The department of English will revive a long-running symposium devoted to the study of the teaching of writing, founded and endowed in 1999 by professor Peter Elbow. In recognition of his generosity and dedication to the field, the symposium is now re-named the Peter Elbow Symposium for the Study...
Delivering proteins inside cells is a promising, fast-emerging field with potential uses in basic cell biology and therapeutics, say chemist Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Now they have developed a new method of “shrink wrapping” bioactive proteins in a polymer coating that retains their shape and function, then dissolves away after the protein is delivered inside.
Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate professor of sociology, has been appointed by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to the position of associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.
“Through her academic research on race and gender as well as her professional activities...
Molecular biologists led by Leonid Pobezinsky and his wife and research collaborator Elena Pobezinskaya at UMass Amherst have published results that for the first time show how a microRNA molecule known as Lethal-7 (let-7) serves as a molecular control hubto direct the function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes by putting the brakes on their cell-killing activities.
Women Leaders in College Sports has named Pat Griffin, professor emerita of education, the 2017 recipient of one its most distinguished awards, the Honor Award.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the advancement of women in leadership, administration and intercollegiate...
Phillipa Gill, assistant professor of computer science at UMass Amherst, has been named one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” for her groundbreaking work on Internet censorship and network security.
Middle-aged adults often show up in hearing clinics complaining that they have trouble hearing, but standard tests show their hearing ability, known to scientists as pure-tone threshold, is only slightly impaired, says hearing researcher Karen Helfer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Typically, they leave with no confirmation of their sense that they are hearing less well.
Invasive plant expert Bethany Bradley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a three-year, $389,975 grant from the National Science Foundation to create the first comprehensive assessment of how more than two dozen non-native, invasive grasses may alter fire patterns and carbon storage across ecosystems in the contiguous United States.
Today, banks are increasingly using software to decide who will get a loan, courts to judge who should be denied bail, and hospitals to choose treatments for patients. These uses of software make it critical that the software does not discriminate against groups or individuals, say computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.