With its more than one hundred fellows to date, the ISI has hosted some of the most active and successful of our colleagues on campus. In many cases their projects, under development in an ISI seminar, have come to fruition in scholarly or creative arenas. While we do not claim credit for all successes or special recognitions, we are proud to list some of the achievements of our ISI community here.

Former ISI Fellow John Higginson Celebrates Publication of Book

On February 6th, former ISI fellow John Higginson celebrated the publication of his new book, Collective Violence & the Agrarian Origins of South African Apartheid, 1900-1948. Higginson teaches in the History Department here at the University of Massachusetts and is a research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences and in the Department of History at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. 

Mari Castañeda Appointed As First Chancellor's Leadership Fellow

Mari Castañeda, Professor of Communication and former ISI fellow has been appointed as the first Chancellor's Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Castañeda will be mentored by John McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School. Mari will be developing and implementing a new Preparing Future Faculty program as well as participating in planning and decision-making. Her term runs through the fall semester.

Aline Gubrium Co-Authors Op-Ed on Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Awareness Program

Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and current ISI Value fellow, and Betsy Krause, Professor of Anthropology, published an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Jan. 22 in which they characterize the teen pregnancy awareness campaign launched by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee as cruel and misguided.

Herter Gallery to Host Exhibit by Max Page

UMass's Herter Gallery is hosting the exhibit "Deafening Silence: The Strange Career of Mussolini's Legacy in Rome" by current ISI Value fellow and Professor of architecture Max Page (January 22-February 22, 2015). Using recent photographs, professor Page documents those aspects of Rome's architectural legacy bequeathed by Mussolini. The exhibition was made possible in part by the research allowance ISI makes available to its fellows each year.

ISI Fellow Angela de Oliveira Receives NSF-funded Fellowship

Current ISI Value Fellow Angela de Oliveira was selected as a Fellow for the Nation Science Foundation-funded "Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program." According to de Oliveira, she discussed her ISI project in her application for the fellowship.

The program "foster[s] the development of hazards scholars who will expand and strengthen the interdisciplinary research community." The fellowship begins with a weekend meeting in February, where fellows will be introduced to interdisciplinary practices in the study of hazards and disasters, begin to formulate their goals for the program, and meet with mentors and fellows. The Annual Natural Hazards and Applications Workshop will be held in July at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The program selects up to 20 fellows each year for the competitive program. More information about the program can be found on the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers website.