AMHERST, Mass. - The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts has received a $110,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to help launch a new academic center and support an international conference next fall.
AMHERST, Mass. - Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, will receive the Desert Research Institute''s 1998 Nevada Medal. The award will be presented in Las Vegas April 23. Announcement of the award was made yesterday by Nevada Gov. Bob Miller.
AMHERST, Mass. - Lila Gierasch, head of the department of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, has been named to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. Donna E. Shalala, U.S. secretary of health and human services, made the announcement.
AMHERST, Mass. - Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a rare molecule in interstellar space, within the dense, gaseous clouds where new stars form. Professor William Irvine, graduate students James Dickens and Albert Nummelin, and colleagues in Sweden and Japan, reported finding ethylene oxide in three different interstellar clouds thousands of light-years away, in the Milky Way galaxy. The molecule is unusual in terms of both its structure and its chemistry.
AMHERST, Mass. - A group of students from the legal studies department at the University of Massachusetts is helping officials at the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) clear a backlog of cases filed with the agency. Under the semester-long internship program, students assist the MCAD staff and the agency receives additional case workers.
AMHERST, Mass. - Years of research by a University of Massachusetts food scientist concerning plant extracts that could be used for disease prevention and as natural food preservatives has led to the creation of a new University spin-off company.
AMHERST, Mass. - The department of landscape architecture and regional planning (LARP) at the University of Massachusetts will host an international symposium on land-use planning Sat. March 28, in recognition of the career of faculty member Julius G. Fabos, who retired late last year after 34 years with the department. "Julius Fabos and the METLAND Vision" will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 100 middle- and high-school students from throughout western Massachusetts will travel to the University of Massachusetts next week to compete in the UMass Amherst Regional Science Fair. The science fair will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Thurs., March 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public, and the press is welcome to attend.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts will offer the first in a series of community courses on Renaissance literature next month. The intensive month-long courses will be available at no charge to residents of the Pioneer Valley. They will be taught by retired UMass professors and will take place at the center (650 East Pleasant Street in Amherst). To enroll, call the center at 413/577-3600.
AMHERST, Mass. - This spring’s History and Politics Lecture Series at the University of Massachusetts will feature writers for The New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly, according to co-coordinators political science professor Jerome Mileur and history professor Ron Story.