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Acclaimed Economist Leads the Way to Better Policies for Africa

The societal issues that stand between many African countries and economic stability vary, but according to economist Léonce Ndikumana, strong public policy can lay the framework for more equal, inclusive development across the continent.

Alums Beat Hollywood Odds to Make a "Life of a King"

Classmates Dan Wetzel '94 (journalism) and David Scott '94 (journalism/political science) are the co-writers, along with director Jake Goldberger, for the film, “Life of a King,” starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., which opens on Friday, January 17, 2014. 

Blanchflower to Play in Senior Bowl

Tight end Rob Blanchflower '14 (communication) has accepted an invitation to take part in the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Herndon Among Bostonians of the Year

PhD candidate Thomas Herndon (economics), who helped debunk a key study by Harvard economists that supported austerity policies, has been selected one of twelve Honorable Mentions in The Boston Globe's 2013 Bostonians of the Year. 

Sociologist Wins Prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) has been named one of eight scholars and social scientists to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s 2014 Anneliese Maier Research Award. As part of the award, he will receive 250,000 EUR (approximately $342,000) designated to finance research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Former Minutewoman Named To All-Time U.S. Soccer Team

UMass women's soccer alumna Briana Scurry '95 (political science) has been chosen for the national women's team all-time best XI as a part of U.S. Soccer's commemoration of its centennial.

Empowering Communities to Plan for Climate Change

As the potential consequences of climate change continue to grow—from increasingly frequent storms to rising sea levels and a rash of severe weather that has become the new norm—Elisabeth Hamin (landscape architecture and regional planning) is working with communities to incorporate resiliency frameworks into their budgets and prepare for extreme weather events.

Pollin Named Distinguished Professor

University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has appointed Professor Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), a Distinguished Professor, following approval from the Board of Trustees.

UMass Economists Among 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013

Thomas Herndon and Professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin, who found serious errors in a key study that lawmakers around the globe used as a cornerstone of austerity policies, have been named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.

Springfield Economic Development Project Receives Merck Grant

The John Merck Fund has awarded a $45,000 grant to the Wellspring Collaborative, an economic development project in Springfield co-directed by Fred Rose, lecturer at the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA).

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