Weekly Bulletin

Tal Ben-Shahar, an international management consultant and expert on Israeli history, will discuss "The Peace Process 1977-2004" on Monday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Hillel House.


Roger Burbach, director of the Center for the Study of the Americas in Berkeley, Calif., and visiting scholar at the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, will speak on the "Crisis of the American Empire: From Iraq to Latin America" on Monday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. in 601 Herter Hall.


The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies is holding its fall reception on Thursday, Oct. 14, 4-5:30 p.m. in 601 Herter Hall.

All UMass Latin Americanists are invited to celebrate the new academic year.


David Lederer, remediation manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, will speak on “The Sullivan’s Ledge Superfund Site: The ‘Other Site’ in New Bedford,” on Friday, Oct. 15 at 12:15 p.m. in ELab 304.


Do you know an exceptional professor or teaching assistant/associate?

Nominate him or her for a Distinguished Teaching Award!

The DTA is the highest recognition of teaching awarded to faculty members
and teaching assistants/associates.

To nominate a professor or teaching assistant/associate, simply write a brief letter describing why your nominee should receive a Distinguished Teaching Award. All nominations must include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and signature.

Only current and former students may nominate faculty members. Teaching assistants/associates may be nominated by faculty members or current and former students.

Submit all nominations by Friday, Oct. 29 to: Distinguished Teaching Award Committee,
Office of the Provost, 362 Whitmore Administration Building, (413) 577-3980 (fax) or by e-mail: dta@provost.umass.edu.


Oct. 3-9 is National Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is "It''s Fire Prevention Week. Test Your Smoke Detector."

According to Michael Swain of Environmental Health and Safety, the importance of properly operating smoke detectors was tragically shown this week with the devastating fire in Dennis, Mass. where a family of five died.


Shane Conklin, director of Risk Management in the Treasurer''s Office, will discuss "Financial Planning" at a University Women''s Network luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 26, noon-1 p.m. in 1009 Campus Center.

Conklin will provide information on the options available to University employees for saving, especially for retirement through the 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans, and for college through 529 savings plans. She will also discuss after-tax savings options for University employees.

Contact Joan Kermensky (5-1526)to register (kermensk@ece.umass.edu). The RSVP deadline is Oct. 19.


Physics professor Nikolay Prokofiev, will discuss "How Can Superfluidity Occur in a Crystalline Solid?" on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in 124 Hasbrouck.

Refreshments will be served at 3:40 p.m.


The Du Bois Library will open at 10 a.m. (not 9 a.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 9.


The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Film Series is screening "City of God/Cidade de Deus (Brazil 2002)on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in 301 Herter Hall.

The film is Portuguese with English subtitles.

The film and discussion are free and open to the public.