Conferences and Community Events

SOPHAS Virtual Fair

Tue, 2016-07-19 09:00 to 21:00
Virtual Fair (see description for link)

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is sponsoring a free virtual fair for prospective students. Participants will be able to meet school representatives from public health schools & programs in a live virtual setting. Registration is required to participate.

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Free registration

International Low-Dose Response Conference

Tue, 2016-04-19 09:00 to Wed, 2016-04-20 16:00
UMass Amherst, Campus Center

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will once again host the Dose-Response Society’s international conference, this year on April 19-20 at the Campus Center, with the theme “Preconditioning: adaptive responses in biology in medicine.”

Conference directors Edward Calabrese, a UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist, and Paul Kostecki, professor emeritus of envionmental healh sciences, expect the 15th annual gathering to attract more than 100 scientists from around the world who study the potential for using low-dose exposure to chemicals and radiation to build biological shields against disease and injury, a phenomenon known as hormesis.

The registration rates include all sessions and refreshment breaks. Registration does not include the cost of lunch, dinner or lodging.  

Registration Rates

International Dose-Response Society Members*          

- Full Two Day Registration - $299.00           
- Government and Academic Rate - $149.00           
- Student Rate - $74.00  

*Must be a member at the time of registration to receive the International Dose-Response Society Members rate 

Non-Member Registration           

- Full Two Day Registration - $499.00          
- Government and Academic Rate - $199.00            
- Student Rate - $99.00   

Conference Meals         

- Buffet Lunch - $28.00/day        
- Buffet Dinner - $38.00 

Please note: all registrations and payments received after April 5, 2016, will be assessed a $50.00 late fee.

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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis

Thu, 2016-04-14 17:30 to 19:30
Floor 25 Du Bois Library

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run between February 29 and April 20, 2016. 

The series is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change

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Free and open to the public

Graduate Commencement Ceremony 2016

Fri, 2016-05-06 09:00 to 11:15
UMass Amherst, Mullins Center

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 6, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Mullins Center.

All advanced degree candidates attending Graduate Commencement should complete the Commencement Participation Form, indicating your planned attendance and estimated number of guests, by Friday, April 22. Completing this form by the requested date will allow us to make appropriate arrangements for parking and the Commencement reception.

Candidates must check in between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., wearing regalia, at the tent located behind (west of) the Mullins Center. At this time, participants will receive final instructions for the procession. Strollers, baby carriers, food, and drinks are not permitted in the student seating area. In addition, candidates should not carry purses, briefcases, or extra clothing into the arena; the University cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.

Guests should be seated by 8:45 a.m. The processional will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

A reception is planned for graduate degree recipients, their guests, and faculty immediately following the ceremony, which is expected to conclude at approximately 11:15 a.m. The reception will take place under the tent on the west side of the Mullins Center. Refreshments will be served.

Degree candidates who wish to indicate the pronunciation of their names for the Commencement announcers may do so by calling the Graduate School’s Commencement voice mail at 413-577-6208 between 3 p.m. on April 8, 2016 and 12:00 p.m. on May 4, 2016.

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UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony 2016

Fri, 2016-05-06 16:30 to 18:00
UMass Amherst, McGuirk Alumni Stadium

The Undergraduate Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., rain or shine, in McGuirk Alumni Stadium on the UMass Amherst campus.

Students should arrive in Parking Lot 11 at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony is scheduled to conclude at 6 p.m.

Tickets are not necessary and graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish.

On-campus parking is free on Commencement Day. Shuttle buses will take guests to the ceremony from campus lots. Please allow plenty of travel time to reach campus, park, and arrive at the stadium. Guests should plan to arrive on campus by 2:30 p.m. as seating at McGuirk Stadium is unreserved.

Faculty attending the ceremony will gather in the Football Performance Center by 3:30 p.m. Regalia is required.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Fine Arts Center beginning at 1:00 PM for GROUP A majors (Communication Disorders and Kinesiology) and at 3:30 PM for GROUP B majors (Nutrition and Public Health Sciences). See more about the SPHHS Senior Ceremony here.


On Commencement Day, please follow parking directions provided by campus police.


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2016 Five College ASA DataFest

Fri, 2016-04-01 19:30 to Sun, 2016-04-03 16:00
Integrated Sciences Building UMass Amherst

The American Statistical Association presents the 2016 Five College Data Fest, a nationallly coordinated undergraduate data analysis competition.

Join in for an opportunity to win prizes, meet other students interested in data, and learn more about data science and statistics than you thought possible in one weekend!

The mission of DataFest is to expose undergraduate students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis. By working in teams, students with varying skill sets will combine their efforts and expand their collective data analysis horizons. Interaction among students, as well as with outside consultants will promote the sense that data analysis is a dynamic, engaging, and vibrant part of our society, as well as a realistic, practical, and fun career path.


The Opioid Crisis: Decreasing the Stigma of Addiction

Thu, 2016-02-18 16:30 to 18:00
Skinner Hall Room 112

The UMass Medical Reserve Corps Presents "The Opioid Crisis: Decreasing the Stigma of Addiction" 

This opioid and narcan information session with substance abuse specialists Dr. Kimberly Dion and Dominic Singh will educate participants on the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer nasal spray Narcan in the event of an overdose.

For more information contact Lauren da Fonte, MRC Coordinator, at






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Free and open to the public

Student Wellness Advisory Board Informational Meeting

Tue, 2016-02-16 18:00
Campus Center Room 163

Apply to be a representative on the Student Wellness Advisory Board. As a student representative your role would be to act as a conduit for student feedback about their health and wellness needs and experiences on campus. In addition, work with campus administrators to address these concerns and come up with progressive solutions.

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16th, at 6:00 pm in CC 163.

Student Wellness Advisory Board Informational Meeting Flyer

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Public Higher Education Advocacy Day

Mon, 2016-03-07 10:00 to 14:00
Great Hall - Massachusetts State House

The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others from community colleges, state universities, the UMass campuses, and the broader community to join together to advocate for better funded, affordable and accessible public higher education in Massachusetts.

On March 7th, students, faculty, and staff from the public institutions of higher education will be going to the state house to demand increased funding for its institutions. In years past, people have demanded and won 50/50 funding of the universities, state college and community colleges in Massachusetts. In order to ensure that schools like UMass receive the funding they need, PHENOM will return to the State House this year with as many people and as much support as possible.

The funding allocated by the State affects UMass’ ability to: support underfunded, maintain the buildings where our students, faculty, and staff spend their time, take care of our graduate students, and make this university an affordable place to attend school. Public Higher Education Advocacy Day is vital to ensuring that UMass is a priority in the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, however it is also important for legislators to hear the stories of the people who are affected by higher education funding in order to contextualize the struggles that inadequate funding create for the people who interact with the higher education system day in and day out. 

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Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities

Tue, 2016-03-15 08:00 to 17:30

Are you a person with a disability...looking for a career opportunity or internship? This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Great opportunity for College students & College grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including Apple, AT&T, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Deloitte, Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, PwC, USDA, & More!

Learn more here.

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