Physicists Christian Santangelo and Arthur Evans and polymer scientist Ryan Hayward at UMass Amherst, with others at Cornell and Western New England University, are using origami-based folding methods for “tuning” the fundamental physical properties of any type of thin sheet, which may eventually lead to development of molecular-scale machines that could snap into place and perform mechanical tasks.
The National Science Foundation recently announced three-year, $162,770 collaborative research awards each to polymer chemist Todd Emrick and a University of Texas engineer to explore new ways to make energy-efficient, self-cleaning water purification membranes for municipal wastewater treatment and industrial and agricultural applications.
Geoscientists at UMass Amherst have received a $200,000 award from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand resource needs at 22 public beaches along the Massachusetts coast over the next two years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that environmental health scientist Richard Peltier of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences will receive a Science to Achieve Results grant to measure indoor air quality in tents used by Native subsistence hunters in subarctic North America.
New studies being launched by neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey at UMass Amherst will investigate how estrogens produced in the brains of young birds enhance their ability to learn songs during a critical window during development.
The National Cancer Institute recently awarded a team led by epidemiologist Katherine Reeves of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, a two-year, $177,373 grant to investigate, for the first time, possible connections between depression, antidepressant use and breast cancer.
Faculty members from geosciences, biochemistry and chemical engineering are among the recipients of $856,000 in grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund, which supports promising research projects.
Announced July 14 by President Robert L. Caret, the grants help...