AMHERST, Mass. - With virtually every segment of modern life, from healthcare and manufacturing to homeland security, relying increasingly on remote sensing technology, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are working to create a new generation of intelligent and networked sensors that can communicate with each other and use the shared data to make decisions.
AMHERST, Mass. – Walter B. Denny, professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will deliver the first lecture in this year’s series of Distinguished Faculty Lectures, Wed. Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception immediately follows Denny’s talk.
AMHERST, Mass – Revolutionary sensing technology that will enable earlier and more accurate forecasts and warnings of weather emergencies will be at the heart of a new $40 million research center announced today at UMass Amherst. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) is expected to increase the warning time for tornadoes, flash floods, and other severe weather disturbances, and provide forecasts having far greater accuracy and timeliness.
AMHERST, Mass. – Thousands of stars stripped from the nearby Sagittarius dwarf galaxy are streaming through our vicinity of the Milky Way galaxy, according to a team of astronomers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Virginia. Using new data from the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), the astronomers have created a new view of the universe that shows the Milky Way is consuming one of its neighbors in a dramatic display of ongoing galactic cannibalism.
AMHERST, Mass. - Sugars can be converted to electricity with an efficiency much higher than previously known, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Derek Lovley and postdoctoral researcher Swades Chaudhuri have discovered a microorganism that is capable of stable, long-term electricity production by oxidizing carbohydrates. The organism, Rhodoferax ferrireducens, transfers electrons directly onto an electrode as it metabolizes sugar into electricity, producing carbon dioxide as a byproduct. Chaudhuri’s and Lovley’s findings will appear in the October issue of Nature Biotechnology.
AMHERST, Mass. – Life can survive and thrive at higher temperatures than previously thought, remaining stable at 130 degrees C (266 degrees F) and reproducing at temperatures as high as 121C (250 degrees F), according to research conducted by two University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologists. The information gathered by Professor Derek Lovley and postdoctoral researcher Kazem Kashefi has implications not only for understanding when and where life evolved on Earth and how deep in the planet’s subsurface life exists, but also for determining the potential for life on other, hotter planets, particularly Mars. Their work was funded by the National Science Foundation through a Life in Extreme Environments grant and will appear in the Aug. 15 issue of Science.
AMHERST, Mass. – Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, today announced several administrative changes concerning research affairs and outreach at the University.
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley has recently received two awards of $900,000 each from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work on removing uranium from water contaminated in the aftermath of mining activities.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst will offer an online course on casino management this fall, the first in a series of three courses on the gaming industry. The three-credit course, titled, "Casino Management," was developed by the University''s department of hospitality and tourism management (HTM) and the Foxwoods Resort and Casino of Ledyard, Conn. The new online course is offered through the University''s Division of Continuing Education.
AMHERST, Mass. - Two faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst - Leonce Ndikumana, associate professor of economics, and Alice Nash, assistant professor of history - have received Fulbright teaching and research grants for the 2003-04 academic year. Nash has been selected as the Fulbright-Universite de Montreal Visiting Chair for 2003-2004. Ndikumana will be at the University of Cape Town, School of Economics, in South Africa, from July 2003 to June 2004.