AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts anthropologist Laurie Godfrey has spent the better part of 25 years investigating fossils in Madagascar. Yet, recent discoveries made by her team of paleontologists and climbers in a 500-foot-deep pit have excited her more than anything in the past.
AMHERST, Mass. - Matthew P. Golombek, the University of Massachusetts graduate who is the chief scientist on NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission, will present a lecture on the mission on Friday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium on the UMass campus. The presentation, which is hosted by the office of the dean of natural sciences and mathematics, is free and open to the public, and will include a question-and-answer period.
AMHERST, Mass. - The department of food science at the University of Massachusetts and the food industry have established a new and unique partnership that benefits both UMass and the companies that participate.
AMHERST, Mass. - Using satellite images from space along with volunteers who collect measurements and samples from lakes and ponds, University of Massachusetts researchers are developing a cost-effective way to monitor water quality and weed growth in the state’s waters. UMass is sharing its findings with the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
AMHERST, Mass. - Electrical brown-outs that occur during summer heat waves, when air conditioners use up large amounts of power, may be avoidable one day, thanks to a technology being assessed at the University of Massachusetts. UMass is a partner in an innovative program aimed at helping Massachusetts companies bring innovative environmental and energy-related technologies to the marketplace. The Massachusetts Strategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP) is a collaboration between UMass, the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, and the Department of Economic Development.
AMHERST, Mass. - In a new book on public education, a University of Massachusetts professor says an amendment to the U.S. Constitution may be needed to guarantee equal funding for all children while barring any government body from determining educational content.
AMHERST, Mass. - A recently graduated geologist is one of two scientists with University of Massachusetts degrees who are working on NASA''s Mars Pathfinder mission. Nathan Bridges earned his doctorate in geology this past April, before being hired by NASA''s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for a postdoctoral position.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts graduate is the chief scientist on NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission. Matthew Golombek, who has worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the mission since its inception five years ago, studied the geology of Mars, Earth, and the moon while earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in geology from the University in 1978 and 1981, respectively.
AMHERST, Mass. - New University of Massachusetts professor Jacques Penelle likens his work in polymer chemistry to architecture: "I want to create new molecular architectures, and then evaluate them."Polymers -- commonly called plastics -- are long chains of atoms, sometimes thousands of atoms. "We’re trying to find procedures to arrange atoms in specific ways. There are many possibilities," Penelle says. "My job is to develop new ways to place atoms in the molecular structure."