News and Events

Closing the Gap

A growing number of career-minded women are opting out of motherhood—a trend that is raising important questions about work and family across the globe. With assistance from graduate student Irene Boeckmann, UMass Amherst sociologists Michelle Budig and Joya Misra have compiled their ongoing cross-national research on how policies affect mothers’ employment and wages into the Work-Family Policy Indicators—a specialized database hosted by the Luxembourg Income Study.

Senior Campaign Committee Awards Scholarships

The UMass Amherst Senior Campaign Committee, a program of the Student Philanthropy Committee, is proud to announce that three students, including Ashley Boudrow '13 (sociology), received scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of the Classes of 2008 and 2011.

Online Journalism Certificate Offers Fundamental Tools of the Trade

About a year ago, journalism faculty members Brian McDermott and Razvan Sibii became co-directors of the online Certificate of Journalism. “Our goal is to provide a diverse student body access to high quality journalism classes online,” says McDermott. “The instructors in the program pride themselves on their teaching and working closely with each student.”

Ndikumana to Serve on UN Committee for Development Policy

The UN Secretary General has nominated Léonce Ndikumana, Glyn Professor of Economics, to serve on the UNs Committee for Development Policy (CDP), 2013-15.

Chilton Addresses Conferences in Spain and Turkey

Prof. Elizabeth S. Chilton MA '91, PhD '96 (anthropology), associate dean for research in SBS, was an invited presenter at the meeting of the Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property at the University of Barcelona in November. Immediately afterward she traveled to Turkey to present a paper at the international conference “Heritage and Risk” at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.

The Case of the Vanishing Policy Memo

Derek Khanna '09 (political science) made big news this month in Washington related to "an incredibly bold copyright reform memo" he wrote for the Republican Study Committee. “Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where To Start To Fix It” was released on 11/16 and retracted the next day for a variety of reasons, but not because Khanna isn't well-versed in the subject.

Financial Expert Cliggott Joins Economics Department

This fall Doug Cliggott ’78 (economics), who has had a luminous career in financial services, most recently as U.S. Equity Strategist for Credit Suisse in Boston, has joined the Economics Department as a lecturer. In addition to teaching, Cliggott will host an alumni webinar series and serve as an advisor/mentor for economics students interested in careers in finance.

SBS/UMass to Celebrate ISSR Inaugural Event

On Friday, October 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at UMass Amherst will be hosting the inaugural event for the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). The event will take place in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center.

Filmmakers Bring UMass Professor's Book about Young Women and Sexuality to Screen

A powerful new documentary film adaptation of the book by Lynn Phillips, lecturer and chief undergraduate advisor (communication).

Alum Goldman Leads Marketing/Publicity at Jim Henson Company

Nicole Goldman '93 (communication) discusses her career with Amy Chaunt '13 (journalism) on UVC-TV.