The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Faculty Events

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Fence and Ambulance: The Social and Spatial Contact Zones of Urban Hospitals

Zube Lecture with Jonathan Wynn, associate professor of Sociology. Wynn’s research focuses on urban culture and temporary cultural events on city revitalization. Jonathan Wynn studies urban culture and the impact of music festivals and other temporary cultural events on city revitalization. Wynn has published two books The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York and Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport.

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Monday, February 3, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Building Equitable Collaboration Networks

While scientists conduct their work in collaborative teams, locally, nationally, and globally, participation in teams is not necessarily diverse. In some disciplines where women and people of color are severely underrepresented, opportunities to collaboratively engage may experience additional challenges. This workshop builds on existing empirical work to address how academic faculty can more deliberately construct and meaningfully collaborate in ways that are inclusive and equitable.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Zube Lecture: Laura Lawson, Dean of Agriculture & Urban Programs and Professor of Landscape Architecture

Zube Lecture with Laura Lawson, professor of Landscape Architecture and dean of academic programs in the School for Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. Lawson's research includes historical and contemporary community open space with a particular focus on urban agriculture and the changing roles of parks in low-income communities. She is currently working with filmmaker Will Atwater on a collaborative project, "Cultivating Justice," to develop a multi-media website that explores African-American values and experiences in rural and urban agriculture.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Town Ecology: For the Land of Towns and Villages

Zube Lecture with Richard T. T. Forman, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. Often considered a “father” of landscape ecology and road ecology, Richard T. T. Forman recently pioneered town ecology. Internationally, Forman deciphers spatial patterns from cities to wilderness, and catalyzes the spread of ecological ideas and applications for society. Additional research interests include changing land mosaics, conservation, and land-use planning.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Activating Landscape Sustainability Science: A framework for Governing Urban Green Infrastructure

Zube Lecture with Katherine Foo, assistant professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). In response to predominantly local and private approaches to landscape change, Katherine Foo suggests in this talk a greater focus on the multiscalar influences on landscape design. Foo will explain her governance framework for Nassauer and Opdam’s “Design in Science” model. The objective of the framework is to create an approach for examining hierarchical constraints on landscape design in order to investigate linkages among urban greening initiatives, patterns of landscape change, and the broader societal values driving those changes.

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