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UMass Boston- Fulbright Scholars Conference - Universities as Agents for Social Change 
 
On April 15, 2010, UMB co-hosted a half-day Fulbright Scholars Conference in collaboration with U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Northeastern University, and Wellesley College, inviting 50 international Fulbright Scholars who are currently in U.S. higher education institutions as visiting scholars and 28 UMB faculty who were previous Fulbright Scholars.
 
 
UMass Boston- Campus hosts international conference: Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan for the 21st Century
 
College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology hosted an international conference, Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan for the 21st Century, April 7 - 8, 2010. It was the VII Annual Social Theory Forum co-hosted by Sigmund Freud Foundation Museum & Library, Vienna; University of Rome Tor Vergata, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Rome; Clark University Department of  Foreign Languages and Cultures, Worcester; City University of New York Department of Sociology, New York Brunel University School of Social Sciences, London;  Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, Brookline; Boston College Department of Sociology & Psychoanalytic Studies, Chestnut Hill.  UMB's faculty Dr. Siamak Movahedi served as the Committee Chair & Conference Coordinator. Dr. Neal Bruss, Dr. Jorge Capetillo, and Dr. Glenn Jacobs served as the organizing committee members. 
 
UMass Dartmouth- Top international law scholar at UMass School of Law
 
One of the top international law scholars in the world, Professor Mark Weston Janis, discussed the efficacy of the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg and international human rights law at the UMass School of Law-Dartmouth on April 30 at the law school campus.
 
UMass Dartmouth- Lecture by Cape Verdean Author Germano Almeida
 
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Consul General of Cape Verde in Boston, the UMass Boston Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics, the UMD School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement, and the Department of Portuguese recently hosted a lecture entitled, "Literature and Identity: Reflections of a Cape Verdean Writer" by acclaimed author Germano Almeida.
 
UMass Dartmouth- Annie Royer Performs on Campus
 
The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at UMass Dartmouth celebrated its 25th anniversary with a spectacular concert featuring the talented international cabaret jazz singer, Annie Royer with Les Garçons Musette.The concert was held at the Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium.
 
UMass Lowell- PACSI's Day Without Violence Among Events with 2010 Greeley Honoree 
 
Professor Gavriel Salomon of the University of Haifa in Israel, UMass Lowell's 2010 Greeley Scholar for Peace, presented a series of programs on campus and in area communities, beginning with the annual Day Without Violence on April 6.
 
UMass Lowell- World-Renowned Performers Visit Campus 
 

Music students and members of the University community had the rare opportunity to attend a master class presented by members of the Borromeo String Quartet when it visited UMass Lowell on April 1.
 

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UMass Amherst
 

The international youth forum "Seliger - 2010" offers a wonderful networking opportunity for CPPA students. The Forum will be held in the form of an eco-camp on the shore of Lake Seliger (Tver region, Russia) from July 1 through July 8, 2010, with English as its working language. It aims to bring together 3,000 participants from the US, Europe, Russia and Asia. Some prominent experts from Russia and Europe are also expected to be there.
 
UMass Boston 
 
Cuba Initiatives
 
UMB's Cuba Initiatives: Under authorization of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), to travel to Cuba (UMB's License # CT-14590), a small UMB delegation visited Havana, Cuba, March 14-20, 2010. The delegation comprise five members: one administrator (Dr. Eunsook Hyun, Associate Provost), two faculty members (Dr. Miren Uriarte, Sociology and Dr. Marc Prou, Africana Studies), and two administrative staff members (Stanley Wanucha and Michael Tull). This March visit to Cuba was a follow up visit after the UMB's first delegation visited in November 2009 (Dr. Greer Glazer, Dean of College of Nursing and Health Science [CNHS], Dr. Eileen Stuart-Shor and Dr. Amy Rex Smith from CNHS, and Dr. Ester Shapiro, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts). As a result of the two successful visits, UMB now has a comprehensive linkage with University of Havana for transnational research, teaching, and learning experiences of both faculty and students. In addition, UMB has new partnerships with Escuela Nacional de Salud Publica (ENSAP, Cuba's National School of Public Health), Centro de Invedtigaciones Psicológicas y Sociológicas (Center for Investigation of Psychology and Sociology), Center for the Study of International Migrations, Center for Human Wellbeing, Proyecto Palomas (Project Palomas), Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC, the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba), and Casa de las Americas for faculty and students exchange programs.
 
 
Faculty Study Abroad Scholarship Program
 
The first year awards are given to the following faculty:
 
Dr. Ellen Douglas (single proposal): An assessment of the hydrology and water use practices in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh states in northwest India.
 
Dr. Donna DeGennaro & Dr. Joan Arches (joint proposal): Creating a University Hub with the One World Youth Project: Connecting Local with Global - Dominican Republic.
 
  
UMass Dartmouth
 

Québec political scientist visits campus

On April 28th, 2010, the Québec Government Office in Boston, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Quebec Studies Group at UMass Dartmouth, co-sponsored a lecture by the Québecois political scientist Nelson Michaud, the Director of Teaching and Research at the École Nationale d'Administration Publique in Quebec City.  The topic of Prof. Muchaud's talk was "Québec in the World: A Different Look
at the Autonomy of Federated States in the North American Context."  The lecture was attended by UMass Dartmouth students and faculty, as well as members from the region's local community of Québecois ethnic origin. Prof. Michaud was accompanied by Patrick Hyndman and Catherine Gendreau from the Québec Government Office in Boston, and was hosted by UMass Dartmouth Profs. Christopher Larkosh and Stephanie O'Hara with support from Dean William Hogan of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prof. Michaud was given a tour of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, where he took a look at the French-Canadian collection also housed there.  The visit was concluded with a lunch at a local Portuguese restaurant in New Bedford, where the Québec group had a chance to experience one facet of the South Coast region's multilingual and multicultural character.

Lecture "The Jews of India" was held Friday, May 7

Marvin Tokayer is author of a four-volume work telling the story of a group of people who have not been well known. The history of the Jews of India is one of the most benevolent Jewish diaspora experiences. The lecture was sponsored by the Center for Jewish Culture and Indic Studies Center.

Lecture by Indian Legislator on "India's Future - Promise & Fulfillment"

On Wednesday May 5th, the Political Science Department and the Center for Indic Studlies sponsored a lecture on "India's Future - Promise & Fulfillment"
Lok Satta has now emerged as India's leading civil society initiative for governance reforms. Dr. Javaprakash Naravan is currently a member for AP state Legislative Assembly. Lok Satta has wide reach, name recognition, credibility and passive support of about 20% of the population of Andhra Pradesh. It is primarily focusing on Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa and Gujarat in this quest for building a national platform. Dr. JP's tour of America is organized by People for Loksatta.

WorldviewWORLD VIEW
University of Massachusetts- President hosts delegation from Tsinghua University
 
On April 13, President Wilson hosted President Gu and a delegation from Tsinghua University at the UMass Club on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Tsinghua University.
UMass Amherst- Artists-in-Residence Examine Irish Conflict and Transformation to Peace through Art
 
For conflict transformation to succeed, a mutual story about the future must emerge. Muralists Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine, former enemies in the war in the north/Northern Ireland, are looking together at the future and have combined their talents to create shared narratives through public art. This spring they will be artists-in-residence on campus, taking part in a number of events, including publicly painting a mural for the University as part of the Art of Conflict Transformation, a multi-year series of events. More...
UMass Amherst- Chinese, UMass Amherst Scientists Share Research, Expand Ties at Polymer Workshop
 
Thirteen professors from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) in Changchun, China, took part in a joint polymer workshop held March 25-27 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The inaugural Amherst/Changchun Polymer Workshop was hosted by the polymer science and engineering department (PSE) at UMass Amherst. The Chinese participants were faculty from the State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry at CIAC. More...
UMass Boston- Haitian Leaders Announce Guiding Principles for Rebuilding Haiti as Developed at Campus Summit
 
More than 100 Haitian leaders gathered at UMass Boston to develop a set of principles to guide the rebuilding of Haiti, just in time for the March 31 Haiti donors' meeting at the UN.  The group, which included members of the Haitian Diaspora from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as Haitian citizens, was charged with creating a set of guidelines or principles that would address three key objectives:1) to assure that the Haitian rebuilding process is transparent and accountable; 2) to establish clear guidelines for the allocation and distribution of rebuilding funds; and 3) to ensure the participation of Haitians and the Haitian American Community in the rebuilding process. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Nobel Prize-Winning East Timor President to Address Class of 2010

Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta, the President of East Timor, who survived an  assassination attempt during the fight for his nation's independence, will deliver the keynote address at UMass Dartmouth's 110th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday May 23 and be awarded an honorary doctoral degree.

"We are honored to have this opportunity to celebrate the life achievements of these three amazing individuals,'' said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. "President Ramos-Horta's life has been a lesson of unwavering commitment to freedom. Julia Plotnick's belief that health care is a human right has spurred her into real action around the world. And Gerry Mauretti is the personification of the American Dream, combining an unparalled work ethic with an adventurous spirit to create jobs here at home while helping to modernize the global textile industry. Each has demonstrated the courage, innovative spirit and perseverance necessary to change our world for the better and represents shining examples for our graduates." More...

UMass Lowell- College of Management Adds New International Concentration

Ninety-five percent of the world's customers and the fastest-growing markets are outside the United States, according to the federal government. Competing for those customers requires a special understanding of the delicacies of international trade, whether from a cultural, financial or regulatory standpoint.

This fall, UMass Lowell's College of Management will be training the next generation of leaders in global business. The college is introducing a new international business concentration that will be available starting next semester. More...

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UMass Amherst- Fountain Discusses IT & Information Flow at Dubai School of Government
 
Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, was an invited lecturer on "Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government" at the Dubai School of Government last week. The panel coincided with an Arabic release of a book with the same name. More...
UMass Amherst- Robinson Receives Whiting Fellowship
 
Associate Professor of Political Science Dean Robinson has been selected as a 2010 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellow.  The fellowship will enable Professor Robinson to conduct research this summer in Australia and New Zealand on health disparities in those countries and the policies pursued by their governments to address the disparities. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Four Professors Earn Fulbrights
 
Four UMass Dartmouth faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars and will represent the United States as they bring their knowledge and expertise to universities around the world next year. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. More...
UMass Amherst-Alice Cheung to lead international research group
 
Alice Cheung, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a five-year, $453,000 National Science Foundation grant to form and lead an international working group of 12 leaders in pollen biology research. They will, among other things, produce a Wikipedia page on pollen biology. More...
UMass Lowell- Professor McCarthy Delivers Plastics Lecture in India
 
Plastics Engineering Prof. Stephen McCarthy was recently invited by India's Central Institute of Plastics Engineering Technology (CIPET) to give a lecture at an international plastics conference held in the country. McCarthy, who co-directs the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), gave his talk on biodegradable and bio-based polymer blends during the International Conference on Advancements in Polymeric Materials - APM 2010 Trends & Technology, held in February in Bhubaneswar. More...

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StudentSTUDENT EMBASSY

UMass Amherst- Landscape Architecture Student Plans to Enrich the World
 
"As a child, I built forts. Now, I manipulate earth, stone and plants, focusing my creative energy on gardens," says Max Cohen '10 (landscape architecture). Cohen has traveled widely within this country and abroad. "Seeing raw cultural landscapes and attempting to understand why and how they were formed fascinate me," he says. "The harmonious, meticulously maintained Japanese gardens, the functional, productive Israeli gardens, the formal symmetry of European gardens: each culture has a unique interpretation of the concept of their form and function. I also have a burgeoning interest in cultural plant palettes and how they have changed over time in relation to diseases and shifting cultural demands. More...
UMass Amherst- NSF Grant Funds Anthro Research Experience for Students
 
The National Science Foundation has awarded $149,500 to the Department of Anthropology for implementation of "Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS)." Principle Investigators Krista Harper and Jacqueline Urla will direct this three-year International Research Experience for Students (IRES) project that will allow fifteen undergraduate and graduate students from UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges consortium to participate. Three cohorts of students, selected by Harper and Urla, will conduct systematic, comparative research around the theme of critical heritage anthropology in collaboration with the graduate program in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona in Spain. More...
UMass Amherst- Getting Started on Big Dreams
 
Kofi Tonto '10 (economics) wants to be an entrepreneur-in fact, he is in the process of launching his first business. Ghana Abroad, Inc., he hopes, will help reverse the brain drain out of that country. "Things have to change in Africa," says Tonto, who was born there and moved to Worcester, MA, when he was fourteen. "My goal is to find ways to shape up the good things, develop new policies to eliminate the bad, and create a system that will fit how we live as Africans. Ghana Abroad is a first step to broadcast my ideas to the world. I also intend to start a micro-finance company to support small business owners in Ghana. I want to become a great politician there. But I will move forward one step at a time." More...
UMass Amherst- Career Workshops for International Students
 
The International Programs Office (IPO), in collaboration with the Office of Career Services and the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), sponsored and organized two Career Workshops for international students during the spring semester.  The first session, held on March 9, focused on job searches and networking.  The second session on March 24 was dedicated to interviewing strategies. More...
UMass Lowell- Graduate School of Education Doctoral Student Wins Fulbright
 
What do Henry Kissinger, John Steinbeck and Stephen Sanborn have in common? They were all Fulbright scholars. The first two are household names; Sanborn may someday join their ranks. A doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education, Sanborn - who also teaches biology and biotechnology at Andover High School - learned of his award in late March. More...
UMass Lowell- Center for International Students Opens
 
UMass Lowell students and graduates often point to the University's international connections as a key, positive aspect of their campus lives. Whether playing sports, discussing global affairs, or learning different cultural perspectives, our undergraduate students find their college experience is enriched. More...
UMass Worcester- Four Students Named Schweitzer Fellows
 
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced this week that four University of Massachusetts Medical School and Graduate School of Nursing students have been selected as 2010-11 Boston Schweitzer Fellows, joining almost 200 other individuals across the country whose service projects address the unmet, health-related needs of underserved communities. More...

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