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  • UMass Boston receives $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, August 29 2013
    Robyn Hannigan, dean of the School for the Environment, and Maria Ivanova, co-director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, are principal investigators on the grant, which will fund the training of fellows in environmental problem-solving. More details at
  • No end to issues or groups for hopefuls to face
    Boston Globe, August 29 2013
    Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O’Brien says voters aren’t sure what to expect from Boston’s next mayor after 20 years of predictability from Mayor Tom Menino.
  • Successor has huge shoes to fill
    August 28 2013
    Outlet: Commons - Online, The

    NEWFANE—Louise Sirois knows she has big shoes to fill as the new librarian at Moore Free Library, but she's ready for the challenge. Sirois said she grew up in northern Maine, “where any trip to town was special,” and she especially liked going to
  • The Search For Missing 401(k) Money
    Forbes, August 27 2013
    Ellen Bruce, director of the Pension Action Center at UMass Boston, says employers and workers alike realize there is a problem with the current pension system, which has no central fund where employers can send unclaimed 401(k) money and workers can look for money to which they believe they’re entitled.
  • Fast-food strikers may risk firing
    Boston Globe, August 27 2013
    History professor James Green, an expert on labor activism, says fast-food employees in Boston planning a one-day protest Thursday could create positive change at their restaurants, which rely “a great deal on consumer habits” that would be disrupted by a demonstration.
  • Maintain, don’t gain: A new way to fight obesity
    Medical Press, August 26 2013
    Jessica Whiteley, an associate professor of exercise and health sciences, is co-author on a new study out of Duke University that suggests obese African-American women who are given tools to maintain their current weight, rather than lose pounds, may have better health outcomes than women who undertake strict diets.
  • Personal libraries popping up
    Boston Globe, August 25 2013
    Emily McNulty, an East Boston resident who recently transferred to UMass Boston, says she hopes to establish a “little free library” on campus. There are about 10,000 such informal libraries around the world.
  • Paicos a finalist for new position
    August 25 2013
    Outlet: Boston Globe

    Just two weeks after agreeing to leave his job a year early and still get paid, former Foxborough town manager Kevin Paicos has been named one of two finalists for a part-time, temporary town administrator job in Northfield, a small community in the
  • UMass President Backs Obama’s College Cost Plan
    WBUR, August 24 2013
    UMass President Robert Caret says he is supporting President Obama’s plan to create a new government rating system for colleges that would link tuition costs to federal financial aid allocations.
  • Running For Mayor, Walczak Pitches Himself As The Accomplished Visionary
    WBUR, August 23 2013
    Political Science Department Chairman Paul Watanabe says the anti-casino stance of mayoral candidate Bill Walczak, a UMass Boston alumnus, could energize a small but significant portion of the electorate—a must for any candidate in this crowded field.
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