New online programs, perspective on BP disaster, undergraduate research published, Harvard internships…

UMass Dartmouth has launched a new online master’s program in public policy, the first in the internationally recognized portfolio of UMassOnline, and one that us designed for busy professionals. Meanwhile, one undergraduate student and her faculty mentor are having their research published; another undergraduate is spending her summer on a National Science Foundation-funded internship; and School for Marine Science Dean John Farrington has been much sought after by national and international media covering the BP oil disaster.

And don’t forget to check out upcoming campus events, many of which are free and open to the public.

Public Policy degree program now online

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UMass Dartmouth’s highly popular Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) program is now available in a fully online format designed for busy professionals. The online MPP was launched last week by UMassOnline, which provides global marketing, technology support, and other support and services for online learning programs developed by the university’s five campuses. The program is modeled after the highly regarded on-campus Master’s in Public Policy program offered by UMass Dartmouth’s School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement. The new online MPP program was developed, and will be taught by, the same faculty who provide on-campus instruction.

The program was designed for individuals seeking employment in municipal, state, or federal government, non-profit organizations and business, trade, or labor associations.  Theonline MPP program has been tailored for the current generation of working public policy professionals as well as the next generation of public policy leaders. More specifically, the online program is expected to draw learners from the same two primary student groups that have traditionally enrolled in the on-campus program: working professionals interested in career advancement, professional development, or a career change.  It is also meant to attract recent college graduates who want to continue their education at the graduate level in preparation for a career in the field of public policy.

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Check out online programs in environmental policy, sustainability, women’s studies, and one designed to help busy people complete their undergaduate degree.

Green companies make for happy employees, according to student/faculty research

welcome-banner1Charlton College of Business Cassie Walsh (’10) and Professor Adam Sulkowski collaborated on a research project indicating that a company’s efforts to protect the environment are more likely to increase employee satisfaction than the company’s financial outlook. The paper, entitled, “A Greener Company Makes for Happier Employees,” has been accepted for publication the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review and concludes, “environmental performance and related communications should be an integral part of human resources management strategies to recruit, motivate, and retain the best talent.”

Cassi Walsh majored in Human Resource Management and particiapated in the Honors Program. Her work is an example of the research opportunities available to undergraduates at a research university.

Student awarded NSF internship at Harvard Forest

leviboatJulianne Henry (’11) is spending her summer as a outreach and communications intern at Harvard Forest, an outdoor laboratory and classroom that Harvard University has been operating in Petersham, MA since 1907. The forest is one of 26 long-term ecological research sites around the country funded by the National Science Foundation. Julianne is one of 34 interns chosen from a pool of several hundred candidates.

SMAST Dean sought by media and scientific community for expertise on BP oil spill

JFarrington-in-FieldSchool of Marine Sciences and Technology Dean John Farrington, who was part of the shipboard mission that studied the Ixtoc oil spill off the coast of Mexico, has been spending a lot of his time speaking with colleagues around the world and media, including the New York Times and National Public Radio, about the BP oil spill disaster.

Dr. Farrington was one of a group of scientists assembled by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership at Louisiana State University to make recommendations for how scientists can best respond to the Deepwater Horizon spill. Read an interview with Dean Farrington.



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