Faculty/Staff Profiles

UMass Economists Among 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013

Thomas Herndon and Professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin, who found serious errors in a key study that lawmakers around the globe used as a cornerstone of austerity policies, have been named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.

Springfield Economic Development Project Receives Merck Grant

The John Merck Fund has awarded a $45,000 grant to the Wellspring Collaborative, an economic development project in Springfield co-directed by Fred Rose, lecturer at the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA).

Community Journalism: A Project Bringing Hope to Springfield

Community Journalism, offered by the UMass Journalism Department, is an initiative to increase college opportunities for students at Commerce High School in Springfield, MA. “This is not a save-the-natives initiative with us posing as saviors,” says Prof. Nicolas McBride, “This is a save-ourselves initiative through the sharing of resources and knowledge, a reciprocal exchange of ideas that benefit all concerned.”

Comm Professor Focuses on Cultural Aspects of Communication

Race, code switching, bilingualism, immigration, and intercultural communication—and teaching—are among Benjamin Bailey's major interests.

Leidy Sievert Named Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Human Biology

Lynnette Leidy Sievert (anthropology), international expert on menopause and symptoms at midlife as aspects of human variation, as well as the evolution of menopause and post-reproductive life, takes over the helm of the top journal in the field.

Experimental Model Captures Key Aspects of Care Provision

Prof. Angela de Oliveira (resource economics) presented “Care Provision: An Experimental Investigation,” part of a larger project funded by the National Science Foundation, at the Science of Philanthropy Initiative's annual conference. 

Perry-Jenkins Named Director of Center for Research on Families

Prof. Maureen Perry-Jenkins '81 (psychology) takes over the helm of the Center for Research on Families after a decade of leadership by Prof. Sally Powers (psychology).

Confronting Global Warming in India

Assistant Professor Carey Clouse (landscape architecture and regional planning) had a summer of community-based design engagement addressing climate change adaptation in Northern India, with support from SBS through the faculty research grant program.

Studying Contemporary Labor Issues

Jasmine Kerrissey uses her sociological perspective to research labor movements.

LARP to Work with Springfield on Pedestrian Safety

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is working with a Springfield neighborhood to make it more pedestrian friendly