News and Events

Anthro Field Class Teaches Students to Excavate and Analyze Bones

It’s another rainy day in a series of rainy days, yet the students are used to the mud and focused on the bones that lie before them. These are not real bones but tools to help them learn what to do when they are in the field with the real thing.

Department of Energy Taps Environmentalist Kevin Knobloch '78 as Chief of Staff

Kevin Knobloch '78 (journalism),  president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), has been named chief of staff to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz, a respected physicist and leader on energy technology and policy, starting on June 24. Dr. Kathleen Rest, UCS’s executive director, will oversee the organization as it searches for a new president.

Alum to Offer Social Skills Course in August

This summer alumnus Benjamin Happ '98 (psychology) will offer a blended course intended to help juniors, seniors and recent alumni become better equipped to survive in the job market.

Schweik Granted Award Honoring Legacy of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom

Associate Professor Charles Schweik (environmental conservation and public policy) is one of three senior scholars worldwide to receive a new award honoring the late political economist Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to date to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Mothers in Academia

Many women in academe view their profession as either indifferent or outright hostile to motherhood.

Students Publish Economics Journal

This spring eleven economics undergraduates published the first issue of the Massachusetts Undergraduate Journal of Economics (MUJE).

Mednicoff Receives $1 Million for Middle East Research

David Mednicoff (public policy), director of Middle Eastern studies, has been awarded a $1.01 million grant for interdisciplinary research on legal development and practices in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Two Fellowships for Econ Student

Economics PhD student Theresa Owusu-Danso is the recipient of two fellowships, a dissertation fellowship awarded by the African Economic Research Consortium and an international fellowship awarded by the American Association of University Women.

Du Bois Library Falcon Chicks Banded

Officials from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife banded three pergrine falcon chicks, two males and a female, hatched atop the Du Bois Library in May.

Book Commemorates UMass 150

In 1863, just a year after Congress enacted the Morrill Act, which created land grant colleges, the new Massachusetts Agricultural College embarked on its mission to offer instruction to the state’s citizens in the “agricultural, mechanical, and military arts.”