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TechTalks Program Focuses on Women in Technology Careers at ESPN

Five women who currently work for the technology division at ESPN, including College of Engineering alumna Maura Maloney, will describe their career paths and discuss the opportunities that are available to women in technology and beyond in a TechTalks session on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. in 168 Campus Center.
Okey Ndibe

Alumnus Okey Ndibe to Read as Part of Visiting Writers Series

Writer and alumnus Okey Ndibe will give a reading on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Novelist, political commentator, and essayist Ndibe published his latest book, “Foreign Gods, Inc.” in January 2014 to great acclaim. The New York Times called it “razor sharp” and the Los Angeles Times described the novel as “unforgettable.” The Washington Post praised it as “a story of sweeping cultural insight and absurd comedy...rendered with a stoic...

‘SOS—Calling All Black People’ Wins Praise from Essence Magazine

“SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader,” edited by professors John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst of Afro-American studies and poet Sonia Sanchez and published by the UMass Press, is a February Pick by Essence Magazine. Patrik Henry Bass of Essence calls the book “a tour-de-force collection of the greatest writers and thinkers from the 1960s to the 1970s, during one of the most electrifying periods in American arts and letters.” The volume brings together a broad range...
Genny Beemyn

Beemyn Honored by Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

Stonewall Center director Genny Beemyn received the Award for Research and Assessment from the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals on Feb. 5 during the Creating Change Conference in Denver. The award recognizes exceptional work brought to the profession and to the greater LGBTQ community through research, assessment and advocacy. During the ceremony, Beemyn was described “as a force in our field, reliably pushing us forward as a profession and as a community.” Beemyn has...
Mari Castañeda

Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Professor Mari Castañeda of the department of communication has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Castañeda will be mentored by John McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, where she will be developing and implementing a new Preparing Future Faculty program as well as participating in planning and decision-making. Her term runs through the fall semester. “In a highly competitive academic job market, it is critical that...
Board Patrol agent assesses health of woman immigrant after crossing into U.S. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

Conference Looks at Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship in Immigration

“The Politics of Migration: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship” is the focus of the women, gender, sexuality studies department’s spring conference on Feb. 26-27 in the Campus Center. The crisis of Central American child migrants to the United States, brought to public attention last summer, has highlighted the oft-neglected gendered (and generational) dynamics of cross-border movements. In bringing together faculty, administrators, staff, students and interested community members to discuss the...
The South Korean film ‘Futureless Things’ will be shown April 8

Beginning Feb. 4, Multicultural Film Festival Explores ‘Dislocations’

Focusing on the theme of “Dislocations,” the 22nd annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, presented by the interdepartmental program in film studies, opens Feb. 4 and continues through April 29. The series’ entertaining and provocative selection includes documentaries, shorts and narrative features from India, China, South Korea, Israel, Italy, Latvia and the U.S. It also features two silent films with live musical accompaniment, including the New England premiere of a 1913 film...

Local Girl Scouts Visit UMass Amherst Jan. 31 to Learn to Build Wearable, Electronic Light-up Jewelry

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***   DATE:  Saturday, Jan. 31,2015 TIME:   9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PLACE: M5 laboratory, Marcus Hall   The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting a workshop for local Girl Scouts where girls will learn to design, engineer and build wearable, electronic, programmable, light-up jewelry. The workshop, called the “Girl Scout Adafruit Workshop” after the miniature electronic components that will be used, seeks to interest girls in the basics of...
Erin Baker

NSF Project Will Support 10 Undergraduates Per Summer for UMass Amherst Research in Offshore Wind Energy

AMHERST, Mass. – The 13-year delay in the proposed Cape Wind project in Massachusetts reveals the critical need for an integrated approach to offshore wind energy development that works mutually toward an efficient, sustainable energy source and public education, input and acceptance. This difficult task calls for a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers. That’s where a new National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of...

Draft Diversity Strategic Plan Released; Campus Comment Invited

A draft strategic plan outlining steps to address diversity and related issues is available for campus review and comment, according to the panel that wrote the 34-page report, which is posted online. In a Jan. 26 broadcast e-mail, the 15-member Diversity Strategic Plan Steering Committee, chaired by Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, invites the campus community to study the plan and provide feedback. “We believe the draft Diversity Strategic Plan not only provides a comprehensive look at the...

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