AMHERST, Mass. - A program to assess how well high school graduates are prepared for further education and careers is being designed and conducted by a research arm of the University of Massachusetts working with the state Department of Education.
AMHERST, Mass. - A team of French scientists is developing a coating that’s sticky when a person touches it, but almost immediately cools to a slick, Teflon-like surface when the person lets go. University of Massachusetts polymer scientists Thomas Russell and Ho-Cheol Kim reviewed the findings in a recent issue of the journal, Science.
AMHERST, Mass. - More than four dozen new tenured, tenure-track, part-time, and visiting faculty members will be on board at the University of Massachusetts when classes begin Sept. 8, while nearly three dozen are retiring or resigning. Also, half a dozen departments will have new heads as the school year begins.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts hurricane hunter Jim Carswell is flying into the eyes of hurricanes again this year, using high-tech weather sensors developed at UMass. These sensors help predict the path and intensity of the storms. Scientists expect this hurricane season, which runs through Oct. 31, to be particularly active. The UMass data is used in computer models relied on by National Hurricane Center forecasters to generate up-to-the-minute predictions on a hurricane’s course. Pinpoint hurricane forecasting gives people in threatened areas time to protect their property and evacuate to safety, according to Carswell, who flew through Hurricane Bret last week.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Professor Gary S. Moore’s new textbook on environmental health science has a lot more than text and graphics. It is a cutting edge, Web-enhanced book with a customized Web site offering the latest global environmental data, links to NASA satellite images and hundreds of other sources, sample tests, and 1,100 electronic slides.
AMHERST, Mass. - New legal studies assistant professor David M. Mednicoff is bringing more than knowledge of international and comparative law to the University of Massachusetts this fall; he has lived and worked in Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Israel, and has firsthand knowledge of each nation''s politics and culture.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are helping the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) find individuals and families who are eligible to receive assistance paying their home heating bills, but aren''t aware of the program that provides the money.
AMHERST, Mass. - Derek Lovley, head of the department of microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by University President William M. Bulger. The appointment was made following approval by the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Boston. The title of Distinguished Professor recognizes Lovley for his outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.
AMHERST, Mass. - Computers are creating a generation gap between students and teachers, says Mei-Yau Shih, coordinator of teaching technologies at the Center for Teaching at the University of Massachusetts. In order to close this gap, the center has established a program to help 10 tenured professors a year update their high-tech skills. Called the TEACHnology Fellowship Program, it helps UMass faculty members gain the technical expertise they need to keep abreast of the latest technological developments and apply them in constructive ways to their teaching.
AMHERST, Mass. - Jesse S. Ortiz, professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, is the new president of the New England Public Health Association (NEPHA). Nearly 400 public health professionals, health agents, nurses, doctors, and researchers from New England belong to the non-profit organization.