News and Events

Writing for the Environment

Like many alumni, Emily Zimmerman ’09 (political science/English) recognizes the value of internships. In fact, her current career – speechwriter and public affairs specialist for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – began with an internship at the EPA during her senior year at UMass.

Legal Studies Alum Focuses on Music, Law, and International Social Justice

“International social justice work is not an easy path,” says Michael Otto ’03 (legal studies), “but it is often very exciting and rewarding!” Otto, who helped to found Tiny Toones, a non-profit organization which uses music to empower at-risk youth in Cambodia, says his major helped to make much of his social justice work possible.

Ten for Ten: Center for Research on Families Hits Sweet Spot of Success

If a tenth anniversary isn’t enough cause for celebration, the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) is also riding high on the wave of its most successful year. Its research scholars boast grant acceptance rates well above the national average, and its flagship program has yielded upwards of $15 million in external funding— nearly $10 million of which was awarded within the past year.
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Dube Research on Minimum Wage Tapped by White House, Media

Research by Arin Dube (economics) on minimum wage has been widely cited lately, including by President Obama in his State of the Union address when he called to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour and then indexing it to inflation.

UMass Delegation Participates in International Workshop at University of Barcelona

Two anthropology faculty and five graduate students took part in an international workshop on the theme of “Space, Placemaking, and the Politics of the Local” at the University of Barcelona in early February.

Civic Initiative Director Hannahan Meets with Young Leaders in Pakistan

After bringing over 63 Pakistani students to the UMass Amherst campus for the past three summers as participants of the Pakistani Young Leaders program, political science professor Mike Hannahan traveled to Islamabad in January, where he oversaw a reunion of that program’s alumni.

Shulman's Text Analytic Software Purchased by Canada-based Vision Critical

After more than a decade in development, DiscoverText, a cloud-based text analytic software developed by Assistant Professor Stuart Shulman (political science), in part through his Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) Lab, has been purchased by Vision Critical, a Vancouver-based provider of consumer insight technologies and services. Shulman will be VP for text analytics.

The Green Latrine

Graduate students Katie Fox and Sally Miller (landscape architecture and regional planning) are part of Team Green Latrine that is competing in the UMass Innovation Challenge Competition. The team is advised by Dr. Caitlyn Butler (civil & environmental engineering), who created the Microbial Fuel Cell Latrine. They all traveled to Ghana last May to install the first latrine.

Fulbright Award Goes to Alvarez for Research in Brazil

Sonia Alvarez, Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS), has received a Fulbright Lecturer/Research Award to support her research on feminism in Brazil. This award is not her first entry into the Fulbright community. Alvarez received a Fulbright-CIES Lecture-Research Award in 1992 and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship for 1982-83.

Dean Feldman on Lance Armstrong's Case

Dean Robert S. Feldman, expert on lying, comments at length in the Boston Globe's front-page article on Lance Armstrong. “Like the rest of us who lie, and most of us do in our daily lives, [Armstrong’s apparent deception] is easy to push aside cognitively. For most people, it won’t eat away at them on a daily basis. We humans are good at compartmentalizing.”