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Summer 2007

Worldview News Compass

University of Massachusetts signs agreement with University of Liberia

Boston, MA - University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Liberia President Al-Hassan Conteh to help re-build the African University after the devastation of Liberia's just concluded 14-year civil war. View more pictures

President of the Portuguese Republic to visit UMass Dartmouth

The President of the Portuguese Republic, Professor Anibal Cavaco Silva, accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Maria Cavaco Silva, will visit the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The visit comes as Portugal follows Germany in the rotating presidency of the European Union, from July 1 to December 31, 2007. Presently, the President of European Commission is Jose Barroso, a former prime minister of Portugal.

President of Jilin University in China visits UMass

President Jack M. Wilson and the President of Jilin University in China, Qifeng Zhou met on June 19th at the UMass Club in Boston. President Zhou graduated from UMass Amherst as a PhD student in Chemistry in 1983, and is a leading figure in both academia of Chemistry and Higher Education in China. They met at President Zhou's request to discuss UMass international relations.

President Zhou also spent the day on the Amherst campus where he met with Provost Charlena Seymour, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, George Langford, and colleagues and several of his former professors in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering.

Find more news items at: http://www.massachusetts.edu/international/news.cfm

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Faculty Highlights

Peru Project Honored at UMass Lowell

Prof. John Duffy at UMass Lowell would say he's only a small part of the effort to supply remote villages in the Peruvian Andes with renewable and sustainable infrastructure. It's also true that Duffy has organized design projects, planned and led two trips each year, and has inspired everyone - to stretch a little further, do a little more, dig deeper in their pockets, and even change their career paths - to make a difference.

UMass Amherst Professor completes lecture and research tour in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

Assistant professor in the Department of Legal Studies and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at UMass Amherst, David Mednicoff, concluded a week-long speaking and research tour of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in early May. During the tour, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Mednicoff spoke on "International law, Arab politics and U.S. Foreign Policy," at the Riyadh Institute of Diplomatic Studies, a think tank under the aegis of the Saudi Arabian ministry of foreign affairs.

UMass Amherst Professor addresses EU conference in Norway

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government, Jane E. Fountain, gave an invited lecture May 4 at a European Union-sponsored conference in Oslo, Norway. Fountain spoke on "Challenges to Change in Government: Technology-based Cross-agency Innovations in the U.S." at the conference on Research for Innovation in Healthcare and Administration organized by the Research Council of Norway and the European eGovernment Research Network's eGovernet project.

From Belfast to Bagdad: UMass Boston's Moakley Scholar delivers four lectures on Peace and Reconciliation

The University of Massachusetts Boston celebrates the work of Padraig OMalley, named the university's first John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation, with a series of four lectures by the veteran researcher, who distinguished himself as a chronicler of conflict and peace in Northern Ireland and South Africa.

UMass Amherst Professor Advises United Nations Body

Professor Donal Carbaugh, Department of Communication, is Chair of a Research Advisory Group that is creating a new way of assessing the security needs of communities. The project is managed by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, Switzerland, and is designed to help various UN agencies understand the local circumstances in which they provide services. The project recently implemented the research procedure in Ghana and will conduct several similar implementations in other countries over the next years.

The group includes members from several nations, including Africa, Finland, Israel, and the United States. The Lead Researcher is Lisa Rudnick, a Doctoral Candidate in Communication on the Amherst campus. The research is funded by the Dutch and Swedish governments. Carbaugh was in Geneva in May when the Group presented its findings and recommendations to some dozen UN agencies (including UNICEF, UNDP).

To learn more about UMass faculty activities (research, teaching and service) please visit the database at: http://www.massachusetts.edu/international/search.cfm

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Gateway Events

UMass Boston Conference: Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq: policies, programs and projects

This conference will take place at the College of Public and Community Service at University of Massachusetts at Boston from July 23-26, 2007. The central objective of this conference is to provide an intellectual forum for scholars and practitioners to explore how these tasks could be carried out in a manner that promotes social justice, economic and political sustainability, and full participation of all stakeholders. The outcomes of the conference deliberations should help policy makers to formulate and implement the most appropriate policies as well as embark upon innovative sustainable projects.

UMass Confucius Institute sponsors Conference

The New England Chinese Language Teachers Network Conference -Primary Source- Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) was held at the University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute at Boston on June 9, 2007 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.

View the Confucius Institute website

Second Annual International Day Festival at UMass Medical School

Sponsored by the Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Human Offices and the International Sub-committee of the Council on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Second Annual International Day Festival was held May 11, 2007 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's main campus with 64 different country flags surrounding the Main Lobby and Faculty Conference Room. The celebration included entertainment from South High School's Dancer Class in Worcester, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, Argentina Tango, Traditional Chinese music on the dulcimer, Flamenco dancing. Free international food samples from Brazilian and Indian restaurants were enjoyed by all. Colorful exhibits and vendors with international products introduced the campus community to countries of our employees.

UMass Amherst and the University of Heidelberg Hold Interdisciplinary Workshop

Faculty and graduate student researchers from the Amherst campus and the University of Heidelberg held a three-day interdisciplinary workshop, "Modeling and Computation in Physics, Mathematics and Biology," in Amherst from May 21 and 23. Ten research papers were presented by faculty members, and there were eighteen poster presentations by graduate students during the workshop. The workshop's organizers were Professors Jon Machta, Physics, and Murugappan Muthukumar, Polymer Science and Engineering, both of UMass Amherst, and Professor Dieter Heermann, Theoretical Physics, from Heidelberg. The workshop was sponsored in part by the Max Kade Foundation, the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass Amherst hosts international guests from Germany and Ghana

Professor from Germany Visits UMass Amherst

Dr. Rudolf Zentel, Professor of Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Geoscience at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, visited the Amherst campus for several days in mid-May. Professor Zentel met with colleagues in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering and with representatives of the International Programs Office to discuss the UMass Amherst-Mainz DAAD exchange arrangement and to explore ways to make the agreement more bilateral.

UMass Amherst Campus Hosts Visitor from Ghana

Mr. J. Etti Minlah, Finance Director of the University of Ghana in Legon, visited the Amherst campus from June 20-22. Mr. Minlah’s visit was part of a multi-state information tour arranged and underwritten by the Council on International Educational Exchange. The University of Ghana is currently undergoing extensive administrative reorganization, and Mr. Minlah was sent to the United States to investigate how colleges and universities in this country allocate budgets, manage grants and contracts, administer student accounts and financial aid, and undertake fundraising campaigns. During his visit Mr. Minlah met with a number of senior administrators on the Amherst campus.

More events at: http://www.massachusetts.edu/international/internationalevents.html

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Student Embassy

UMass Students are awarded scholarships to study abroad

Students from UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell are named as recipients of study abroad scholarships enabling them to study across Asia and Egypt for the 2007-2008 school year.

UMass Lowell Student Raises Awareness, Funds to Help Liberia

Henrique Wilson is a U.S. citizen who has lived in Lowell since 1989 but when he talks about Liberia he calls it home. He earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at UML and will graduate with a master's degree from the Regional Economic and Social Development program in June, has put his feelings for his native country into action by helping the republic recover from a 14-year civil war.

UMass Amherst Isenberg School Students Practice Public Speaking in Italy

"I've never felt entirely comfortable as a public speaker," confesses Isenberg School honors accounting major Dave Buttry. For Buttry and many of his fellow Isenberg School students who spent two weeks in January on a class trip in Italy, making formal presentations in a political science class of one-hundred freshmen at the University of Milan went beyond nervousness into the realm of culture shock.

UMass Medical School Students- Global Awareness

Students take part in International electives that develop attributes of idealism and enthusiasm which are associated with service. They travel to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic where members of the International Health Interest Group and the Rotaract Club of UMass Medical School provide medical services to Haitian immigrant workers and their families, and Zambia where they work with the Bwafwano Community Organization.

UMass Boston Professor and Students Head for Iceland to Dig Into History

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, John Steinberg and a team of UMass Boston students will travel to within 60 miles of the Arctic Circle this summer, where they will search for answers to some long-standing questions about the country's history. Steinberg, the senior scientist at the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, and his team will be in Skagafjördur, Iceland from June 23 through August 10, where they will use remote sensing equipment to uncover Geldingaholt and Stora Seyla, Viking farmsteads that date back to 1000 A.D.

To learn more about student opportunities around the world, please visit the student opportunities section of the database at: http://www.massachusetts.edu/international/search.cfm

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International Relations Website Upgrade

The University of Massachusetts system website recently created a China Project webpage highlighting the University’s partnership with the country of China.

Please email us your international news items. We are continually updating our website to reflect the latest UMass international activities.

International Relations Advisory Council

Chair, Dr. Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations, University of Massachusetts

  • Dr. Frank Hugus, Associate Provost for International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, Associate Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Kristin Esterberg, Deputy Provost, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Mick Godkin, Director International Medical Education Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Kelly, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, University of Massachusetts

Please visit http://www.massachusetts.edu/international/ for more information on International Relations at the University of Massachusetts.

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