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Winter 2008

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University of Massachusetts- The Ruben and Patricia King-Shaw Family Fund for Academic Excellence supports UMass Student Opportunities

In 2007, The Ruben and Patricia King-Shaw Family Fund for Academic Excellence was established with the purpose of providing support for students for opportunities that enhance their learning experiences. The University is proud to announce that students participating in the following programs will be assisted by the King-Shaw fund for the 2007-2008 academic year. More...

University of Massachusetts- President Wilson and Nobel Laureate Craig Mello join Governor Patrick on trade mission to China
In December, Governor Patrick traveled with a team of business executives, academic leaders and senior government officials to China in an effort to foster a growing relationship between Massachusetts and China. The visit included a number of meetings with Chinese government officials and business leaders to strengthen innovation and collaboration around clean energy, life sciences, education and transportation. On the trip, University of Massachusetts Medical School professor and Nobel Laureate Craig Mello was named an honorary professor at Tsinghua University.
UMass Dartmouth- Goal of Azorean trip is joint marine science research

UMass Dartmouth and the University of the Azores may soon be working jointly on global warming and other marine science topics. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is planning to lead a group of education and business leaders on an ambitious trip to the Azores between Feb. 15 and 22. More...


UMass Worcester- Russian & American leaders met to share expertise in addressing trauma and post-war recovery
Five Russian leaders participating in the Open World Program spent December 14-22, 2007 in the Worcester area at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; UMass Memorial Medical Center and the Veterans Administration New England Health Care System (network 1) affiliated facilities to examine Trauma and Post-War Recovery: Preventing and promoting recovery from PTSD and Addiction. More...


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Faculty Highlights

UMass Amherst- Professor Nagurney receives distinguished awards and speaks at international conference

Dr. Anna Nagurney was selected and inducted as a 2007 Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) at ceremonies on November 10, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia, with over 300 conferees in attendance. Of the five 2007 RSAI Fellows, she was the only female and the only scholar based in the US. More...

Dr. Nagurney gave a plenary talk at the 19th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making held Jan. 8-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. More...

Dr. Nagurney also received a Fulbright grant to serve as a senior specialist in business administration at the University of Catania in Italy in March. More...

UMass Amherst- Professor on a Remote Path to Cures
Easy going and earnest, Mr. (Chris) Kilham, 55, caught the plant bug after taking an herb walk at an organic farm in Natick, Mass., in 1971. A self-described hippie, he was already into "yoga, natural foods and meditation" and the discovery that plants had medicinal properties had a profound effect. He created a course in holistic health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is now on the faculty, and made his first overseas trip - to India - to track down exotic flora. More...

UMass Boston- Professor digs less to learn more about Vikings
The joke is that, in John Steinberg's home, they know an awful lot about Vikings. On one side you have his wife, Andrea Kremer, whose job requires her to be an expert on the Minnesota Vikings (and the other 31 National Football League teams) as a reporter for NBC Sports' football coverage. And then there's Steinberg, a senior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, who is one of the world's foremost specialists on the real Vikings. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Educators recognized for contribution to university
The UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation, Local 1895, has recognized standout educators for their contributions to the university. On Dec. 17, the Scholar of the Year Award was presented to internationally acclaimed Portuguese scholar Anna Klobucka; the Teacher of the Year Award to Emmanuel Ojadi, chemistry/biochemistry department chair; and the Employees Service Union Service Award to Lisa Jochim, director of the Workers' Education Program. More...

UMass Lowell- Visibility in Düsseldorf
K 2007, the largest plastics trade show in the world, was held this past October at the Messe Exhibition Center in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event takes place every three years and is called K for Kunststoffe, the German word for "plastics." This year's show attracted nearly 245,000 plastics industry professionals from Europe, Asia and the Americas and featured about 3,100 companies in 17 huge exhibition halls. More...

UMass Lowell- Professor's Work Covers Four Decade
The exhibit "Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Self-Portraits from Four Decades" will be on view at Barry Friedman Ltd., through Jan. 26. The exhibition is a survey of the Finnish-American photographer's striking images from 1971 to a broad selection of new works never seen before. Minkkinen is a professor of photography at UML. More...

UMass Lowell- Researcher Helps to Barcode Life on Earth
While NASA is busy searching for evidence of life on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn and elsewhere in the solar system, a global network of biologists, taxonomists and research institutions has been working quietly on an equally massive and ambitious project: to identify and catalog every living biological species on planet Earth. More...


UMass Worcester- GSN brings home lessons learned in Ghana
The Graduate School of Nursing has extended its reach halfway around the world with an international initiative that reaps benefits at home as well as in Ghana. Last summer, GSN assistant professors Rosemary Theroux, PhD, and Robin Toft Klar, DNSc, spent two weeks in Ghana researching women's self-care practices at a health clinic newly established by the Women's Trust, a non-governmental organization that supports social and economic empowerment for women and girls living in poverty. More...


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Gateway Events

UMass Amherst- Campbell's photos exhibited in Amherst

"Getting From Here to There: Photographs from Yockenthwaite to Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales, England" by Elisa K. Campbell will be exhibited from Dec. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Henion Bakery, 174 North Pleasant St., in Amherst. More...



UMass Amherst- Japanese Festival of the Arts

April 18th, 2008- An exciting show that introduces the Japanese traditions of art and aesthetics as well as contemporary culture through dance, music and film for the young and youth in our schools will be presented. More...


UMass Boston- International Conference on Rebuilding sustainable communities for children and their families after disasters
This important conference will take place November 16-19, 2008, and is the inaugural event of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters. The conference will seek to contribute to, and recommend, future policy formulation and implementation processes by local, regional and national governments as well as multilateral agencies and grass-roots organizations. The goal of these efforts is to bring specialists from various disciplines (health, education, community planning, etc.) to explore and make recommendations on how to reconstruct sustainable communities that will be safe for children and their families after disasters. More...




Student Embassy

UMass Amherst- Student Katie Huston Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Katie Huston, a journalism major from Royal Oak, Mich., is one of 40 students in the country to be awarded a Marshall Scholarship, which funds two or three years of graduate study at any British university. More...


UMass Boston- Expanding its Study Abroad programs
UMass Boston is known for offering students an affordable education. However, UMass Boston also has partnerships with a number of universities in foreign countries that students can attend for the same price. More...


UMass Boston- Exchange program with the University of the West Indies
A three-member delegation from the University of Massachusetts (UM), Boston visited the (St. Augustine) campus in September to explore the possibility of collaborating with The University of the West Indies. More...



UMass Lowell- Assistive technology program has global reach
The Assistive Technology Program at UMass Lowell is part of a collaborative initiative to integrate service learning throughout the College of Engineering. Through senior Capstone design projects, students interact directly with clients, propose solutions to challenging problems, then design, construct and deliver their projects directly to their clients. One student from the program recently had global reach, changing the life of a little girl in Italy. More...

UMass Lowell- Graduate Student 'Attends' Class from the Middle East
Rose Giescke doesn't fit the typical image of a student at UMass Lowell. Currently stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Giescke and her husband have lived in Israel for the past three years. After deciding she wanted to pursue a graduate certification in Clinical Pathology, Giescke found the UML online program. More...


UMass Worcester- Student run African Community Education program is profiled
About 2 years ago a few medical students from UMass got involved in tutoring children who were being resettled in Worcester from Liberia by Catholic Charities. This activity became more organized and began to grow. Today there are more than 30 kids in the program and about 25-30 tutors. More...

UMass Worcester- Medical student is 2007-08 Fogarty Fellow
Avra Ackerman graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with a degree in Sociology/American Studies. Since that time she has worked in public health and clinical research and studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. More...


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