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Joe Donovan '92, a lobbyist in the Boston office of Nelson Mullins and a recent addition to the Political Science advisory board, reflects on his time at UMass in a new College of Social and Behavioral Sciences alumni news story.

Brenda Bushouse, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Dean Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science, have been selected as two of the inaugural 2011-2012 Provost’s Team-Based Learning (TBL) Fellows.

“My career has been in business, press, and politics,” says Joe Donovan ’92 (political science), who recently joined the UMass Political Science Advisory Board. “It’s been about building relationships, making friends, taking risks, seizing opportunities and benefiting from the help of many generous people. That is what UMass taught me.”

John Brigham gave an invited presentation at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain on Monday, March 14. His presentation -- co-presented with Susan Ball, Director of Programs at the New York Foundation for the Arts -- linked the "Chaos and Classicism" exhibition currently at the Guggenheim in Bilbao with the strongly neo-classical US Supreme Court building, thereby raising issues about how architecture reflects and reinforces social and cultural trends.

The Department of Political Science is pleased to annouce that two of our alumni are recipients of the 2011 UMass Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Peter Trovato '05 (political science and journalism) is founder of the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, a non-profit organization that offers educational assistance grants to the children of fallen soldiers from Massachusetts.

Larry Kocot '82 (legal studies) is deputy director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and a visiting fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution.

Jesse Rhodes has received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to explore "How Education Accountability Shapes Citizens' Civic Attitudes and Behavior." 

Stuart Shulman has received a $50,000 grant from the Smithsonian Institution to develop tools which can rapidly mine public discourse and concerns about climate change. The project, "Mapping and Mining Climate Discourse Online" partners with Rutgers University and Texifter, LLC, a software start-up company founded by Shulman, to increase the functionality of cloud-based text analysis software to better capture public opinion about climate change.  The project will result in a climate change outreach and education platform.

Peter Haas was a plenary keynote speaker at the Universcience Conference, "the Scholar, the Politician, and the Citizen" in Paris, France on March 11, 2011. Haas' lecture, "Science and Politics," offered lessions about institutional design and practices for scientific management within international relations. 

Professor Haas was also an invited speaker at the Séminaire Développement durable et économie de l'environnement at Sciences Po while in Paris.

 The UMass Amherst Mock Trial team went undefeated to place 2nd at the Northeast Regional Mock Trial Competition at Clark University in Worcester on February 26 and 27. They will advance to the regional championship on March 11-13 in White Plains, NY. This marks the first time in program history that UMass has advanced to the championship round.