News and Events

"Lost Boy of Sudan" Earns Doctorate

James Alic Garang, who received his doctorate in economics this year, is one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who left their homes in Africa to escape from the chaos of civil war.

Schoenberger Receives Chancellor's Citation Award

We are delighted to report that longtime Assistant Dean Karen Schoenberger was named a recipient of the 2014 Chancellor's Citation Award for her dedication to the University.

SBS Graduates Honored at Senior Celebration

The SBS Senior Celebration on Saturday, May 10 was a roaring success with about 1,000 graduates in attendance.

Desmarais and Hird Awarded $527K NSF Grant

Assistant Professor Bruce A. Desmarais (political science), associate director of the Institute for Social Science Research, and Interim Dean John A. Hird (political science and public policy) have received a $527,233 National Science Foundation grant for “Scientific Evidence in Regulation and Governance.”

UMassGives Raises $112,272

A lot can happen in 36 hours—and it did from noon on Founder's Day, April 29 until midnight on April 30.

SBS Senior Celebration on May 10

The SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. All SBS graduates in attendance will be recognized individually and receive a UMass Amherst medallion. Tickets are not required; seniors may invite as many guests as they like.

UMass Names Newman as Next Provost

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named nationally recognized sociologist and administrator Katherine Newman of the Johns Hopkins University to be its next provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

2014 Fulbright Goes to PhD Student for Icelandic Research

PhD student Alyssa Maraj Grahame (political science) has received a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholarship to continue her dissertation research in Iceland. 

SBS Names Outstanding Teachers for 2014

Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji, assistant professor of economics, and Brian McDermott, lecturer and Online Program Co-Director in the Journalism Department, are recipients of the SBS Outstanding Teaching Award.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Go to Six UMass Social Scientists

Of UMass's ten NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients, six are in the Social Sciences, though not all are part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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