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.
AMHERST, Mass. - Jonathan Celli of Dover, Mass., a junior at UMass, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He was one of just 302 students in the United States to win the award for the 2001-02 academic year.
AMHERST, Mass. - Kelsey Grammer, three-time Emmy Award-winning actor and star of the popular NBC comedy series "Frasier," will deliver the main address at the 131st Commencement of the University of Massachusetts, to be held at 10 a.m. on Sun.. May 27, in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Approximately 4,000 undergraduates are candidates for bachelor''s degrees.
AMHERST, Mass. - Internationally renowned writer Chinua Achebe will deliver the English department’s annual Troy Lecture at the University of Massachusetts on Mon., April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts journalism professor Nicholas McBride says he was dismayed but not surprised when he followed coverage of black voters denied access to the polls in Florida during last November’s disputed presidential election. “The story of African-American voters being denied access to the polls in Florida was essentially skirted by the mainstream media,” he says. “What we’re looking at here is not a trivial issue. We’re looking at the reality of whether nonwhite people really have the franchise.”
AMHERST, Mass. - Renowned Holocaust-memorialization scholar James E. Young, head of the University of Massachusetts Judaic and Near Eastern studies department, will be a featured speaker at a three-day Holocaust Memorial event organized by UMass students and faculty. During the week of April 15-21, Holocaust Memorial Week, three campus events will help the Amherst-area community commemorate the lives of millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust. All the events are free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts physics professor Jose P. Mestre will speak on "What Makes Learning Science so Difficult?" in his upcoming Distinguished Faculty Lecture. The presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tues. April 10 in Memorial Hall, and is the third in this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture series. The talk is free and the public is welcome. A reception will follow. All faculty members in the series receive a Chancellor’s Medal following their lectures. The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the University.