AMHERST, Mass. - Vanessa Rivera has been hired as director of the minority engineering program at the University of Massachusetts. Rivera, of Amherst, has a doctorate in bilingual counseling and higher education administration from UMass, and 10 years of experience in teaching and programming for minority students. Rivera served as director of student support services at Mount Wachusett Community College prior to accepting the position at UMass. In announcing the appointment, College of Engineering Dean Joseph I. Goldstein said that Rivera comes to UMass with "an excellent background and a real enthusiasm for improving our recruitment and advising activities for minority students."
AMHERST, Mass. - A recently graduated geologist is one of two scientists with University of Massachusetts degrees who are working on NASA''s Mars Pathfinder mission. Nathan Bridges earned his doctorate in geology this past April, before being hired by NASA''s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for a postdoctoral position.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts graduate is the chief scientist on NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission. Matthew Golombek, who has worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the mission since its inception five years ago, studied the geology of Mars, Earth, and the moon while earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in geology from the University in 1978 and 1981, respectively.
AMHERST, Mass. - New University of Massachusetts professor Jacques Penelle likens his work in polymer chemistry to architecture: "I want to create new molecular architectures, and then evaluate them."Polymers -- commonly called plastics -- are long chains of atoms, sometimes thousands of atoms. "We’re trying to find procedures to arrange atoms in specific ways. There are many possibilities," Penelle says. "My job is to develop new ways to place atoms in the molecular structure."
AMHERST, Mass. - Nearly a decade ago, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl declared Germany would build a national Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Now, after years of failed attempts and rancorous debate, University of Massachusetts English and Judaic Studies professor James E. Young has been named the only foreign member of a search commission that will finally choose a design.
AMHERST, Mass. - Fifty tenth-graders will spend part of July and August on the University of Massachusetts campus conducting DNA fingerprinting, experimenting with laser light diffraction, exploring computer-aided design, and doing many other things they might previously have only dreamed about.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts researcher and co-author of a new book on trends in the U.S. population said data he has gathered reveals some surprises about how Americans live. These include how many Americans attend church; the number of older Americans in the workforce; how diverse we are becoming, and at what rate; and long-term progress in attaining at least a high school education.
AMHERST, Mass. - Scientists and industry leaders from across the country held a four-day symposium at the University of Massachusetts beginning May 20. Researchers in academia and industry discussed the latest advancements in polymer science and technology. The meeting was a collaborative effort between the Center for UMass Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP), and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), also at UMass.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts engineering professor Lawrence Seiford has been tapped by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as program director for the Operations Research and Production Systems Program. The prestigious year-long post will take him to Washington, D.C.