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.
AMHERST, Mass. - Paul Fisette, director of the building materials and wood technology program in the department of natural resources conservation at the University of Massachusetts, will participate in a National Research Council (NRC) study of new technologies used in the nation''s housing industry.
AMHERST, Mass. - In spite of what most people believe, your elderly mother or father may be better at coping with life’s problems than you are, according to Patricia A. Wisocki, a clinical psychologist, researcher, and member of the faculty of the University of Massachusetts psychology department. Wisocki is the author of more than 50 journal articles as well as a book on psychological interventions for the elderly, based on 25 years of studying the problems and behavior of older Americans. She has found that, although they are underserved in areas of mental health, most seniors have “come to grips with what it means to be old.”
AMHERST, Mass. - Robert Sinclair, a professor of teacher education and curriculum studies at the University of Massachusetts, received the Award of Distinction of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals'' Association (MESPA), Wed. May 3 at the association''s annual spring conference in Hyannis.
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.