Why iCons?

The UMass Amherst iCons program prepares our best undergraduates to be problem solvers, leaders and innovators in science and technology. iCons faculty recruit top tier students across a diverse range of science and engineering disciplines to identify global problems and find cutting edge solutions. The iCons program positions students for high achievement in graduate school and in their careers.

Welcome Dr. Justin Fermann, the new iCons Program Director

Dr. Justin Fermann

Please welcome Dr. Justin Fermann as the new Director of the iCons Program at UMass Amherst. Dr. Fermann is a Senior Lecturer in the UMass Amherst Chemistry Department, a position he has held since 2000. Dr. Fermann was involved in the initial design and development of the iCons Program in 2009-2010, and has been teaching in the iCons 1 “Global Challenges, Scientific Solutions” course since its inception in Spring 2011. Dr. Justin Fermann has been appointed by CNS Dean Steve Goodwin as the new director of iCons.

“I am delighted that Dr. Fermann will be stepping in as Director of iCons,” says Goodwin. “He has been an important part of the iCons team since the program’s inception. A recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the CNS Outstanding Teacher Award, Justin’s deep commitment to students and to innovative education is impressive and much appreciated on campus.”

“I am thrilled to take the reins of the iCons Program, with its potential to transform how we teach science, engineering, and beyond,” Fermann says.

Fermann holds a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Physics, both from Hartwick College, and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Georgia.

Fermann & Auerbach facilitate at Yale workshop: "Globalizing the Liberal Arts"

Dr. Justin Fermann & Dr. Scott Auerbach

Chemistry professors Scott Auerbach and Justin Fermann, co-directors of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, facilitated an invited workshop at Yale University earlier this month during a conference entitled “Globalizing the Liberal Arts.”

The conference focused on innovation in college-level liberal arts and science education, bringing thought leaders from around the U.S. to inform a curricular revision at Yale-NUS College, a satellite institution located in Singapore and co-founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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