News and Events

Boston Globe Sunday Supplement Celebrates 150 Years of UMass

A special supplement in the Boston Sunday Globe celebrating UMass Amherst’s sesquicentennial, that began the week of April 21, included an interview with alumnus/comedian Bill Cosby and an essay by alumnus Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

International Conference, The Past for Sale? Coming Up at UMass Amherst

The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society will be holding its third annual International Conference on May 15-17, 2013. "The Past for Sale? New Perspectives on the Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage" has garnered 120 abstracts from participants representing 30 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Panama, Syria, and Zimbabwe.

Grad Student Critique of Reinhart & Rogoff Report Goes Viral, Featured on Colbert

A working paper by PhD candidate Thomas Herndon and Professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin (all economics) has garnered international attention. Heralded as a “bombshell report,” it revealed serious errors in a major study by eminent Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff that was used as the framework for austerity policies across the U.S. and internationally.

ISSR Consultants Strengthen Methods Support on Campus

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), based in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), is changing the way social science faculty and graduate students pursue research on campus. Officially launched in fall 2012, ISSR has spent the year expanding methods and training opportunities for social science faculty. A major component of this expansion has been the institutionalization of methodology consulting within the Institute.

Comparing Planting Methods for Nursery Stock

Professor Dan Lass (resource economics) talks about a system being used by Amherst Nurseries, owned by John Kinchla '97, MS '02 (resource economics), that saves soil by wrapping root balls in a mixture of compost and bark in a knit fabric bag. And since this video was made, Resource Economics has joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault named Commencement speaker

Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express Company, will address the 5,500 graduates and their families and friends at Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Chenault will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony. Chenault joined American Express in 1981 and became president and chief operating officer in 1997. He assumed his current responsibilities as CEO in 2001, and later that year became chairman.

Sociologist, ISSR Scholar Focused on Work-Based Inequality in America

“I am a sociologist interested in race, racism, inequality,” says Enobong (Anna) Branch, assistant professor of sociology who is also an ISSR Scholar for 2012-13 with the Institute for Social Science Research. Her academic focus is examining how race, gender and class shape work-based inequality in America.

Students Rising, A Local Campaign to Change the World, Led by SBS Students

When Rachel Levine ’13 (communication and theater) attended the Boston SBS Student-Alumni Networking Event in January, she never knew that in three short months, she would be leading a 30-day campaign for the UMass Amherst campus. But after meeting alumnus Benjamin Happ ’98 (psychology), who is a member of the SBS Dean’s Advisory Board, and learning of the non-profit organization Room to Read, Levine was inspired to construct an awareness initiative at UMass.

Breathe Easy, Putting a Price Tag on Pollution

From California to Chile, and places in between, pollution-attributable asthma continues to impact the lives of children and families. Drawing ties between urbanization, socioeconomics, and asthma prevalence, UMass Amherst resource economist Sylvia Brandt turns to urban communities to investigate rising asthma rates among youth.

Student Stands Out in STPEC

“In a way, my involvement in high school propelled me toward UMass,” says Liam Keller Lynch ’13 (STPEC). Besides being president of his class junior and senior year, Lynch was a member of National Honor Society and marching band, was a prom planner, and worked on various fundraisers. For college, he sought a big school with many opportunities and broad acceptance of the queer community.