AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts physics professor Jose P. Mestre will speak on "What Makes Learning Science so Difficult?" in his upcoming Distinguished Faculty Lecture. The presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tues. April 10 in Memorial Hall, and is the third in this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture series. The talk is free and the public is welcome. A reception will follow. All faculty members in the series receive a Chancellor’s Medal following their lectures. The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the University.
AMHERST, Mass. - Two weeks ago, 100 students from the UMass spent their spring break performing community service in five rural Virginia communities, as well as in the nearby city of Holyoke, as part of a class in grassroots community development. This week, the process is reversed as nine teen-agers from two of the Virginia communities, New Road, and Cape Charles, are visiting UMass to get a taste of college life, said Art Keene, the anthropology professor who coordinates the program.
AMHERST, Mass. - Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University, will give the first Kathryn and Paul Williamson Commonwealth College Lecture, titled, "Successful Intelligence: A theory of successful intelligence and how it applies to school and society," Thurs., April 5 at 4 p.m. in room 231 of Herter Hall at the University of Massachusetts. The event is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Professor Lisa Pike Masteralexis had a first-hand look at the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year when she wrote a legal brief on behalf of nine disability sport organizations in the case involving professional golfer Casey Martin. Martin wants to be allowed to use a golf cart while playing on the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) tour.
AMHERST, Mass. - U.S. News & World Report’s year 2002 rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” includes several entries from the University of Massachusetts, in disciplines including engineering, education, psychology, and clinical psychology.
AMHERST, Mass. - A 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Massachusetts has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease. The female student from California is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, where she is listed in stable condition.
AMHERST, Mass. - A panel discussion titled, "Writing Biography: Three Viewpoints," featuring three local faculty members – Joyce Berkman of the University of Massachusetts, and Joseph J. Ellis and Christopher Benfey of Mount Holyoke College – will be held Wed., April 4 at 4 p.m. on the garden level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass. The event, sponsored by the Du Bois Library, is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - Chief Probation Officer of the Ware District Court Kevin Lucey will speak at a forum on families in distress on Wed., April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in room 168C of the University of Massachusetts Campus Center. The lecture, "Raging Storms in Families," is part of The Center for the Family Spring 2001 Seminar Series. The program is free, open to the public, and does not require advance registration. The UMass Center for the Family fosters research, teaching, and outreach activities that strengthen and support families.
AMHERST, Mass. - The noted South African theater director Malcolm Purkey will visit the University of Massachusetts campus in April as part of the Artist in Residence in the Five College Area program. The UMass Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and the Fine Arts, the Mount Holyoke College Department of English, and the Smith College Department of Theatre host the two-week program. Major funders include the Five-Colleges Lecture Fund.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 500 educators, librarians, writers, illustrators, parents, students, and teachers will meet at the University of Massachusetts later this week to discuss the latest trends and topics in children’s literature. The 31st annual Perspectives in Children’s Literature conference will be held 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat. March 31, at the Isenberg School of Management on the UMass campus.