News and Events

Dr. Gerald Epstein Receives Prestigious Awards

Gerald Epstein (economics), founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), has received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor given by the campus in recognition of service to the University, along with the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Beth Davalos ’90

Beth Davalos ’90 (sociology) has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Feel Good Friday: LARP Lasts a Lifetime

George Fogg graduated from UMass in 1957. He was one of nine other graduates of the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning department. But turning 80 in June and living on a golf course in sunny Florida doesn’t persuade Fogg to retire anytime soon.

Janice Irvine Receives Fulbright Award to Romania

Janice Irvinve, professor of sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Romania for the 2015 fall semester.

2015-2016 Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Announced

Three members of the SBS faculty have been named 2015-2016 ISSR Scholars.

Alumni Spotlight: Kyung-wha Kang

A Global Perspective on Humanitarianism: Amid political upheaval, violent conflicts and a humanitarian crisis affecting over 2.7 million people, Kyung-wha Kang ’81 (communication) MA, ’84 PhD recently traveled to the Central African Republic and Cameroon to assess the situation in person.

Sylvia Brandt Selected to Join Center for Research on Families Family Research Scholars

Sylvia Brandt, associate professor of resource economics and public policy, is one of six faculty members chosen to be part of the 2015-16 CRF Family Research Scholars Program. "I am deeply honored to be working with CRF and this stellar group of scholars," says Brandt.

Provost Wins National Public Understanding of Sociology Award

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the 2015 American Sociological Association’s Public Understanding of Sociology Award.

Recent Grad Secures Reporting Position with Top-100 News Station

Elizabeth Strzepa ’15 (journalism) knew she wanted to be a journalist the moment she started watching the news with her family during dinner. “I knew I wanted to follow this career path from a young age,” says Strzepa. “I always valued the power of broadcast journalism in the way it can bring stories to life with captivating video and sound.”

Feel Good Friday: Multi-Generational Minutemen

Sïonan Barrett ’16 (journalism) has made a name for herself on campus; in fact, she comes from a family of Minutemen who have made just as much of an impact.

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