AMHERST, Mass. - Sugars can be converted to electricity with an efficiency much higher than previously known, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Derek Lovley and postdoctoral researcher Swades Chaudhuri have discovered a microorganism that is capable of stable, long-term electricity production by oxidizing carbohydrates. The organism, Rhodoferax ferrireducens, transfers electrons directly onto an electrode as it metabolizes sugar into electricity, producing carbon dioxide as a byproduct. Chaudhuri’s and Lovley’s findings will appear in the October issue of Nature Biotechnology.
AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst raised a record $35.2 million in private donations for the fiscal year ending June 30. That amount far surpassed last year’s total of $20.1 million, and exceeded the previous high of $30.3 million recorded in FY 2001, the final year of the University’s recent comprehensive capital campaign.
AMHERST, Mass. – Police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are joining in the statewide Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau’s "Click It or Ticket" campaign to make sure drivers and their passengers are using seatbelts. UMass police will conduct the campaign Sept. 2-7.
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Barbara O’ Connor has been granted a paid Professional Improvement Leave, effective Aug. 17 to Dec. 27. Michael Gargano, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, made the announcement.
AMHERST, Mass. – Life can survive and thrive at higher temperatures than previously thought, remaining stable at 130 degrees C (266 degrees F) and reproducing at temperatures as high as 121C (250 degrees F), according to research conducted by two University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologists. The information gathered by Professor Derek Lovley and postdoctoral researcher Kazem Kashefi has implications not only for understanding when and where life evolved on Earth and how deep in the planet’s subsurface life exists, but also for determining the potential for life on other, hotter planets, particularly Mars. Their work was funded by the National Science Foundation through a Life in Extreme Environments grant and will appear in the Aug. 15 issue of Science.
AMHERST, Mass. – Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, today announced several administrative changes concerning research affairs and outreach at the University.
AMHERST, Mass. - John V. Lombardi, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be the guest on the public affairs television program "The State We’re In," on WGBY-TV, channel 57, on Friday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. WGBY is the local public television station in Springfield. Lombardi will be interviewed on a wide range of subjects by program host Jim Madigan.
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley has recently received two awards of $900,000 each from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work on removing uranium from water contaminated in the aftermath of mining activities.