Two New Endowed Professorships Established in CNS

Fergus Clydesdale
Fergus Clydesdale

The Board of Trustees has established two new endowed professorships within the College of Natural Sciences: the Psychology of Peace and Violence Professorship and the Fergus M. Clydesdale Professorship in Food Science.

The anonymously funded Psychology of Peace and Violence Professorship will recruit, retain and recognize distinguished scholars who can make a significant contribution to the College of Natural Science’s academic reputation. The post will be within the department of psychological and brain sciences.

The professorship holder will have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: peace psychology, psychology of group relations, conflict resolution, reconciliation and peace building or another relevant topic. Funding will support the salary of the professor, program expenses and graduate student activities.

The faculty member, who will hold the chair for a term of no more than five years, will be selected by the head of psychological and brain sciences and the dean of CNS.

The two anonymous donors to the Peace and Violence Professorship dedicated their lives’ work to the pursuit of world peace. Both were involved in the civil rights movement and had met and were inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. They previously established two endowments at UMass Amherst – also anonymously: the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, and the University Chair in Peace Psychology in the Division of Personality and Social Psychology.

The Clydesdale professorship honors the prolific food science scholar, pioneering researcher, department visionary and beloved professor whose career at UMass Amherst spans four decades. The fund was established with gifts from the Food Science Advisory Board, alumni and friends of the department.

Clydesdale, a Distinguished Professor and director of the UMass Amherst Food Science Policy Alliance he founded in 2004, was among the first scientists to integrate food science, nutrition and public policy. A professor emeritus, he has served as a highly respected advisor to many national public and private agencies on research, product development, scientific policy and regulation to optimize food quality, safety, nutrition and health.

From 1990 to 2008, Clydesdale headed the department of food science, which at the time of his retirement was ranked among the top three university food science departments in the nation for research. He was recognized earlier by the department in 2011with creation of the Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness.

The professorship will be awarded for five years to a member of the department of food science to support research costs associated with his or her laboratory and to provide fellowship support for promising students. None of the funds are to be used for the salary of the faculty member.

The recipient will be appointed by the head of the department of food science and the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and will be known as the Clydesdale Scholar.