AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Computer Science Department are implementing new sensors and computer control software to create an autonomous Segway Human Transporter. The research is funded by a grant to Professor Rod Grupen, computer science, from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) through its Mobile Autonomous Robot Software program. The Segway Human Transporter (HT) balances itself using gyroscopes much the same way that an inverted broomstick can be balanced on the palm of one''s hand. The Segway Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP) has been modified by Segway for use as an autonomous robot platform.
AMHERST, Mass. - Edward F. Blaguszewski has been named director of News and Information for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective March 22, according to Richard H. Conner, executive director of Public Affairs.
AMHERST, Mass. - Nancy Folbre, professor of economics and current chair of the economics department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will give the third lecture in this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series Mon. Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception immediately follows the talk.
AMHERST, Mass. - The latest round of funding from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) highly competitive Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) program has awarded grants to two projects based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Chemical Engineering Department. Research teams headed by principal investigators W. Curt Conner and James Watkins will receive a total of $2.2 million over four years.
AMHERST, Mass. - U.S. Census data shows that thousands of same-sex couples in Massachusetts need the economic protections of legal marriage, according to a study by a team of University of Massachusetts economists. The study, published today by the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS), finds that more than 8,000 children in Massachusetts are being raised by same-sex couples.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi announced this afternoon that John F. McCutcheon has been named the University’s new permanent director of athletics. McCutcheon replaces Ian McCaw, who left UMass in September to become athletic director at Baylor University. The announcement was made at a 3:30 p.m. news conference at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst.
AMHERST, Mass. – Research findings published by University of Massachusetts Amherst scientists demonstrate how nanotechnology can be used in the manufacturing of very small integrated circuits, using supercritical fluids to transfer the three-dimensional structure of polymer templates into rigid, ceramic-like films. The findings appear in the January 23, 2004 issue of Science.
AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst plans to establish an interdisciplinary research center in nanotechnology, the science of developing advanced materials and devices with extremely small dimensions. Charlena Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, made the announcement.
AMHERST, Mass. – Fergus M. Clydesdale, head of the department of food science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed a lifetime national associate of the National Academies, advisors to the government and nation on science, engineering, and medicine.