College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst Central to the university’s academic heart, SBS bridges the sciences and liberal arts. Each year SBS educates thousands of students in the areas of culture, society, and individual behavior while promoting citizenship and global understanding.
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🌎 A new federal water rule enacted in 2020 does not adequately account for transboundary pollution across state lines. #...
04/22/2021
David Keiser Leads Study Saying Flawed Methodology was Used to Justify Weakening the Clean Water Act | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

🌎 A new federal water rule enacted in 2020 does not adequately account for transboundary pollution across state lines. #EarthDay2021 #earthday 🌎

In a new research analysis published in Science, nine scholars including David Keiser, associate professor of resource economics, contend that a new federal water rule enacted in 2020 does not adequately account for transboundary pollution across state lines.

TOMORROW!!Join us for the 2021 Freedman lecture 'Climate Crisis: Transitioning Away from a Carbon-Based Economy'  for a ...
04/21/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Climate Crisis: Transitioning Away from a Carbon-Based Economy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

TOMORROW!!

Join us for the 2021 Freedman lecture 'Climate Crisis: Transitioning Away from a Carbon-Based Economy' for a lively discussion among three experts who will present different perspectives on how to move forward.

On January 27, 2021, the White House issued an Executive Order declaring a climate crisis and committing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, placing climate change at the center of US foreign policy and national security. Yet, despite a pause during the pandemic, carbon emissions are projected to...

It's 4/20 so let's talk about cannabis!We recently spoke to Devon Greyson, assistant professor of communication, about h...
04/20/2021
Devon Greyson Wants us All to be Nonjudgemental About Cannabis Use During Pregnanacy and Lactation | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

It's 4/20 so let's talk about cannabis!

We recently spoke to Devon Greyson, assistant professor of communication, about her recent cannabis research. The biggest takeaway: "we really should all try to be nonjudgemental about substance during pregnancy or breastfeeding."

Research around cannabis use is still in its early stages. The biomedical, social scientific, and substance use data gleaned so far is a good start, but Devon Greyson, assistant professor of communication, says the evidence five to ten years from now is what will be really exciting in this burgeonin...

With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Massachusetts expanding to the general public ages 16 years and older on Monday, Ap...
04/14/2021
An Update on Vaccinations for the UMass Amherst Community | UMass Amherst Spring 2021

With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Massachusetts expanding to the general public ages 16 years and older on Monday, April 19, UMass Amherst has shared information about your options to get vaccinated and the university’s role in this process.

With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Massachusetts expanding to the general public ages 16 years and older on Monday, April 19, we are writing to share information about your options to get vaccinated and the university’s role in this process.

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04/09/2021

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“It's quite a story to be able to overcome that situation of losing that many players. And everything tonight was a testament to the culture of this team. I'm very proud of them.” - Head coach Greg Carvel following tonight’s 3-2 OT win over Minnesota Duluth

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#FrozenFour

Anaamika Nair wants her voice to at least reach one person, and make people think and explore topics she cares about, su...
04/08/2021
AFP Student Highlight: Anaamika Nair Wants to be a Voice that is Heard | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Anaamika Nair wants her voice to at least reach one person, and make people think and explore topics she cares about, such as social justice. Even though she has to make space and demand to be heard, Nair will do it regardless of how she says it.

Anaamika Nair is a freshman at UMass Amherst who is pursuing a double major in political science and Afro-American studies. Nair is living in Van Meter during the spring 2021 semester and enjoys going on runs with her social bubble. She is an Academic Fellows Program (AFP) student, is a conduct advi...

Spend two weeks abroad in Quito, Ecuador over the winter session! Combine theory and practice as you examine the myriad ...
04/06/2021

Spend two weeks abroad in Quito, Ecuador over the winter session!

Combine theory and practice as you examine the myriad ways in which racial justice and equity efforts are being discussed and implemented in local, community-based organizations as well as within the larger socio-political context of Ecuador.
https://umass.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=12298

Spend two weeks abroad in Quito, Ecuador over the winter session!

Combine theory and practice as you examine the myriad ways in which racial justice and equity efforts are being discussed and implemented in local, community-based organizations as well as within the larger socio-political context of Ecuador.
https://umass.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=12298

“With the NCAA making billions of dollars from the sale of the television rights to broadcast March Madness, a plurality...
04/05/2021
UMass Amherst Researchers Find Growing Support for College Athletes to Share in Profits of NCAA Sports

“With the NCAA making billions of dollars from the sale of the television rights to broadcast March Madness, a plurality of Americans support the NCAA sharing in the profit from these broadcasts with the college athletes responsible for the game’s popularity,” says Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science and director of the UMass Amherst Poll.

As the Final Four men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to tip off in Indianapolis and San Antonio this weekend, Americans continue to support calls for college athletes to share in the various profits they generate for the NCAA and its member institutions, according to researchers from UMa...

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the W E B Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst is inviting UMass Amherst students to subm...
04/02/2021

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the W E B Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst is inviting UMass Amherst students to submit a poem about, inspired by, or in the spirit of Du Bois to our first ever Du Bois Poetry Competition!

W. E. B. Du Bois was a brilliant poet in his own right, and the Du Bois Papers, housed on the 25th floor of the library, are full of poems he wrote throughout his long life.
http://duboiscenter.library.umass.edu/poetry-competition/

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the W E B Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst is inviting UMass Amherst students to submit a poem about, inspired by, or in the spirit of Du Bois to our first ever Du Bois Poetry Competition!

W. E. B. Du Bois was a brilliant poet in his own right, and the Du Bois Papers, housed on the 25th floor of the library, are full of poems he wrote throughout his long life.
http://duboiscenter.library.umass.edu/poetry-competition/

03/27/2021

"Deb Haaland is viewed as a threat by those who wish to develop the mineral and energy resources of Indian Country. Her confirmation was a signal event for those who value the environment and appreciate the 172-year long historic relationship between Interior and America’s Native Nations."

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/179633

03/26/2021
2 Things to Know about Vaccine Equity

With the approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine and perhaps others to soon follow, here are important things to know about COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccine equity, with insights from Devon Greyson, assistant professor of health communication at the UMass Communication Department.

#Vaccine #VaccinesSaveLives #VaccineEquity #COVID19 #coronavirus

03/25/2021
Draper Hall: Before and After

Fun fact: Draper Hall, home of your beloved SBS, was used as a dining hall in the early 1900s.

Has draper aged well since this undated (possibly 1920s-30s) photo was taken?

#TBT #SocialScienceMatters #UMassAmherst

Best-selling author and associate professor at UCLA, Safiya Noble, will give a virtual talk titled “New Paradigms of Jus...
03/23/2021
Information Studies Expert Safiya Noble to Give Virtual Talk on New Social Justice Paradigms for Technology Sector | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Best-selling author and associate professor at UCLA, Safiya Noble, will give a virtual talk titled “New Paradigms of Justice: How Knowledge Curators Can Respond to the Information Crisis” on Thursday, April 1.

Noble’s talk suggests practical and imaginative ways for information professionals like librarians, museum curators and knowledge managers to take seriously the role they can play in synthesizing complex social crises into their work and their ability to positively employ social change.

Best-selling author and associate professor at UCLA, Safiya Noble,will give a virtual talk titled “New Paradigms of Justice: How Knowledge Curators Can Respond to the Information Crisis” at noon on Thursday, April 1 via Zoom. Noble’s talk suggests practical and imaginative ways for information...

The stigma of long-term #unemployment (LTU) can be profound and long-lasting. As the U.S eases out of the #Covid19 pande...
03/22/2021
A Crisis of Long-Term Unemployment Is Looming in the U.S.

The stigma of long-term #unemployment (LTU) can be profound and long-lasting. As the U.S eases out of the #Covid19 pandemic, it needs better approaches to LTU compared to the Great Recession.

But research shows that stubborn biases among hiring managers can make the lived experiences of jobseekers distressing, leading to a vicious cycle of diminished emotional well-being that can make it all but impossible to land a role.

How biases trap qualified job seekers in a cycle of rejection — and how to help them break free.

"As we fight for racial justice in 'public life,' it’s worth remembering that every click and swipe, no matter how trivi...
03/22/2021
How (Skin) Deep is Your Love? - Council on Contemporary Families

"As we fight for racial justice in 'public life,' it’s worth remembering that every click and swipe, no matter how trivial it seems, has last­ing implications for racial division in the United States," writes sociology professor and senior associate dean Jennifer Lundquist.

The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota

Perhaps now more than ever the world is in need of young people who want to make a positive impact on the health of othe...
03/19/2021
The Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fund: A People-First Approach to Medical Anthropology and Global Health | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Perhaps now more than ever the world is in need of young people who want to make a positive impact on the health of others.

For students at the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology, the Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fund offers an avenue to pursue that goal by way of medical anthropology and global health.

Perhaps now more than ever the world is in need of young people who want to make a positive impact on the health of others. For students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Anthropology, the Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fund offers an avenue to pursue that goal by way of medical an...

Alumna Michele Evermore, who earned her master’s degree from the Labor Center at UMass Amherst in 2016, has been appoint...
03/18/2021
Michele Evermore '16 Named to Newly Created U.S. Labor Department Role | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Alumna Michele Evermore, who earned her master’s degree from the Labor Center at UMass Amherst in 2016, has been appointed by the Joe Biden administration to a newly created role at the U.S. Department of Labor as senior advisor on unemployment insurance, a position within the department’s Employment and Training Administration.

#WomensHistoryMonth

Alumna Michele Evermore, who earned her master’s degree in labor studies from UMass Amherst in 2016, has been appointed by the Biden administration to a newly created role at the U.S. Labor Department as senior advisor on unemployment insurance, a position within the department’s Employment and ...

The SBS Pathways Center is excited to announce that the SBS Peer Advising Internship position is posted on Handshake! Pr...
03/17/2021
Handshake

The SBS Pathways Center is excited to announce that the SBS Peer Advising Internship position is posted on Handshake! Priority deadline is March 21st.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to hone your professional skills while assisting your peers with major exploration, course registration, resume review, and seeking experiential opportunities at UMass Amherst.

We also caught up with #UMassAmherst3MT finalist Adam Netzer Zimmer, PhD candidate in anthropology, to get a sense of hi...
03/16/2021
3 Questions with UMass 3MT Finalist Adam Netzer Zimmer, PhD Candidate in Anthropology | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

We also caught up with #UMassAmherst3MT finalist Adam Netzer Zimmer, PhD candidate in anthropology, to get a sense of his area research and 3MT presentation.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is a highly anticipated event on campus. And while finalists won't be competing in person on campus this year, the 3MT will be held virtually on March 18, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We caught up with Adam Netzer Zimmer, PhD....

The UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst Graduate School Three Minute Thesis (#3MT) competition is a highly anticipated event on...
03/16/2021
3 Questions with UMass 3MT Finalist Amber Vayo, PhD Candidate in Political Science | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

The UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst Graduate School Three Minute Thesis (#3MT) competition is a highly anticipated event on campus. We caught up with Amber Vayo, PhD candidate in political science, to get a preview of her 3MT research and presentation, and lessons learned along the way.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is a highly anticipated event on campus. And while finalists won't be competing in person on campus this year, the 3MT will be held virtually on March 18, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We caught up with Amber Vayo, PhD candidat...

03/12/2021
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At UMass Amherst, the Advance program and an Amherst sociologist are proposing a de-identified study of the Covid-19-imp...
03/11/2021
Faculty Members Are Suffering Burnout. These Strategies Could Help.

At UMass Amherst, the Advance program and an Amherst sociologist are proposing a de-identified study of the Covid-19-impact feedback submitted by faculty members.

That way they can pinpoint faculty needs, at an aggregate level, and what the campus should be attending to, says Laurel Smith-Doerr, professor of UMass Sociology.

Without them, academe could lose women and people of color.

03/09/2021
How to Fix Social Media…and Civic Life, and Everything Else: Losing Trust, Taking Action

Many advanced democracies are suffering from a crisis in trust: most citizens don't trust their governments to do the right thing. This is not just a crisis of confidence in government - citizens mistrust major institutions from the media to the health care system. This creates a series of challenges, from resistance to public health orders to a broad feeling of helplessness and inability to influence politics and the direction of society.

Fortunately, there are strategies for social change that work even when trust in institutions is very low, which include using less-familiar levers of social change.

In the five years following the beginning of the Black Lives Matter (#BLM) movement in 2014, places that have had BLM pr...
03/09/2021
New Research Suggests That Black Lives Matter Protests Have Led to Up to a 20% Decrease in Police Homicides | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

In the five years following the beginning of the Black Lives Matter (#BLM) movement in 2014, places that have had BLM protests experienced a 15-20% decrease in police homicides – approximately 300 fewer deaths.

In the five years following the beginning of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in 2014, census places that have had BLM protests experience a 15-20% decrease in police homicides – approximately 300 fewer deaths – according to new research by University of Massachusetts economist Travis Campb...

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Includes the following departments and degree-granting programs: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Labor Studies, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Resource Economics, Social Thought and Political Economy, and Sociology, as well as many research centers and institutes.

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Welcome to the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

At the UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), we’re interested in how you will influence society. Thanks to you, the world will never be the same. Our college houses undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs that study human behavior from different social science vantage points. This work is vital; it allows us to understand why people do what they do, which then allows us to react from an informed perspective. We’re better equipped to address problems like war, poverty, and climate change because we’re uncovering what motivates humans.

Through SBS, you’ll choose an academic path that bridges science and liberal arts, but this path won’t define you. We’ll encourage you to think beyond your major or area of study, take classes that stretch beyond your field, and participate in discussions beyond your purview. Our SBS Pathways to Success approach will guide you along your chosen pathway to success, supporting you in developing your own vision of success, setting goals, and nurturing the specific skills, insights, and experiences you'll need to bring them to fruition. We want to cultivate independent, innovative and fearless thinkers who challenge conventional wisdom in order to offer ideas and solutions for the most critical issues facing our society.

At SBS, you’ll engage in rigorous study and scientific research that will challenge you intellectually. Your professors will push you to transform your pre-conceived notions into evidence-based conclusions. We’re not just interested in what you’ll discover; this learning process will change you and shape what matters to you. The world is complex, and you’ll find that the more answers you seek, the more questions you unearth. We enjoy this shaky ground because we know it leads to the most compelling possibilities.

Finally, SBS will prepare you for your future. Your studies will be both theoretical and grounded in tangible, real-world skills; strong communication and analytical abilities; and teamwork experience that allows you to excel in the workforce and beyond. As a graduate, you might found a new non-profit, create a landscape design that facilitates better human interaction, or translate your talent to the tech world in Silicon Valley.

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Ed Ryan, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, 2022 171 South Gless Street Los Angeles, California 90033 (323)-685-0416, email, [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 8/19/20 From: Ed Ryan To: Massachusetts Governor Baker Re: Investigation of UMASS President Marty Meehan Dear Governor Baker, I’m a UMASS alum 82. UMASS President, Marty Meehan should be investigated for efforts wrongly use UMASS to smear congressional candidate Alex Morse with homophobic tropes. Morse is a proponent of single payer universal health care, and Marty Meehan is employed as Director of Blue Cross-Blue Shield along with being President of UMASS. The results Meehan’s conflict is bad for UMASS. An investigation and possible termination of Meehan is called for. UMASS student allies of Congressman Neal have spent months trying to gain access to the private dating apps used by Mayor Morse, and to use the information to effectuate a smear. Recently, Boston Attorney, and former health insurance executive, James Roosevelt surreptitiously assisted students loyal to Congressman Neal in composing a letter containing innuendo and exaggerations. The letter was used by the UMASS Collegian to do a smear story in the days just prior to the primary. Furthermore, it’s probable that President Meehan knew of, an even invited Roosevelt to get involve with the UMASS students to craft the above-mentioned letter. I say this because protocol between two elite insurance executives would surely include notice or being invited. UMASS now retains Counsel to continue investigating Morse. Yet, it’s clear that Morse has been a victim of a yearlong effort to smear. Governor Baker, do not let the Great University of Massachusetts be degraded by a cabal of greedy corporate executives, and their hired guns, all who are bent on elitist notion of preserving the present insurance based health system even though millions of American are denied coverage. UMASS is better than that, and you, Governor Baker are better than that. Thank You. Sincerely, Ed Ryan [email protected] 4138635592
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Last chance to register for wicked cool summer ONLINE class to fulfill your BioSci (BS) GenEd! Starts on Monday....
If you are bored this summer and want to take a big step toward completing your GenED's, think about STOCKSCH 100 - Botany for Gardeners ONLINE, which begins on July 8 and satisfies your Biological Science (BS) GenEd!
If you need a Bio Science (BS) GenEd, check out my 6 week summer class Botany for Gardeners which starts on July 8!
If you are looking for a FUN Biological Sciences GenED, please take a look at my ONLINE summer class Botany for Gardeners....
UMass Amherst students…. complete your Biological Science GenED online and take a big step toward graduation! Winter Term – December 26 – January 19, 2019
News story about new ONLINE class in Food and Ag Law in January:
Take a fun GenEd (BS) with me over the winter ONLINE!
This class welcomes a few interested non-majors. Contact the instructor for permission to register...
If you need a Biological Sciences GenED and want to take a class online this summer that is flat out fun.... check out Botany for Gardeners. This 6 week class starts on July 9.