News and Events

ISSR Introduces Inaugural Director

The Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is delighted to introduce its inaugural director, Laurel Smith-Doerr, who was hired after a national search. 

New Faculty 2013-14

This fall the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomed several new tenure track faculty and lecturers to campus. 

UMass Among Top for ROI on Research Investment

The University of Massachusetts ranked 11th on a list of American universities with the highest rate of licensing revenue return on research investment.

Princeton Review Puts UMass High on ‘Green Honor Roll’

UMass Amherst is one of the top 22 among more than 800 colleges nationwide recognized this month as a “Green Honor Roll School” by The Princeton Review.

Resource Economist is Pioneer in Economics of Food Safety

Professor Julie Caswell (resource economics) has taken over the presidency of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

Sara Plourde '12 Makes Pitch for Canada

Former Minutewoman softball pitcher Sara Plourde '12 (sociology) is playing for Team Canada.

ASLA Names Ryan to Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced that it will elevate Professor Robert Ryan to the ASLA Council of Fellows this fall.

Scholarships Make Attending UMass a Reality

After Greg Alexander ’14 (anthropology/Native American studies), winner of this year’s Dean’s Merit Award, graduated from high school, he attended the University of Lowell briefly, until he discovered that the costs were beyond his ability to pay. “That’s why I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, planning to return school after my stint using G.I. Bill benefits,” he recalls.

Student’s Critique of Austerity Policies Creates Firestorm

When Thomas Herndon (economics), a third-year graduate student, began a class assignment last fall, he had no inkling that he would end up in the middle of a furious debate over international economic policies.

Majority of Americans Oppose Killer Robots

Results of a new survey by Professor Charli Carpenter (political science) show that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum oppose the outsourcing of lethal military and defense targeting decisions to machines.