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New Communication Chair Erica Scharrer

Professor Erica Scharrer began her new role as chair of the Department of Communication just prior to the start of the second semester. She brings both her incredible experience in Communication and her devoted support of faculty and students to the position.

SBS, Commonwealth Honors College Junior Named Truman Finalist

Renée Barouxis '14 (political science) has been named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The prestigious award is for outstanding students preparing for careers in public service. She was chosen from a pool of 629 applications from 293 colleges and universities, and vies to be among the 60-65 college juniors to be selected nationwide.

Bateman Scholar Knobloch Addresses Strategy for Low-Carbon Future

Kevin Knobloch '78 (journalism), president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, was this year's Eleanor Bateman Scholar in Residence on campus. In his public address, "Needed: Skillful capitalists to lead us to a low-carbon future" he explained the processes by which he achieved results on a wide range of environmental and national security issues—such as renewable energy, nuclear weapons, forest management and corporate responsibility—by working with scientists, legislators, industry leaders and delegations to the United Nations.

Political Scientist, ISSR Scholar Bruce Desmarais Focuses on Computational Social Science

“If you had asked me when I graduated from high school what I would be doing a decade later, I never would have said ‘college professor,’” says Asst. Prof. Bruce Desmarais (political science). But as his college career at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) developed, Desmarais became captivated with the social sciences and teaching.

Former UMass Chancellor Randolph Bromery Dies at 87

Randolph Wilson “Bill” Bromery, chancellor of UMass from 1971-79 and Commonwealth Professor emeritus of geophysics, died Feb. 26 in Danvers, MA. Bromery led the university through one of the most dynamic and sometimes turbulent periods in its 150-year history, establishing a reputation for problem solving and for building both diversity and consensus. Following his retirement as chancellor and executive vice president in 1979, Bromery went on to lead Westfield State, Springfield College and Roxbury Community College, retiring in 2003.

Writing for the Environment

Like many alumni, Emily Zimmerman ’09 (political science/English) recognizes the value of internships. In fact, her current career – speechwriter and public affairs specialist for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – began with an internship at the EPA during her senior year at UMass.

Rossi Lecture to Feature NOW President Terry O’Neill on Challenges Facing Feminists

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), will discuss the past, present and future challenges facing feminists at the 2013 Rossi Lecture on Tuesday, March 5, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Legal Studies Alum Focuses on Music, Law, and International Social Justice

“International social justice work is not an easy path,” says Michael Otto ’03 (legal studies), “but it is often very exciting and rewarding!” Otto, who helped to found Tiny Toones, a non-profit organization which uses music to empower at-risk youth in Cambodia, says his major helped to make much of his social justice work possible.

Ten for Ten: Center for Research on Families Hits Sweet Spot of Success

If a tenth anniversary isn’t enough cause for celebration, the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) is also riding high on the wave of its most successful year. Its research scholars boast grant acceptance rates well above the national average, and its flagship program has yielded upwards of $15 million in external funding— nearly $10 million of which was awarded within the past year.
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Dube Research on Minimum Wage Tapped by White House, Media

Research by Arin Dube (economics) on minimum wage has been widely cited lately, including by President Obama in his State of the Union address when he called to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour and then indexing it to inflation.

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