Reporting in the current issue of PLOS ONE, functional morphologist Duncan J. Irschick, polymer scientist Alfred J. Crosby and colleagues show that geckos have a spring-like mechanism in their bodies to enhance adhesion as they become larger.
UMass Amherst begins the 2015-16 academic year Labor Day weekend as it welcomes an estimated 4,685 new students to the Commonwealth’s flagship campus. The busy schedule from Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7 is part of the New Students Orientation and First Week programs. Highlights include:
Stan Rosenberg, president of the Massachusetts Senate and a UMass Amherst alumnus, will address the Faculty Senate’s first meeting of the academic year on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.
Move-in for 4,685 members of the entering class at UMass Amherst begins on Friday, Sept. 4 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Transfer students and North Apartments residents are to arrive between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The rest of the 13,000 on-campus residents are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, Sept. 6.
Researchers at UMass Amherst have been awarded $2.975 million over five years through the National Science Foundation’s National Research Traineeship program to train a group of graduate students from different disciplines in the use of polymers and other soft materials in the life sciences.
Friends and colleagues of John Austin Hunt are invited to attend an informal “at-home” remembrance gathering at 14 Beston St. in Amherst on Saturday Sept. 12, from 2-5:30 p.m. Stories will be shared from 3-4 p.m.
Lisa Wexler, associate professor of community health education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, was recently spotlighted on “Public Health Minute,” a public radio segment sponsored by the Lehman School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing, City University of New York.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will roll out the red carpet over the Labor Day weekend for thousands of first-year and transfer students who will be joining the Commonwealth’s flagship campus community. The estimated 4,685 first-year students and 1,100 transfers will ease into the 2015-16 academic year with a variety of programs offering opportunities to make friends and learn about the campus and neighboring community.