News and Events

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).

Determination Drives Student to Leave Cycle of Poverty

Of the West End House Scholarship, Rosana Urbaez ’14 (communication/psychology) says, "My success is contingent on having those around me believe in my success, and with help from scholarships like this, it can become a reality for me.”

Countdown for Band's Performance in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

As always, Tom Turkey will lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Santa will bring up the rear, but marching somewhere in between, amid the big balloons, will be a special group—the Minuteman Marching Band.

Investigative Journalist Kevin Cullen '81 Talks Shop

Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism) reflects on his life in journalism and his years of exposing James "Whitey" Bulger for what he was.

Community Journalism: A Project Bringing Hope to Springfield

Community Journalism, offered by the UMass Journalism Department, is an initiative to increase college opportunities for students at Commerce High School in Springfield, MA. “This is not a save-the-natives initiative with us posing as saviors,” says Prof. Nicolas McBride, “This is a save-ourselves initiative through the sharing of resources and knowledge, a reciprocal exchange of ideas that benefit all concerned.”

Student Represents UMass at National Collegiate Security Conference

After a competitive application process, Ritika Bhakhri ’14 (political science/legal studies) was selected by the UMass International Relations Club to attend the weekend conference. “I saw this as a perfect opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that I have acquired in the classroom to debate on real life issues that we face as an international society,” she says.

Comm Professor Focuses on Cultural Aspects of Communication

Race, code switching, bilingualism, immigration, and intercultural communication—and teaching—are among Benjamin Bailey's major interests.

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