AMHERST, Mass. - Chief Probation Officer of the Ware District Court Kevin Lucey will speak at a forum on families in distress on Wed., April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in room 168C of the University of Massachusetts Campus Center. The lecture, "Raging Storms in Families," is part of The Center for the Family Spring 2001 Seminar Series. The program is free, open to the public, and does not require advance registration. The UMass Center for the Family fosters research, teaching, and outreach activities that strengthen and support families.
AMHERST, Mass. - The noted South African theater director Malcolm Purkey will visit the University of Massachusetts campus in April as part of the Artist in Residence in the Five College Area program. The UMass Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and the Fine Arts, the Mount Holyoke College Department of English, and the Smith College Department of Theatre host the two-week program. Major funders include the Five-Colleges Lecture Fund.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 500 educators, librarians, writers, illustrators, parents, students, and teachers will meet at the University of Massachusetts later this week to discuss the latest trends and topics in children’s literature. The 31st annual Perspectives in Children’s Literature conference will be held 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat. March 31, at the Isenberg School of Management on the UMass campus.
AMHERST, Mass. - More than 180 minority high-school students from 21 schools across the state are planning to attend the second annual Minority Engineering Program Career Day at the University of Massachusetts this week. The event will take place Wed., March 28, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium. The best time for photographs or interviews will be from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m., and from noon to 1 p.m.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst announces the 2002 UMass Waugh Arboretum Calendar competition. A jury will select twelve artists to each produce a two-dimensional artwork representing a heritage tree or landscape on campus. The resulting fine-art calendar will be sold throughout the Commonwealth and to alumni all over the country through the University''s many publications and media outlets. Proceeds from the calendar will support the arboretum''s maintenance and development.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 160 middle- and high-school students from throughout western Massachusetts will travel to the University of Massachusetts next week to compete in the UMass Amherst Regional Science Fair. The science fair will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Tues., March 27, from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge. The event is open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 80 experts on paleoclimateology will meet at the University of Massachusetts Thurs., March 22-Sat., March 24, to discuss the latest research related to the Arctic and global warming. The 31st Annual Arctic Workshop will be hosted by the UMass Geosciences Department and the Climate System Research Center, said acting department head Julie Brigham-Grette. Arctic warming already has had dramatic effects on the area, causing glacial retreats, and the melting of permafrost and sea ice, as well as changing the terrestrial and lake ecosystems, UMass climatologist Raymond Bradley has noted.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Strategic Information Technology Center (SITEC) at the University of Massachusetts will host a talk about the state’s new $93-million e-Government initiative by David Lewis, director of information technology and chief information officer for Massachusetts. Lewis’s talk, titled "Massachusetts Government Comes to the Home," will be Wed., March 21, from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center and is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 100 UMass students will spend their Spring Break next week volunteering for community service projects in six different communities, including five rural Virginia towns, as well as the nearby city of Holyoke. Last year, students worked on projects ranging from building handicap ramps and roofing houses to performing emergency home repairs for the elderly. The effort is intertwined with an academic class at the University.
AMHERST, Mass. - With the assistance of a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM), a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Massachusetts is testing ways to use common pond plants to stabilize and decontaminate seriously polluted areas of the historic Blackstone River Watershed. Extending from south central Massachusetts to Pawtucket, R.I., the Blackstone has been designated an American Heritage River by Congress, and its surrounding area, the Blackstone River Valley, is a National Heritage Corridor.