PhD candidate Thomas Herndon (economics), who helped debunk a key study by Harvard economists that supported austerity policies, has been selected one of twelve Honorable Mentions in The Boston Globe's 2013 Bostonians of the Year.
Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) has been named one of eight scholars and social scientists to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s 2014 Anneliese Maier Research Award. As part of the award, he will receive 250,000 EUR (approximately $342,000) designated to finance research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.
As the potential consequences of climate change continue to grow—from increasingly frequent storms to rising sea levels and a rash of severe weather that has become the new norm—Elisabeth Hamin (landscape architecture and regional planning) is working with communities to incorporate resiliency frameworks into their budgets and prepare for extreme weather events.
University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has appointed Professor Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), a Distinguished Professor, following approval from the Board of Trustees.
Thomas Herndon and Professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin, who found serious errors in a key study that lawmakers around the globe used as a cornerstone of austerity policies, have been named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.
The John Merck Fund has awarded a $45,000 grant to the Wellspring Collaborative, an economic development project in Springfield co-directed by Fred Rose, lecturer at the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA).
Of the West End House Scholarship, Rosana Urbaez ’14 (communication/psychology) says, "My success is contingent on having those around me believe in my success, and with help from scholarships like this, it can become a reality for me.”
As always, Tom Turkey will lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Santa will bring up the rear, but marching somewhere in between, amid the big balloons, will be a special group—the Minuteman Marching Band.