Passport UMass- Winter 2009

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UMass Confucius Institute chinese scholar
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the internationally acclaimed RDFZ Dance Troupe. Join us on February 4th at 5:00pm for an evening of traditional Chinese dance at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom. Admission is free to the public. 
UMass Amherst- International intrigue flavors annual FAC gala
Guests at this year's Friends of the Fine Arts Center gala can enjoy four international hot spots all without leaving the Hotel Northampton. Disco in Casablanca, tango in Buenos Aires, karaoke in Tokyo and Celtic music in a London pub are entertainment choices at the annual benefit and auction on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 6:30-11:30 p.m.
UMass Boston- Conference Examines Ways to Rebuild After Disasters
Stigma and medical and psychosocial problems endured by child soldiers in Colombia, Nepal, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and ways to reintegrate the soldiers back into civilian life were among the many topics discussed at the Conference on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and Their Families After Disasters, held by UMass Boston from November 16 through 19.  More...
UMass Lowell- SRT Conference Positions University Internationally

The annual Art of Record Production Conference, hosted by the University recently, has been described as a "resounding success." This fourth annual meeting was the organization's first held in North America.  More...

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UMass Amherst

The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies (MCRS), founded in 1998, has embarked on three international research and teaching collaborations. The first, a three-year project jointly funded by the Australian and American governments, enabled the MCRS to work closely with the Centre for Computational Stylistics at the University of Newcastle in Australia to ascertain Shakespeare's authorship of plays assigned to him by scholars or thought to be anonymous but possibly his work (at least in part).

UMass Dartmouth

As UMass Dartmouth continues to promote International Education,  the faculty members are  greatly involved in promoting their summer study abroad programs.  In conjunction with the International Programs Office on campus, there are three programs running this summer.  There is a trip to Germany for those interested in marketing and business.  There is a program to Sicily for those interested in art and history.  Last, but not least there is a program to Portugal for those interested in political science and history.  These programs are open to all students.
UMass Worcester

In October 2008, the Department of Emergency Medicine, as part of the Rotarian Society GEMINI Project, travelled to the Dominican Republic to continue its endeavors to offer education in Cardiac Life Support.  This trip was highlighted by offering a full Card Certification course and its faculty included Umass physicians, Umass medical students, and faculty from other institutions.
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UMass Amherst- Bank of America Foundation awards $12,000 grant to FAC
Bank of AmericaThe Fine Arts Center has received a $12,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation for the Arte y Cultura Initiative, aimed at engaging the area's Latino communities through participatory arts, educational activities and partnerships on and off campus. More...
UMass Boston- Institute for Asian American Studies and WUMB Create Unique New Public Radio Program

UMV Asian Studies"Where is your home? Is it where you were born, or where you grew up? Can you ever seem at home in a place where you don't seem to fit?" These universal questions, asked by journalist Helen Zia, open the pilot episode of As I Am, the new Asian American public radio program being co-produced by the Institute for Asian American Studies (IAAS) and WUMB, UMass Boston's public radio station. The hour-long program features journalism, commentary, and art, all from an Asian American perspective. Paul Watanabe, the director of IAAS and one of the architects of the project, says that such a program is long overdue. More...
UMass Boston- GCE Professor and Boston State Grad Build Colombia Partnership
UMB ColumbiaWhen Boston State College alumnus Raymond Saks accepted an offer to become principal of a private school in Villavicencio, Colombia, in 2007, he knew just where to turn for help: The Graduate College of Education associate professor Denise Patmon, who had worked with Saks ever since he visited GCE in the winter of 2003 when Saks was with a school in the capital, Bogotá. More..
UMass Worcester- New international scholarship fund awards first fellowships
The Craig Mello-University of Massachusetts Fellowship Fund awarded its first fellowship grants late last year in China. Scholarships were presented to 13 Sichuan University students from the China Key Lab of Biotherapy by a UMass Medical School delegation that included Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and professor of molecular medicine and cell biology; Chancellor Michael F. Collins; and Dean Terence R. Flotte. More...

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UMass Amherst- Sociologist Janice Irvine Receives Fulbright To Study at University of Zagreb in Croatia

Janice M. Irvine, professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Croatia for the spring 2009 semester. More...
UMass Amherst- Under a Frozen Lake in Siberia, UMass Amherst Geoscientist Drills For Secrets of Earth's Ancient Climate

In the next few days, a convoy of bulldozers and trucks will set out from a remote airport in Siberia, heading for a frozen lake 62 miles north of the Arctic Circle, but the trip isn't a holiday visit to the North Pole. Instead, the trucks will deliver core-drilling equipment for a study of sediment and meteorite-impact rocks that should provide the longest time-continuous climate record ever collected in the Arctic. More...
UMass Boston- Liberal International Award for UMass Boston's Padraig O'Malley
omalleyPadraig O'Malley, the John Joseph Moakley Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts Boston, received the twenty-third Liberal International Freedom award in Brussels at the European Parliament. The award recognizes O'Malley's outstanding contribution in support of peace and democracy throughout the world. Past recipients of this award include Chen Shui-bian, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mary Robinson, Vaclav Havel, Benazir Bhutto, Corazon Aquino, and Asma Jahangir. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Professor of Islamic History is Interviewed
In a recent NPR interview, UMass Dartmouth Professor of Islamic History Brian Glyn Williams expressed reasons for caution as the new administration considers negotiation with members of the Taliban. "There are die-hard elements who will never stop the Jihad"--who will conclude, after recent Taliban successes, that "our efforts to reach out to them are perhaps a sign of weakness." ("Will Obama Sign off on New Strategy?" November 10, 2008) More...
UMass Worcester- Luzuriaga appointed Associate Provost for Global Health
Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine and director of the Division of Pediatric Immunology, has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Provost for Global Health. In this capacity, Dr. Luzuriaga, will work directly with Dean Terence R. Flotte to enhance and expand UMass Medical School programs in global health improvement and disease management while she continues performing her other scholarly and academic roles. More...

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UMass Amherst- Anthropology Student Receives Top Dissertation Fellowship

UMA ZontineLast fall PhD candidate Angelina Zontine (anthropology) received a $23,185 Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fellowship for her research project, "Remaking the Political in 'Fortress Europe': Cultural and Political Practice In Italian Social Centers." The Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fellowship is considered the "gold standard" of achievement for anthropology students. More...
UMass Amherst- Scholarships and Hard Work Make Student's Dream a Reality

UMA TraddAlex Tradd in Spain during his junior year-an "amazing experience." Alex Tradd '09 (psychology and Spanish) chose to attend UMass Amherst for several reasons. "I was raised in southeastern Massachusetts, and I was looking for a change without being too far from home," he says. "UMass has a wonderful reputation-as does the psychology department in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Plus, it offers financial advantages. The rural experience combined with the large university and liberal attitude helped me make up my mind." More...
UMass Dartmouth- Hessen-Engineering & Culture
This winter break UMass Dartmouth is sending 15 students abroad on international education programs.  The majority of them are going to Germany.  The University of Massachusetts has a long standing exchange agreement with the State of Hessen, Germany and their universities.  As part of that exchange, UMass students are invited to take part in intersession programs offered by the German Universities and taught in English.  Students can take a number of different modules, touching upon a number of different subject areas and offered at various times during the summer months, as well as during Winter Break. More...
UMass Lowell- Nursing Students Plan Africa Trip to Lend a Hand
UML NursesA quote by Audrey Hepburn echoes in Brianna Norton's mind, one that inspires her to embark on a life-changing adventure... Eager to combine her nursing education with helping those most in need, senior nursing student Brianna Norton established Nursing Students Without Borders, a group of UMass Lowell nursing students providing health care services to underserved populations. More...

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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. Donal Carbaugh, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, Interim Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Eunsook Hyun, Professor, 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, Professor 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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