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Linda Isbell
Linda M. Isbell, professor of psychological and brain sciences, is one of five University of Massachusetts faculty awarded the 2018 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the university. The faculty members—one from each UMass campus—will...
Sonia Nieto
Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of education, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Mount Holyoke College at its 2018 Commencement on May 20. Nieto’s advice to graduates was to “become mentors. Push, believe, provoke, support and challenge your peers to do better, to...
From left: Oyuntuya Munkhbat, professor Thayumanvan, Celia Homyak, Youngju Bae, Molly Gordon, Priyaa Prasad and Poornima Rangadurai.
Research institutions still have a long way to go in retaining women in STEM fields, and particularly in the physical sciences, says Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan, but this month his chemistry lab celebrated a success as he escorted six women receiving their advanced degrees at Graduate...
Christie L.C. Ellis
Christie L.C. Ellis, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in chemistry and an advisee of Dhandapani “DV” Venkataraman, whose research focuses on materials used in solar cells, has received a coveted Mass Media Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)....
2018 Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award Recipients
Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy recognized 10 student employees, eight staff members and two teams of employees for outstanding contributions to the university at a reception held at Old Chapel Great Hall on May 2. (Click on the links to view video presentations about the winners.) The 2018...
Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, delivered the opening keynote talk May 16 at the 18th Swiss Transport Research Conference in Ascona, Switzerland. The title of her keynote was “Perishable Product Supply Chain Networks: The Role of...
Dania Francis
Dania Francis, assistant professor of economics and Afro-American studies, has been selected to receive a National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, an award created to encourage outstanding scholars at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects....
Chrystal George Mwangi
Chrystal A. George Mwangi, assistant professor of higher education in the department of educational policy, research and administration, has been named recipient of the 2018 Innovative Research in International Education Award from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The award “...
Karina Ramos Avila
Karina Ramos Avila, a Class of 2018 graduate in landscape architecture, has been named the 2018 undergraduate National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). The award is given to landscape architecture students with outstanding potential for becoming future leaders and...
Palista Kharel, left, and Toby Armstrong
The School of Public Policy (SPP) presented two awards to outstanding students at its graduate reception on May 10. Palista Kharel, MPPA/MBA, received the Philip Hertz Scholarship Award; Toby Armstrong, MPP, received the M.V. Lee Badgett Award for Social Justice. The Hertz award was...

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