AMHERST, Mass. - The Public History Institute at the University of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the New England Historical Genealogical Society in Boston, is offering an eight-day institute (one week in the summer and three Saturdays in the fall) titled "Exploring Family and Community History through Primary Sources."
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts communication professor Sut Jhally is overseeing the production of four new educational videos in his role as executive director of the Media Education Foundation. The non-profit educational organization founded by Jhally in 1991 is perhaps best known for the documentary "Dreamworlds," which explored sexism in music videos. "Dreamworlds" led to a highly publicized lawsuit threat by MTV (it was later withdrawn), and has since been seen by millions, according to Jhally. The following is a description of the new videos:
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts biologist Lynn Margulis has received an honorary doctor of science degree from Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Margulis now holds a total of seven honorary degrees.
AMHERST, Mass. - Vincent Rotello, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a two-year, $35,000 Sloan Foundation fellowship. He is one of just 100 young scientists and economists at 52 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to receive the award. Twenty-three former Sloan Fellows have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is based in New York City.
AMHERST, Mass. - Michael Tsapatsis, an assistant professor in the chemical engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a 1998 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The $60,000 award was presented to just 20 young chemistry or chemical engineering faculty across the country this year. He was also recently awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.
AMHERST, Mass. - When most people hear the term "water quality," they think of drinking water. But water quality concerns can also extend to stormwater, such as the rain Mother Nature recently dumped on the Northeast, says Eric Winkler, environmental technology specialist for the Strategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP) at the University of Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - The DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts will present the only film about gay culture ever produced in the former East Germany, as part of an international film festival taking place in New York City during Gay Pride Week.
AMHERST, Mass. - The 59th anniversary re-release of "Gone With the Wind" June 26 reminds us how far race relations have come – and how far they still have to go, says University of Massachusetts Afro-American studies professor John Bracey.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Talent Search program at the University of Massachusetts has received a federal education grant of nearly $1 million over the next four years to give educationally disadvantaged middle- and high-school students in Amherst, Northampton, and Holyoke the support they need to stay in school.