UMass Announces 2004 Public Service Awards

UMass Dartmouth's Clyde Barrow recognized Noting that public service is an essential component of the University of Massachusetts mission, President Jack M. Wilson today honored five UMass faculty members for their distinguished public service. The recipients of the awards for outstanding service to the citizens of the Commonwealth were: Professor Clyde Barrow, UMass-Dartmouth;Professor Robert Maloy, UMass-Amherst; Professor Tiffany Cunningham, UMass-Boston; Professor Stephanie Chalupka, UMass-Lowell; and Professor Joseph DiFranza, UMass-Worcester.

Noting that public service is an essential component of the University of Massachusetts mission, President Jack M. Wilson today honored five UMass faculty members for their distinguished public service. 

The recipients of the awards for outstanding service to the citizens of the Commonwealth were: Professor Clyde Barrow, UMass-Dartmouth;Professor Robert Maloy, UMass-Amherst; Professor Tiffany Cunningham, UMass-Boston; Professor Stephanie Chalupka, UMass-Lowell; and Professor Joseph DiFranza, UMass-Worcester. 

In presenting the awards at a ceremony at the President’s Office in Boston this morning, President Wilson said, “These professors are exemplars of the UMass faculty member who applies his or her expertise for the purpose of strengthening our Commonwealth and bettering society.” 

Wilson added: “Public service is an intrinsic part of our mission as the state’s university. We have a three-fold mission: education, research and service. While the public may more readily associate us with education and research, we attach equal importance to our service mission to the Commonwealth.” 

The recipient from UMass-Dartmouth, Clyde Barrow, has been a leading scholar in producing valuable research and analysis that has directly influenced decision-making in numerous state and municipal government agencies, education departments, non-profit organizations and private business throughout the Commonwealth. He is also a regional economic analyst for the Massachusetts Benchmarks Project, which is co-sponsored by the UMass President’s Office and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. 

UMass-Amherst Professor Maloy was recognized for his leadership and innovation in creating K-12 educational programs that benefit both students and teachers, including the TEAMS Tutoring project which has involved more than 3,000 university students and more than 165,000 hours of tutoring services since 1984. 

Professor Cunningham of UMass-Boston was honored for her dedication to initiatives that promote math and science education, including the Summer Science Literacy Camp in Dorchester. She runs the 4-6 week camp in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and has served more than 250 elementary-age inner-city children since 1997. 

Professor Stephanie Chalupka of the School of Health and Environment at UMass-Lowell has been a leader in building healthy families and strong communities by promoting awareness of environmental health issues. Her “Cross Cultural Approach to Healthy Homes” project has helped more than 1,000 refugee and immigrant families in the Lowell area by identifying home environmental hazards, especially those that can affect children. 

Dr. Joseph DiFranza has been a pioneer in the field of tobacco control. His work in the prevention of nicotine addiction in children has been recognized by the American Cancer Society and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has received major financial grants to support his research. His efforts led to the removal of the “Joe Camel” advertising campaign that had been effective in enticing young people to begin smoking. Today, in large part thanks to Dr. DiFranza’s work, it is much more difficult for underage smokers to purchase cigarettes. 

During the presentation of the awards, UMass Board of Trustees Chairman James J. Karam paid tribute to the faculty members, saying that, “Their research has had a tremendous impact on the quality of life in our state.” 

The President’s Public Service Awards were established in 1998 as a means of recognizing the public service contributions of UMass faculty members. To date, a total of 46 faculty members from the five UMass campuses have been selected to receive the award. The current winners’ portraits will hang in the President’s Office Board Room throughout the year. 


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