News and Events

Media Critic Anita Sarkeesian to Speak at UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst department of communication will host “I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters,” a presentation by media critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian, Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom as part of the SBS Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Resistance speaker series.

Applications Open for Public Engagement Fellowships

Participating faculty will develop a fellowship plan tailored to their expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics. They will also receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivate networks to reach those publics, and workshop a policy brief, blog, op-ed or other public engagement products. Applications are due by November 20th.

SBS Scholarships Transcend Majors

Nicolas Dundas, recipient of the SBS Merriam Internship Award last spring, enjoys working with others and understanding social norms. His interests span a wide variety of areas, which has afforded him the opportunity of landing an internship in Washington D.C.

Deeply Green

The campus’s new Design Building is a model of sustainable architecture

CRF Faculty Research Scholar Sylvia Brandt Examines the Cost of Pollution to Families.

Sylvia Brandt will be researching the economic cost of environmental degradation, specifically the employment cost to mothers of children who develop diseases due to localized pollution. 

Priming Women for Public Leadership

Heather Ducharme ’16 (legal studies/political science) spent the summer as an intern for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose office was one of the inaugural internship sites for the UMass Women into Leadership, a program that seeks to increase the number of women in public leadership.

Haas Awarded for Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

At the 2015 Faculty Convocation on Friday, October 2, Peter Haas (political science) was presented with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.


Friends of Howard Ziff Dedication and Reunion

The UMass Journalism community gathered Saturday, Sept. 26, to dedicate the Professor Howard M. Ziff Gallery in the Journalism Department. 

Anthropology Student Fights for Social Justice

Frida Caro ’16 (anthropology) was the recipient of the SBS Dean’s Opportunity Scholarship. An anthropologist at heart, Caro discovered her passion for studying current issues of cultural identity in the context of social injustice and discrimination.

Misra to Lead MA Part of Groundbreaking Study on Gender Differences in Faculty Workload

Professor Joya Misra (sociology and public policy) is one of seven scholars around the country working on a new $750,000 National Science Foundation project that will examine whether men and women university faculty have dramatically different workloads and, if so, what accounts for those differences and how they can be minimized.