News and Events

Resource Economics Joins SBS

We are excited to announce that the Department of Resource Economics is now part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. To avoid confusion, the Department will finish out the academic year with the Isenberg School of Management (including the Senior Celebration Ceremony), but all email addresses have been changed, and you'll be seeing news about the department in SBS communications. It's a great fit and we welcome all faculty, alumni and students from Resource Economics to our family.

SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony, Call for Pictures

The SBS Senior Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. Due to the popularity of last year's pre-ceremony slide show, we will create a new one featuring this year's graduates. Seniors, please send a high-res .jpg of yourself ...somewhere on campus, on a study abroad experience, during an internship, or doing something UMass-related.

LARP Leader, ISSR Research Scholar Prepares Communities for Future Hazards

“I am quite passionate about helping communities prepare to meet the challenges of this century,” says Elisabeth Hamin, associate professor and new department head for Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. In addition to her newly acquired administration work, Hamin focuses on land use planning, particularly as it relates to climate change adaptation.

UMass Poll Shows Strong Support for Minimum Wage Hike and Assault Weapons Ban

The results of a new national UMass Poll released in mid-March show strong public support for an assault weapons ban and a broad consensus in favor of a higher federal minimum wage. Additionally, President Barack Obama enjoys high personal favorability, while Speaker John Boehner is viewed as equally unfavorable.

"The News Never Sleeps"—And Neither Does News Anchor Haynes '94

“I am a TV news anchor at Fox 5 in Atlanta,” says Tom Haynes ’94 (political science). “And trust me, every bit of what I do in my job today was cultivated during my four years at UMass.” Moving from an Intro to American Politics or Political Theory course to TV may not seem like an obvious step for political science majors. But that’s exactly what happened for Haynes.


Sheldon Goldman Scholarship Established to Honor Professor Goldman

The Sheldon Goldman Scholarship was recently established to honor Professor Goldman for his nearly 50 years of teaching, service and research in the Department of Political Science and to celebrate his promotion to Distinguished Professor.

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.