantees Esther Ohito and Susan Wilcox will lead a group of pre-service and in-service teachers to Ghana during the summer of 2018 for an immersive experience toward developing culturally sustaining pedagogical skills.

The U.S. Department of Education program "provides...

Barna Saha

UMass Amherst Computer Scientist and International Team Offer Theoretical Solution to 36-year-Old Computation Problem

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst computer science researcher Barna Saha, with colleagues at MIT and elsewhere, are reporting the theoretical solution to a 36-year-old problem in RNA folding predictions, which is widely used in biology for understanding genome sequences.

The authors presented preliminary results in an extended abstract at the Foundations of Computer Science conference in New Brunswick, N.J. Their final article will appear as one of the conferences’...

UMass Amherst

Alumna Karen Gillett Britton to Deliver Tang Lecture on Nov. 30 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Karen Gillett Britton, the senior vice president and chief operating officer for the e-Management Company and a former special assistant and chief information officer for President Barack Obama, will deliver the 18th annual Tang Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Amherst Room, 10th floor of the Campus Center.

Britton’s lecture is titled, “Are Emerging Cyber Threats Stifling Business Innovation?” A reception...

Linda Tropp

Tropp Edits Psychologist’s Guide to Public Engagement

Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology in the department of psychological and brain sciences, has edited a new book “Making Research Matter: A Psychologist’s Guide to Public Engagement.”

The book gathers well-known experts to discuss how researchers can impact a broader audience, by lending their scientific expertise to pressing social issues, current events, and public debates.

Contributors include Amy Schalet, sociology and director of the Public Engagement Project, and...