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UMass Worcester-

TB Syposium 2/9/2011




Addressing the Global Challenges of Tuberculosis

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


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International Bulletins

UMass Amherst

Ahern to head International Programs

Jack Ahern of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning has been named vice provost for International Programs and will assume direction of the International Programs Office, Provost James Staros has announced.

An alumnus, now in his 25th year on the faculty, Ahern brings a deep campus perspective to this position, said Staros, adding that Ahern also brings substantial administrative experience to this position - in particular, nine years of service as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. His research program, which focuses in part on the design of sustainable urban greenways, has led to a number of international projects and collaborations, noted Staros.

"I cannot close this announcement without recognizing and thanking again Frank Hugus for his dedicated service as vice provost for International Programs for the past eight-plus years," said Staros. "After a well-earned sabbatical this spring, Frank will be rejoining the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures next fall."



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UMass Boston-

Daisaku Ikeda Receives Honorary Degree from UMass Boston at Special Ceremony in Japan



UMass Boston -

South Africa in Context: The Story of Mac Maharaj

Finally, from perhaps the least-sung of South Africa's modern heroes, Mac Maharaj has written perhaps the most searing of personal stories. Padraig O'Malley made him do it - over a ten-year course of hundreds of hours of interviews

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UMass Dartmouth -

NEH grant of $190, 470 awarded to UMass Dartmouth Professor Gerard M. Koot

Professor Gerard M. Koot to direct a Summer Seminar for School Teachers on the Dutch Republic and Britain during the summer of 2011


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UMass Lowell
Delegation From County Donegal Visits Campus Officials Discuss Collaboration Opportunities 


Top-ranking officials from Ireland's Donegal County visited UMass Lowell in November to discuss potential academic and research partnerships. The county, located in the northwest region of the Republic of Ireland, has a population of approximately 150,000 and is home to a technical institute. Because a large percentage of the county's workforce is 25 years old or younger, Donegal officials want to establish connections abroad to ensure that population is getting the best possible education and training, according to Prof. Frank Talty, co-director of UMass Lowell's Center for Irish Partnerships. "Our partnership with Ireland gives our students and faculty a much greater appreciation of the global aspect of business and research," says Prof. Stephen McCarthy, co-director of the center, which organized the recent archeological dig at St. Patrick's Church in Lowell that uncovered many relics of the lives of the city's early settlers. The visiting delegation was led by Donegal Mayor Cora Harvey and included Dessie Larkin, chairman of the Donegal County Development Board; County Manager Seamus Neely; and Michael Heaney, the Donegal County Council's director of community, culture and planning and the CEO of the development board.

UMass Amherst - Hokkaido partnership


The Hokkaido University Museum will feature an exhibit of William S. Clark's specimens opening in March 2012. Clark was the third president of the former Massachusetts Agricultural College before it became UMass Amherst.


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UMass Worcester

International impact: Dean Flotte revisits Haiti to continue to help



UMass Amherst -

Haas joins international debate on climate science and politics

Peter Haas

The Political Science Department's Peter Haas was one of four international panelists invited to discuss some of the thorniest issues in climate change policy - those that occur at the intersection of science and politics - during a Nov. 16 program at Columbia University.




UMass Amherst -

Malkin receives honorary doctorate

Stephen MalkinStephen Malkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, received an honorary doctorate from J. E. Purkyn? University in the Czech Republic on Nov. 11 in "recognition of his accomplishments in machining and particularly in grinding theory and the application of grinding methods." He has been a faculty member here since 1986 and served as department head from 2000-2006.




UMass Amherst -

Loss of arctic ice may contribute to extinction

Whiteley, AndrewScientists have expected for some time that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in summer by the end of this century. Writing in the Dec. 16 issue of the journal Nature, a trio of researchers, including conservation geneticist Andrew Whiteley, say the seasonal loss of this ice sheet, a continent-sized natural barrier between species such as bears, whales and seals, could mean extinction of some rare marine mammals and the loss of many adaptive gene combinations.









UMass Dartmouth

 UMass Dartmouth professor, Lisbon student team up for academic paper


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UMass Lowell -

A new computer processor designed by researchers from UMass Lowell and the University of Glasgow promises to usher in a new age of high-speed computing and electronics.



UMass Worcester -

Teach a man to fish...and to provide advanced cardiac life support

Debra Heitmann, MD, and colleagues from the Department of Emergency Medicine have been teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support to health care providers in the Dominican Republic as part of their efforts to establish a self-sustaining training program that meets international standards


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UMass Amherst- 

Journal features summer Music program in Ghana

umass participants in GhanaThe November issue of Teaching Music flagship magazine for National Association of Music Educators (MENC) features photos from the UMass Summer Drumming and Dancing program in Ghana.


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UMass Boston- 



A group of Upward Bound students based at UMass Boston are raising money to travel to Guatemala this spring with the goal of proving that one man's trash can quite literally be another man's treasure.


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UMass Dartmouth -

School of Marine Sciences and Technology Laboratory Assistant Eric Holmes (Physics '10) inspired his peers last fall during International Education Week with a poster presentation, and his work has now helped him get started on his next big UMass Dartmouth adventure.


UMass Lowell

Winter break for most college students includes a warm vacation, catching up with friends, maybe taking a class for a few quick credits. But for 10 nursing students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, "break" will be spent working long hours in Ghana, Africa.


UMass Lowell

Students, Educators Take Classes Worldwide During Break

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UMass Worcester -

Summer adventure turns into life-or-death rescue

Medical student Keith Azevedo used his wilderness survival training to save the life of an Austrian mountain climber.


UMass Worcester -

International impact: Keeping up with Fogarty Fellow Matthew Bartek

While his classmates are in clinic at UMass Memorial Medical Center or other medical sites in and around Worcester, third-year medical student Matthew Bartek is in Lima, Peru, almost four months into a 10-month Fogarty Fellowship.


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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. Jack Ahearn, Vice Provost for International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Donal Carbaugh, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, 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, Vice Provost for Research , 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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