News and Events

New Study Shows Financial Burden of Asthma in Los Angeles

Asthma caused or worsened by living near major roadways cost Los Angeles County more than $441 million in 2007 alone, according to a new peer-reviewed article by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Southern California and the University of Basel, Switzerland.

SBS Scholarships Enhanced Opportunities for Learning

Amanda Aziz '15 (political science) has taken advantage of many learning experiences, including an undergraduate research assistantship, thanks in part to a number of scholarships made possible by alumni gifts.

Fatherhood, Race and Politics

Assistant Professor Tatishe Nteta (political science), a 2014 Family Research Scholar with the Center for Research on Families, explores if and how major events in the political realm affect racial attitudes, focusing on how culture, political trends, and major life cycle events influence individuals as they mature.

Fountain Receives Vision Award from World Economic Forum

At the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda held in Dubai on Nov. 9-11, Distinguished Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy) received a Vision Award on behalf of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.

SBS Alumni Represent Massachusetts

Congratulations to the seven SBS alumni who have won their election campaigns for State Rep in Massachusetts!

Rising Researcher Award Goes to Allison Masley ’15

This award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Allison Masley ’15 (anthropology/political science) is one of five students chosen as a recipient for the fall semester 2014.

Chancellor Offers Update on Diversity Planning

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy this week updated the campus community on strategic planning efforts related to diversity, inclusion and equity and announced several new actions, including the creation of a new assistant provost for diversity, increased scholarships and the formation of a Graduate Student Diversity Task Force.

Cheryl Garrity '88, Real Life Wonder Woman

A leader, mentor and feminist, Cheryl Garrity '88 (political science) was recently presented with the Wonder Woman Award by the Massachusetts National Organization for Woman (NOW).

Get Involved and Make Connections, Advises Senior

An SBS Internship Award made the experience at FRONTLINE PBS possible for Mitchell Scuzzarella ’15, who has been involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities and participated in multiple internships. He says, "Find something you’re passionate about and dive-in headfirst."

In Peru, Badgett Addresses Economics of LGBT Discrimination

During a trip to Peru from Oct. 12-17, Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, educated diplomats, government officials, working professionals and university students on the potential negative economic consequences of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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