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On 30 September, the European Union released its report on last year's August war in the Caucasus. The aim was to establish what happened, since as stated in the preamble, "there can be no peace in the South Caucasus as long as a common understanding of the facts is not achieved."

November 19 : Jane Fountain over "Networking for Obama: on the role of Web 2.0 in 2008 presidential election"
International Research Seminar - department of Public Administration
 
Jane Fountain is professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Massachutesetts Amhurst.
 

The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) co-sponsored the 2nd Korea-U.S. Information and Communication Technology-Based Policy Forum at the World Bank on November 5, 2009.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Maryann Barakso was recently elected President of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Women & Politics Research Section. Professor Barakso will be the Program Chair of the section for APSA in 2010 before serving as the President in 2010-2011. This is quite an honor and we congratulate Professor Barakso on her accomplishment.

In Material Law, John Brigham focuses on the places where law and material life intersect, and how law creates and alters our social reality. Brigham looks at a variety of bodies and things-- from maps and territories and trends in courthouse architecture to a woman's womb and a judge body-- to make connections between the material and the legal.  Robert L. Tsai, author of Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture has praised, "From one of our most astute observers of the law's many constitutive dimensions, Material Law is part biography, part theory.

Today's politicians and political groups devote great attention and care to how their messages are conveyed. From policy debates in Congress to advertising on the campaign trail, they carefully choose which issues to emphasize and how to discuss them in the hope of affecting the opinions and evaluations of their target audience. This groundbreaking text brings together prominent scholars from political science, communication, and psychology in a tightly focused analysis of both the origins and the real-world impact of framing.

UMass field hockey player was honored for overcoming great personal, academic, and emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

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