AMHERST, Mass. - Johnnetta B. Cole, the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College since its founding in 1881, has been named this spring''s University of Massachusetts Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence. She will visit the campus April 27-May 1 to lecture, speak to classes, and meet informally with faculty and students.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts English professor Mart?n Espada has been named the winner of a 1999 Independent Publisher Book Award for his first collection of essays, "Zapata''s Disciple" (South End Press, 1998). An award-winning poet, Espada was chosen in the creative non-fiction/memoir category. More than 1,200 titles were considered for the 1999 "IPPY" Awards in all categories.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts psychology professor Ervin Staub says the violence and ethnic cleansing underway in Yugoslavia’s Kosovo Province stems in part from the Serbian desire for a secure national identity and unhealed wounds from past violence against Serbs. Staub, who has studied mass violence and genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, also says the international community is correct in trying to stop the killing in Kosovo.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts and members of the University''s police force, the International Brotherhood of Police, Locals 432 A and B, have reached a contract settlement. Local 432A represents uniformed officers. Local 432B represents sergeants and lieutenants.
AMHERST, Mass. - Bernd Sahling, an independent filmmaker from Potsdam, Germany, will be the University of Massachusetts DEFA Film Library’s first filmmaker-in-residence from April 21-29, 1999. Sahling will participate in two public events co-sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Film Festival.
AMHERST, Mass. - National experts in climatology and related fields will meet at the University of Massachusetts on Thursday and Friday, April 22-23, to discuss the latest research on topics ranging from global warming to the health effects of major climate changes. The Climate System Research Symposium will be held in French Hall.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts women''s studies professor Janice Raymond has received two prestigious grants totaling $449,000 to study the impact of sex trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. The grants have been awarded to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, an international human rights non-profit organization that Raymond co-directs.
AMHERST, Mass. - David Kazmer, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts, was selected as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, a three-year, $300,000 award.
AMHERST, Mass. - Student volunteers from the University of Massachusetts are offering free tax assistance to local residents at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley and to UMass international students, faculty, and staff at the Isenberg School of Management building on the Amherst campus.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have developed polymers that could make air travel safer. Phillip Westmoreland, professor of chemical engineering at UMass, presented the group''s findings at the March 1999 national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The research is being conducted in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).