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Democratic Rep leads GOP’s Gomez by 11 among likely voters

AMHERST, Mass. – The results of a new statewide UMass Poll released today by the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows Democratic U.S. Representative Edward Markey with a strong 11-point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez among likely voters in advance of the Massachusetts special U.S. Senate election scheduled for June 25. Markey and Gomez are contesting the open Senate seat created by John Kerry’s ascension to Secretary of State.

Kevin Young, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has published Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing when We Need It Most. The book is co-authored with David Held (Durham University) and Thomas Hale (University of Oxford).

In a ceremony that included Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost James Staros, Ashley Berger '13 (Legal Studies/History) was awarded the 2012-2013 Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year citation. Berger is one of only ten students campus-wide to receive this award.

The Department of Political Science at UMass, Amherst is committed to providing undergraduate students with abundant opportunities to conduct research guided by their faculty mentors, and these research activities were on full display last Friday at the state's 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. More than 830 students from campuses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts delivered poster and oral presentations ac

It was a feat that nobody could remember ever happening in the history of the UMass Distinguished Teaching Awards: for the first time, the two winners of the award came from the same department...the Department of Political Science. Political Science PhD students Alix Olson and Ed Erikson were selected from a large pool of excellent graduate students on campus as this year's winners of the coveted Distinguished Teaching Award. It is the highest award bestowed for teaching on the UMass campus.

Five students were recognized on Monday at the annual Junior/Senior Legal Studies Luncheon. The students received awards for a combination of academic excellence and commitment to community service. Award winners include:

UMass Political Science Professor Ray La Raja recently contributed to the CATO Institute's Cato Unbound Forum focusing on Campaign Finance Reform.

As part of the U.S Embassy’s Study for United States Institutes (SUSI) program in Pakistan, six current and recent UMass Amherst political science students arrived in Islamabad on Monday for a week-long stay, during which they’ll attend an international youth conference, tour some of the region’s landmarks and speak to news outlets there about cross-cultural education and exchange. 

Assistant Professor Regine Spector will be spending this summer studying the social impacts of economic change in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan. Spector received the grant along with Stephen Jones (Mt. Holyoke College) and Audrey Alstadt (History Department at UMass)to conduct a Five College Faculty-Student Summer Reseach Seminar.

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) has awarded its annual Book Award (2013) to Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice (The Hague:  Eleven International Publishing, 2012).