News and Events

Former US Congressman Returns to Alma Mater to Teach

Former US Congressman and UMass alumnus Peter G. Torkildsen ’80 (political science) will return to campus this spring as a professor of practice in the Department of Political Science.

Yearlong Lecture Series Offers Perspectives on Inequality

Thanks to the work of Laurel Smith-Doerr (sociology), director of the Institute for Social Science Research, and the Task Force on Promoting the Social Sciences, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce an exciting new speakers series, which this year is organized around the theme of Inequality.

New Website for Hear Our Stories Project

Associate Professor Aline Gubrium (community health education) and Professor Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) have announced the launch of the Hear Our Stories website. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, Hear Our Stories is a digital storytelling project that uses new media to reveal how young parenting Latinas, in particular, experience and negotiate sexual health disparities.

Student Research Spotlight: CRF's 2014 Cohort

The Center for Research on Families provides research support to graduate and undergraduate students through scholarships and fellowships. CRF's current student researchers are conducting research on a variety of SBS related topics.

Alumni Spotlight: Stacy Slotnick ’05

 “Words are a lawyer’s tools,” says Stacy Slotnick ’05 (legal studies/history), a New York-based entertainment attorney and public relations specialist. “Fortunately, my passion is writing, and as a result, I never tire of drafting proposals, contracts, talking points, press releases, or pithy social media entries to highlight a client's accomplishments.” 

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer ’71 to Join CPPA

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer will join the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration after he retires in January from a 26-year career as a state lawmaker. Brewer, a UMass Amherst alumnus, will serve as a professor of practice at CPPA.

James Shanahan ’91 Appointed Founding Dean of IU Media School

James Shanahan PhD ’91 (communication), professor and associate dean of the College of Communication at Boston University, has been appointed founding dean of Indiana University Media School.

Integrative Learning Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The UMass Amherst campus formally celebrated completion of the $93 million Integrative Learning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the 150,000-square-foot facility, which provides state-of-the-art classrooms for students in multiple disciplines.

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Fox '11

Michael Fox ’11 (political science) remembers the first time he heard about Root Capital; it was during his senior year at UMass. Having recently added an economics minor, Fox recognized Root Capital as a place where his interest in finance and political ideals could be married.

Scholarship Allows Senior to Pursue Thesis Research

“Be self-directed and shape your education the way you want,” advises Kelly Donovan ’15 (political science/BDIC, Peace and Conflict Studies), recipient of a 2014 Dean’s Opportunity Fund Scholarship.

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