As climate change and population pressure both intensify in suburban areas northwest of Boston in the coming decades, a new study bywatershed scientist Timothy Randhir of UMass Amherst suggests that threats to the area’s watershed such as water shortages and poor quality can be met if managers begin to act now. Randhir and his graduate student Ammara Talib took multiple ecohydrologic variables into accountin their study of the north-flowing Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers, modeling the watershed’s vulnerability in various predicted land use and climate change scenarios.
Pushing the limits of the largest single-aperture millimeter telescope in the world, and coupling it with gravitational lensing, University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomer Alexandra Pope and colleagues report that they have detected a surprising rate of star formation, four times higher than previously detected, in a dust-obscured galaxy behind a Frontier Fields cluster.
Polymer scientist Alfred Crosby at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is part of a team that recently received a highly competitive three-year, $1 million grant from the France-based Human Frontier Science Program, which supports teams of scientists from different countries. Crosby and two others will each receive $350,000 over the three years to explore “universal surface patterning mechanisms in plants and animals,” which refers to how the development and growth of tall and narrow nanoscale wrinkles in plants and animals may be related for all living organisms.
Cognitive neuroscience researcher Joonkoo Park at UMass Amherst, who recently received a five-year, $751,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation to address basic research questions about how our brains process number and magnitude and how such processes give rise to more complex mathematical thinking, has co-authored a paper that reports where in the brain numerical quantity evaluation is processed.
Geologist and geochemist Isaac Larsen at UMass Amherst has received a five-year, $542,000 faculty early career development grant from the National Science Foundation to address basic research questions about soil production, soil erosion, agricultural landscape evolution and human impact in these areas.
The UMass Amherst Libraries will host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1 from 4-7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The event includes a Sustainability Showcase and talks by UMass Amherst geoscientists Julie Brigham-Grette and Robert DeConto.
Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government, delivered a keynote address at ICEGOV, an international conference on the theory and practice of electronic governance, on March 8 in Delhi, India.
A graduate student’s surprise observation in fundamental experiments with small binding molecules at work in protein folding has allowed biochemists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to develop the first firm mathematical foundation to explain cell ligands’ role in promoting proper protein folding.
UMass Amherst climate scientist Michael Rawlins has received a five-year, $370,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a multi-institution effort to better understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of coastal lagoons in northern Alaska.
Michael A. Henson, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is one of three researchers working with a four-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study circadian rhythms in an effort to better understand the workings of the human body clock.