Conferences and Community Events

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Tue, 2015-03-24 11:30 to 13:00
Hadley Room, 10th floor of Campus Center

Scholars are increasingly interested in reaching audiences beyond the academy. But how can we most effectively engage non-academics through our writing?

Five panelists with experience using research to write trade books, opeds, policy messages, press releases, and tweets will discuss the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade."
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Scholars are increasingly interested in reaching audiences beyond the academy. But how can we most effectively engage non-academics through our writing?

Five panelists with experience using research to write trade books, opeds, policy messages, press releases, and tweets will discuss the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade."

***1-hour practicums will be offered immediately following this panel (1:00-2 pm).
REGISTER HERE for “Writing Oped Pieces” or “Packaging Messages for Policy Makers.

light refreshments will be served

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The panelists are Provost Katherine S. Newman, Amy Schalet, director of the Public Engagement Project and associate professor of sociology, Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in political science and public policy and an adjunct professor of computer science, biology professor Duncan Irschick and Lisa M. Troy, assistant professor of nutrition and faculty member at Commonwealth Honors College. M.V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and professor of economics.

One-hour practicums on “Writing Op-ed Pieces” and “Packaging Messages for Policy Makers” will be offered immediately following the panel. Register at

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Conference: New Worlds of Adoption: Launching into Adulthood

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:00 to 17:00
Campus Center Auditorium

This year’s "New Worlds of Adoption" conference highlights the strengths and resilience of adopted persons as they move into adulthood.


Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, will highlight research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. In her keynote address, “Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience,” adoption will be discussed in terms of strengths that promote resilience. Joining Dr. Masten will be three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community:  

· Astrid Castro (Dabbeni),  Adoption Mosaic, Portland, OR

· Judith Eckerle, M.D., Adoption Medicine program, University of Minnesota

· Nathan Ross, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

Katy Andres, Susan Branco Alvarado, Amanda Baden, Kathleen Belanger, Astrid Castro (Dabbeni), Judith Eckerle, Rachel Farr, Chris Langelier, Thomas May, Ruth McRoy, Mentors from the Adoption Mentoring Partnership, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Dawn Post, Nathan Ross, Deborah Siegel, Amy Walkner and Samantha Wilson. View the full program HERE

Posters Displaying Research and Programs. Social Work CEU's & Psychology CE's will be available.

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Registration required

2015 Massachusetts Conference on Gambling Problems

Thu, 2015-04-16 08:30 to Fri, 2015-04-17 16:30
The Verve, Crown Plaza Hotel, 1360 Worcester Road, Natick, MA

Join us on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, 2015 for an informative 2-day conference, with a pre-conference session on Wednesday, April 15, filled with expert dialogue regarding the present and future environment of gambling disorder in the Commonwealth. We encourage participants to be ready to discuss emerging technology and innovation in the areas of:

* Problem gambling awareness
* Treatment modalities
* Public policy and health initiatives
* Recovery supports
* Research outcomes, and
* The criminal justice system

Attend break-out sessions with industry leaders such as:

* A. Kathryn Power, MEd, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presenting on federal initiatives that impact gambling disorder
* Julie Hynes, MA, RD, CPS, Senior Community Health Analyst & Prevention Program Web Administrator, Prevention Lane, Lane County Public Health Department, presenting Apprehensive: How Lines Have Blurred Between Games and Gaming, and How to Protect Our Most Vulnerable
* Matt McCreary, LCPC, CEAP, PCGC, ICCGC, CADC, Vice President, Special Programs & Operations, Bensinger, Dupont, & Associates, presenting on ethics and electronic communication
* Patrick Bordnick, PhD, Associate Dean of Research, University of Houston-Graduate College of Social Work presenting on virtual reality therapy
* and many more!  

Panel discussions will include:

* Square One – A Workforce Reentry Program
* Recovery Panel
* Prevention Panel

For more information about the conference, please contact Intervention and Treatment Support Manager, Alicia Barron, at 617.426.4554.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Development and Communication, Krystle Kelly, at 617.426.4554.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Intervention and Treatment Support Manager, Alicia Barron, at 617.426.4554, Fax: 617.426.4555, TTY: 617.426.1855 by April 1, 2015 for accommodations.

The event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

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Registration required

Journalism Guest Speaker: Eula Biss

Fri, 2015-02-13 15:00 to 16:00
Integrative Learning Center, Room: S414

The Journalism Department will host a reading by author Eula Biss. Her book On Immunity: An Inoculation, was one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014.

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Stilled Longing: A Fundraising and Community Awareness Concert for Stroke and Aphasia

Sat, 2015-03-07 13:30
First Baptist Church on 434 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

The UMASS Stroke Support Group (SSG) is proud to present Stilled Longing, an artistic showcase to raise awareness of stroke and aphasia (a language disorder which occurs most often following a stroke) to the local Amherst community. This community awareness event brings together art and musical creations inspired by members of the Stroke Support Group which include, Marvels of the Mind, paintings by Krista Swanson, a photography/audio interview exhibit by Diane Abatemarco, movie vignettes by Dimitri Mitropoulos, and culminating in a vocal recital with professional Mezzo Soprano Clarissa Ocampo, with guest artists Nadine Shank, Piano; David Nielsen, Oboe; Ron Bell, Trumpet; and Sarah Bish, Cello. The artworks center around the lives and experiences of stroke survivors in the community. 

Clarissa Ocampo, a graduate of the Juilliard School and renowned performer throughout Asia and the Americas, is hailed for her performances in The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, and The Marriage of Figaro. Additionally, she toured the U.S. and Canada with the casts of The King and I and Gian Carlo Minotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Clarissa recently completed a stint as artist-in-residence with the Philippine Opera Company where she presented a series of vocal workshops and master classes.

The concert will feature art songs and arias by Bach, Brahms, Saint-Saens, and Bizet as well as Broadway favorites by Sondheim, Flaherty, and Rogers and Hammerstein, among others.

Admission is free, however tax-deductible donations will be welcomed. After paying for event expenses, money raised will go towards the UMASS Stroke Support Group’s mission of educating and providing support for individuals with aphasia and their families, while promoting awareness in the community of stroke and aphasia. The SSG provides easy access to information regarding aphasia and aphasia-focused events and opportunities that are occurring at a local level, particularly within Western Massachusetts.

For more information please contact Dr. Jacquie Kurland at (413) 545-4007 or via email at


TransformASIANS: Preventing & Controlling Diabetes

Sat, 2015-01-10 08:30 to 15:30
1199 SEIU, 150 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Audience: community members, providers, policy makers and researchers

Goal: To dispel the myth that Asian Americans do not get diabetes and to eradicate the mysteries by sharing data, best practices and resources.


1) To raise awareness about Diabetes prevalence in Asian American population

2) To highlight best practices on Asian Diabetes prevention and management

3) To provide a venue for information-sharing, networking and cross-sector collaborations

Proposed agenda:

8:30 - 9:00am     Breakfast/Registration - Resource Fair opens

9:00 - 9:10am     Welcome Remark

9:10 - 9:30am     Keynote, Dr. George King

9:30 - 10:30am   Providers Panel (moderator: Dr. Teresa Fung, Harvard Medical School)

* Ms. Svang Tor, Lynn Community Health Center Cambodian Diabetes Initiative

* Ms. Zhang-Lin Kong, WIC Director at South Cove

10:30 - 11:30am  Community Panel

* Ms. Jewel Chin

* Ms. Ann Wong

* Ms. Mai Du, Malden Youth Initiative

11:30 – 11:50am Cooking Demo by Ka-Hei Karen Lau (Joslin Diabetes Center)

11:50 - 12:00pm  Group Photo/Break

12:00 - 1:00pm    Lunch/Dr. Robert Schriebner on self-management

1:00 - 2:30pm      Afternoon Workshops

* Pratibha Shah/Wholistic Health Alliance

* Mai Du/Malden Asian & Pacific Islanders Coalition

* Dr. Alissa Dangle/Tufts Gestational Diabetes & Nutrition

2:30 - 2:45pm      Break

2:45 - 3:15pm      Big Group Report Back

3:15 - 3:30pm      Closing Remark/Evaluation

Registration Information: 
Registration required

Preparing for Climate Effects at the Municipal Level: A Public Health Symposium

Fri, 2014-10-03 08:30 to 15:00
MassMutual Center, Springfield

The symposium will take place on October 3, 2014 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and is supported by a cooperative agreement awarded to DPH’s Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) to assist local health departments and municipalities to better prepare for climate effects.

Ms. Ellen Mecray, Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been invited to provide the keynote address.  Ms. Mecray’s work focuses on building and strengthening regional partnerships to better assess and deliver regionally-focused climate science and information to help people make informed decisions in their lives, businesses and communities.  Ms. Mecray has previously led strategic planning for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and facilitated inter-and intra-agency dialogue and collaboration on climate science across New England.

The symposium will include presentations on our improved understanding of the wide range of climate impacts to public health and the capacity of municipalities to address these effects.   The event will also focus on exploring opportunities to foster partnerships and cross-sector collaboration between officials in public health, emergency preparedness, planning, and other areas across local and state government.

Information regarding registration for the symposium is included here:

For further information about registration and meeting logistics contact Julie Banda at 617-279-2240 ext. 214.

View the event flyer for more information!

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Springfield Bound 2014

Sat, 2014-09-20 09:30 to 16:00
Springfield Renaissance School, 1170 Carew Street

Springfield Bound is a Day-Long Orientation to the City of Springfield for students considering collaborating, volunteering, interning, and working with residents and community organizations. It’s also a great opportunity for faculty and staff who wish to learn more about potential collaborations with the city.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Springfield Renaissance School, 1170 Carew Street

Attendees can register at:

Attendees must register by Monday, September 15.

Bus pickup for UMass, at Haigis Mall, is 8:00am.

The website, with complete information, is

Panel Discussion: NSF Fellowship Experience

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:00 to 13:30
UMass Amherst, 107 Bartlett Hall

Fall is fast approaching and with it comes the National Science Foundation Fellowship application deadlines. The Institute for Social Science Research, in collaboration with the UMass Graduate School, has pulled together an expert panel on maneuvering the NSF Fellowship application process. The panel will discuss everything from the resources available to you as a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student, to administrative logistics and student recipient advice.  This event is highly recommended for first and second year graduate students. Please join us and bring your questions!


James A. Kitts, Professor of Sociology will give his observations in evaluating Graduate Research Fellowship applications over the past decade. James has been a panelist for the GRF competitions in Sociology, Psychology, and Engineering, as well as research grant panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Defense.

Ember Skye Kanalee is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and NSF Fellowship recipient. Embers' research interests include: sports, gendered inequality, sexuality, race, class, social movements and intersectionality.

Sarah Vega-Liros is the Research Business Manager Liaison at ISSR. Sarah supports students in navigating grant applications; getting students from the conceptual stage to submitting the proposal by deadline. 

Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Heidi Bauer-Clapp is Coordinator of Grants and Fellowships in the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. Heidi supports grad students in the process of applying for external funding. Heidi is also a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology whose research focuses on the challenges and opportunities communities face when remembering painful aspects of the past.

Free to attend. Lunch will be provided. Registration recommended.

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Registration highly recommended

Workshop: Applying to the Faculty Research Grant Program

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:30 to 11:00
UMass Amherst, Life Sciences Laboratory, Room 610

This workshop, on applying to the FRG Program, provides important information on eligibility criteria, application and review guidelines for FRG proposals.

The purpose of this workshop is to review the Faculty Research Grant application and eligibility guidelines for 2014, discuss the format and content of successful proposals, and answer questions about the submission and review process. The session will be led by Dr. Rick Taupier of the Office of Research Development and is intended also to identify and encourage good proposal writing strategies for internal and external grant applications.

New and Assistant faculty members are especially encouraged to attend. Twenty  to twenty-four FRG awards are made to UMass Amherst faculty each year.

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