AMHERST, Mass. - A team of French scientists is developing a coating that’s sticky when a person touches it, but almost immediately cools to a slick, Teflon-like surface when the person lets go. University of Massachusetts polymer scientists Thomas Russell and Ho-Cheol Kim reviewed the findings in a recent issue of the journal, Science.
AMHERST, Mass. - More than four dozen new tenured, tenure-track, part-time, and visiting faculty members will be on board at the University of Massachusetts when classes begin Sept. 8, while nearly three dozen are retiring or resigning. Also, half a dozen departments will have new heads as the school year begins.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts hurricane hunter Jim Carswell is flying into the eyes of hurricanes again this year, using high-tech weather sensors developed at UMass. These sensors help predict the path and intensity of the storms. Scientists expect this hurricane season, which runs through Oct. 31, to be particularly active. The UMass data is used in computer models relied on by National Hurricane Center forecasters to generate up-to-the-minute predictions on a hurricane’s course. Pinpoint hurricane forecasting gives people in threatened areas time to protect their property and evacuate to safety, according to Carswell, who flew through Hurricane Bret last week.
AMHERST, Mass. - Students arriving at the University of Massachusetts in September will find tuition for in-state undergraduates has been reduced for the fourth year in a row. University officials also expect a larger class of first-year students than last year and report both grade-point averages and SAT scores are higher than last year.
AMHERST, Mass. - U.S. News & World Report has ranked UMass Amherst in the top 50 nation-wide in a listing called "Great Schools at Great Prices." UMass was tied for No. 39 in the category of national universities.
AMHERST, Mass. - Patricia R. VandenBerg, assistant vice chancellor for communications and marketing at the University of Massachusetts since May 1996, has resigned to accept a position at Mount Holyoke College as executive director of communications and strategic initiatives. The announcement was made by Royster Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for University Advancement.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Professor Gary S. Moore’s new textbook on environmental health science has a lot more than text and graphics. It is a cutting edge, Web-enhanced book with a customized Web site offering the latest global environmental data, links to NASA satellite images and hundreds of other sources, sample tests, and 1,100 electronic slides.
AMHERST, Mass. - Royster C. Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has announced fund-raising totals for the 1999 fiscal year. The fiscal year started July 1, 1998 and ended June 30, 1999.
AMHERST, Mass. - New legal studies assistant professor David M. Mednicoff is bringing more than knowledge of international and comparative law to the University of Massachusetts this fall; he has lived and worked in Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Israel, and has firsthand knowledge of each nation''s politics and culture.
AMHERST, Mass. - A graduate student in the University of Massachusetts computer science department has built what is believed to be the world''s smallest Web-server. It is about the size of a match-head and cost less than $1 to construct. The previous title for the world''s smallest Web-server was held by a researcher at Stanford University.