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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.

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.

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.

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.

UMass Delegation Participates in International Workshop at University of Barcelona

Two anthropology faculty and five graduate students took part in an international workshop on the theme of “Space, Placemaking, and the Politics of the Local” at the University of Barcelona in early February.

Civic Initiative Director Hannahan Meets with Young Leaders in Pakistan

After bringing over 63 Pakistani students to the UMass Amherst campus for the past three summers as participants of the Pakistani Young Leaders program, political science professor Mike Hannahan traveled to Islamabad in January, where he oversaw a reunion of that program’s alumni.

Shulman's Text Analytic Software Purchased by Canada-based Vision Critical

After more than a decade in development, DiscoverText, a cloud-based text analytic software developed by Assistant Professor Stuart Shulman (political science), in part through his Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) Lab, has been purchased by Vision Critical, a Vancouver-based provider of consumer insight technologies and services. Shulman will be VP for text analytics.

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