AMHERST, Mass. - Janet M. Rifkin, chair of the department of legal studies at the University of Massachusetts, has been named interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), effective Sept. 1. The appointment is open-ended. Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement. Rifkin will replace Glen Gordon, who is retiring.
AMHERST, Mass. - Astronomers from the University of Massachusetts and Columbia University have found the "bulls-eye" pulsar in a bright ring of high-energy particles in a distant supernova remnant. This discovery, made with NASA''s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Arecibo Radio Telescope, will help scientists better understand how neutron stars channel enormous amounts of energy into particles moving near the speed of light.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band is prominently featured on a new recording of patriotic music to raise money for the Salvation Army in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts researcher is conducting a study to determine whether antioxidants improve muscle function, strength, and volume in older adults. Maria Urso, a UMass doctoral student, says the research could have a significant impact for older people who currently experience muscle atrophy – either from the normal course of aging, or when they are immobilized or become more sedentary due to injury or advanced age.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts say company stock prices drop sharply following rejection of new drugs by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and that the announcement of the rejection made by the company, not the agency, apparently prompts instances of illegal insider trading. With Congress investigating alleged insider trading by officials at ImClone Systems following FDA rejection of an important cancer-fighting drug, the UMass team says its initial findings are timely and significant.
AMHERST, Mass. - Most people lie in everyday conversation when they are trying to appear likable and competent, according to a study conducted by University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert S. Feldman and published in the most recent Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
AMHERST, Mass. - It wasn’t your imagination: last winter really was one of the mildest on record, says Frank Keimig, a climatologist and manager of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts. Keimig recently compiled information on last year’s winter weather, and compared those statistics with the numbers from anaverage winter in western Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - Steven D. Goodwin has been named associate dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources (CFNR) at the University of Massachusetts. Goodwin will replace James B. Marcum, and Mark S. Mount, associate deans who are retiring from the University in June, according to Cleve E. Willis, dean of the College.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts political scientist Vincent G. Moscardelli says the coming debate in the U.S. Senate on storing the nation’s most toxic nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada will reveal whether opponents of the plan have succeeded in framing it as an environmental and safety issue, or whether senators’ home state issues will prevail.