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Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says using voter lotteries, when some voters win cash prizes, is a legitimate way to boost election participation.

An analysis of voting trends in the 2016 presidential election by Brian F. Schaffner and Jesse H. Rhodes, political science, along with two colleagues, finds that turnout of African-American voters declined dramatically while white turnout increased noticeably. Latino and Asian-American turnout went up even more than white turnout, they say, and in key swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the shifts were especially strong.

The late Professor Emeritus Robert Shanley gave a six-figure bequest to the UMass Amherst Libraries' Sustainability Fund.

This event was held on April 27th 2017 and sponsored by The Department of Legal Studies and the Legal Studies Undergraduate Board. Featured Alumni included Christopher Coleman '94, Ariel Dickerman '16, Heather Ducharme '16, Debora Ferreira '93 and Lillian Gordon.

Professor La Raja says a court decision 10 years ago opened the gates for a later decision in the Citizens United case. La Raja also says the case “gave a signal that you’re pretty safe using these (c)(4)‘s for political advertising” (Standard Examiner).

The Delta Lambda Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha gathered to formally induct graduating seniors into their lifelong membership in the political science honors society. Chapter president Daniel Myers presided over the evening. Highlights included remarks from former chapter adviser Professor Sheldon Goldman and department chair Professor Jane Fountain. Professor Brian Schaffner received the Distinguished Professor award from the chapter. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha recognizes high academic achievement for political science majors.

Professor Laura Reed discusses how North Korea poses a real threat if it develops a way to deliver a nuclear weapon that could reach the U.S. in MassLive. Reed says "That capability is the most threatening to the United States and its allies."

Tatishe Nteta discussed his research on racial resentment and college athletes last week with Sue O'Connell on The Take.

Congratulations to UMASS Legal Studies Distinguished Emeritus faculty, Ethan Katsh for his new book, Digital Justice: Technology and the Internet of Disputes, published this month by Oxford University Press. Ethan is director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution located here in Legal Studies/Political Science.

Jane Fountain speaks to the Times of India about the impact of technology on government services, privacy, and surveillance.