September 2016
From UMass Dartmouth Corsair to Yale Bulldog: Jeremy Hunt's Journey
Since graduating in 2012, Liberal Arts alum Jeremy Hunt has been following his passion. After graduation, he received a job offer to work in Washington D.C. as a staff assistant. But in October of 2013, Hunt changed jobs and began working as a research analyst/copy editor at Bloomberg BNA ( formerly known as The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc .) He monitored and analyzed federal and state regulatory developments on air, waste, energy, natural resources, and environmental health and safety issues. It was this work that helped Hunt develop a strong interest in environmental policy. "I decided to apply to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to pursue a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) after my work in the U.S. Senate and Bloomberg fostered a strong interest in environmental policy," he said. "I also got involved in non-profit work around DC and attended various conferences and events centering on environmental issues." 
Accepted into Yale's MEM program, Hunt began his studies this fall. He is taking courses on Building Scientific Narratives for Climate Engagement; Physical Science for Environmental Management; and Energy Systems Analysis. He's also volunteering with Seed to Salad - a nonprofit that works with second graders from public schools in and around New Haven and teaches them about plant anatomy, seed cycles, composting and nutrition. "The best thing about studying at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is having the opportunity to pursue my interests and having the freedom to customize my degree and studies," Hunt said.  "My classmates represent many national and international regions, and they bring fresh perspectives to discussions."
Studying at Yale is challenging, but Hunt is confident that he is prepared. At UMass Dartmouth, he took several courses that helped him gain a deeper understanding of the region, and he was able to explore many different areas. "As a liberal arts major, I was able to explore many courses and create a class schedule that furthered my interests in several areas, rather than following a rigid curriculum," Hunt said. "I believe this allowed me to branch out and discover the issues that spoke to me as an individual." Not only did the flexible curriculum prepare Hunt, but his internship with the Washington Center Program for Internships and Academic Seminars helped set up his path to Washington and Yale. "If it were not for my advisor urging me to enroll in the Washington Center Program, I would have never made it to Washington, D.C.," he said. "It's very likely that I would be in a different place in my career." 
College of Arts & Sciences' students take the top three prizes in This We Believe contest
For the second year in a row, UMass Dartmouth's Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and College of Arts & Sciences continue to significantly engage new students in UMass Dartmouth's values. This We Believe-UMass Dartmouth, which was modeled after the NPR broadcast, This I Believe, requires first-year students to read selections from the  This I Believe  website  and then craft a 500-word essay about what they believe and share it on  the University's blog . Faculty and staff are also asked to submit essays. "We believe that the campus culture is enriched if the UMass Dartmouth community participates in this project," Cynthia Cummings, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs said. "Our goal is to tie these postings into UMass Dartmouth's values of community, diversity, collaboration, tolerance, education, civic engagement, and more."
Kayci Richardson, one of the top three winners, enjoyed the project and was grateful to write about a subject that is deeply important to her. In 500 words, Richardson shared her struggle with mental illness. "It was important for me to talk about my depression because I felt a need to help, even just a little bit, to end the stigma against mental illness," Richardson said. "I wanted to try to reach out to either relate to people who suffer from mental illness or help those who do not suffer to understand it more."
Another winner, History major Sarah Murphy, shared her thoughts on women's infamous struggle to achieve either beauty or brains. The idea struck her as she scrolled through Tumblr posts, and she began to analyze her own life. Murphy's essay refutes this claim, and she argues that women can have both. "My essay is a reflection of how I was raised because growing up feminism was a daily lesson from my dad," Murphy said.  "My parents never followed gender roles at home; it's something I've always been taught."
Dr. Jennifer Fugate begins her tenure track position with the Psychology Department.
For 4 years, Dr. Jennifer Fugate worked as a full-time lecturer in the psychology department. It wasn't until she earned a tenure track position this fall that she felt official. Fugate's path to UMass Dartmouth began in high school when she developed developed an interest in psychology during an introductory course. "In college, I was a double major in Psychology and Biology," Fugate said. "After college, I worked in a research lab for 3 years, and I realized that I wanted to do research."
In 2008, Fugate received her PhD from Emory University, where she studied how rhesus macaques and chimpanzees perceive facial expressions and vocalizations. Later, she joined the Interdisciplinary Affective Sciences Laboratory of Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern University as a postdoctoral fellow. There she worked on a series of projects that investigated how language shapes the ability of people to "see" an emotion in another individual.
Now, Fugate's research examines how language affects the brain's ability to categorize social information, such as emotion. Most of her research takes place in the SOCO (Social Cognition on the South Coast) Lab, where she studies the structure of emotion and how language affects our perception of emotion. She also works closely with other labs in the department that approach emotion from more developmental, biological, and neuroscientific perspectives. More recently, her lab has begun to expand its interests in language and categorization to include how naming an object changes a person's perception and understanding of it.
As a professor, Fugate tries to incorporate her experience and expertise into the class. "I try to get students to see the science behind psychology," she said. "Psychology deals with human constructions and it is the hardest science to find answers to." That doesn't stop Fugate from bringing excitement into her classes. "I hope to bring enthusiasm to the classroom because I come from a diverse background," she said. "No one else in the department is an evolutionary psychologist; I bring a different perspective."
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