Kevin L. Young, associate professor of political science, has been appointed associate director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) for the 2018-19 academic year.
He replaces Henry Renski, associate professor of regional planning, who is completing a three-year term. ...
Eric Decker, head of food science, has been named to the 13-member National Academies of Sciences (NAS) “Committee to Review the Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium.”
Decker, who will travel to Washington, D.C., for the committee’s meetings several times a year,...
Four academic departments are piloting a new approach to evaluating teaching as part of a multi-university project supported by a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
The computer science, linguistics, music and dance, and physics departments were selected last month from a...
A new study of African savannah elephant populations in Angola by wildlife ecologists from Elephants Without Borders (EWB) and UMass Amherst reports today that though the population seemed to be recovering after the war ended there, that trend has now reversed, underlining “the need to be vigilant against poaching and habitat loss,” says first author Scott Schlossberg.
Homeowners concerned about the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects need look no further than their own back yards, says ecologist Susannah Lerman at UMass Amherst and the USDA Forest Service. In new research, she and colleagues suggest that homeowners can help support bee habitat in suburban yards, specifically their lawns, by changing lawn-mowing habits.
Results of a new study of factors that affect substance abuse and health among women military veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs for health services suggest that delivering health and social services to them could be improved if several factors are taken into account, such as their history of trauma, discrimination and post-military socio-economic stress, among others.
Two members of the biology faculty, professor Tobias Baskin and assistant professor Lillian Fritz-Laylin, have been awarded separate Whitman Center fellowships to support research this summer at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) on Cape Cod.
The fellowships will provide housing and...
India has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, and there is now “growing national and international concern” about the drug regulatory system there, which allows use of a drug treatment that has not been shown effective or safe, say researchers at UMass Amherst and the U.K.’s Newcastle University in a paper published today in the British Medical Journal.
For many years, populations of a little red squirrel with cute ear tufts, a native of Great Britain, Ireland and Europe, have been in serious decline because of competition for food from an invasive North American gray squirrel and a pox it carries for which the native animal has no defense. Now, new research suggests that native pine martens, also once on the decline, are suppressing the invading squirrels’ numbers.
The evolutionary development of sweat glands in humans and non-human primates is the subject of a new study by UMass Amherst anthropologists Andrew Best and Jason Kamilar, which was recently published in the Journal of Human Evolution.