Faculty/Staff Profiles

Janice Irvine Receives Fulbright Award to Romania

Janice Irvinve, professor of sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Romania for the 2015 fall semester.

2015-2016 Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Announced

Three members of the SBS faculty have been named 2015-2016 ISSR Scholars.

Sylvia Brandt Selected to Join Center for Research on Families Family Research Scholars

Sylvia Brandt, associate professor of resource economics and public policy, is one of six faculty members chosen to be part of the 2015-16 CRF Family Research Scholars Program. "I am deeply honored to be working with CRF and this stellar group of scholars," says Brandt.

Provost Wins National Public Understanding of Sociology Award

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the 2015 American Sociological Association’s Public Understanding of Sociology Award.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Janice Irvine

Dr. Janice Irvine (sociology) was profiled on DatingAdvice.com, a site dedicated to bringing advice from dating experts to the consumers. This site has been featured on prominent news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, The Huffington Post, and more. DatingAdvice.com reached out to Irvine to discuss her recent studies on sexuality: namely, her article titled "Is Sexuality Research 'Dirty Work?'"

Whitney Battle-Baptiste Named Director of W.E.B. Du Bois Center

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Mari Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Professor Mari Castañeda (communication) has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester.

SBS Faculty Members Named Public Engagement Project Fellows

Sylvia Brandt (resource economics/CPPA), Paul Collins (legal studies) and Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) are three of nine recipients of the 2015 Public Engagement Project Fellowship.

Anthropologists Discover Extinct Lemur Fossils in Underwater Cave

Co-primary investigators Laurie Godfrey, professor emerita of anthropology, and Alfred Rosenberger, professor of anthropology and archaeology at Brooklyn College, found thousands of specimens in the first exploration of three deep underwater inland caves on the island of Madagascar off of the southeastern coast of Africa.