Headliners

Two faculty members were appointed to named professorships by President Jack M. Wilson following the Nov. 16 meeting of the Board of Trustees at the Mullins Center.

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Professor Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management is the leader of a team that has translated a 1968 paper on the Braess paradox that states that within some types of transportation networks, the addition of a new road may not improve travel time, and instead may make everyone worse off.

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Anna Nagurney

Starting Sunday, Nov. 27, the Learning Commons on the main floor of the Du Bois Library will be open 24 hours a day, five days a week.

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The campus has joined the Fair Trade coffee movement by adopting Pura Vida, a fair trade coffee provider, as one of its coffee suppliers in the dining commons and other retail outlets like the Blue Wall Eatery in the Campus Center.

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The new 50-foot-tall tower atop Orchard Hill houses the prototype unit for a new radar network that can beam into a critical blind spot of the atmosphere that conventional radar systems cannot currently monitor, promising to transform the way human beings monitor weather and track storms.

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The U. S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded $100,000 to the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory to investigate operating a desalination plant that is partially powered by wind energy.

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Robert Francis has been appointed associate vice chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services by Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Joyce M. Hatch. He will begin his new duties Nov. 14.

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The Department of Exercise Science has been ranked sixth in the nation in a survey of doctoral programs for 2004-05 conducted by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. UMass Amherst was among 32 colleges and universities participating in the process.

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The Journalism Program Lecture Series in Broadcast and the Media will kick off with a panel entitled “How Radio Saved the City of New Orleans” on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Learning Commons of the Du Bois Library.

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Safe Passage, a Northampton-based program that provides support and services to survivors of relationship violence, is one of many agencies supported by employee donations through the University of Massachusetts Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC).

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