Invisible Dark Matter

Professor of physics Andrea Pocar and his students designed and built a grid that is one of the key components of DarkSide-50, created in 2009 by an international coalition and housed in Italy’s Gran Sasso National Laboratory. Undergraduates such as Arthur Kurlej ’15 and Kirsten Randle ’15 designed, assembled, and welded this delicate apparatus into place.

While dark matter can be inferred from its gravitational effects, physicists have great difficulty identifying it, as it otherwise hardly interacts with “regular” matter. So they have to innovate ways to detect it.

Can Government Do Anything Right?

Pump Up the Volume!

Podos, an expert in bioacoustics, will travel to Manaus, Brazil, at the confluence of the Amazon with the Rio Negro, where he is collaborating with Mario Cohn-Haft, curator of birds at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). Using sound-level meters, high-quality sound recorders, and high-speed video, the team intends to document how these species interact with their habitat through their song.

Prize-Winning Science

For her work, Hardy has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the university’s Mahoney Life Sciences Prize, an award she was presented on June 19 at the University Club in Boston.

Greens Dean

Jennings is a powerhouse in the industry, a maniacally focused overachiever believed to be the only superintendent to have worked at five USGA charter clubs. In addition to Shinnecock Hills, he has overseen the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois; St. Andrew’s Golf Club in Yonkers, New York.; the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts; and the Newport (Rhode Island) Golf Club. Over the years, they and a number of other clubs have richly benefitted from Jennings’s energy, prowess, and eye for opportunity.

Air Show

A Story to Report

Reviving the Noble Elm

“That’s the future, right there,” says Justin Hailey ’18S, ’20, as he gently pokes an elm seed into a seed tray in the potting classroom of the UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences Research and Education Greenhouse.

Hailey is one of 16 arboriculture/urban forestry students in the community forestry course taught by Richard Harper, Extension assistant professor in the department of environmental conservation. On an April afternoon, his class planted six different varieties of American elm seeds provided by the USDA Forest Service lab in Delaware, Ohio.

Magazine - Spring 2018

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