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Two exemplary staff members have been recognized this spring for their outstanding work in the UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Amy Grieger, undergraduate program advisor for the Department of Political Science, and Hind Elkalai, administrative assistant for the Department of Political Science, were chosen by their peers from a pool of deserving nominees.

The Outstanding Staff Award is presented to staff who have made a positive impact on SBS by fostering creativity, collaboration, integrity, and innovative work processes or systems.

Justin Gross, UMass political science, and Joshua Braun, journalism, appeared on the program “Connecting Point” to discuss the ranked-choice voting ballot question in Massachusetts and the history of the press in the United States, respectively.

A new report published this week details a number of steps that can be taken following the 2020 elections to ensure data security and privacy rights of individuals. The report, published by the National Academy of Public Administration as part of its Academy Election 2020 Project, recommends actions – some new, others building upon efforts currently underway – that the authors believe should be taken in 2021 by the next presidential administration.

Paul Musgrave, political science, is quoted in an article examining the possibility of Susan Rice, former national security advisor to Barack Obama, being named the vice presidential candidate for presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. (Yahoo!, 7/31/20)

Congratulations to Jane Fountain, whose co-authored paper as part of the National Academy of Public Administration Election 2020 Project was recently published. Jane's working group, "Ensure Data Security and Privacy Rights of Individuals" makes recommendations for the next administration that include policy and workforce initiatives.

Elizabeth Sharrow, public policy, is cited in a New York times article regarding a study she participated in called "The First-Daughter Effect," Read the article here. (New York Times, 7/25/2020)

Paul Musgrave writes that the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded relations between the U.S. and China on “soft issues” like basic disaster response, as well as traditional “hard issues” like military defense.

Paul Collins, legal studies, is interviewed in a syndicated television report about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the president’s tax returns. (WACH-TV 57 [Columbia, S.C.] via Sinclair Broadcast Group, 7/10/20)

Glen Gordon, former university provost, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and chair of the political science department, died at the age of 88 on Friday, June 12.

Paul Collins was elected President of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. The Consortium is the world’s largest organization for colleges and universities that have undergraduate programs focused on the interdisciplinary study of law and justice. It serves as a clearinghouse for information about teaching in and administering these programs and hosts a biennial conference on legal studies undergraduate education, among other activities.