AMHERST, Mass. - Jury pools in Massachusetts are made up of mostly white, educated, middle-class citizens, but the defendants they pass judgment on are disproportionately from low-income and minority communities, according to research conducted at the University of Massachusetts. The findings, based on an analysis of the lists used to pick juries in Hampden County in 1993 and 1994, are prompting efforts to modify the type of resident lists used to set up state and federal jury pools.
AMHERST, Mass. - James Watkins, assistant professor in the chemical engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, has been named to receive a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2000. The $60,000 award is given to just 20 chemists each year, and will support his research.
AMHERST, Mass. - Two faculty members in the chemical engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, Susan Roberts and Alex Zheng, have won prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. These highly competitive four-year, $200,000 awards are granted to faculty under the age of 35. With these two awards, faculty at the College of Engineering have won 11 CAREER or Presidential Young Investigator awards from the National Science Foundation.
AMHERST, Mass. - Paul Fisette, director of the building materials and wood technology program in the department of natural resources conservation at the University of Massachusetts, will participate in a National Research Council (NRC) study of new technologies used in the nation''s housing industry.
AMHERST, Mass. - Members of the University of Massachusetts group Students for Sustainable Engineering, along with 12 local high school students, will build a solar irrigation system on Thurs. May 25, in Orange, MA. The best times for photographs will be from 3-5 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
AMHERST, Mass. - Despite damp and cold weather, spirits soared, as did autographed tennis balls lobbed into the audience by tennis champion and social activist Billie Jean King, keynote speaker at the 130th Commencement of the University of Massachusetts. About 4,000 undergraduates received their bachelor''s degrees in nearly 100 majors during this morning''s ceremonies at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. About 18,000 friends and family members attended.
AMHERST, Mass. - The 78th Commencement of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts was held May 20 in Bowker Auditorium on campus. Associate degrees were conferred on 107 students in the six majors of arboriculture and park management; equine industries; fruit and vegetable crops; horticulture; landscape contracting; and turfgrass management.
AMHERST, Mass. - South African freedom-fighter, and former political prisoner on notorious Robben Island, Ahmed M. Kathrada was guest speaker at the Commencement ceremony held Saturday morning, May 20, by the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The ceremony was held in the William D. Mullins Memorial Center on campus.