Honk, honk. Zipcar is coming to campus

January 26, 2012

This coming semester Zipcar will be available to all UMass Dartmouth 18+ students, faculty and staff. Zipcar is wheels when you want them, literally. With Zipcars parked on campus, all you have to do is decide where you want to go and when. Zipcar’s cutting edge technology allows you to reserve cars 24/7, online or on your mobile device. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day. Why deal with bringing a car on campus? Find out more at zipcar.com/umassd or on facebook.

Coming soon: The next “new face” of UMass Dartmouth

January 26, 2012

Watch the trailer.

Educator, anthropologist to keynote MLK breakfast

January 26, 2012

Dr. Johnnetta Cole, the first African-American woman to head Atlanta’s Spelman College, the nation’s foremost college for African-American women, will be the featured speaker at UMass Dartmouth’s 10th annual MLK breakfast on February 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the University’s Woodland Commons. Read more.

Corsairs’ Victor Ferreira earns National Soccer Coaches Association honor

January 9, 2012

Men’s soccer midfielder Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS) has earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America post-season honors. Read more.

Prof. Hirshfeld writes in the Wall Street Journal about life in outer space

January 6, 2012

Check out Physics Professor Alan Hirshfeld’s thoughts on intelligent life in outer space in this book review published in the Wall Street Journal. “Aliens invaded my life one Sunday night in 1957 when I was 6 years old. As I pulled close to watch Walt Disney’s “Wonderful World of Color,” the screen of our old black-and-white Admiral TV seemed to bleed into rainbow hues.” Read more.


Lara Stone – Dartmouth Woman of the Year

January 6, 2012

Congratulations to Lara Stone, Senior Philanthropic Officer, who was named Dartmouth Woman of the Year by the Standard-Times of New Bedford. The newspaper cited Lara’s leadership and team-building skill in creating a Community Park between Southworth Library and the Cushman School. Read the full story.

A look back at 2011 news and highlights

December 31, 2011

From cool discoveries to a world snowball-making record, from a Cricket championship to inspirational art works, from new academic programs to new and upgraded facilities, 2011 has been a year of exciting and diverse activity for students, faculty and staff.

The past year capped a decade of transformation of the campus into a powerful innovation engine – a driver of economic and social development that prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace of products and ideas and leverages the discoveries of its faculty to address challenges and opportunities around the world. Among the milestones was the 30th anniversary of the UMass Dartmouth-based SHARE Foundation, which puts the talent and passion of engineering faculty to work developing computer systems to enhance the lives of profoundly disabled people and was featured in today’s Standard-Times newspaper.

Chancellor Jean MacCormack announced she would be retiring at the close of the academic year after leading the campus through a 13-year period of growth in the student population, research  and community engagement.  As UMass Dartmouth ended the year preparing to recruit a new leader, the 5-campus UMass System welcomed one – President Robert Caret.

We enter 2012, a year when the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land Grant Act will be recognized, considering what the future holds for American universities, but confident that UMass Dartmouth students, faculty and staff will not just persevere, but excel and lead as they always do.

As Chancellor MacCormack noted in her retirement letter to President Caret, “With a first-rate faculty and staff, supportive business and civic community, and students who recognize higher education as the ticket to a good life, there is a strong foundation to build upon.”

Here is a look back at a sampling of the news highlights from 2011:


Plans announced to move forward with Bio-Manufacturing Center.

SouthCoast education advocate and university community service leader honored at MLK breakfast. Lee Blake and Deirdre Healy are 2011 “drum majors for justice.” Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young delivers keynote.

New UMass system president named. Towson University President Robert L. Caret praised by Chancellor MacCormack as a “distinguished and dynamic leader.”

Physics alumnus Eric Holmes ’10,  wins scholarship to Germany exchange program with “most inspirational” project.”

New graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development goes online.


Students break world snowball record. Team rolls 23 foot-plus ice sphere.

Partnership created to address telecommunication industry training needs.

Professors map the global digital divide.

Professor and student combine on study showing that going green promotes employee job satisfaction.

New Bedford Art Museum winter exhibit features CVPA artists and curators.


The Corsairs placed 28 student-athletes on the 2010-11 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Team.

Judith Klein Art Gallery in New Bedford showcases graduate students.

UMass Dartmouth moves ahead with wind turbine as part of comprehensive effort to reduce energy costs and shrink the campus carbon footprint.


Peer Health Educators named “Outstanding Peer Education Group” In New England. Kelly Ann Boehm (Nursing ’10) named “Outstanding Alumna”.Cape Cod NAACP names professor “Educator of the Year.”

Department of Public Policy poll finds jobs, the cost of health care and the affordability of higher education top the list of policy concerns in the Commonwealth.

Students organize dodgeball fundraiser for Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River.

UMass Dartmouth begins deployment of East Coast’s first University-based long-range mobile wireless broadband (WiMAX) network.

Professor helps develop stock market crash early warning signal.

Alumnus Dr. Bruce Bachand discusses history-making  archaeological discovery.

Role of youth in Middle East change: A conversation with Sherif El-Wakil.

Theatre Company presents Jekyll and Hyde.


First UMass Law degrees awarded. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland urges 483 graduate students to “reach out and reach back” to those less fortunate.

1,589 undergraduate degrees awarded. UMass President advises graduates, “Never give up. Never give in.”

The Net Impact UMass Dartmouth chapter at the Charlton College of Business was awarded the highest distinction of Gold Chapter in the international Net Impact sustainable business practices organization.

UMass Dartmouth receives national recognition for community service. One of 15 campuses in New England and one of 7 in Massachusetts named “with distinction” to President’s Honor Roll

Public Policy student among the Massachusetts “29 Who Shine.”


English Professor Robert Waxler and Education Professor Maureen Hall book argues that online culture damages students’ ability to achieve understanding, wisdom, and judgment.

UMass Dartmouth to support Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District. Focus will be on improving early literacy instruction and student achievement at the K-3 levels.


The Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival featured Santa Mamba, Entrain, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and fireworks.

Sean D. Duarte Scholarship launched to support civil engineering students using their education to help others.

Athletic Director Ian Day has announced the addition of women’s intercollegiate sailing as the newest varsity sport in the Corsair Athletic Department. It will become the 26th varsity sport sponsored by the NCAA Division III institution.


Mass. Life Sciences Center/UMass Dartmouth interns and companies highlighted.

Marine Renewable Energy Center conducts first in-ocean technology test in Massachusetts. Plans for UMass-managed offshore test site to be outlined.




New student dining experience unveiled. Ingredients include more choices and flexibility, sustainable practices.

College of Nursing begins recruiting first DNP students.

Discussion of post-apartheid South Africa enlivened by exhibit  including a life-like replica of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Hero of South Africa anti-apartheid movement welcomed to campus.

A new study co-authored by Psychology Professor Andrew Revell, a research fellow at the Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center, reveals new info on “Senior Moments.”

UMass Dartmouth Ranked #1 Public Regional University In New England By U.S. News & World Report. College of Engineering undergraduate program listed among best in the nation.

Schooner Ernestina’s records, photos, and films documenting fishing, immigration and scientific voyages donated to Claire T. Carney Library.

Chancellor MacCormack calls for renewal of the public higher education covenant, announces retirement.

Cricket Club wins Massachusetts State Championship.


The National Science Foundation awarded $3.5 million to the Center for University, School, and Community Partnerships  and Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education to focus on teacher development and improving teaching strategies in New Bedford, Fall River, and Wareham.

More than three quarters of first group of UMass Law graduates to take the Massachusetts bar exam passed on the first attempt.

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved a new doctoral program in engineering and applied science.

The Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center launched a new smart manufacturing consortium to focus regional effort on increasing the college-educated workforce.

History Professor Bryan Glyn Williams’ Afghanistan field manual for U.S. soldiers went public on the 10-year anniversary of America’s longest war.


The College of Engineering programs earned full accreditation renewal for its degree programs in Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

The following alumni and a professor were honored for achievement and service: James Karam, ’71; Margaret Xifaras,’78; Gregory Tapis, ’04; Michael Knodler, ’99; Donald Burton ’97; Christopher Markey, JD ’94; Alicia Brown, JD ’11; Dr. Brian Howes.

UMass Dartmouth was one of 18 U.S. colleges and universities chosen by the Institute of International Education for the 2012 Brazil initiative.

Construction continued on the Claire T. Carney Library, which is undergoing a full renovation  designed to transform study and learning spaces.


UMass in Lisbon, a UMass Dartmouth-based program, was launched create a unique study abroad program in the “European City of Year” for students from across the UMass System. The program will actually place UMass faculty in Lisbon to work with Portguese faculty on the program. Thanks to generous donations, the program will be the same cost as a semester on the UMass campus.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Peter Friedman, who spent the last year serving as a Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Michael Simpson, R-Idaho, was honored for “job well done” in the official Congressional Record.

After a six-year struggle to acquire property, UMass Dartmouth finalized an agreement with the City of New Bedford that will allow for a major expansion of the School of Marine Sciences and Technology. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012.

Biology major Rachael Bonoan won the prize for having the best presentation at a gathering of southern New England students.

English students and faculty published the second issue of DART, a magazine covering issues and ideas of interest to the UMass Dartmouth community and beyond.

The School of Marine Science and Technology and the University of Sao Paulo Institute of Oceanography signed an agreement creating dual PhD degrees in Oceanography and Marine Sciences. The signing ceremony was held during Governor Deval Patrick’s trade mission to Brazil.



Engineering professor honored by Congress for “job well done”

December 21, 2011

UMass Dartmouth Professor Peter G. Friedman was recently honored for his yearlong service as an adviser on energy policy in the office of U.S. Representative Michael Simpson (R-ID).

Speaking in the chamber of the House of Representatives, Congressman Simpson praised Friedman’s “data-driven, measured advice” on defense, nuclear power and the Fukushima Daiichi power plant crisis, and congratulated him on “a job well done.”

Dr. Friedman served in Rep. Simpson’s office as a Congressional Fellow — a highly competitive program sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to give Congress access to the best scientific advice while affording engineers the chance to learn the lawmaking process first-hand.

Friedman, who chairs the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is passionate about the need for a science-driven, fact-based energy policy that includes nuclear power, and calls his Fellowship a “distinct honor and invaluable educational opportunity.”

Change, transition, and service mark opening of new academic year

September 7, 2011

UMass Dartmouth welcomed back its 9,400 students, including 1,400 first-years, to a rapidly evolving campus and a plethora of activities.

Among the events that are sure to immediately re-engage students in the life of the campus and community are:

9/11 National Day of Service at the Dartmouth YMCA this Sunday at 1 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to demonstrate their commitment to the community by assisting with the harvesting of local fruits and vegetable for area food pantries. Event details. To join the national 9/11 tribute movement, go here.

– The annual Work ‘n Serve Job Fair tomorrow (Sept. 8), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodland Commons. This is a great opportunity to learn about job and community service opportunities on and off campus. More details.

All the Pieces Together PhotoMeanwhile, some of our students have been quite busy over the summer. One group of Digital Media students created an animated annual fund call to action. Check it out.

diningPerhaps the most dramatic change returning students found is the fully re-modeled dining experience, including a refurbished resident dining hall, upgraded retail sites across the campus, and a focus on dining flexibility by new dining service firm Chartwells. As Student Senate President Joseph Mello said at the dining hall ribbon cutting last week, Chartwells “never lost touch with what is truly important – what the customer, in this case students, want.” More

ChancellorsBrkfst2011_0032After nearly a quarter century in senior leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts, Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack announced this week that she plans to retire at the end of the academic year. During Dr. MacCormack’s 12 years at UMass Dartmouth, the campus has seen dramatic increases in enrollment, research funding, and private fundraising. “I have had the honor of presiding over the graduation of 16,557 students during my time here,” she said. “They included a Lost Boy of the Sudan and the historic first class of the Commonwealth’s public law school. What a blessing this has been. I will be forever grateful.” More

Also, while you were away:

TamerUMass Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center highlighted the work of Massachusetts student interns and the companies they have been working with this summer. The students, most of whom attend UMass Dartmouth, presented projects on topics such as “Surgical Tool Development” and “The Business of Tissue Preservation” to an audience of industry, government and university representatives at the UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center in Fall River. “I am extremely proud of the interns who participated in this cutting-edge program,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “This program is enhancing the talent pipeline for our businesses, and helping more students get a jump start on careers in the life sciences field.” More.

PressConf15Aug11_0028The first in-ocean demonstration project of a tidal energy device in Massachusetts was completed by UMass Dartmouth’s New England Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in August. The MREC initiative is designed to incubate wave, tidal, and off-shore wind technology to capture a significant amount of the estimated 500-plus GW of wind, tidal and wave energy available off the coast of New England. “Examining ways to harness the ocean’s tidal power to produce renewable energy is a logical step in the Commonwealth’s efforts to encourage green energy solutions,” said Senate President Therese Murray, who joined Chancellor MacCormack and others at the announcement on Cape Cod. More

Summer reading, building, thinking at UMD

August 1, 2011

In just a month the 2011-2012 academic year will begin with faculty and students returning to campus. It seems like we just sent off the class of 2011, including the first-ever graduates of our School of Law. Since that memorable commencement weekend, much has been happening. Here’s an update:

libraryrenderingThe Claire T. Carney Library renovation is accelerating. The highly visible demolition of the front overhang, office and book re-locations, and other major construction activities make clear the massive scope of this transformational project. Visit the library renovation web site for more details.

The new University Studies program for students entering in the fall of 2012 has been launched. The program is a cornerstone of UMass Dartmouth’s Commitment to Student Learning.

Speaking of books, our summer reading project for first year students is well underway. This year’s book is Malcom Gladwell’s Blink, a study of the “kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye.” Join the conversation on the Blink Blog.

Speaking of books…again. Congratulations to Professors Robert Waxler (English) and Maureen Hall (Education) on the release of their new book urging a return to the teaching of great literature as a way to educate citizens in the web-consumed 21st century. More

DuarteScholarship_003We announced the establishment of a $50,000 scholarship fund in the name of Sean D. Duarte, a 2004 civil engineering graduate who passed away last September. More

The really smart and innovative folks over at Computer and IT Services continue to find new ways to connect us to each other. They are currently working to expand long-range wireless connectivity, fine-tune the campus mobile app, build a virtual computer lab, and offer customized web portals. More

freedomfestival2011The Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival drew 20,000 people to campus for a July 1 extravaganza of music, fireworks and family fun. More

Congrats to the Charlton College of Business Net Impact chapter, which received international attention for its efforts to promote sustainable business practice. More

The Center for University, School and Community Partnerships secured a $96,000 grant to assist Lakeville-Freetown schools in strengthening early literacy programs. More

That is just a sample of the activity. We’ll have more to report next week.