Jason De León

2017 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Recipient Jason De León to Speak at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient Jason De León, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and author of the award-winning book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail, will deliver a public talk on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Integrative Learning Center third floor Communications Hub at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

De León will be presenting “Soldiers and Kings: Photoethnographic...

Chancellor Subbaswamy addresses the 2017 Faculty Convocation.

Chancellor Details Continued Course for Excellence

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy told the 13th annual Faculty Convocation on Oct. 11 that the university is committed to academic excellence and access to a world-class education for every qualified Massachusetts student, regardless of their socio-economic status, their race, religion, or their ethnicity.

With the most academically accomplished class just entering the university and a world class faculty in place, Subbaswamy said the time is at hand to “become a Top 20, or even a...

Amilcar Shabazz

Shabazz to Deliver Resistance Studies Lecture

Amilcar Shabazz, professor of history and Africana studies and interim chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, will speak on “Assata Shakur as the Soul of Black Resistance” on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 3-5 p.m. in 145 Integrated Science Building.

The talk is part of the Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series.

Shabazz, who also served as the department’s chair from 2007-12, was faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and excellence from...

Sandra Petersen

Petersen Named Senior Graduate Diversity Advisor for Graduate School

Sandra Petersen, a nationally recognized leader in developing recruitment and mentorship programs for underrepresented graduate students from the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has been named senior graduate diversity advisor by Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the Graduate School. 

A professor of veterinary and animal sciences, Petersen currently serves as director of the STEM Diversity Institute (SDI), which has dramatically increased minority student...

UMass Amherst Eureka! Program for Girls Celebrates Five Years on UN’s ‘International Day of the Girl’


DATE:      Wednesday, Oct. 11

TIME:       Noon-1:30

WHAT:     Celebration of five years of the College of Natural Science’s Eureka! program for girls

WHERE: 170 Design Building Lecture Hall, 551 North Pleasant St., Amherst

The first group of Eureka! Scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, now completing their final...

Kimberly Noble

Neuroscientist to Discuss Socioeconomic Inequality, Brain Development

Kimberly Noble, associate professor of neuroscience and education Columbia University, will speak on “Socioeconomic Inequality and Children’s Brain Development” on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. in Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Room 160 East.

Noble, who is both an M.D. and Ph.D., studies how socioeconomic inequality relates to children’s cognitive and brain development from infancy through adolescence. She is particularly interested in understanding how early in infancy or...

Lecia Brooks speaks in Goodell Hall on hate and extremism in the U.S.

Southern Poverty Law Center Event Tackles Hate, Extremism in US

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks spoke to a crowd of nearly 100 on the state of hate and extremism in the U.S. during the featured lecture for the Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign on Oct. 2.

Brooks, who led the talk in the Bernie Dallas Room in Goodell Hall, offered a detailed assessment of the recent rise in hate groups. She discussed where and how these hate groups emerge and also provided guidance for effectively challenging bigotry and hate speech. 


Barbara Krauthamer

UMass Amherst Dean Barbara Krauthamer Recognized by Association of Black Women Historians

AMHERST, Mass. – Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the Graduate School and professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, received the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians on Sept. 30 at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The award is given to an African-American woman historian in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement, a demonstrated commitment to mentoring black...

Lecia Brooks

Southern Poverty Law Center Official to Speak Oct. 2

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks will discuss “The State of Hate and Extremism” as part of the Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign on Monday, Oct. 2, from 5-7 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room in Goodell Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of a campaign reaffirming the university’s core values and its commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living and learning environment for every member of the campus community.

The Southern Poverty Law...

Martha Baker

Baker Honored with Girl Scout ‘ToGetHerThere’ Award

Martha Baker, associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences, is an inaugural recipient a ToGetHerThere award from the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.

Baker, who was named in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) category, and four other winners will be honored at the ToGetHerThere Awards Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Tower Square Hotel (formerly the Springfield Marriott) in Springfield.