Passport UMass

2007 Back to School Edition

Back to School 2007

Worldview News Compass

University of Massachusetts and Tsinghua University- Massachusetts Technology Base (MTB)

The University of Massachusetts system has established a "technology base" at a major Chinese university with the aim of facilitating connections between Chinese and Massachusetts companies. The Massachusetts Technology Base at Tsinghua University Hebei Institute will also help transfer technology developed at UMass campuses and companies to Chinese businesses.

The technology base - a partnership between the University of Massachusetts and Tsinghua University - will serve to market the University of Massachusetts and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Hebei Province, and is designed to facilitate the provision of services and consultation for American companies operating in China and for Chinese companies doing business in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Technology Base is part of the University of Massachusetts China Strategy.

Tsinghua University Faculty visit UMass

In July, UMass professors from all five campuses and all scientific disciplines gathered to meet Prof. Qingling Feng and Assoc. Prof. Guosheng Gai, who visited from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The meeting resulted from a memo of understanding to explore areas of institutional collaboration, signed by the University of Massachusetts and Tsinghua University in 2006. Feng and Gai are serving as faculty ambassadors, visiting the various UMass campuses to learn more about the University's research, facilities and possibilities for future collaboration, especially in the field of nanotechnology. View photos of their visit

UMass Worcester- Attacking a Global Killer

Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories collaborates with partners in India to prevent death from rabies (pdf).

UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School professor leads secret Iraq peace talks

After four days of discussions in Finland, 16 delegates from Sunni and Shiite groups in Iraq have agreed to a 12-point framework intended to guide Iraq to a lasting peace. The secret talks were organized by the University of Massachusetts Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies and Helsinki-based Crisis Management Initiative. Helping lead the discussions were several veterans of the peace processes in Northern Ireland and South Africa, including McCormack Graduate School's Padraig O'Malley, holder of the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation.

Find more news items at:

Faculty Highlights

UMass Worcester- Emergency Medicine Symposium in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Dr. Eric Goedecke and Dr. Ruby Rose of the Department of Emergency Medicine, along with Jorge Yarzebski, M.D., M.P.H., Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine and Jorge D. Yarzebski of the Department of CME recently returned from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where they taught a two day symposium entitled, "Emergent Management of the Critically Injured Patient." Topics included airway management, use of emergency ultrasound, spinal cord injury and cardiac life support. Over 300 participants were in attendance, including medical students, residents and faculty members of the Universidad de Mesoamericana and Hospital Regional de Occidente.

UMass Dartmouth history professor editing encyclopedia of Chinese history

UMass Dartmouth history professor Dr. Linsun Cheng is responding to the rise of China by editing a groundbreaking multi-volume, multi-dimensional encyclopedia. "China is getting hot and people want to know something about it," Cheng said of the need for the reference book expected to be released by Berkshire Publishing Group in July 2008. Although other works exist detailing aspects of China, Cheng said this encyclopedia is the first to cover the country's history, culture and life from the ancient past to the present with predictions about the future.

UMass Amherst professor honored by Colombian city for cultural contributions

History professor Jane Rausch was recently awarded the Order of the City of Villavicencio, Colombia (Gold Category) for her contributions to the culture of the city through historical research. Since 1973, Rausch has been studying the history of Villavicencio and the surrounding plains, an area of tropical grasslands known as the Llanos. In that time she has published four books, including "From Frontier Town to Metropolis: A History of Villavicencio, Colombia since 1842," published this year.

UMass Lowell- Bergeron, Chen and Holtslag Teach and Lecture in Beijing

Prof. Emeritus Dean Bergeron of the History and Political Science Dept., Assoc. Prof. Shehong Chen of the History Dept. and Asst. Prof. Aart Holtslag of the Political Science Dept. visited the University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing, China. The trio was accompanied by UML alumnus and Cornell University Ph.D. candidate Don Leonard.

While visiting, the three professors taught classes and gave lectures on history, American Foreign policy and non-governmental organizations. Along with teaching and lecturing, the professors observed a Model United Nations Club competition organized by the students of UIR, and advised the local Model United Nations Club.

UMass Boston Research Teams Combine Archaeology, History

Nearly $600,000 in prestigious grants awarded by the National Science Foundation are making it possible for UMass Boston archaeologists to uncover the ways in which society evolved during the Viking Age in Iceland, learn how the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation survived centuries of colonialism on a Connecticut reservation, and gain a better understanding of the interaction between African-Americans, Native Americans and Europeans on a Long Island plantation.

UMass Dartmouth Professor Wins Africa Beetle Race

Professor Timothy Shea of UMass Dartmouth's Charlton College of Business hasn't had a 'real' vacation in years. But instead of luxuriating on a sunny beach, he joined his adventure-loving friend UMass Lowell Professor David Lewis on a daring trek across Africa. Not only did they explore a portion of the exotic continent, the duo also came away from the jaunt as African Beetle Safari Marathon champions

To learn more about UMass faculty activities (research, teaching and service) please visit the database at:

Gateway Events

UMass Boston- Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities and Self-Determinations
Alumni Room, Campus Center, UMass Boston, September 12-16, 2007

This four day conference is funded by a Ford Foundation grant, and will feature 10 internationally acclaimed keynote speakers and 20 competitively selected panel presenters. A dominant image in the West about Islam is of a force particularly oppressive to women. Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities and Self-Determinations uses feminist analysis to challenge this view and to ask new questions that help us to understand Islam in the diverse ways it is interpreted, lived, and practised. The institute's focus on feminisms leads us to ask how women are participating and intervening in the realms of law, religion, family, economics, and institutions of civil society.

The event is free and open to the public.

UMass Amherst- The Rockefeller Foundation to Host Bellagio Center Conference- May, 2008

In the Summer of 2007, Anna Nagurney was deeply honored when notified that her proposal to the Rockefeller Foundation, to organize a conference on "Humanitarian Logistics: Networks for Africa," was approved for May 2008 through the Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center program. The conference will take place at the Foundation's Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy(pdf). As they work through finalizing the conference which will convene 19 leading academicians and practitioners from four different continents to tackle the challenging topic of the conference, Nagurney thought that it would be timely to outline some of the underlying themes that will be discussed in depth.

More events at:

Student Embassy

UMass Amherst Students Organize Relief Aid for Peruvian Earthquake Survivors

University of Massachusetts Amherst students are appealing to area residents for supplies and financial donations to assist victims of the Aug. 15 earthquake in Peru.

UMass Amherst Student Seeks Path to Stability and Influence

This fall Louis-Charles will be heading to Costa Rica, thanks in part to an Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship offered through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, to experience another culture first-hand. She chose Costa Rica because of a class that emphasized law and society in Latin America. "I noticed that Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful countries in Central America," Louis-Charles says. "It is the first to have abolished its army, and it acts as a mediator for other countries."

UMass Boston MBA Students Travel to China to Study Entrepreneurship

A class of 16 graduate students from the College of Management recently returned from a two-week trip to China, where they met with executives from some of country's leading companies and fast-growing industries as they immersed themselves in Beijing's booming corporate sector and cultural history.

UMass Lowell Student Recognized for Work by Liberty Mutual

In 2000, Helen Wellman joined the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, dedicated to helping people live safer and more secure lives. Wellman's expertise at the Institute involves examining workplace injuries in Vietnam. The effort has been so successful that the Liberty Mutual Safe Work Center (LMSWC) at NIOEH was officially opened earlier this year.


UMass Amherst- A Passion for Politics

The Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship this year is helping 21 outstanding students in Social and Behavioral Sciences experience a semester or more in a foreign culture. Among them is Daniel Torres '07 (political science and economics), who is spending the summer at the Denmark International Study Program in Copenhagen.

UMass Amherst student awarded Boren scholarship to study in Turkey

UMass Amherst student, Ben Feinsilver, a senior Finance major from Princeton, has been awarded a National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren scholarship to study at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey during the next year. The scholarship ranges from $10,000 per semester to $20,000 per year or $8,000 per summer depending on the length of study. The NSEP Boren scholarships are nationally competitive and provide support to U.S. undergraduates who pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security.

To learn more about student opportunities around the world, please visit the student opportunities section of the database at:

International Relations Advisory Council

Chair, Dr. Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations, University of Massachusetts

  • Dr. Frank Hugus, Associate Provost for International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, Associate Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Kristin Esterberg, Deputy Provost, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Mick Godkin, Director International Medical Education Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Kelly, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, University of Massachusetts

Please visit for more information on International Relations at the University of Massachusetts.

Email feedback and suggestions to:

More International News

2007 University of Massachusetts. This newsletter is written and distributed by the International Relations Advisory Council, part of the University of Massachusetts.

The PDF files on this page require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.