“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” by Ocean Vuong, an assistant professor in the Masters of Fine Arts Program for Poets and Writers, has been selected by a range of publications as one of the best books of the year.
Jamila Lyiscott, assistant professor of social justice education, is being recognized as a 2019-20 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. Growing up as a first-generation American in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, Lyiscott learned how to navigate the contrasts between her family’s Caribbean background and an educational system that demanded assimilation.
The annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage raised over $632,000 this year, with many UMass Amherst faculty, staff and students participating. The department of sociology organized a team of 11 participants and raised $4,400 dollars for the cause. Faculty, grad students and undergraduates all took part in the event.
The search advisory committee for dean of Commonwealth Honors College is pleased to announce that three candidates have been identified as finalists. The campus community is invited to attend open forums with each of the candidates.
Professors Emery Berger, Prashant Shenoy and Ramesh Sitaraman of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) have been named Fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.
A team led by director of the Gloucester Marine Station Adrian Jordaan and including ecologists Michelle Staudinger and Allison Roy of the U.S. Geological Survey recently received support for their study of migrating alewife and blueback herring in freshwater, river and estuary environments.
Christine Hatch, extension associate professor of geosciences, recently received a grant from Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund for the Rain Garden 52 project – the creation of a green infrastructure system, researched and designed by students, that will capture and filter stormwater while enhancing campus aesthetics by harnessing the beauty of a natural wetland.
John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, has appointed a search advisory committee to aid in the selection of the next dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. After five years of distinguished service, Dean John Hird will be stepping down at the end of this academic year.