AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts is organizing a state-wide research conference for undergraduates to take place Fri. May 1 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. It is believed to be the first such state-wide undergraduate research conference in the United States.
AMHERST, Mass. - Climatologists at the University of Massachusetts have reconstructed the global temperature over the past 600 years, determining that three recent years, 1997, 1995, and 1990, were the warmest years since at least AD 1400. The study, which was conducted by Michael Mann and Raymond Bradley of the geosciences department, along with University of Arizona colleague Malcolm Hughes, is detailed in the April 23 issue of the journal Nature.
AMHERST, Mass. - More than 30 senior electrical engineering students at the University of Massachusetts will exhibit their research projects at Senior Design Day on Thurs. April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gunness Student Center in Marcus Hall at UMass.
AMHERST, Mass. - The National Academy of Sciences has chosen the University of Massachusetts to host a series of talks at which scientists will explore how plants protect themselves. With no immune system and no ability to run from predators, plants appear to be easy marks for diseases and insects. But a panel of four plant scientists will discuss the ingenious strategies plants have evolved to cope with these stresses on Sat., May 2 at 1 p.m. in Thompson Hall, room 104. The symposium is free and open to the public, and is geared not to specialists but to people with a working knowledge of biology.
AMHERST, Mass. - You order a sweater using a cordless or cellular phone, or by clicking through a catalog on the World Wide Web. You check your e-mail from a computer in a trendy cybercafe. You log onto a World Wide Web site that offers information on a sensitive health issue. Is your privacy protected? No, says University of Massachusetts computer science professor Susan Landau, who has just co-authored a book on the subject.
AMHERST, Mass. - The statistics are harrowing: 6,500 young adults between the ages of 16 and 20 die annually in the United States - approximately 18 per day - as a result of motor vehicle accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. A collaboration between the University of Massachusetts and the American Automobile Association (AAA) is aimed at giving young drivers the experience needed to drive safely ? without actually putting them on the road
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Alumni Association will present its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Thurs. April 9 at noon in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Attendance at the ceremonies is by invitation only, but reporters are welcome.
AMHERST, Mass. - Zeolites, minerals that are chemically similar to quartz and have uses ranging from petroleum refinement, to removing lead from drinking water, to producing air conditioners that won’t release pollutants, are a major research focus for Scott Auerbach, a chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a rare molecule in interstellar space, within the dense, gaseous clouds where new stars form. Professor William Irvine, graduate students James Dickens and Albert Nummelin, and colleagues in Sweden and Japan, reported finding ethylene oxide in three different interstellar clouds thousands of light-years away, in the Milky Way galaxy. The molecule is unusual in terms of both its structure and its chemistry.
AMHERST, Mass. - Years of research by a University of Massachusetts food scientist concerning plant extracts that could be used for disease prevention and as natural food preservatives has led to the creation of a new University spin-off company.