Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Enobong “Anna” Branch has announced that she will be leaving UMass to become the vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, beginning in August.
Jessica Ulloa, a Commonwealth Honors College senior majoring in psychology with a neuroscience concentration, will be honored Friday, May 3 at the State House during the state Department of Higher Education’s “29 Who Shine” ceremony saluting public campus graduates for their civic and academic achievements.
Maple Valley Creamery of Hadley will produce a batch of vanilla chai ice cream, the winning flavor at the annual UMass food science student ice cream contest, in time for UMass Amherst’s commencement at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on May 10.
While most college courses involve tests or papers, the final exam for students in a course on “The Politics of the End of the World” at UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College involved researching, recording and releasing a podcast that explored major changes in Massachusetts history. The students’ podcasts have been published online and are now available for download and steaming via Spotify, Stitcher and at https://finalexamination.podbean.com.
This spring, Marta Vicarelli, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and the department of economics, connected students in her environmental policy course with experts working on innovative sustainability efforts around the world, with the help of a Ken Feinberg Course Development Grant.
Débora D. Ferreira, executive director of Equal Opportunity and the university’s Title IX coordinator, will take on a new role as the chancellor’s liaison to the Office of General Counsel effective July 1.