AMHERST, Mass. - Derek Lovley, head of the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts, and Robert T. Anderson, microbiology graduate student at UMass, have found that bacteria living just below the earth''s surface can be coaxed to rapidly convert oil to methane gas in oil-rich soil. Their findings, which are spelled out in an article in this week''s issue of Nature, could change the way the oil exploration industry operates, according to Lovley.
AMHERST, Mass. - A team of University of Massachusetts researchers has found a way to make molecules that are too tiny to be seen, under even the strongest microscopes, behave in a predictable and orderly way. The finding should have major implications in the development of faster computers and ultra-sensitive sensors, such as electronic "noses" that locate land-mines and diseases. The team, led by professor of chemistry Vincent Rotello, reports the details in the April 13 issue of the journal Nature.
AMHERST, Mass. - M.J. Alhabeeb, of the department of consumer studies at the University of Massachusetts, will report on his study of teen employment, its impact on schools and society, and how teen-agers spend their money, at a special seminar Wed., March 29. The talk, which will be held in Room 217 of Skinner Hall, is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts microbiologist is one of a group of six researchers offering a major step forward in developing a model explaining DNA repair, recombination, and replication, in a report appearing in today''s issue of the journal Nature. The study, "Re-establishment of Inactivated Replication Forks as a Bacterial Housekeeping Function," gives new insight into the sequence of events involved in cell division, information that will be of great help to molecular biologists involved in cancer and other medical research, according to Steven J. Sandler, professor of microbiology.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts exercise science Professor Richard E. A. Van Emmerik is conducting research into how aging changes upper-body motion and the ability to maintain balance while walking. The study is funded by a three-year $209,804 grant from the private, non-profit Whitaker Foundation. The research could have a major impact on efforts to reduce the risk of injury from falling among the elderly, says Van Emmerik.
AMHERST, Mass. - A UMass polymer scientist is among the researchers reporting a major step forward in nanoscopic pattern transfer in the Feb. 24 issue of the journal Nature. Tom Russell, polymer science and engineering, and postdoctoral esearcher Thomas Thurn-Albrecht collaborated with Ullrich Steiner and graduate student Erik Schaffer of University of Groningen, The Netherlands. The findings have implications in paving the way for still-smaller integrated circuits, magnetic storage in computers, and on-chip sensors; all of this without the use of chemicals.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts physicist Mark Tuominen may have some trouble finding a T-shirt small enough for the UMass logo recently sketched in his lab. Tuominen, in collaboration with Tom Russell and Jacques Penelle of polymer science and engineering, is researching nanotechnology, a field aimed at producing devices so small that they can only be seen with an electron microscope. Tuominen and graduate student Mustafa Bal recently created a UMass logo which is roughly the size of a red blood cell - some six micrometers in diameter.
AMHERST, Mass. - Students at the University of Massachusetts and area colleges who have big ideas and want to launch their own business, or learn how, will receive help and a chance at winning up to $10,000 from the UMass Five-College Entrepreneur Program this spring. The program will begin on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. with an alumni forum in Mahar Auditorium moderated by James Theroux, Flavin Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University''s Isenberg School of Management. Speakers include UMass alumnus Jeff Taylor, CEO and founder of Monster.com.
AMHERST, Mass. - Nearly two years ago, University of Massachusetts engineering student Nathaniel Mulcahy bumped into the bathroom sink, and his Mennen Speed Stick smashed to the floor. "What a lot of bits of plastic," the mechanical and industrial engineering senior thought as he cleaned up the mess. Then he decided to build a better deodorant stick. Mulcahy''s resulting "Speedy Speed Stick" led him to win the student contest at the 1999 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn., late last year.
AMHERST, Mass. - Donald Fisher wants to make finding your terminal at Logan International Airport easier. Fisher, an engineer at the University of Massachusetts, heads up the team that has created a virtual "Loganscape." The computer-generated roadway enables researchers to change the airport''s signage and assess whether those changes are helpful - all without touching metal or pouring concrete. MassPort is funding the study, which is in its second year.