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UMass Boston- International Conference Spotlights New Paradigm in Preparedness
Despite her numerous calls for evacuation assistance, quadriplegic Benilda Caixeta was trapped in her New Orleans home when Hurricane Katrina hit. Marcie Roth, the woman who one day would become FEMA senior advisor on disability issues, comforted Benilda by telephone for hours through the storm only to hear tragedy unfold as flood waters rushed in and took Benilda's life. Suddenly, the phone line went silent. More...
UMass Dartmouth- The Boivin Center  to celebrate 25 years as a center
The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture, celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, proudly announces its first event of the fall program. This program will feature award-winning poet, translator, novelist, critic and journalist, David R. Slavitt onSeptember 27, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in the Browsing Area of the Claire T. Carney Library.
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UMass Dartmouth- The Center for Indic Studies and the Indian Student Association of UMass Dartmouth present "Soulful Strings" Concert on September 11
A concert of sitar and tabla music will be held at UMass Dartmouth on September 11 in the Main Auditorium.
The doors open at 5 p.m. the concert begins at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the door, students with ID $5, faculty and staff $10 and general public $15. Indian snacks will be available. The University is located at 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth MA.

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UMass Dartmouth

A 19-member group of UMass Dartmouth faculty, students and alumni traveled to Haiti to serve in health clinics and help rebuild houses in the Port Au Prince area. The group worked closely with Partners In Development, one of the most active relief organizations in Haiti. Nursing student Myriam Jeannis, who was born in Haiti, reported: "Two thirds of the group work in the clinic and one third work in construction. The nurses and nursing students are working in a clinic that has seen at least 27,000  Haitian patients since the earthquake. We have seen cases that range from non-emergency to serious emergency. Our patients are mostly people from the tent villages who were displaced after the earthquake." Nursing Professor Jeanne Leffers noted that the group included students and alumni from the colleges of nursing, engineering, arts and sciences, visual and performing arts and business. "The UMD students were outstanding," she said.

"Changing Lives Through Literature," the alternative sentencing program created by UMass Dartmouth English professor Robert Waxler, is catching the attention of media across the pond. The Guardian recently published a feature story about the program's success in Texas and that piece was followed up by Britain's popular public affairs magazine, The Week. Check out the CLTL blog.
UMass Worcester

Donna Gallagher will be participating in the CUGH 2010 Annual Meeting, Transforming Global Health:The Interdisciplinary Power of Universities, September 19 - 21, 2010 at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The meeting will focus on three cutting-edge themes: Building the science base for global health: Research and evaluation; Educational innovations and experiences in global health; Enabling systems: Legal, regulatory and administrative infrastructure to support advances in global health.

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University of Massachusetts- Bay State judges build bridge to China
Chinese JudgesFor 90 minutes in a Dorchester courthouse, a group of visiting Chinese judges listened spellbound as a string of convicted batterers described the pain they had inflicted on their partners, and the help they were getting from a court-ordered behavioral program to keep them from abusing women again. More...
University of Massachusetts- Hokkaido Delegation visits with President Wilson
UMassHokkaidoUMass President Jack Wilson hosts Hokkaido Vice Governor Osamu Takai at the UMass Club on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Prefecture of Hokkaido.

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Iko Burns, Vice President Massachusetts Hokkaido Association; Kitty Dukakis; Vice Governor Takai; Sue Root, Co-President Massachusetts Hokkaido Society; Judi and Jack Wilson; Rita Knapp; Ted Carr MOITI; Consul General Masaru Tsuji, Consulate General of Japan in Boston; Fernando Quezada Co-President Massachusetts Hokkaido Society;
UMass Amherst- Indonesian partnership helps reveal spectacular deep sea world
Although UMass Amherst microbiologist Jim Holden hadn't expected to add international diplomat to his job title this summer, he is in fact well suited by temperament and enthusiasm for that role, as part of one of the first major scientific collaboration between the United States and Indonesia. More...
UMass Amherst- BDIC hosts Korean delegation
A team of 30 academics from the Korea Productivity Center (KPC) visited the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program on July 13, reports director Dan Gordon. More...
UMass Boston- Campus Continues Its Work To Bring Basketball To Africa's Youth
Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation, Special Programs and Projects Charlie Titus and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Jemadari Kamara traveled to Senegal in West Africa last month to run basketball clinics as part of the Youth Education and Sports (YES) with Africa initiative. More...
UMass Boston- Local Portuguese speakers celebrate launch of Center for Portuguese Language
The collective voice of the many Portuguese speakers of Massachusetts got a little louder on March 25 at a reception to celebrate the official inauguration of the Center for Portuguese Language-Instituto Camões. Born of the efforts of the Consul General of Portugal in Boston, Paulo Cunha Alves; Fernanda Costa, Portugal's Coordinator for the Teaching of Portuguese on the East Coast; Professor Ann Blum, Chair of the Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies at UMass Boston; and Provost Winston Langley, the Center will be housed at the University's Healey Library. More...
UMass Dartmouth: New PhD in Mathematics Education Incorporates Global Linkages 
The PhD program in Mathematics Education at the STEM Education Department, UMass Dartmouth is the result of many years of research and development originally pioneered by Professor James Kaput. Its goals and mission are synergistic with the operation of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education, namely, to foster the spirit of innovation & discovery. More...
UMass Lowell- Center for Irish Partnerships Expands Student Global Learning
To further advance UMass Lowell's Center for Irish Partnerships' mission to provide students with global experiences, Chancellor Marty Meehan signed a collaborative agreement with the new president of Dublin City University in July.The signing coincided with the inauguration of Dublin City University's new president, Brian MacCraith, who was previously head of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at the University. Last fall, at the Irish-American Emerging Technologies Conference in Lowell, MacCraith promised to strengthen ties between the universities. He fulfilled that promise on his first full day on the job. More...
UMass Lowell- Irish Excavation Results in Coverage, Historic Finds
Perhaps the prayers of St. Patrick's pastor, Rev. James Taggart, helped. On day one of the excavation of a former shanty town located on parish grounds and inhabited by Lowell's early Irish settlers, University students unearthed a section of 150-year-old rosary beads, remnants of a clay pipe and several iron nails. More...
UMass Lowell- Iraqi Delegation Visits Campus

A high-ranking delegation from Iraq recently visited the College of Engineering as part of the United Nations' Habitat program to improve the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education and training in the country. UMass Lowell was one of several universities that the delegates visited in Massachusetts. More...

UMass Lowell- Turkish Universities, Greek Consul in Boston Sign Agreements

UML- Greek PartnersThe world of possibilities is expanding for UMass Lowell faculty and students as the University signed partnership agreements with three eminent universities in Turkey and with the Greek consul general in Boston. More...

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UMass Amherst- Philippides delivers three papers on still-compelling ancient voices
Classic Department chair Marios Philippides attended the Classical Association of New England Summer Institute 2010 at Dartmouth College July 12-17.
The theme of the institute was "Not Athens but the World: Why America is Still Listening to Ancient Voices," and, as the Alexander Onassis Lecturer, Philippides delivered three papers entitled: "Historical Events as Depicted In Vase Painting," "The Riddle of the Sphinx: The Rape of Young Men," and "New England Philhellenism and the Formation of Greece as a Modern Nation". More...
UMass Amherst- Rallis and Rossman present papers in Ramallah with former grad students
School of Education professors Sharon Rallis and Gretchen Rossman attended the fourth annual Academic Colloquium for the Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) in Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine. More...
UMass Amherst- Swift receives top international space research award
Calvin T. Swift, professor emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the Jeoujang Jaw Award, recognizing pioneering space research. The award, established in 2008 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) of the International Council for Science, was presented July 18 during the opening ceremonies of the 38th COSPAR Assembly held in Bremen, Germany. More...
UMass Amherst- Frackman and Arndt-Briggs take part in German exchange
Skyler Arndt-Briggs (right) and Kyle Frackman of German & Scandinavian Studies took part in late June in the Fulbright-sponsored Seminar for American Faculty in German and German Studies. Designed for institutions with exchange partnerships with the state of Baden-W??rttemberg, the two-week seminar's twenty participants visited Tubingen, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Konstanz, Heidelberg, and Mannheim. The seminar's program included meetings with instructors of German, university and local officials, and representatives of the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts, which co-sponsored the seminar. More...
Umass Amherst-Nagurney to keynote two European conferences
In July and August, Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, will give keynote addresses on supply chain networks and fragile networks at conferences in Vienna and Yalta. More...

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UMass Amherst- Moebius addresses international conference in France
Comparative Literature professor William Moebius was one of 24 invited participants and the only American to take part in a week-long seminar last month in Normandy, France. The seminar on "La proximit? dans le regard de l'oeuvre d'art" involved primarily French philosophers and art historians and was held at the famed retreat center at the Chateau de Cerisy. Moebius delivered a paper "Des ordres de la proximit? dans l'album de jeunesse" on June 27. More...
UMass Amherst- Education faculty finish 2-year project in west Africa
Faculty members Jacqueline Mosselson and Gretchen Rossman and seven graduate students at the School of Education's Center for International Education in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, recently completed a two-year project, Learning Initiatives in Rural Education (LIRE), in Senegal and Gambia, which was funded by the World Bank-administered Bank-Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP). More...
UMass Dartmouth- Fifth UMass Dartmouth professor wins prestigious Fulbright
Dr. Maureen P. Hall, an Associate Professor of Education at UMass Dartmouth's School of Education, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement (SEPPCE) has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar grant, the fifth Fulbright Award granted to the UMass Dartmouth faculty this year. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Professors return from Pakistan with firsthand perspective

Two UMass Dartmouth professors have returned from two weeks as the first foreigners in recent years to travel Pakistan's Swat Valley, thought to be the hideout of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. More...
UMass Lowell- Immigrant Murals Depict Diverse Experiences
This spring, students from Lowell High School created 17 large-scale portable mural panels depicting Lowell's immigrant history. The project embraces and celebrates Lowell's long history of immigration and ethnic diversity, creating a culturally rich community. More...
UMass Lowell- Braunhut Takes Sabbatical in Ghana
Ah, sabbatical - that wonderfully refreshing break from academic life to finish your research, write a book, perhaps take a visiting professorship at a European university in a culturally rich city. More...
UMass Lowell- Discovery Channel Canada to Feature University Researchers
Associate Professor Bruce Young, director of the Anatomical Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy, and biomedical engineering Ph.D. student Amy Reichlen will be featured in a Discovery Channel Canada television episode that will highlight their research on the backbones of lizards and snakes. More...

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UMass Amherst- Falcon explores bilingual aphasia treatment
Marahu Falcon, a graduate student in the Department of Communication Disorders grad student and advisee of assistant professor Jacquie Kurland, attended Clinical Aphasiology Conference in Isle of Palms, S.C. in May, thanks to a highly competitive fellowship awarded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders. More...
UMass Amherst- OPSAS becomes CMASS on Sept. 1
Starting Sept. 1, Office of Programs and Services for Alana Students - commonly known as OPSAS - will become the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success, or CMASS. In the process, the Bilingual Collegiate Program (BCP), the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and other Minority Students (CCEBMS), Native American Student Services (NASS), and United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) will cease to exist. The ongoing mission of those programs - to work with student to successfully enter the community and progress to a university degree, will evolve into part of the CMASS program, which will be headquartered in Wilder Hall. More...
UMass Amherst- MLA student working on sustainable design at US Mission in Geneva
Master's degree student Kate Tooke, is one of nine U.S. landscape architecture students who will spend the first two weeks of August studying the grounds of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and drafting a sustainable landscape design that can be phased in over five years. More...
UMass Boston- Graduates Told to Celebrate Diversity, Make a Difference at 42nd Commencement Ceremony
Norwegian student Victoria Granerod, diploma in hand, was still marveling at the spectacle that was the University of Massachusetts Boston's 42nd commencement ceremonies hours later. In Norway, there are no celebrations like these, she said, no processions and camera flashes, or caps and gowns-just a diploma in the mail. More...
UMass Worcester- Students Share Summer International Adventures 
Members of the School of Medicine's Class of 2013 were busy this summer, improving their language skills and experiencing new cultures while helping people around the world. More than 20 students presented their stories at the Global Medical Education Poster Fair on Monday, Aug. 23, in the old Medical School lobby. 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, 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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