News and Events

Sara Plourde '12 Makes Pitch for Canada

Former Minutewoman softball pitcher Sara Plourde '12 (sociology) is playing for Team Canada.

ASLA Names Ryan to Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced that it will elevate Professor Robert Ryan to the ASLA Council of Fellows this fall.

Scholarships Make Attending UMass a Reality

After Greg Alexander ’14 (anthropology/Native American studies), winner of this year’s Dean’s Merit Award, graduated from high school, he attended the University of Lowell briefly, until he discovered that the costs were beyond his ability to pay. “That’s why I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, planning to return school after my stint using G.I. Bill benefits,” he recalls.

Student’s Critique of Austerity Policies Creates Firestorm

When Thomas Herndon (economics), a third-year graduate student, began a class assignment last fall, he had no inkling that he would end up in the middle of a furious debate over international economic policies.

Majority of Americans Oppose Killer Robots

Results of a new survey by Professor Charli Carpenter (political science) show that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum oppose the outsourcing of lethal military and defense targeting decisions to machines.

Alum Native Seed Collector Helps Dune Restoration and More

NPR's "All Things Considered" ran a story that featured Heather Liljengren '04 (environmental design).

Anthro Field Class Teaches Students to Excavate and Analyze Bones

It’s another rainy day in a series of rainy days, yet the students are used to the mud and focused on the bones that lie before them. These are not real bones but tools to help them learn what to do when they are in the field with the real thing.

Department of Energy Taps Environmentalist Kevin Knobloch '78 as Chief of Staff

Kevin Knobloch '78 (journalism),  president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), has been named chief of staff to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz, a respected physicist and leader on energy technology and policy, starting on June 24. Dr. Kathleen Rest, UCS’s executive director, will oversee the organization as it searches for a new president.

Alum to Offer Social Skills Course in August

This summer alumnus Benjamin Happ '98 (psychology) will offer a blended course intended to help juniors, seniors and recent alumni become better equipped to survive in the job market.

Schweik Granted Award Honoring Legacy of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom

Associate Professor Charles Schweik (environmental conservation and public policy) is one of three senior scholars worldwide to receive a new award honoring the late political economist Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to date to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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