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Spring 2008


University of Massachusetts- US AID Announces $1.9 Million Grant for Judicial Education in China

The University of Massachusetts has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) for a three year Project to improve the quality of justice in China through enhanced Judicial Education. The award was made under the "US-China University Collaboration on Rule of Law Program" (USAID-RDMA/A-China-486-07-017-RFA) issued by USAID/Bangkok. More...

UMass Boston- CPCS Welcomes Indonesian Delegation
A high-level delegation from Indonesia visited the College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston on February 29 to discuss the rebuilding efforts following the devastating 2004 tsunami that struck Aceh and to discuss future cooperation. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Area delegation announces results of Azores trade mission

A southeastern Massachusetts delegation of government, education and business leaders today announced the results of a Feb. 15-22 trade mission to the Azores, including agreements between UMass Dartmouth and the University of the Azores to collaborate on faculty/student exchanges and research initiatives in the marine sciences, business, nursing, and Portuguese Studies; and the sharing of library and archival resources. More...

UMass Lowell- Peace Activist Linda Biehl Visits in April

Almost 15 years ago, on Aug. 25, 1993, Amy Biehl, a young American woman on a Fulbright Scholarship to South Africa, was pulled out of her car just outside Cape Town by a mob of angry youths, beaten and stabbed to death. More...

UMass Amherst-Schluntz named director of Education Abroad at International Programs

Erika Lee Schluntz has been hired as the new director of Education Abroad in the International Programs Office. Schluntz will oversee study-abroad programs on six continents, including locations such as Australia, China, Japan, England, Egypt, Italy, South Africa, France and Germany. Every year, approximately 1,000 Amherst campus students study abroad, according to Frank Hugus, director of International Programs and associate provost. More...

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Faculty Highlights

UMass Amherst- Professor Max Page Awarded Fulbright

Fellowship to Argentina Max Page, associate professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Argentina for the spring of 2009. More...

UMass Amherst- Hamill appointed distinguished research professor in Singapore
Joseph Hamill, professor of Kinesiology, was appointed as a Distinguished Research Professor at the Republic Polytechnic of Singapore during a visit to the school in January. More...

UMass Amherst- Physicists help complete the world's most powerful particle accelerator
Faculty and students in the Physics Department are part of an international team of scientists celebrating completion of the world's most powerful particle accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. More...

UMass Lowell- Art Professor Spends Sabbatical around the World
While on sabbatical during the fall semester, Professor Jim Coates of the Art Department conducted research at international exhibitions, including Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and the 52nd Venice Biennale. More...

UMass Lowell- Indo US Collaboration involvement
Professor and Dean Emeritus Krishna Vedula of UMass Lowell is the Executive Director of the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education. They already have more than 300 applicants to the Indo US Engineering Faculty Leadership Institute. View the Information Brochure and on-line application process.

UMass Lowell-Salameh Invited to International Conference in Japan
Professor Ziyad Salameh of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was recently invited to chair a session at the 17th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference in Fukuoka, Japan. More...

UMass Lowell- Professor Creates Oil Painting for 2008 Olympics
Legal Studies Professor Michael E. Jones, has created a painting to represent the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team in the 2008 events in Beijing, China. The original 40-by-30 inch oil-on-canvas has been reproduced on 150 limited-edition posters. The poster, Jones says, "seeks to blend traditional Chinese painting principles with modern art." More...

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UMass Dartmouth- March 11, 2008, is Fulbright Awareness Day
On March 11, 2008, Tony Claudino, Director of the Fulbright Student Outreach Program for the Institute of International Education, and Maria Bettua, Assistant Director for Europe/Eurasia for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, will visit the Dartmouth campus to present information sessions on Fulbright scholar opportunities for students and faculty and to consult with campus leaders about ways to organize and highlight Fulbright opportunities for the campus. The campus will report in more detail in the next edition of Passport UMass. More...

Tsinghua University Professor, Dr. Gai and UMass Lowell Professor, Dr. Chen co-chair international conference in Beijing

The 2008 International Forum on Powder Technology & Application will focus on new materials, 3R & health, closely related with industry application. Faculty from the Amherst and Lowell campuses will be attending this event at Tsinghua University and UMass will host a booth. The conference takes place April 3 thru April 5. More...

UMass Boston- Save the Date: International Study Festival- April 10, 2008
Students are invited to learn about post-graduate scholarships for international study and hear about first hand study abroad experiences from UMass Boston students. More...

UMass Confucius Institute- Chinese Bridge Contest April 19, 2008

This spring, the University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute will once again host high school students to compete in a Chinese language contest called the "Chinese Bridge." This year, over 30 talented high school students from across the country, will compete. This annual contest is sponsored by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban). More...

UMass Worcester- Save the Date: Annual International Festival- May 9-11, 2008

The University of Massachusetts Medical School will be hosting its Annual International Festival on Friday, May 9, 11:00am to 3:00pm with international food samples, international teas, entertainment, vendors, and exhibits.

UMass Amherst- The Center for International Education celebrates 40th Anniversary
On June 12-15, 2008, CIE members of all generations will gather in Amherst to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of CIE. Everyone who has been associated with the Center since its inception in fall 1968 is invited. More...

UMass Amherst- Oxford Summer Seminar Celebrated
More than 60 former participants attended a reunion for recent alumni of the UMass Amherst Oxford Summer Seminar. The event was held in the Lord Jeffrey Inn in Amherst on February 8. According to Professor Jenny Adams, Director of the Oxford Summer Seminar, the reunion dinner was one of the first attempts to gather participants together after the program had ended.

The festivities began with a reception which was followed by a brief talk by Oxford Seminar and UMass Amherst alumnus, Erik P. Kraft, the author of Miracle Wimp (2007) and of the popular children's book series, Lenny and Mel. During dessert Dr. John Mullin, Dean of the UMass Amherst Graduate School and a participant in the very first Oxford Summer Seminar in 1966, spoke of his experiences in Oxford and of how the Oxford Summer Seminar had influenced his career path. More...

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Student Embassy

UMass Amherst- Ghana Experience Impacts Student's Life

When Karl Salomon '08 (economics and legal studies) was nine years old, he and two brothers left Haiti to join their immigrant parents (and a sister and brother who left the previous year) in Boston. At the airport they were greeted with this advice: "To succeed in this country you will have to work extremely hard." More...

UMass Amherst- An Egyptian celebration

Our shouts reverberated throughout the bustling streets of Cairo as the 15 of us American students, along with five or so Egyptians, shouted "Arbah wahid" continuously on one special night last week. More...

UMass Amherst- Rainy adventures in Ireland
Here I am, reporting back from Ireland under my umbrella (go ahead sing the Rihanna song - I know I would), which apparently is where I will be spending my first few months.... no snow, but plenty of rain. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Students take learning expedition to "enchanted" Galápagos Islands

It's not unusual for students to travel during a school break. But it is rare to mingle among blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and other exotic creatures while earning biology course credits. For nine UMass Dartmouth undergraduates, a 10-day, January expedition to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands proved to be the experience of a lifetime. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Students head to Haiti on mission of 'hope and happiness'
In a country dominated by pricey SUVs and $4 cups of coffee, it can be difficult for many to imagine what it is like to live in one of the poorest nations in the world. "These people live in such extreme poverty, it's almost too much to comprehend," said Nathaniel Manderson, who is coordinating the trip and will accompany a team of UMass Dartmouth students on a missionary trip to the impoverished nation of Haiti at the end of May. More...

UMass Lowell- SRT Students Place at International Convention

Sound Recording Technology students Charles Holbrow and Tim Dacey took first and second place respectively in the design competition at the International Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in New York this past October. Prof. John Shirley of the Sound Recording Technology Department was their adviser. More...

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