News and Events

SBS Faculty Members Named Public Engagement Project Fellows

Sylvia Brandt (resource economics/CPPA), Paul Collins (legal studies) and Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) are three of nine recipients of the 2015 Public Engagement Project Fellowship.

Alum Increases Diversity in Tech Industry with Startup

Melissa James ’10 (journalism/legal studies), founder and CEO of the Dorchester-based Tech Connection, realized early on in her career that tech companies severely lacked diversity. She sought to change that by forming her own recruitment company to help diversify the field.

Anthropologists Discover Extinct Lemur Fossils in Underwater Cave

Co-primary investigators Laurie Godfrey, professor emerita of anthropology, and Alfred Rosenberger, professor of anthropology and archaeology at Brooklyn College, found thousands of specimens in the first exploration of three deep underwater inland caves on the island of Madagascar off of the southeastern coast of Africa.

Former US Congressman Returns to Alma Mater to Teach

Former US Congressman and UMass alumnus Peter G. Torkildsen ’80 (political science) will return to campus this spring as a professor of practice in the Department of Political Science.

Yearlong Lecture Series Offers Perspectives on Inequality

Thanks to the work of Laurel Smith-Doerr (sociology), director of the Institute for Social Science Research, and the Task Force on Promoting the Social Sciences, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce an exciting new speakers series, which this year is organized around the theme of Inequality.

New Website for Hear Our Stories Project

Associate Professor Aline Gubrium (community health education) and Professor Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) have announced the launch of the Hear Our Stories website. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, Hear Our Stories is a digital storytelling project that uses new media to reveal how young parenting Latinas, in particular, experience and negotiate sexual health disparities.

Student Research Spotlight: CRF's 2014 Cohort

The Center for Research on Families provides research support to graduate and undergraduate students through scholarships and fellowships. CRF's current student researchers are conducting research on a variety of SBS related topics.

Alumni Spotlight: Stacy Slotnick ’05

 “Words are a lawyer’s tools,” says Stacy Slotnick ’05 (legal studies/history), a New York-based entertainment attorney and public relations specialist. “Fortunately, my passion is writing, and as a result, I never tire of drafting proposals, contracts, talking points, press releases, or pithy social media entries to highlight a client's accomplishments.” 

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer ’71 to Join CPPA

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer will join the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration after he retires in January from a 26-year career as a state lawmaker. Brewer, a UMass Amherst alumnus, will serve as a professor of practice at CPPA.