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FUNNIEST MAN ON CAMPUS

ONE IN THREE MILLION

LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH...

PICTURE YOURSELF ON A ROCK, BY A BONSAI...

EVERYWHERE A MOLIÈRE

FISH STORY

READING UNDER THE LINES

DEPT. OF DISTINCTIONS

IT STARTED WITH

THINKING ABOUT IT

JOEGOLDSTEIN, THE ASTEROID


JEAN HOSMER


PUBLIC HOUSE


STUDIO 204


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Highlights

"Surfacing"

Making it hers: Using the Fine Arts Center as her canvas, junior MICHELLE FINKINS presents “Surfacing,” a class project for art professor SUSAN JAHODA. The assignment was to visualize the dreams of a local community and present the work in a community venue. Inspired by artist Krzysztof Wodiczko’s giant projections at the FAC in the late ’80s, Filkins chose to cast her images on the building she calls the center of her campus. Readers will see much more of the FAC in our spring issue, which will include a feature on its burgeoning programs.


Dept. of distinctions: Biologist and doctoral student JEANCLAUDE RAZAFIMAHAIMODISON is one of ten researchers from around the world to receive a Lindbergh Grant, which furthers the aviator’s vision of a balance between technology and the environment. Razafimahaimodison will study impacts of development in his native Madagascar… THE INTERGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) PROGRAM won a 2000 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in reducing toxins in the environment… EVERYWOMAN’S CENTER is in line to receive a $392,000 grant from the U.S. Department of justice through its Program to Combat Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses. “This is the first significant funding that has come along specifically for college campuses,” said CAROL WALLACE, director of the center… ANNE STARKEY, a graduate student in classics, received a Bronze Chalice award from AbleMedia for her “Roman Living,” published by the Classics Technology Center on the Web… And chemistry professor JULIAN TYSON won two gold medals at the U.S. National Fencing Championships last summer in Texas, taking first place in the masters and veterans divisions of the epée competition.


Mildred BarberIt started with a scholarship and ended with a $2.5 million bequest enabling the economics department to endow a chair to be named for her mother, Helen Sheridan. MILDRED BARBER ’43, a Boston native and former U.S. Department of Labor economist, retired in ’73 from her job as chief of data operations and reporting operations. She died at age 78 in October. Niece Sheridan Phillips says Barber credited UMass with allowing her to pursue a career that few women could.


Thinking about it: They are doing field work as well as class work in Homelessness and Shelters. This is an honors program class of 24 undergraduates with many majors, and with many motives for studying a topic that many Americans would rather not think about. The course was created by two UMass ministers, Episcopal chaplain CHRISTOPHER CARLISLE, and Protestant chaplain KENT HIGGINS. Their students read, write, visit cities, interview homeless people. In addition, they work 20 hours in a related social-service agency.


Joegoldstein, the asteroid: Getting your name on an asteroid is quite an accomplishment. These chunks of rock that float around the universe can make quite a stir if you get in their way; look at what happened to the dinosaurs. School of Engineering dean, Joe Goldstein, recently had one such chunk named after him. The rock in question was discovered in 1981. Goldstein himself has done research on asteroids for almost 30 years.

 
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