UMass Amherst Hosts Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day



DATE: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

TIME:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; activity sessions, 9:30-10:30 and 11 a.m. to noon

PLACE: Campus Center Auditorium

More than 200 young women from 25 high schools in Massachusetts, including those in Springfield, Chicopee, Greenfield and Orange, will explore the fields of engineering and computing through hands-on activities during...

Anita Sarkeesian

Media Critic Anita Sarkeesian to Speak at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst department of communication will host “I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters,” a presentation by media critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian, Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on examining the stereotypes and tropes associated...

Rashad Robinson

ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson to Discuss ‘Building Cultural Power’ at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Public Policy and Administration will present “Building Cultural Power,” a talk by Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization, on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the “Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Resistance” series organized by the UMass Amherst...

Tanisha Ford, ‘Liberated Threads’

UMass Amherst’s Tanisha Ford Explores a Style Forged in Struggle and the ‘Global Politics of Soul’

AMHERST, Mass. – Tanisha Ford, assistant professor of women, gender, sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will read from her new book, “Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul” as part of a book-launch party on Monday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at Amherst Books.

Ford’s book explores how and why black women in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London and Johannesburg incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism....

Joseph Jerry and Dr. Grace Makari-Judson

Major Grant Comes to Valley Research Consortium Led by UMass Amherst to Study Breast Cancer Risk and Household Products

AMHERST, Mass. – As Breast Cancer Awareness Month gets underway, the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences announced a five-year grant expected to total more than $3.5 million to a research consortium led by Joseph Jerry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to study breast cancer risk and environmental exposure to common chemicals found in cosmetics and household products.

The team includes scientists at Bay State Medical Center, the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences...

Lundquist Lauded for Excellence, Insight in Research on Military Families

A recent paper by Jennifer Lundquist, sociology, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award, a new honor from the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University.

The article, “Reinstitutionalizing Families: Life Course Policy and Marriage in the Military,” appeared in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF). Lundquist wrote the piece with co-author Zhun Xu of Renmin University...

NEAGEP Welcomes Record Number of STEM Fellows

The Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate (NEAGEP) welcomed a record number of new NEAGEP Fellows to STEM doctoral programs at UMass Amherst this year. 

Misra to Lead Massachusetts Portion of Groundbreaking Study on Gender Differences in Faculty Workload

Joya Misra, sociology and public policy, is one of seven scholars around the country working on a new $750,000 National Science Foundation project that will examine whether men and women university faculty have dramatically different workloads and, if so, what accounts for those differences and how they can be minimized.

Over the next five years Misra and the other researchers involved with the Faculty Workload and Rewards Project will study 42 departments in 13 public institutions in...

Chinua Achebe

The Legacy of Achebe, and his Iconic 1975 Chancellor’s Speech, Attract Scholars to UMass Amherst Symposium

AMHERST, Mass. – The powerful and controversial legacy of the late Nigerian writer, critic and teacher Chinua Achebe will be the focus of a two-day symposium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Achebe’s famous 1975 Chancellor’s Lecture, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.”

The Oct. 14-15 symposium, “Forty Years After: Chinua Achebe and Africa in the Global Imagination,” is being organized by the Interdisciplinary...

Smith-Doerr Presents at Radcliffe Institute Symposium on Women in Biotech

Laurel Smith-Doerr, sociology and director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), was invited to present her research at Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University at a symposium on Women in Biotech that was attended by more than 500 people on Sept. 18.

Smith-Doerr, the first speaker of the event, presented on a panel with faculty members from Harvard and Deborah Dunsire, president and CEO of Forum Pharmaceuticals.

For more information visit the event...