Aviva Ben-Ur, professor in the department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, has been awarded a one-year fellowship of more than $9,000 from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to further her project “Patriotic Pariahs: Middle Eastern Immigrants and the Struggle for Citizenship in Interwar Europe.”
UMass Amherst has joined with 43 other institutions and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to form an Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The Action Collaborative aims to achieve targeted, collective action toward evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment and promoting a culture of civility and respect.
Eight teams and eight individual faculty have been selected for mutual mentoring team and micro-grants by the Office for Faculty Development. The Mutual Mentoring Team and Micro Grants encourage faculty to develop robust professional networks that support their growth as researchers, teachers and leaders in their fields.
For a special 15th anniversary episode of its podcast series, “Stories from NNI,” the National Nanotechnology Initiative this month features an interview with physics professor Mark Tuominen, associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Natural Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society. In the podcast, he reflects on highlights from NNI history and some of its notable accomplishments.
Isenberg professors George Milne and Bruce Skaggs are the recipients of endowed faculty positions created by the Flavin and Carney families. Milne is Isenberg’s associate dean of research and directs its doctoral program, and Skaggs heads Isenberg’s department of management and is academic coordinator for Isenberg’s Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.
The UMass Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development has named 12 winners of the 2019-20 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity) faculty fellowship award. Throughout the program year, participants will explore how they can enhance students’ success.
The Building Bridges Showcase Event will be held on Tuesday, April 9 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center atrium. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend and celebrate the work done by members of our campus community, including visual arts, music, poetry, creative workshops, demonstrations and more.
The American Educational Research Association has named Jamila Lyiscott, assistant professor of social justice education, as one of the winners of its 2019 awards for excellence in education research. Lyiscott is the recipient of the “Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research” award.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has named Britt Rusert, associate professor of Afro-American studies, as a 2019 ACLS Fellow to work on her manuscript, “The Afric-American Picture Gallery: Imagining Black Art, circa 1859.”
Isenberg Interim Dean Tom Moliterno recently announced Michele Burch, senior lecturer in operations and information management, and Linda Smircich, professor of management, are the first two recipients of the new Isenberg Dean’s Faculty Fellowships.