AMHERST, Mass. - The vast archive of images and data resulting from the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2Mass), the most thorough, high-resolution survey of the sky, has been completed. The archive, which features some five million images, is now available online for scientists and sky watchers. The project, which relied on twin infrared telescopes, was led by astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
AMHERST, Mass. - Gregory Tew, assistant professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been selected as an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator. The grant is for three years and totals $380,000. Tew is one of 26 investigators selected from a group of 220 applicants nationwide.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is soliciting applications from middle and high school teachers for its Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program on polymers for the summer of 2003. The deadline is April 1.
News Briefs: The computer science department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received two grants totaling $480,000, from the National Science Foundation. The grants will be used to fund a Web-based homework and quiz system in computer science.
AMHERST, Mass. - Steven Reising, faculty member in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The awards emphasize the importance the foundation places on integrating research and education activities in academic careers. Reising''s award will provide $451,200 in funding over the next five years. The award is from the Division of Atmospheric Sciences, through both the physical meteorology and the mesoscale dynamic meteorology programs. Reising is part of the University''s highly successful Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory.
AMHERST, Mass. - A graduate student from the Department of Entomology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present an academic symposium, "New Crops: Solving Pest Problems for Growers of Asian Greens - Reaching Out to Massachusetts'' New Asian Farmers," at 9:30 a.m. on Thurs. Feb. 6, on the lower concourse of the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center.
AMHERST, Mass. - Three faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. The highly competitive five-year awards are granted to faculty under the age of 35. The award emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on integrating research and education activities in academic careers. The researchers who have been honored are Surita Bhatia of chemical engineering, and Bryan Coughlin and Todd Emrick, both of polymer science and engineering.
AMHERST, Mass. - A study by University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist Robert DeConto posits an alternative theory regarding why Antarctica suddenly became glaciated 34 million years ago. The study challenges previous thinking about why the ice sheet formed and holds ramifications for the next several hundred years as greenhouse gases continue to rise. DeConto, who collaborated with David Pollard of Pennsylvania State University, has published the findings in the Jan. 16 issue of the journal Nature. The work was funded by the National Science Foundation.
AMHERST, Mass. - For the second year in a row, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Anna Nagurney has received a $25,000 Industrial Faculty Fellowship from the AT&T Foundation. Nagurney is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a series of novel techniques in nanotechnology that hold promise for applications ranging from highly targeted pharmaceutical therapies, to development of nutrition-enhanced foods known as "nutraceuticals," to nanoscopic sensors that might one day advance medical imaging and diagnostics. The research, published in the Jan. 10 issue of Science, was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.