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Justin Risley

Justin Risley '20 took first place at UMass Libraries Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards event with a humorous documentary film that sends a serious message about our global water supply. He won a $1,500 scholarship.

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Aviva Ben-Ur

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.” 

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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.

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Mark Tuominen

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.

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Elsa Petit

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has announced the five recipients of the spring 2019 Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund awards. The awards offer support for technology assistance, conference and research travel, and other activities with the goal of helping recipients become more effective teachers and mentors.

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George Milne (left) and Bruce Skaggs

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.

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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.

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Jamila Lyiscott

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.

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Britt Rusert

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.”

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Noel Anderson

Alumnus Noel Anderson, a member of the College of Natural Sciences Advisory Board, has been elected president-elect of the Institute of Food Technologists, an 80-year-old professional organization whose mission is to advance the science of food and its application across the global food system. Anderson’s term will begin in September.

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