News and Events

Congressman Neal honored with UMass Distinguished Alumni Award

The UMass Amherst Alumni Association honored Congressman Richard Neal, who teaches in the Journalism program, on Beacon Hill in Boston on April 3, 2013.

Learn to Build a Basic Website Via MOOC

Journalism is excited to offer UMass Amherst’s first Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) this summer. Starting on May 20, a free course called Building a Basic Website will be taught by Journalism's Brian McDermott.

Meet Me After Class

A photo essay by Shaina Mishkin '14 (journalism), published in the latest UMass Magazine, included some personal commentary about her UMass experience, as well as images of Dylan Lurvey '14 (communication) doing slacklines and Tommy Verdone '14 (journalism) browsing records in Northampton.

SBS Names Outstanding Teachers for 2013

This year’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award goes to BJ Roche ’78, senior lecturer, advisor and internship coordinator in Journalism, and David Cort, assistant professor of Sociology.

New Academic Classroom Building Under Construction

Construction is moving apace for the New Academic Classroom Building, which will be the home for Communication, Journalism, Film Studies and Linguistics beginning in fall 2014.

Alum Lawyer Credits UMass with Nurturing Lifelong Negotiation Skills

“I’ve spent a lot of time with people who attended places like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Dartmouth, and I can say without a doubt that I was as prepared academically as they were,” says Lynn Robitaille Garcia ’97 (STPEC), general counsel of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. “In fact, I was better prepared to negotiate stressful situations and difficult interpersonal relationships than many of my colleagues because of my UMass experiences.”

Badgett Discusses Same Sex Marriage, Economic Impacts

On March 26, 2013 M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, discussed the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line."

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.