AMHERST, Mass. - In a new book on public education, a University of Massachusetts professor says an amendment to the U.S. Constitution may be needed to guarantee equal funding for all children while barring any government body from determining educational content.
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. - 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. - Three UMass climatologists will return this month to the world''s highest satellite-linked weather station, on the summit of Bolivia''s highest mountain, extinct volcano Nevado Sajama. The group will haul several hundred pounds of weather instruments to the 21,500-foot peak, as part of a project aimed at gleaning scientific information from ice-core samples before the tropical ice caps melt away.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees today named Craig L. Moore University Professor of Political Economy. He will develop and oversee the Massachusetts Benchmarks Initiative, a new public-private study of the state economy and the trends driving it.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts anthropology professor Arturo Escobar has received a prestigious fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The $27,000 fellowship was awarded to Escobar for his research project, "Cultural and Biological Diversity in the Late Twentieth Century."