AMHERST, Mass. - EnrichNet Inc., of Chelmsford, a start-up software company that grew out of the research of Aura Ganz, a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, has received just over $4 million in financing from a group of investors. The company, created in 1995 and formerly known as AIM Engineering, is the first to be established through the University''s Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP).
AMHERST, Mass. - A study conducted by University of Massachusetts nutrition professor Kenneth W. Samonds on 13 "family-friendly" recipes finds that canned foods provide the same nutrition, taste, and attractive appearance as fresh or frozen foods. The findings send a strong message to parents looking for convenient ways to get their children to eat healthy foods, Samonds says.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Center for Educational Assessment in the University of Massachusetts School of Education has received grants totaling over $500,000 to develop new ways of administering tests via computers.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts scientist Terry Tattar, the head of the Shade Tree Lab, warns farmers, gardeners, and nature lovers that they can expect to see "all kinds" of mold growing on plants in the region, as a result of the unusual amount of rain that has fallen in recent weeks.
AMHERST, Mass. - A team of researchers led by a University of Massachusetts astronomer has produced the first complete maps of carbon monoxide emission in the interstellar medium of a nearby dwarf irregular galaxy. These observations may provide a unique insight into the formation of stars in the early universe.
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Amherst Library has published online two monograph-length texts by Art History Professor Emeritus J. L. Benson, "Greek Color Theory and the Four Elements" and "Greek Sculpture and the Four Elements." The project is the Library''s first venture into the role of publisher of original scholarly material, a role that several other research libraries have explored. The two texts are available online at http://www.library.umass.edu/benson/.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is a serious threat to leafy neighborhoods from Montreal to Miami, according to Terry Tattar, a microbiologist and director of the Shade Tree Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts. The insect has damaged millions of trees in northern China, Japan, and South Korea, and has entered this country in wood-packing material, nursery stock, and other wood coming through air and marine ports, according to Tattar.
AMHERST, Mass. - Jury pools in Massachusetts are made up of mostly white, educated, middle-class citizens, but the defendants they pass judgment on are disproportionately from low-income and minority communities, according to research conducted at the University of Massachusetts. The findings, based on an analysis of the lists used to pick juries in Hampden County in 1993 and 1994, are prompting efforts to modify the type of resident lists used to set up state and federal jury pools.
AMHERST, Mass. - James Watkins, assistant professor in the chemical engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, has been named to receive a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2000. The $60,000 award is given to just 20 chemists each year, and will support his research.
AMHERST, Mass. - Two faculty members in the chemical engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, Susan Roberts and Alex Zheng, have won prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. These highly competitive four-year, $200,000 awards are granted to faculty under the age of 35. With these two awards, faculty at the College of Engineering have won 11 CAREER or Presidential Young Investigator awards from the National Science Foundation.