The UMass Amherst Alumni Association has announced the 2014 recipients of its most prestigious recognition for alumni, faculty and friends: the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Audie Cornish '01 (journalism), co-host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Professor Sheldon Goldman (political science), one of the nation's leading experts on the politics of judicial selection and confirmation, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award.
As a co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Cornish has interviewed dozens of newsmakers and pop culture icons. As a general assignment reporter for the Associated Press and a news writer for Boston’s award-winning public radio station WBUR, Cornish covered major national and regional news, including the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, legalization of same-sex marriage, the Democratic National Convention, Hurricane Katrina and fallout from the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
One of the nation's leading experts on the politics of judicial selection and confirmation, Goldman is a widely published, award-winning author and beloved teacher. He was recognized with a 2004 Chancellor’s Medal, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association's Law and Courts Section in 2006, and in 2012 was named Distinguished Professor of Political Science. To recognize Goldman's many years of groundbreaking research and teaching, the Political Science Department launched the Goldman Scholarship in his honor, awarded annually to a junior or senior who has excelled in the study of constitutional law, civil liberties and judicial politics.
The awards. will be presented April 2 at the State House in Boston. Click here  for a full listing of the Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients.