Experts and Media Resources

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

Sleep, brain function and memory, speakers bureau
Rebecca (Becky) Spencer

Rebecca Spencer’s research explores the function of sleep on memory and cognition and what processes in the brain underlie this function.

Issues facing higher education and public colleges and universities, International cooperation in higher education, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the globalization of education, optical physics
Kumble Subbaswamy

Subbaswamy assumed his role as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July 2012. His primary research area as a physicist is the optical properties of novel materials and nonlinear excitations.

Group prejudice; Racial, gender and ethnic relations
Linda Tropp

Linda Tropp’s research focuses on how members of different groups approach and interact with each other, and how differences in power or status affect views of and expectations for cross-group relations.

Nutritional and environmental contamination of dangerous elements such as aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and selenium
Julian Tyson

Julian Tyson’s research focuses on nutritional and environmental contamination of dangerous elements including aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and selenium.

Endocrine disruptors, hazard assessment, developmental biology, endocrinology
Laura Vandenberg

Laura Vandenberg is among the premier researchers in the world investigating the effects of endocrine disruptors on development and how environmental factors in early life contribute to adult diseases including breast cancer, infertility, and obesity.

matter and energy in galaxies, supernova remnants, superbubbles, galactic nuclear regions, speakers bureau
Daniel Wang

Daniel Wang uses radio, infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray observations to study how matter and energy flows in and around galaxies. His research focuses on examining various high-energy sources of the interstellar medium; characterizing the global structure as well as the physical and chemical states of hot gas in and around galaxies; investigating the interplay of the hot gas with other galactic components; and exploring the interaction of galaxies with their environment, particularly the intragroup/cluster media.

adult development and aging, psychology of sports fans, coping with tragedy and recovery, speakers bureau
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Susan Krauss Whitbourne is one of the pioneers of the field of adult development and aging, and coordinates the Aging and Development Lab where students conduct research on personality, aging and cognition.  She is also frequently quoted in media regarding the psychology of sports fandom.

sediment transport, flooding, flood reconstructions and the geologic record, impact of climate and landscape on flooding, flood risk evaluations, speakers bureau
Jon Woodruff

Jon Woodruff’s research focuses on coastal, estuarine and fluvial processes, particularly sediment transport and resultant deposition caused by extreme flooding. 

City revitalization, music festivals, and cultural events
Jonathan Wynn

Jonathan Wynn’s research focuses on urban culture and the impact of music festivals and other temporary cultural events on city revitalization.

disease preventive dietary components, nutraceutical bioavailability, diet-based strategy for cancer prevention, enhancement of health benefits of nutraceuticals by food processing and nanotechnology, speakers bureau
Hang Xiao

Hang Xiao’s research is focused on identifying and finding applications for potential disease preventive dietary components (nutraceuticals). His research includes elucidating their molecular mechanisms; investigating possible synergistic interactions among these dietary components and commonly used pharmacological compounds; and enhancing biological activities and bioavailability of dietary components by food processing and nanotechnology.