AMHERST, Mass. - The New England region underwent El Nino-like climate changes during the Ice Age, a team of researchers has found. University of Massachusetts geoscientist Julie Brigham-Grette led the research, along with former UMass graduate student Tammy Rittenour (now a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska), and environmental scientist Michael Mann, now at the University of Virginia. The findings are detailed in the May 12 issue of Science. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the University of Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has announced the names of three professors and two teaching assistants who will receive 1999-2000 Distinguished Teaching Awards; four professors who will receive Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships Awards; and two faculty members who will receive Distinguished Academic Outreach Awards. In addition, the University has also announced two recipients of the 1999-2000 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
AMHERST, Mass. - Michael Doherty, a member of the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by University President William Bulger. The appointment was made following approval by the University''s Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Dartmouth. The honor recognizes Doherty for outstanding academic distinction.
AMHERST, Mass. - Murugappan Muthukumar, professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed to the Wilmer D. Barrett Chair in Polymer Science and Engineering. Muthukumar was appointed by University President William M. Bulger following approval of the Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Dartmouth. The chair, named for a 1934 alumnus, was established in 1992, and was most recently held by Distinguished Professor William MacKnight, who recently retired.
AMHERST, Mass. - William Manning, a plant pathologist in the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts, has spent much of the last 25 years trying to answer a single question: Can a tobacco plant serve the same purpose as a canary in a coal mine? The answer lies in the way a tobacco plant suffers when it''s exposed to pollutants, especially ozone. Although ozone occurs naturally in the air we breathe, increased levels flood the East Coast during warm, sunny days between May and October, especially in the Northeast.
AMHERST, Mass. - Robert Helgesen, dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources (CFNR) at the University of Massachusetts since 1989, has been named interim vice chancellor for outreach at the University. Also, Stephen Demski, interim vice provost for outreach, has been appointed interim associate vice chancellor for outreach and director of UMass Extension. The appointments were announced by Cora B. Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. Both are interim three-year appointments and take effect July 1.
AMHERST, Mass. - William Israel has joined the University of Massachusetts journalism department as an assistant professor. Israel received his bachelor''s degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1972. From 1975-76 he was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow studying European institutions and international business at the University of Strasbourg in France. In 1979, Israel studied history at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. Returning to academia in the 1990s, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his master''s and doctorate in journalism in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
AMHERST, Mass. - Statistics class has a reputation for tripping up even the brightest students. But a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling University of Massachusetts researchers to develop software that helps middle-school students get a grip on stats before math anxiety grips them. And that''s important, says team leader Cliff Konold, because statistics and data analysis are becoming a bigger part of the world, not just for academic pursuits, but for everyday decision making. The group is working on the project under the auspices of the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI), an interdisciplinary research organization devoted to the study of learning and instruction in the sciences and mathematics.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will host a national conference, "Going Public with Spirituality in Work and Higher Education," June 4-6. The conference will explore the relationship of spirituality to learning and work, with a special focus on public organizations, and will touch on religion, science, law, the arts, and other areas of inquiry.