Binge drinking can have lasting effects on brain pathways that are still developing during adolescence, say neuroscience researcher Heather N. Richardson and her colleagues at UMass Amherst and Louisiana State University. Results of their study using a rodent model of adolescent drinking appear in The Journal of Neuroscience.
A research team at UMass Amherst has received a four-year, $2.4 million National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural and algorithmic mechanisms to coordinate these better.
UMass Amherst epidemiologist Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson is conducting the first large study to investigate whether vitamin D deficiency, inflammatory factors, hormones and other factors are associated with risk of early menopause. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
An effective new data-debugging software tool dubbed “CheckCell” was released to the public this week in a presentation by UMass Amherst computer science doctoral student Daniel Barowy. He spoke at the premier international computer programming language design conference known as OOPSLA, in Portland, Ore.
UMass Amherst computer science doctoral student Emma Tosch won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in Portland, Ore., for her work on “Surveyman,” a first-of-its-kind software system for designing, deploying and automatically debugging surveys to improve their accuracy and trustworthiness.
The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at UMass Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say a new collaborative study provides stronger evidence than ever to support their claims.
Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21,000 year ago, oceanographer Alan Condron of the UMass Amherst has shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida.
A mobile weather app that would allow officials to send targeted, neighborhood-level warnings of approaching severe weather, something that might have helped residents of Hadley and Easthampton this week, is in the early stages of development now in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, led by researchers at UMass Amherst.
UMass Amherst is one of 12 institutions participating in the new National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), which is focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis of large-scale health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors.
Brian Schaffner, chair of the political science department at UMass Amherst and director of the UMass Poll, has been awarded a $456,878 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a pre- and post-election survey this November to track responses of 9,000 previously surveyed citizens.