University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum and future home to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Part of the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

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The reliability of a new guideline for the management of chronic hepatitis C is questionable, given the financial conflicts of interest documented by its authors. (Shutterstock)

Can you rely on the drugs that your doctor prescribes?

In the run up to the Global Hepatitis Summit 2018, new guidelines for the management of hepatitis C should come under scrutiny – for financial conflict of interest and quality of evidence.
Despite alarming news, retirees can still rely on their retirement nest eggs. Dan Kosmayer/Shutterstock.com

Social Security’s future is safe

Social Security will have to dip into its trust fund to pay benefits this year for the first time since 1982. Should we be worried?
Members of Patriotic Millionaires, whose privileged members advocate for higher taxes on the rich, met with lawmakers in this 2015 photo to discuss legislation to close the carried interest loophole. Senate Democrats

How some rich people are trying to dismantle inequality

When the wealthy become unlikely allies in the fight against inequality, they often take similar steps. It all starts with acknowledging their own privileges.
University students and supporters of the peace deal protest during a rally in Bogotá, Colombia. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

What displaced Colombians living abroad think about the peace efforts

Few Colombians who have been displaced by violence voted on the peace deal from abroad. An expert in conflict resolution explains why their voices must be part of the peace process.
Migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border earlier this year: Is there a better way to deal with seemingly intractable problems? Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

We’re failing to solve the world’s ‘wicked problems.’ Here’s a better approach

Our institutions are not solving the world's wicked problems, such as the refugee crisis and climate change. Can sustainable coffee – a bottoms-up, modular approach – provide clues to a better way?
Unlike clownfish (Nemo), Pacific blue tang fish (Dory) cannot be bred in captivity. nostri-imago/flickr

Finding Nemo – and Dory – is easy. Deciding whether they should be pets is harder

The release of the movie 'Finding Dory' comes with renewed calls to leave fish in reefs – a good idea in this case – but catching some ornamental fish can have a positive impact on reef communities.
Demonstrating in Washington state, November 2015. David Ryder/Reuters

Syrian refugees: will American hearts and minds change?

Many groups have been labeled 'enemy' in the American past. A literary scholar looks at the role literature and philosophy have played in dispelling fears and shifting public attitudes.
Why do special educators leave teaching? US Department of Education Follow

What do special educators need to succeed?

A shortage of special education teachers is threatening states’ abilities to provide high quality education for students with disabilities. Changing teachers’ working conditions can help.

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