AMHERST, Mass. - Jose Mestre, a professor of physics, and a national expert in the science of learning, testified before Congress earlier this month. The hearing, "Classrooms as Laboratories: The Science of Learning Meets the Practice of Teaching," was held on May 10 before the House Committee on Science’s Subcommittee on Research.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Darden Restaurants Foundation has contributed $50,000 to the University of Massachusetts department of hotel, restaurant, and travel administration (HRTA) to help build a new teaching and research facility that will offer HRTA students the chance to learn principles of good management and high-quality service through practical experience.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has announced the names of three professors and two teaching assistants who have received 2000-01 Distinguished Teaching Awards; three professors who have received Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships Awards; and three faculty and staff who have received Distinguished Academic Outreach Awards. In addition, the University has also announced two recipients of the 2000-01 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
AMHERST, Mass. - Dean E. Robinson, assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 fellowship from the Center for Advancement of Health and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to study health disparities at the Harvard University Center for Society and Health.
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.