News and Events

Jasmine Kerrissey and Rodrigo Zamith Selected as 2016 Lilly Fellows

Jasmine Kerrissey, assistant professor of sociology and labor studies, and Rodrigo Zamith, assistant professor of journalism, have been selected as two of the 2016-17 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.

Carol Heim Receives 2016 SBS Outstanding Teaching Award

This year’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award goes Carol Heim, Professor of Economics at UMass Amherst since 1981. 

Senior LARP Urban Design Studio Receives 2016 BSLA Merit Award

The Senior Urban Design Studio in Landscape Architecture has received the 2016 Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. The award was given in the student category for the work done on the project, Claiming Market Place.

Stephanie Chan '17 and Timothy Marple '16 Win Rising Researcher Award

Rising Researchers are undergraduate students with significant accomplishments from, and enthusiasm for, their work at UMass Amherst.

Beth Segers ’81 is Changing the Lives of Boston Youth One Slice at a Time

Beth Segers '81 launched Pie R Squared, a tutoring program for students anywhere from 3rd to 12th grade, after realizing there was a great need for math support outside of the classroom. 

The Center for Public Policy is Now the School of Public Policy

Formerly known as the Center for Public Policy & Administration (CPPA), the establishment of the School of Public Policy (SPP) was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees in September 2015.  The Class of 2016 will be the first graduates of the new School.

Thargay First Student at UMass to be Awarded American Ambassadors Fellowship

If you were to look at a list of Tenzin Thargay’s impressive accomplishments, you wound never guess that he was just wrapping up his second year at UMass.  His most recent achievement, being awarded the Council for American Ambassadors Fellowship in Washington, D.C., marks him as the first UMass student in history to receive this prestigious award.

Distinguished Alumna Dr. Irma McClaurin to Speak About Careers in Anthropology

Dr. McClaurin will be on campus on Tuesday, April 5 2016, to talk to students about careers in anthropology. McClaurin is the chief diversity officer for Teach For America, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. She is also an activist anthropologist, writer, poet and educator. 

Resource Economics Seniors Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore to Enter Peace Corps

Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore, two students with similar career aspirations, will be tasked with two very different areas of work over the next two years. Mack, also a nutrition major, will be traveling to Belize to become a Health Resource Advisor, working with administrative health and schools to educate them about non-communicable diseases. Moore, on the other hand, will be going to Africa to teach secondary math…in French

Nick Vigneau, The Human Behind 'Humans of UMass Amherst'

Vigneau developed Humans of UMass Amherst as a way to both foster and showcase community at UMass and give people a glimpse into the lives of those around them. He believes that Humans is a thoughtful and intimate way for the rest of the world to see UMass, conveying the idea that “everybody can find a place here; that’s the beauty of this school.”

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