UMass Amherst has a number of faculty experts who have agreed to be available to reporters as expert sources for stories.
A sampling of our experts by topic area
Schaffner is director of the UMass Poll, which is committed to studying public opinion in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking in the Commonwealth and beyond.
Amy Schalet (SHA-lit) is a specialist on adolescent sexuality and culture in comparative perspective.
Erica Scharrer studies media content, opinions of media, media effects and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence.
Schewe created the field of generational marketing with the publication of "The Power of Cohorts," his widely-acclaimed article in American Demographics.
Jessica Schiffman’s work is focused on synthesizing bioinspired materials for a range of biomedical, environmental and industrial applications. Schiffman’s research projects aim to develop wound healing nanofiber scaffolds, biomedical hydrogels, drug delivery nanoparticles, antifouling thin film coatings and high-flux fouling-resistant membranes.
Sonia Schloemann is an expert on commercial and residential production of small fruit—berries and grapes—as well as the use of edible plants in sustainable landscaping practices.
F. Peter Schloerb’s research involves studying new galaxies near the edge of the visible universe. Heis the Director of the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Large Millimeter Telescope Office.
Charles M. Schweik’s work focuses on internet-based collective action and online commons-based peer production, including the study of open-source software communities and the socio-technical systems and governance structures that support these systems of co-production.
Lindiwe Sibeko’s research interests are in working with under-served, vulnerable population groups, including families served by UMass Extension nutrition programs. Sibeko’s research addresses prenatal, perinatal and postnatal health, prevention of childhood obesity, promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding and elucidating the role of breastfeeding in healthy child development. Her global health research has also focused on maternal and child health issues, primarily in the area of nutritional status assessment, infant feeding practices and the role of breastfeeding in the prevention of pediatric HIV infections.
Stephen Sireci’s research focuses on improving educational testing to better measure students’ knowledge and skills.