News and Events

SBS Student is Chief Curator of TEDx Amherst

Nicole Malinowski ’16 (economics) was the Chief Curator of the TEDx talk that came to UMass in April. Among the many featured speakers were Jeffrey Donovan, UMass alumnus and star of USA Network’s “Burn Notice,” Richard Jadick, doctor of the Iraq War, and Withelma Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2014.

Journalism Major Nia Decaille Wins Senior Leadership Award

Nia Decaille’s many leadership roles on campus earned her the Senior Leadership Award this year. “It means a lot to me because I learned from so many great leaders, who are also people of color on campus,” she says. “This award really goes to those before my who taught me how to lead.”

Pader Wins Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching

"For me, this award is a recognition of why community-engaged learning is, and should be, one of the pillars of UMass's Strategic Plan for the development of a well-educated, civically-minded population," says Associate Professor Ellen Pader (regional planning). "I'm continually awed by the thirst so many students have for classes that guide them in their quest to be agents of positive social change, and how willing they are to grapple deeply with emotionally and intellectually difficult subjects in order to attain that goal."

SBS Names First Outstanding Staff Awardees

Nancy Lattinville, Finance and Personnel Assistant in the Economics Department, and Debra Madigan, Office Manager in the Communication Department, have been recognized by their peers as being 2015 Outstanding Staff Members.

Ebru Kardan Joins SBS as Director of External Affairs & Communication

Join us in welcoming Ebru Kardan, our new Director of External Affairs and Communication!

Peterson Named Secretary of Faculty Senate

Professor of Political Science MJ Peterson has been named Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Peterson is the third female in the history of the senate to be elected Secretary.

Students Receive CRF Research Grants and Awards

The Center for Research on Families has announced its Spring 2015 Research Grant and Award Recipients. Sixteen talented students, two of whom are SBS students, received awards in six categories to support family research for a total of nearly $50,000 awarded.

Alumni Spotlight: Ann Merriam Feinberg ’68

Ann Merriam Feinberg ’68 (Government), counsel at Connecticut Community Foundation, attributes her success in part to a willingness to take some risks and make changes in her life, even if those changes might be uncomfortable at first.

Rosa Awarded Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Jonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will be in residence at Northwestern University’s Latina/o Studies Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Scholarship Sends Student to Czech Republic

Devan Carr ’16 (political science/public health/history) spent her fall semester exploring all the Czech Republic has to offer; an opportunity otherwise inconceivable had she not been granted the Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship.

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