On Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. Franklin Dining Common will close for the semester. On Monday, Oct. 19, the new Worcester Dining Common will open. In the interim, Blue Wall, Harvest Market and BabyBerk will be available dining options.
Earlier this week, faculty members, instructors and teaching assistants received an email from Jeff Hescock, executive director of environmental health and safety, and Ann Becker, public health director, detailing the public health protocols in place for face-to-face classes.
Professor Li-Jun Ma, biochemistry and molecular biology, has received support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Community Science Program (CSP) to conduct in-depth research on a group of soil fungi, Fusaria, that are economically important because they devastate crops – not only food but biofuel feedstocks. This is a collaborative project between principal investigator Ma and co-principal investigator Robert Proctor, a research microbiologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization.
James Smethurst, professor of Afro-American studies, has been named a fall 2020 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. Smethurst is a scholar of 20th-century African American literature, culture and intellectual history.
As part of the Fine Arts Center fall virtual offerings, Hampden Gallery releases two new digital exhibitions, “While You Were Away” and “Imagimenagerie,” to be on view Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Wednesday, Nov. 11 at fineartscenter.com.
2020 marks the centenary of the birth of Yusef Abdul Lateef, a singular and highly respected figure in creative music who spent the later part of his life in the Pioneer Valley. To celebrate Lateef’s impact, the Magic Triangle Series, part of the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center, has organized a multi-faceted online project, set to launch Friday, Oct. 9.
The Resistance Studies Initiative Fall 2020 Speaker Series will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at noon, with a webinar, “Armed Conflict, Resistance and Resilience of Indigenous Women in Manipur, Northeast India” with Binalakshmi Nepram.