Passport UMass- Spring 2009

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UMass Amherst- DEFA Film Library organizes series in LA to mark 1989 fall of Berlin Wall
"Wende Flicks: Last Films from East Germany," a two- week showcase of movies opening Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, was organized by the campus-based DEFA Film Library and The Wende Museum in Culver City, Calif.
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UMass Boston- Forum for Cities in Transition
FTCThe Moakley Chair for Peace and Reconciliation is hosting a three-day FORUM FOR CITIES IN TRANSITION at the University of Massachusetts Boston from April 14 to 16, 2009.
UMass Boston- Film Screening & Moderated Discussion on March 24th
Come to a special screening of the newly released "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," followed by a moderated discussion by Prof. Amani El-Jack "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.
UMass Dartmouth- French Academy Member Florence Delay to Speak at White's of Westport March 23
The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture of UMass Dartmouth and the Richelieu Club of Fall River proudly present a dinner and lecture on Joan of Arc, in French, featuring Florence Delay. Delay,  is a member of the prestigious French Academy and one of France's most important writers.
UMass Dartmouth- Fundraiser for Afghan Midwives
The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance along with the Nursing Department and Midwives Association will be showing the film: Motherland Afghanistan on March 10 at 6:00pm. Following the movie will be a lively discussion and items for sale. All proceeds will help FMLA sponsor an Afghan midwife.
UMass Dartmouth-  ECE Colloquia Speaker: Mr. Quanzhong Liu
Mr. Quanzhong Liu, Visiting Scholar, will speak about the "Extracting Decision Rules from Sigmoid Kernel" on March 13 at 2:00pm.
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University of Massachusetts- Hokkaido University Staffer Reflects on time spent at UMass
ChisatoIn 5 months at the UMass System, I have been having a great time with great opportunities and people. The thing which impressed me was that each campus has different characters and they are making most of them to lead UMass to the better way. More...
UMass Boston- Expert Entrepreneur Guides Others with Big Ideas
UMB- EntrepreneurIn 2005, Josh Anyaosah was a refugee from Sierra Leone pursuing a liberal arts degree at UMass Boston. He wanted to further his studies and become a nurse, but with limited resources and support, he wasn't sure he'd be able to pursue his dream. But the way became clear after a meeting with entrepreneur-in residence Dan Phillips-whom Anyaosah referred to as "an angel in disguise"-led to a merit-based scholarship. Today, Anyaosah works at Children's Hospital Boston and is also the founder of United for African Growth Organization (UAGO), a non-profit that aims to improve health care and social welfare in Africa. More...
UMass Boston- Promoting cross-cultural understanding through information systems
A revolutionary new program based in the College of Management aims to provide its graduates with international experience previously unheard of within the UMass system by supplying them with the proper tools needed to compete in today's new global economy. More...
UMass Lowell- Campus, Students Going Global
UML-VedulaUMass Lowell is going global. "This is a global environment we live and work in," says Krishna Vedula, who was appointed special assistant to the provost for International Partnerships by Provost Ahmed Abdelal last fall. "To produce outstanding global citizens, we must do what we can to broaden students' perspectives. We are researching the appropriate ways to do this." More...
UMass Lowell- Administrators from 25 Indian Schools Visit Lowell Campus

An Indo-U.S. Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) meeting on campus recently drew 25 administrators of Indian college engineering programs. The IUCEE is an independent organization helping to build collaborations between colleges in India and a large number of schools of engineering in the U.S. More...
UMass Worcester- UMMS partners with Tongji University

UMass Medical School and Tongji University School of Medicine (TUSM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month that will foster the establishment of educational exchange programs and promote development of joint studies, research and training. More...

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UMass Amherst- Faculty participate in a computational workshop in Germany

Several faculty members participated in an international workshop on computational methods held Jan. 22-24 at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Organized by Physics professor Jon Machta, Polymer Science professor Murugappan Muthukumar and Dieter W. Heermann of Heidelberg, the joint "Workshop on the Monte Carlo Method" attracted about 50 participants from around the world. More...
UMass Amherst- Arctic Communities Partner with UMass Amherst Researcher to Learn How Indigenous Young People Avoid Alcohol Abuse, Suicide
Researchers in four countries, including health educator Lisa Wexler of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have begun a three-year study of how indigenous young men and women in Arctic communities avoid pitfalls such as alcohol abuse and suicide to become healthy adults. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Educators Build Virtual Reality City to Enhance Learning for Students and Researchers

With the help of three UMass Dartmouth professors, students will explore the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan without the need for a passport or plane ride. An approximately $25,000 UMass Strategic Initiative Grant has Scott Ahrens, associate professor of design, constructing a virtual pre-Columbian site that arose in the second century (A.D.) on the UMass Dartmouth island in Second Life. More...
UMass Worcester- Visiting physician gathers precious tools and knowledge

When pediatrician Emilia Jumbe Marsden boarded her return flight to Zambia after a three-week visit to UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial, tucked inside her luggage were precious medical instruments she will use to establish an asthma management program at her home hospital, University Teaching Hospital in the capital of Lusaka. More...

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UMass Amherst- Field Study in Communication & Journalism: Sligo & West Coast of Ireland

UMA- IrelandSligo on the West Coast of Ireland will once again be the setting for a summer multimedia journalism course open to all UMass Amherst students and alumni. The 3-credit course, developed by Steve Klein of George Mason University's Communication Department, will focus on international journalism, including reporting in a foreign environment, 24/7 news coverage, hyper-local journalism and multimedia reporting on different platforms. UMass Amherst Journalism Director Karen List will join Prof. Klein in teaching the course if 10 UMass students/alumni sign on for the trip.More...
UMass Amherst- Canción Urgente/Urgent Song

UMA- WMUA"I named the show Canción Urgente/Urgent Song, because there are moments in history when a song is urgent, when a song speaks people's life experiences, from the everyday to the extraordinary." So says Anilyn Díaz, a second-year graduate student in the Department of Communication. Her new WMUA radio show, part of expanded World Music programming on UMass Amherst's station, airs every Monday from noon to 2:30 p.m. More...
UMass Boston- CM Program Gives MSIS Students a Jump on International Jobs

A revolutionary new program based in the College of Management aims to provide students with international experience previously unheard of within the UMass system.

The Transnational Dual Bachelor's Degree program in Information Systems, spearheaded by William Koehler, graduate programs director in the College of Management, was awarded a four-year $440,000 FIPSE grant from the U.S. Department of Education. FIPSE, the Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education, will allow students from four universities- UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Fachhochschule Frankfurt in Germany, and the Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences in Kemi, Finland-to spend a semester studying at each campus. This program aims to broaden and enhance students' academic, professional, and cultural experiences while promoting cross-cultural understanding. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Spring International Programs

Spring ushered in a whole new energetic vibe from the International Programs Office. The UMD IPO is looking to help create a unified awareness of the importance of a global learning environment.  Through many different avenues, students, faculty and staff can promote the internationalization of a "world class" university.  As the world becomes more and more interconnected, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, hopes to create globally aware graduates. More...
UMass Lowell- Multilingual Application Night Offers Insight on College Experience
UMLLowell High School welcomed groups from the around the city in to teach their high school students and parents about the college process. Shyrea Thompson of UMass Lowell admissions, Jeffrey Tedja of Middlesex Community College admissions and Maria Cunha of Middlesex's dropout prevention program all answered any questions the high schoolers had about applying. More...
UMass Lowell- Student volunteers to give medical care in Honduras

A group of UMass Lowell students is planning a trip to Honduras this August. But they won't be exploring the countryside of that Central American country. The campus' inaugural chapter of the Global Medical Brigades is planning its first volunteer trip to Honduras with medical professionals to provide medical supplies and care to one of the 40 communities that the group covers in the country. More...

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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. Donal Carbaugh, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, Interim Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Eunsook Hyun, Associate Provost and Director of the Office of International and Transnational Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston 
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Assistant Chancellor University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Michael Baum, Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Julie Chen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Krishna Vedula, Special Assistant for International Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Mick Godkin, Director International Medical Education Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, Associate Provost of Global Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Kelly, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, University of Massachusetts
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