News and Events

Journalism Major Nia Decaille Wins Senior Leadership Award

Nia Decaille’s many leadership roles on campus earned her the Senior Leadership Award this year. “It means a lot to me because I learned from so many great leaders, who are also people of color on campus,” she says. “This award really goes to those before my who taught me how to lead.”

Pader Wins Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching

"For me, this award is a recognition of why community-engaged learning is, and should be, one of the pillars of UMass's Strategic Plan for the development of a well-educated, civically-minded population," says Associate Professor Ellen Pader (regional planning). "I'm continually awed by the thirst so many students have for classes that guide them in their quest to be agents of positive social change, and how willing they are to grapple deeply with emotionally and intellectually difficult subjects in order to attain that goal."

SBS Names First Outstanding Staff Awardees

Nancy Lattinville, Finance and Personnel Assistant in the Economics Department, and Debra Madigan, Office Manager in the Communication Department, have been recognized by their peers as being 2015 Outstanding Staff Members.

Ebru Kardan Joins SBS as Director of External Affairs & Communication

Join us in welcoming Ebru Kardan, our new Director of External Affairs and Communication!

Peterson Named Secretary of Faculty Senate

Professor of Political Science MJ Peterson has been named Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Peterson is the third female in the history of the senate to be elected Secretary.

Students Receive CRF Research Grants and Awards

The Center for Research on Families has announced its Spring 2015 Research Grant and Award Recipients. Sixteen talented students, two of whom are SBS students, received awards in six categories to support family research for a total of nearly $50,000 awarded.

Rosa Awarded Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Jonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will be in residence at Northwestern University’s Latina/o Studies Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Scholarship Sends Student to Czech Republic

Devan Carr ’16 (political science/public health/history) spent her fall semester exploring all the Czech Republic has to offer; an opportunity otherwise inconceivable had she not been granted the Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship.

Mednicoff Speaks at Doha Youth Forum in Qatar

Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) spoke in Qatar at the Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. This event is hosted by the Qatar Foundation, and precedes and ties into the UN Congress on Crime Prevention.

Julie Caswell Named Spotlight Scholar

Associate Dean Julie Caswell, professor of resource economics, has been selected from an exceptional pool of faculty nominations to receive recognition as a spring 2015 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. She is being awarded for her research, scholarship, and public service contributions to the field of economics of food safety and nutrition.

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