News and Events

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.

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.”

Ford Foundation Grants $500K to “Hear Our Stories” Project

On New Year’s Eve 2012 Aline Gubrium (public health) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Krause (anthropology) had a fantastic reason to celebrate. That’s when they learned their “Hear Our Stories” grant proposal to the Ford Foundation’s Sexuality Research Initiative was funded with $500,000 over two years, starting immediately.

Econ Grad Student MacDonald Wins Prestigious Awards

Graduate student Daniel MacDonald (economics) is the recipient of a $5,000 William R. Waters Research Grant for his project, "Social Economics: Social Justice and Institutions in Historical Perspective."

Closing the Gap

A growing number of career-minded women are opting out of motherhood—a trend that is raising important questions about work and family across the globe. With assistance from graduate student Irene Boeckmann, UMass Amherst sociologists Michelle Budig and Joya Misra have compiled their ongoing cross-national research on how policies affect mothers’ employment and wages into the Work-Family Policy Indicators—a specialized database hosted by the Luxembourg Income Study.

Senior Campaign Committee Awards Scholarships

The UMass Amherst Senior Campaign Committee, a program of the Student Philanthropy Committee, is proud to announce that three students, including Ashley Boudrow '13 (sociology), received scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of the Classes of 2008 and 2011.

Online Journalism Certificate Offers Fundamental Tools of the Trade

About a year ago, journalism faculty members Brian McDermott and Razvan Sibii became co-directors of the online Certificate of Journalism. “Our goal is to provide a diverse student body access to high quality journalism classes online,” says McDermott. “The instructors in the program pride themselves on their teaching and working closely with each student.”

Ndikumana to Serve on UN Committee for Development Policy

The UN Secretary General has nominated Léonce Ndikumana, Glyn Professor of Economics, to serve on the UNs Committee for Development Policy (CDP), 2013-15.

Chilton Addresses Conferences in Spain and Turkey

Prof. Elizabeth S. Chilton MA '91, PhD '96 (anthropology), associate dean for research in SBS, was an invited presenter at the meeting of the Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property at the University of Barcelona in November. Immediately afterward she traveled to Turkey to present a paper at the international conference “Heritage and Risk” at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.

The Case of the Vanishing Policy Memo

Derek Khanna '09 (political science) made big news this month in Washington related to "an incredibly bold copyright reform memo" he wrote for the Republican Study Committee. “Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where To Start To Fix It” was released on 11/16 and retracted the next day for a variety of reasons, but not because Khanna isn't well-versed in the subject.

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