News and Events

Irvine Lauded by ASA Magazine for Best Article

Janice Irvine (sociology), chair of the department, received the American Sociology Association’s 2012-14 Contexts Claude Award for Best Feature Article (Domestic).

Old Chapel Nominated to National Register of Historic Places

The Old Chapel, which has served as a library, assembly hall, and heart of the former Massachusetts Agricultural College campus, has been nominated for listing on the National Register for Historic Places.

$10.3 Million Anonymous Gift to Benefit SBS

Transformative gift will benefit society through enhanced educational opportunities and its impact on social policy.

The Carbon Dividend

In a New York Times op/ed piece, James Boyce (economics) describes the potential benefits of proposed legislation that would require coal, oil and natural gas companies to buy a permit for each ton of carbon in the fuels they sell. 

LARP Students in Planning Studios Complete Projects in Springfield

Teams of LARP graduate students develop plans for the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and Develop Springfield.

Recycling Cooking Oil into Biofuel

Peter McAvoy '90 (STPEC) runs his car on your tater tots!

Mellon Foundation's Prestigious Sawyer Grant Goes to UMass Faculty

A team of interdisciplinary scholars from the College of Humanities and Arts, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Commonwealth Honors College has received the prestigious John E. Sawyer Seminar Grant for the comparative study of cultures from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ohio Campus Honors Freedom Summer ’64 Volunteers

On Friday, June 20, at Miami University Prof. David Kotz (economics) joined former civil rights activists to recall their 1964 Freedom Summer experiences in as volunteers registering African-American voters in Mississippi. 

Public Service Endowment Grant Goes to Anthropologist

Jonathan Rosa (anthropology) receives a Public Service Endowment Grant from the Office of Research and Engagement to teach Holyoke high school students to document and analyze language practices in their communities.

Fountain, World Econ Forum Release Government Toolbox

Professor Jane Fountain pens section of World Economic Forum's new guide to help governments use technology to build better trust and deliver more efficient public services.

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