Mary Reines ’14 (journalism) was recently named Arts and More Editor at the Swampscott and Marblehead Reporters. As an undergrad, Reines interned with the Reporter in the summers of 2012 and 2013, reporting on local artists and events. She also served on the staff of the Daily Collegian, UMass’ student newspaper, first as a staff reporter and later as an assistant news editor. Read the full story.
Christian Gabriel ’05 (landscape architecture and regional planning) appeared as a guest speaker for one of the LARP Zube Lectures and is interviewed in the American Society of Landscape Architects. Read the full interview.
Joe Floyd ’83 (journalism), a member of the crew team, organized an alumni crew event for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Read the full story.
Chris Peterson ’09 (legal studies) was recently promoted to Assistant Director of Talent Outreach at MIT. This spring, he will be appointed as a lecturer in the department of comparative media studies/writing. Read the full story.
Nathalie Sczublewski ’14 (journalism) recently wrote an article for NHL.com titled "Hockey Fights Cancer Hits Home for Gudbranson." Sczublewski is an intern for the Florida Panthers.
Hannah McGoldrick '12, (journalism) associate editor at RunnersWorld, wrote an article titled "What a Real Runner Looks Like?" in response to negative comments to a video of her modeling running gear for the website.
The deadline for the Public Engagement Project Fellowships, intended to provide faculty members with resources to use their research to create social change, is coming up on December 12, 2014. Amy Schalet (sociology) is the director of the program. Click here for details and application.
Three students in the new “open science/maker” course taught by Assoc. Prof. Charles Schweik (public policy) are using creative methods to provide local towns with aerial images and other data that will inform upcoming public management decisions.
Prof. Madeleine Blais (journalism) held a special screening of "All The President's Men" in memory of Ben Bradlee, past editor of the Washington Post, who brought the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate scandal into people's homes and recently died.
Assistant Prof. Demetria Shabazz (communication) interviewed award-winning prison journalist Wilbert Rideau at Amherst Media.
Associate Prof. Ventura Perez (anthropology) is editor-in-chief of Landscapes of Violence, an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of violence, conflict, and trauma. Its goal is to provide a balanced approach to the causes of violence and offer a voice for the human experience behind it. This journal deals with the interrelationships between society and violence seen through the analytical eyes of trans-disciplinary researchers.
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is co-sponsoring a conference with the Center for Heritage and Society this spring. "Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values: Embracing Change in the Management of Place," May 13-15, 2015, will bring speakers and participants from around the world to UMass, and will help launch LARP's new Graduate Certificate in Cultural Landscape Management program. Click here for more information and the Call for Papers; click here for more information on the graduate certificate program.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/24/14. Robert A. Shanley, 92, of Longmeadow, professor emeritus of political science, has recently passed away.
Middle East Eye, 11/22/14. David M. Mednicoff (public policy), director of Middle Eastern studies, comments in a news story about how migrant workers, nearly half the population of Bahrain, can’t vote in elections there
Voice of America Central Africa Service, 11/19/14. Leonce Ndikumana (economics) and director of the Political Economy Research Institute’s African Policy Program, was interviewed about the economic impact the Ebola outbreak is having on West Africa.
WWLP-TV 22, 11/19/14. Shaheen Pasha (journalism), who was an international reporter, tells her students who want to be overseas journalists to learn their environment and create contacts wherever they go. She also says the U.S. government has to have a better-coordinated policy for dealing with hostage situations.
North Korea Times, 11/18/14; Sports Illustrated, Time, Gay Star News, 11/17/14. New York Times, ESPN.com, USA Today, MassLive.com, Boston Herald, 11/14/14. Boston Globe, USA Today, 11/11/14; Out magazine, 11/3/14. Derrick Gordon ’15 (sociology), the first Div. 1 player in the country to publicly announce he is gay, is profiled.
Huffington Post, 11/17/14. The Williams Institute and USAID, partners in the LGBT Global Development Partnership, have released a study showing that if a nation provides more legal rights to the LGBT community, it can result in a higher per capita GDP. One of the study's lead authors, M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), a Williams Distinguished Scholar and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, recently presented the findings of the study during a panel discussion at the University of California Washington Center.
Sonoma Index-Tribune, 11/14/14. Jeannette Wicks-Lim (Political Economy Research Institute) expresses support for a proposed living wage ordinance in Sonoma County, CA, that would cover in-home supportive service (IHSS) care workers.
Washington Post, 11/16/14. A Monkey Cage blog about a new poll in which Americans estimated the unemployment rate at 32 percent mentions a May 2014 journal article co-authored by Brian Schaffner (political science).
Springfield Republican, 11/13/14. Graduate students from Flavia Montenegro-Menezes’ landscape architecture and regional planning class are conducting a survey that is part of the Amherst Together Initiative.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/12/14 (Subscription may be required). PhD candidate Samuel VanSant Stoddard (political science) writes a column about what progressives should be doing and thinking in response to the recent election losses suffered by Democrats in the midterm election.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/12/14 (Subscription may be required). Madeleine Blais (journalism) writes a column about her childhood experience being on a local television show called “The Admiral and Swabby” for a Thanksgiving-themed show.
Springfield Republican, 11/10/14. Nathaniel Dunnican ’16 (resource economics), who served in the Air Force, talks about the unique relationships between veterans based on their shared experiences.
WBZ-TV 4, 11/11/14. Political analyst Jon Keller looks at the gender gap in the Nov. 4 state election and says based on exit polling by the WBZ-UMass Amherst Poll, the largest gender gap was with men, not women. Boston Herald, 11/6/14. WFCR, WBZ-TV 4, 11/5/14. Brian Schaffner and Ray La Raja (political science), co-directors of the UMass Amherst Poll that conducted exit polling in Massachusetts during the election, discuss their findings about why voters chose as they did, especially in the race for governor. CNN Money, 11/3/14. La Raja says campaign donors on Wall Street are turning away from Democrats in this election cycle because they are viewed as the more regulatory party. CTnow.com, 10/30/14. Research conducted by Schaffner and La Raja is cited in a story about how campaign financing affects political polarization. KSPR [from CNNMoney], 11/3/14. Los Angeles Times, 11/2/14. NPR.org, New Hampshire Public Radio, 10/31/14. WBZ-TV 4, 10/31-14. La Raja, Sheldon Goldman (political science), and Schaffner comment on the gubernatorial elections and the WBZ-Mass Amherst Poll released on Oct. 31 that finds the Massachusetts governor’s race between Republican Baker and Democrat Coakley tied in the final days of the campaign.
The Real News Network, 11/10/14. Gerald A. Epstein (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses how rules developed under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law don’t address some of the key reforms sought by those who want to reign in banks and large financial firms. Marketplace [NPR], 11/3/14. Epstein also comments in a news story about what could be expected from Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Science Daily, 11/8/14. In a report published in the November issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a team of researchers led by Sylvia Brandt (resource economics/public policy) calculated the total costs that asthma imposes on children and families living within 75 meters of freeways, highways and major arterial roads, including the direct costs of medical care and the problem of having to manage and live with the disease.
Springfield Republican, 11/7/14. WWLP-TV 22, 11/6/14. State and UMass Amherst officials celebrated the $9.9 million renovation of the 64-year-old Paige Laboratory building into modern research and administrative facilities for the Stockbridge School of Agriculture on Nov. 6. Speakers at the ribbon-cutting included state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Provost Katherine Newman (sociology), Steve Goodwin, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and Wesley Autio, director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Red Lake Nation News, 11/7/1. Sonya Atalay (anthropology) has received a $206,500 New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to master the endangered Anishinaabemowin language of Native American Ojibwe tribal communities, in order to expand research and understanding of ancient tribal knowledge and practices that are under an increasing threat of becoming lost forever.
Globe and Mail [Canada], City Lab, 11/5/14. Slate.com, The Dish, 11/4/14. Fivethirtyeight.com, 10/30/14. Arindrajit Dube (economics) comments in news stories about why voters approved increases in the minimum wage.
Washington Post, McClatchy D.C., 11/3/14. Sheldon Goldman (political science) is quoted in two news stories about how a Republican-controlled Senate could halt President Obama’s efforts to diversify the federal judiciary.
The Conversation, 11/3/14. David M. Mednicoff (public policy), director of Middle Eastern Studies, writes a commentary on the history of pan-Arab identity in the Middle East and why it could act as a positive force in a region of the world that has been in turmoil for decades.
Blueshirtsunited.com, 11/2/14. Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen ’14 (political science) has been called up to play for the New York Rangers of the NHL.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/31/14. Henry Dill ’18 (communication), goaltender for the UMass hockey team, is profiled. Dill has been playing well early in the season. “He makes hard saves look easy,” says coach John Micheletto.
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