AMHERST, Mass. - Stephen J. Harris, a medieval language and culture scholar, has joined the English department at the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor. Harris teaches courses in Old English, the study of the epic poem Beowulf, the history of the English language, general literature, and the history of reading.
AMHERST, Mass. - Several new faculty members have joined the University of Massachusetts recently, in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, geosciences, chemical engineering, and mathematics. They are as follows:
AMHERST, Mass. - Kevin Boyle, associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for work on his book, "The People v. Sweet: A Story of Race, Rights, and Murder in Jazz-Age America," about a civil rights case and courtroom drama in the 1920s in Detroit.
AMHERST, Mass. - Steven C. Tracy, a blues musician and associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts, has spent 20 years studying the work of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and the music that influenced him. Tracy''s book, "Langston Hughes and the Blues," received rave reviews in 1988 when the University of Illinois Press first published it. This month, the book will be reissued as a paperback.
AMHERST, Mass. - Thursday, April 26, marks the ninth annual "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" at UMass, when girls between the ages of 9 and 15 can visit offices, laboratories, and other campus locations to learn first-hand what women contribute to the University workplace, and what they can learn. The event is free and open to the children, grandchildren, and other relatives of the campus community.
AMHERST, Mass. - Neil de Grasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, will give a talk at the University of Massachusetts next week. The talk, "Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist," is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, April 30, in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center. It is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.
AMHERST, Mass. - William C. McComb, head of the department of natural resources conservation at the University of Massachusetts, says there will be an abundance of good jobs available in the next five years for people with college degrees in natural resources and conservation fields. McComb points out that this is an especially good time for women and minorities to be entering the field.
AMHERST, Mass. - On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, a group of volunteers for the Acid Rain Monitoring (ARM) project based at the University of Massachusetts will quietly wade or row into 190 lakes and ponds around the state. The hearty group of 70 men and women is part of a unique project that incorporates science with a grass-roots effort to protect the health of the environment. The water samples they collect will be rushed that day to 15 regional volunteer laboratories for preliminary testing, then will be analyzed by UMass scientists who are attempting to provide definitive evidence of the presence and/or effect of acid rain in the state''s recreation resources and drinking water.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has announced three interim personnel appointments. Charlena Seymour, Dean of the Graduate School, has been named Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. She will serve in an acting position from May 28 to July 1, then in an interim position. Chancellor David K. Scott and Deputy Chancellor Marcellette G. Williams made the announcement.