AMHERST, Mass. - New legal studies assistant professor David M. Mednicoff is bringing more than knowledge of international and comparative law to the University of Massachusetts this fall; he has lived and worked in Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Israel, and has firsthand knowledge of each nation''s politics and culture.
AMHERST, Mass. - A graduate student in the University of Massachusetts computer science department has built what is believed to be the world''s smallest Web-server. It is about the size of a match-head and cost less than $1 to construct. The previous title for the world''s smallest Web-server was held by a researcher at Stanford University.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are helping the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) find individuals and families who are eligible to receive assistance paying their home heating bills, but aren''t aware of the program that provides the money.
AMHERST, Mass. - Two new buildings at the UMass campus have been completed during the summer months. Also, several prominent additions and large-scale maintenance efforts are in varying stages of development, according to John Robinson, manager of capital projects.
AMHERST, Mass. - The first and second floors of Morrill 2 in the Morrill Science Center at the University of Massachusetts were reopened by late afternoon today following the spill of less than a teaspoon of a colorless liquid radioactive isotope in a biology lab in Room 419. The third and fourth floors remained closed as of 5 p.m. this evening but are expected to be reopened by tomorrow. Cleanup efforts in contaminated areas, which have been closed and secured, will take place tomorrow.
AMHERST, Mass. - Derek Lovley, head of the department of microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by University President William M. Bulger. The appointment was made following approval by the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Boston. The title of Distinguished Professor recognizes Lovley for his outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.
AMHERST, Mass. - Computers are creating a generation gap between students and teachers, says Mei-Yau Shih, coordinator of teaching technologies at the Center for Teaching at the University of Massachusetts. In order to close this gap, the center has established a program to help 10 tenured professors a year update their high-tech skills. Called the TEACHnology Fellowship Program, it helps UMass faculty members gain the technical expertise they need to keep abreast of the latest technological developments and apply them in constructive ways to their teaching.
AMHERST, Mass. - Jesse S. Ortiz, professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, is the new president of the New England Public Health Association (NEPHA). Nearly 400 public health professionals, health agents, nurses, doctors, and researchers from New England belong to the non-profit organization.
AMHERST, Mass. - M. Christine King and Josephine M. Ryan, faculty members in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, have received a two-year grant of $87,000 from the Helene Fuld Health Trust. The grant will be used to develop school-based mental health services for at-risk adolescents at the health clinic at Putnam Vocational High School in Springfield.
AMHERST, Mass. - Thomas R. Popplewell, of Alexandria, Va., has been named director of advancement services at the University of Massachusetts. He will report directly to Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Royster C. Hedgepeth and will serve on Hedgepeth''s senior management team.