AMHERST, Mass. - Aimee Boyer of Great Barrington has been named the winner of the first annual UMass-Bay State Morgan Weanling Essay Competition. The equine studies program in the department of veterinary and animal sciences at the University of Massachusetts initiated the competition, with Douglas Freeman, program director, coordinating the effort. Boyer will be entering her senior year at Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington in September.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts epidemiologist is conducting research into the relationship between physical activity and the risk of gestational diabetes in more than 2,200 Hispanic women in western Massachusetts. The work is funded by a $400,000 four-year grant from the American Diabetes Association.
AMHERST, Mass. - Mary Musgrave, a space researcher and associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, will be among the members of a panel that will speak to the press tomorrow, Tues., July 25, at the Kennedy Space Center, regarding the docking of the International Space Station''s service module. The docking is slated to take place Tuesday evening.
AMHERST, Mass. - Experts at the University of Massachusetts have been tapped to help a university in Mexico set up a lab-safety training program. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana is establishing a formal laboratory safety program and has turned to the University''s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office for assistance.
AMHERST, Mass. - Amateur stargazers and high-level astronomers alike are now able to view a half-million galaxies and 162 million stars on their home computers, thanks to a massive release of images from an infrared sky survey. University of Massachusetts astronomer Michael Skrutskie is lead investigator for the project, which is sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
AMHERST, Mass. - Linda Slakey, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed interim dean of Commonwealth College. Cora B. Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement. Slakey''s appointment is for three years and takes effect Sept. 1.
AMHERST, Mass. - Stacey Whitbourne, a member of the Class of 2000 at the University of Massachusetts, is one of four students to win this year''s prestigious Psi Chi/American Psychological Association (APA) Research Award, which includes an invitation to make a presentation of undergraduate research at the APA meeting in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Aug. 4-8. Psi Chi is the national collegiate psychology honor society.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts hurricane hunter Jim Carswell will be flying into the eyes of hurricanes again this year, using high-tech weather sensors developed at UMass. These sensors help predict the path and intensity of the storms. Scientists expect this hurricane season, which runs from now until Oct. 31, to be "above average," with at least three severe hurricanes. Graduate student Tony Castells is already in Miami, installing the instruments in the aircraft; Carswell will join him in early August, when the bigger storms are expected to begin brewing.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts is among the winners in the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Contest, sponsored by the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS). Kenneth Toong, director of dining and retail food services at UMass, announced the award. UMass will receive a plaque during the organization''s national conference to be held in Calgary, Alberta, July 25-29.