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African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter

African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter seeks to highlight the complexities of our field through dialogue and exchange. This newsletter also serves as the vehicle to engage with centuries of muted voices uncovered by the archaeological record, politics of representation and narrative, as well as intersections of power, privilege and oppression. One of the many challenges of our discipline is to figure out how to push the scholarly parameters and think more complexly about life across the Diaspora. The material record is always in conversation with the social world, thus reminding us to keep these discussions open.

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communication +1

communication +1 provides an open forum for exploring and sharing ideas about communication across modes of inquiry and perspectives. Its primary objective is to push the theoretical frontiers of communication as an autonomous and distinct field of research. Suspending any judgment regarding distinction between theory and practice, this forum encourages critical reflections on communication and seeks to encourage these reflections to and among those who place communication at the center of their thinking and writing.

Our current CFPs can be found here.

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Contributions in Black Studies (Afro-American Studies)

Contributions in Black Studies: A Journal of African and Afro-American Studies (CIBS), was a periodical publication of the Five Colleges, Inc.: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, that appeared more or less annually from 1977 to 1997. The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst is pleased to provide open access to the articles that appeared in CIBS through this electronic repository.

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Dose-Response: An International Journal

Dose-Response, the journal of the International Dose-Response Society, is a quarterly peer-reviewed electronic journal publishing original findings on the occurrence of dose-response relationships across a broad range of disciplines. Particular interest focuses on experimental evidence providing mechanistic understanding of nonlinear dose-response relationships.

This version, located in ScholarWorks, is an effort to archive and make available the issues of Dose-Response published 12 months ago and prior. Go to Dose-Response to receive more information from the official site.

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EDGE - A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies

Edge is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary graduate journal for German and Scandinavian Studies. The journal is published annually under the direction of graduate students in the German and Scandinavian Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the support of the W.E.B. DuBois Library.

Edge showcases the best new scholarly articles in German and Scandinavian Studies by graduate students, as well as reviews of films and the latest books of interest in the field. We welcome submissions from all disciplines with a connection to German and Scandinavian Studies, including but not limited to comparative literature, cultural studies, history, film and media studies and philology.

Each issue is written, refereed, and edited by graduate students. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please .

Call for Papers:
We accept submissions of scholarly articles as well as book and film reviews on a rolling basis, and current submissions will be considered for publication in our 2015 issue. For more detailed submission and formatting guidelines, please see our Call for Papers.

We do not currently have any titles available for review. Please check back soon!

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Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference Proceedings

Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference Proceedings is a collection of all selected academic works presented in oral and poster format during the annual conference on the development and usage of FOSS4G and open-data.

Expect the FOSS4G 2017 Proceedings to be published here sometime in September, 2017.

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Heritage & Society

Heritage & Society - the successor journal to Heritage Management - is a global, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholarly, professional, and community reflection on the cultural, political, and economic impacts of heritage on contemporary society. We examine the current social roles of diasporic heritage, the role of heritage in migration and displacement, collective memory, historic preservation, cultural resource management, public interpretation, cultural preservation and revitalization, sites of conscience, heritage education, legal/legislative developments, cultural heritage ethics, and central heritage concepts such as authenticity, significance, and value.

The journal provides an engaging forum about tangible and intangible heritage for those who work with international and governmental organizations, academic institutions, private heritage consulting and CRM firms, and local, associated, and indigenous communities. With a special emphasis on social science approaches and an international perspective, the journal facilitates lively, critical discussion and dissemination of practical data among heritage professionals, planners, policymakers, and community leaders.

Heritage & Society includes peer-reviewed research on policy, legislation, ethics, and methods in heritage management and will showcase exemplary projects and models of public interpretation and interaction. A peer-reviewed Forum section presents position statements and responses on key current issues. The journal also includes reviews of books, web pages, exhibits, and resources in various media, regions, and languages.

Contact

Heritage & Society
UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst MA 01003 USA

journal.chs@umass.edu

Submissions & Author Guidelines

Our Submission Page and Editorial Manager have changed with our move to the Taylor and Francis Publishing group. Please go to the Taylor and Francis web portal and click on the Submit an Article button If you click this link, it will take you to that page.

New Publisher for Heritage & Society

The Taylor and Francis Group have welcomed the journal Heritage & Society into their publishing group. The staff are working to ensure a smooth transition.

The former Maney Publishing’s journals, including Heritage & Society are now available on Taylor & Francis Online. For the official announcement of the move, please see: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/maney-publishing-journals

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ICHRIE Johnson & Wales Case Study Competition (Hospitality & Tourism Management)

ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study Competition

The ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study Competition and Publication Series is a new initiative of ICHRIE that aims to:

  • enhance the ICHRIE services and benefits to its membership
  • create a new publication outlet of ICHRIE
  • provide a new way of ICHRIE and its members to participate in the advancement of tourism and hospitality education
  • foster and strengthen the communication between academia and industry within tourism and hospitality
  • establish ICHRIE as a valuable source for tourism and hospitality educational material
  • reinforce the role of ICHRIE as a communication hub and facilitator of knowledge exchanges between research, academia and industry in tourism and hospitality.

Case studies provide innovative ideas, business (best) practices, professional dilemmas, and lessons learned from the tourism and hospitality reality. In this vein, case studies are an invaluable source of knowledge for educators, professionals and researchers alike. Simultaneously, case studies can nurture and strengthen knowledge exchanges between research, education and industry.

The ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study competition will take place on an annual basis.

All case studies submitted to the ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study Competition will be double-blind reviewed by three reviewers.

The three most highly evaluated and commented case studies will receive prestigious (financial and material) prizes as well as recognition and promotion in the annual ICHRIE conference and publication in the ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study e-book.

This is your opportunity to contribute to hospitality and tourism education, in addition to being rewarded and recognized for your efforts.

Worthy case studies submitted to the ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study will be professionally produced in an e-book with an ISBN, so please be advised of the following important dates:

15th May 2011
Deadline for authors who want to enter and participate in the ICHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Case Study competition to submit their case studies via the ScholarWorks system.

30th June 2011
Deadline for authors who wish to solely publish their Case Studies in the ICHRIE e-book to submit their case studies via the ScholarWorks system.

Dr. Marianna Sigala, Chair of the ICHRIE Case Study
University of the Aegean |

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International Journal of Soil, Sediment and Water

Welcome to the site of the new publication The International Journal of Soil, Sediment, and Water. This publication is no longer being published. Past issues incorporate the selected manuscripts from the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, and expands the opportunity for investigators to exchange innovative, high-quality, important and time-critical research findings in an open-access format.

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Journal of Hospitality Financial Management

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Welcome to the Journal of Hospitality Financial Management.

The Journal of Hospitality Financial Management (ISSN 1091-3211 for print version, E-ISSN 2152-2790 for online version) is the official refereed publication of the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators (AHFME), a premier academic organization devoted to the study and promotion of knowledge about finance, financial economics and accounting in hospitality and tourism. Published twice a year, the journal is committed to featuring leading research in the area of finance, financial economics and accounting related to hospitality and tourism. The journal also features invited papers on special interest hospitality finance/accounting topics, viewpoints, research notes, book reviews and abstracts of papers presented at the Annual Symposium of the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators (AHFME). Research article submissions in this journal typically undergo a double blind review process. Some of the key criteria for evaluation include innovativeness of research ideas, rigor and quality of research, clarity, and relevance to the practice and/or education of financial management and accounting in hospitality and tourism.

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Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education (Hospitality & Tourism Management)

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The award-winning Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education is a refereed, interdisciplinary quarterly magazine designed to serve the needs of all levels of hospitality and tourism education through the presentation of issues and opinions pertinent to the field. The main objective of this periodical is to facilitate scholarly interchange among hospitality and tourism educators, industry practitioners and educators from related disciplines. All members of International CHRIE eligible to receive JHTE as a member benefit receive the Educator in March, June, September, and December.

Regular features of the JHTE include:

  • Papers on relevant academic issues.
  • Forum articles addressing current trends and developments related to hospitality and tourism education.
  • Creative essays through which educators share unique instructional techniques or other innovative approaches in the classroom.

Golden Page Award Winner 2003 - EmeraldInternational CHRIE's Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education has received the 2003 Golden Page Award for Practical Usability of Research in the category of Hospitality and Tourism. The Golden Page Award is presented each year to the most consistently performing management periodicals of only the top 400 management titles worldwide and is only presented to the journal that emerges from its discipline as the top journal for the whole year, having received the highest aggregate score for all its articles. There is no other independent process that comprehensively and rigorously evaluates so many journals, making the award the only one of its kind.

Subscription Information

International CHRIE Member Rate: JHTE subscription is included with membership.

Non-member Rate: $US125 for a one-year subscription ($US135 Canada , $US145 International). Back issues may be purchased for $US20 per issue for members and $US75 for nonmembers (subject to availability). To order a subscription click here. To order a back issue please click here.

University of Massachusettes Amherst LogoInternational CHRIE recognizes the University of Massachusetts Amherst for its generous support in providing this system.

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Journal of Medicinally Active Plants

Journal of Medicinally Active Plants

The Journal of Medicinally Active Plants is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, on-line professional journal sponsored by the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants. The Journal publishes scientific manuscripts related to the analysis, application, bioactivity, collection, conservation, cultivation, growth, harvest, identification , physiology, processing, and other issues related to medicinally active plant material. Investigators working with these plant materials are invited to submit articles for publication. Guidelines for publication are here.

The objective of this quarterly publication is to facilitate scholarly exchange among those studying and/or interested in medicinally active plants and plant extracts. For this reason, access to this journal is free. Members of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants may publish two articles each year without charge. For other authors, a small, pre-review fee is being assessed to cover handling charges. Issues are published in March, June, September, and December of each year. All published articles will include a volume number, issue number, and page numbers.

Authors may submit scientific articles, book reviews, comments, and other materials at any time by carefully following the above referenced guidelines. Material submitted for publication must be accompanied by a statement that the material has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and be a transfer of the article copyright to the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants.

Knowing that authors want quick publication, articles will be published in the issue following acceptance by referees and the Board of Editors. All questions and other correspondence about publication should be addressed to one of the Executive Editors or the Managing Editor.

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Landscapes of Violence (ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst)

New Call for Proposals

LoV Seeks Photo Essay Proposals on Refugees and Forced Migration

With the intensification of global inequity and the rise of the national security state, human migration, mobility, and transculturality have become central concerns for both policy-makers and researchers. The study of documented and undocumented migration reveals the violent relationship between the Global North and the Global South and the “contentious relationship between sovereignty, space, and freedom of movement” (De Genova and Peutz, 2010). As law making and policy debates devise new ways to criminalize migrants and deploy harsher immigration legislation, it becomes necessary to politically and theoretically interrogate these processes by considering the local and global policies that render new forms of social control not only effective, but also popular.

In this thematic edition of Landscapes of Violence—Refugees and Forced Migration—we seek contributors that explore issues related to migration and refugees across academic disciplines and institutional boundaries. This issue seeks to deepen understanding of the impact of immigration law enforcement and policy-making on people and communities through the lens of studies of violence. We welcome proposals from photographers, community members, students, researchers, and others engaged in work on refugee and forced migration for photo essays. Proposals that consider the historical and cultural contexts and processes in which migration occurs are particularly welcome.

Deadline for proposals: April 21, 2017

To submit a proposal:

Email to LoV Managing Editor Sarah Mathena-Allen at lov@sbs.umass.edu: a 250-word abstract, 50 to 100-word bio-sketch, and up to 5 high-resolution photographs (300dpi ".jpg" file) with a caption and credit in a Word document.

Selected Authors

If selected, authors will be asked to submit a 500-word essay and up to 10 high-resolution photographs (300dpi .jpg file) with captions and credits in a Word DOC. Authors must have all relevant permissions to publish in LoV any multimedia content not belonging to them. All submissions must follow LoV submission requirements.

Accepted photo essays will be published in Landscapes of Violence after review by two independent peer referees considered experts in the subject field.

Tentative publishing date: June 30 2017.

Questions:

Most questions can be answered by reviewing the "about the journal" or "peer-review and open access policies" sections of our webpage.

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The goal of Landscapes of Violence (LoV) is to provide a balanced approach to the causes of violence and offer a voice for the human experience behind it. This journal deals with the interrelationships between society and violence seen through the analytical eyes of trans-disciplinary researchers.

For information about Landscapes of Violence (LoV), please see About this Journal.

For information about the affiliated UMass Violence and Conflict Laboratory, please see VCL.

To access past issues of LoV, please use the drop-down menu located in the left sidebar menu or visit our Archive.

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mOthertongue

Welcome to mOthertongue: A Multilingual Journal of the Arts.mOthertongue is a student-run literary journal closely associated with the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Every spring, the journal publishes non-English poetry and prose as well as student art and photography.

See our About Page to learn more about us.

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Perspectives in Asian Leisure and Tourism (Hospitality & Tourism Management)

 

Acknowledgement:

Perspectives in Asian Leisure and Tourism recognizes the University of Massachusetts Amherst for its generous support in providing this system.

 

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Portuguese Cultural Studies

P is a peer-reviewed, open access journal designed to promote interdisciplinary, theoretical and cultural studies focused on the countries of the Portuguese-speaking world and its diasporas. Its chief aim is to combine multiple theoretical perspectives in the humanities and the social sciences and to function as a medium for the exploration of complex topics across national and cultural boundaries.

P, an online international journal, is published bi-annually at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Editors:
Paulo de Medeiros, University of Warwick, Great Britain
José Ornelas, University of Massachusetts Amherst


See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

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Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy

Welcome to the site of the Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy. This publication will incorporate the conference proceedings from 2005 conference to the present.

UPCOMING EVENTS

28th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOILS, SEDIMENTS, WATER, AND ENERGY

ANALYSIS, SITE ASSESSMENT, FATE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RISK ASSESSMENT, REMEDIATION AND REGULATION

University of Massachusetts at Amherst October 15-18, 2012

Conference Directors: Paul T. Kostecki, Ph.D., Edward J. Calabrese, Ph.D., Clifford Bruell, Ph.D.

The annual Conference on Contaminated Soils at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has become the preeminent national conference in this important environmental area. The conference attracts 700-800 attendees annually which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies; military; a number of industries including railroad, petroleum, transportation, utilities; the environmental engineering and consulting community; and academia.

Expediting and Economizing Cleanups, this conference's theme, will be supported by the development of a strong and diverse technical program in concert with a variety of educational opportunities available to attendees. Live equipment demonstrations will augment the exhibition section which brings real-world application to the technical theory and case studies which will be presented in the platform sessions. Focused workshops will provide attendees with the type of practical application information which will impact their job performance immediately.

The conference promises to be an exciting opportunity for all those concerned with the challenge of developing creative, cost-effective assessments and solutions that can withstand the demands of regulatory requirements.

More information is available at our website, UMassSoils.

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Rasenna: Journal of the Center for Etruscan Studies (CES Electronic Resources)

Welcome to Rasenna: Journal of the Center for Etruscan Studies. This site includes the current issue of Rasenna, an archive of earlier issues, Guidelines for Contributors, and information about the composition of the Editorial and Advisory Boards.

For more information about Rasenna and the Center for Etruscan Studies please contact Anthony Tuck or Rex Wallace.

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SHARP News

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.

For more information about SHARP go to http://www.sharpweb.org/main/.

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University of Massachusetts Undergraduate History Journal

Founded in 2016 by members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, the UMass History Journal is devoted to showcasing the diverse historical work of undergraduate students. This publication includes essays, book reviews, and historical reflections written either within or outside the framework of undergraduate courses. Authors may be history majors, minors, or non-majors who have interests in the study of history.

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Warring States Papers

Volume 1 (cover date 2010) became available in print form in May 2012. The online edition will appear here when the print edition is exhausted. To acquire the print edition, please visit the Project web site at http://www.umass.edu/wsp/journal/index.html.

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Conference Proceedings

ALADN

Founded in 1995, ALADN is the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network — a professional network of academic library fundraising professionals, university librarians, and deans who practice in North America who work to raise money from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund library resources, products, programs, and initiatives. Attendees from academic libraries across the United States and Canada gather annually to share innovations, best practices, and organizational successes related to fundraising for libraries, including communication and marketing strategies. To find out more join the ALADN Listserv.

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Art & Power in Movement

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WELCOME!

The Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies thanks all the scholars and activists, writers and artists, youth and elders, who came together November 18-20, 2010, to mark our 40th year on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, as well as to support the exchange of knowledge about the dynamic period in which academic Black Studies units like ours were established. The conference drew over 400 participants. Please click the poster to go to the conference website. We will be posting photos, as well as links to video and audio files of many conference presentations, especially by our keynoters Sister Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, and others.

This event was held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center and hundreds of you registered for the conference using the online system set up by our Conference Services. We would appreciate your feedback about the system and any aspect of your experience while attending our conference. Please write to us at the Du Bois Department:

wbdubois@afroam.umass.edu

W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
329 New Africa House, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9289 USA

The conference schedule will remain available online and aspects of the proceedings, documents, photos, audio files will be shared herein as they become available.

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Clean Energy Connections

Clean Energy Connections is a career and business development information and networking event. It is a forum for the individuals and organizations that will accelerate the growth of our clean energy economy.

Click here to see the 1st Annual Conference and Opportunity Fair, 2008

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Climate Change and the Future of Nuclear Power

The Physics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud to host the 2011 joint Fall meeting of the New England sections of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Society of Physics Students, on November 18-19, 2011.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of Rutherford’s discovery of the nucleus. He thought it would be “moonshine” to think that we would ever be able to extract energy from the nucleus. Now nuclear power plants provide 20% of the electricity in the U.S. without emitting climate changing greenhouse gases as do fossil fuel fired plants. But considering the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, and Germany’s decision to drop nuclear power after 2022, what will be the future of nuclear power in the U.S. and the world? Are there new designs and procedures that will ensure safe operation? These are among the questions that this meeting will address.


The conference is supported by the Five Colleges Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst), the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Physics and the College of Natural Sciences.

Questions from the media should be directed to the chair of the organizing committee, Prof. Gerald Peterson (413-545-2008).

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Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels

Organized by The Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research (TIMBR)

Those interested in the Commonwealth’s developing biofuels industry are invited to participate in the annual Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels. The conference is hosted by The Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research (TIMBR) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. TIMBR is a growing interdisciplinary research group focused on expanding biofuels research on the Amherst campus and enabling translational research through strategic partnerships between academia, industry, and state and federal government (www.ecs.umass.edu/timbr).

During the conference you will hear about the latest developments in biofuels research, learn about the opportunities that lie ahead for biofuels in the region from state policy makers, and connect with others from industry, academia, and government who are eager to expand their network of partners and collaborators in the biofuels industry. Topics covered will include emerging research in catalytic and microbial routes to biofuels, the Massachusetts biofuels industry, and more.

Click here to see the 1st Annual Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels, 2008

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Digital Quadrangle Series (University Libraries)

The Digital Quadrangle series was established in the spring of 2006 as a lecture series to explore scholarly communication topics as they relate to research, scholarship, and teaching in the digital age. It is sponsored by the University Libraries, Office of Research, Center for Teaching, and Graduate School. For more information, please contact Marilyn Billings, mbillings@library.umass.edu, or Marla Michel, marla@research.umass.edu.

Please check out the following link for previous conferences: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dq/

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Ethics Day: Engaging Librarians in the Responsible Conduct of Research

The UMass Amherst Libraries hosted “Ethics Day: Engaging Librarians in the Responsible Conduct of Research,” a professional development program for New England area librarians, on Friday, October 8, 2010. The Ethics Day program included morning sessions, which introduced research ethics and the responsible conduct of research, and afternoon sessions, which explored some of the ethical concerns in the field of librarianship. This site makes the presentations available.

Ethics Day was sponsored by the Science, Technology & Society Initiative, the UMass Amherst Libraries, the National Center for Digital Government, and the Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation through grant number 0936857. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the sponsors.

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International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (Fish Passage Community at UMass Amherst)

The International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage is a three-day conference with concurrent sessions in engineering, biology, and management and social issues. The conference features plenary talks, professional networking opportunities, and a poster session.


Materials from Fish Passage conferences will be archived and distributed via ScholarWorks

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Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference (Commonwealth Honors College)

Welcome!

About the Conference

Each year undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds from across the Massachusetts Public System of Higher Education gather to present the results of their original work in oral and poster presentations before their peers, faculty and the public.

    Students present work related to:
  • Thesis research
  • Creative work in the visual and performing arts
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Study abroad

First held in 1995 for the four undergraduate campuses of the UMass system, the conference has grown to involve more than 500 students from nearly all of the public colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

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National Environment and Recreation Research Symposium

In order to submit to the Proceedings of the 2017 National Environment and Recreation Research Symposium, begin the submission process by clicking Submit Abstract (found on lower left-side of this webpage).

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 28, 2016. Detailed conference information can be found at the conference website (www.esf.edu/nerr/). All submitted abstracts will follow a blind review process and authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for review following the conference. The abstracts will be published in electronic format in the Conference Proceedings (hosted by Scholarworks@UMass).

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Nature & Culture: Heritage in Context

Call for abstracts for papers and sessions

University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic

May 16 - 18, 2016

The dichotomy between nature and culture in heritage conservation has often seemed like an either/or proposition. But in recent years, heritage designations at the international, national, regional and local levels are beginning to reflect the fact that nature and culture are indivisible. This is true for the application of all of heritage’s associated disciplines: landscape, architecture, archaeology, folklore, ethnobotany, history, ethnography, planning, agriculture and public health, just to name a few. In fact, there is probably no discipline in the humanities, social or natural sciences that is not affected by either culture, nature or, more often, both.

What this means for researchers and professionals is a necessity for inter- and multi-disciplinary conservation and preservation efforts. Gone are the days when heritage professionals can oppose ecological conservation efforts – and vice versa – without significant effects to the resources.On the other hand, increased efforts to achieve the conservation of integrated natural and cultural systems will result in higher adaptability and resilience, critical outcomes in the era of climate change.

This three-day conference is the 7th in a series of annual conferences exploring the relevance ofheritage in present-day society.This year’s conference is sponsored by the Center for Heritage and Society at the University of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences.The Czech Republic is a particularly appropriate location to explore these themes since both nature and culture are an integral part of Czech culture and society.

The Conference explores this link between nature and culture inan interconnected series of events designed to highlight different ways of thinking about heritage, nature and their interface. The event will include a three-day scientific symposium, organized field trips to explore key cultural and natural heritage sites, and a juried film and photograph exhibition.

For more information see the call for abstracts for papers and sessions.

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Open Access Week (University Libraries)

Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication, and it’s gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers throw their weight behind it.

Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. The now-annual event has been expanded from a single day to accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results. (From: http://www.openaccessweek.org/)

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Open Educational Resources Event (University Libraries)

Open Educational Resources (OER) is a relatively new movement in education; educators and learners as well as learning institutions are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education. For example, in some countries like South Africa, some educator and learners are tapping into OER as the only source for textbooks. OER provides an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.

Some educator are using OER as a way to get students more involved, using the OER process as a way to collaborate with them on content creation. This process brings students into a larger context of learning and sharing knowledge beyond the four walls of their classroom.

Flexibility is a key concept in OER. Materials can be adapted for your specific needs. Because these materials can be searched by a wide variety of criteria, you can quickly find what you specifically need.

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Symposium on Valuing Engagement

The UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial is an important milestone in this institution’s history. As part of its celebration, the Sesquicentennial Committee sponsored two events, a morning symposium, "Valuing Engagement" and an afternoon workshop "Making It Work: Community Engagement in Research, Teaching and Service." Engaged scholarship was at the core of the land grant mission on which UMass Amherst was founded in 1863 and remains a core value for the campus 150 years later.

The two complementary events were designed to engage senior campus leadership, faculty, staff, students, and community partners in strategic discussions on national best practices in Community Engagement for Research, Teaching, and Service. They also served to convene the campus as it prepares to resubmit its application for the Carnegie Foundation’s “Community Engaged University” voluntary designation, initially awarded to the campus in 2008. The events were organized by the Faculty Senate’s Outreach Council and the Provost’s Committees on Service Learning and on Community Engagement.

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USBI Biochar Conferences

This site features biochar conferences held in North America. The 2013 North American Biochar Symposium is at UMass Amherst October 13-16, 2013.

Previous conferences include:

2012 US Biochar Conference in Sonoma, CA
2010 US Biochar Conference, University of Iowa
2009 North American Biochar Conference, University of Colorado
2009 PVBI Northeast Biochar Symposium, UMASS Amherst

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War, Dictatorship, and Memory: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Spain

In the last decade, efforts to confront the legacy of the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship have catapulted Spain into front page news. The exhumations of mass graves and the suspension of judge Baltazar Garzón for attempting to investigate General Franco’s military regime, are just two of the stories that have prompted high-profile figures like human rights activist Rigoberta Menchú, to cite Spain as an example of the need for global mechanisms of justice and restitution.

This symposium brings together a diverse group of scholars in literature, film, anthropology and political science to explore the controversies that surround the politics of memory in Spain today. Highlights include two keynote lectures, three sessions of scholarly talks, a multimedia presentation on the newly created digital archive of Civil War testimonials and the US premiere of a new documentary by Spanish photojournalist Clemente Bernad.

Events are free and open to the public. Please see the program for times and locations.

Organizers of the symposium:

  • Sara Brenneis, Amherst College, sbrenneis @ amherst.edu
  • Justin Crumbaugh, Mount Holyoke College, jcrumbau @ mtholyoke.edu
  • Jacqueline Urla, University of Massachusetts Amherst, jurla @ anthro.umass.edu

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