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  • Biological picture of a phragmoplast with microtubules in magenta and myosin VIII in cyan blue.

    Unlocking Molecular Mysteries

    UMass cell biologists propose a more detailed cell division model

    Along with copying and splitting DNA during division, cells must have a way to break safely into two viable daughter cells, a process called cytokinesis. But the molecular basis of how plant cells... More

  • Scientific images of single-crystalline organic nanopillars, or “nanograss".


    Blades of Grass Inspire Advances in Organic Solar Cells

    Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts... More

  • two women holding colorful plant cell cultures over a tray of plant cell petri dishes

    Cultured Collection

    Gift of extensive plant cell library will augment research on natural products

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a more than $1 million donation of a unique plant cell library and related equipment from the Monsanto Company. The library contains tissues and... More

  • UMass Amherst professor Jane Fountain standing in front of wall of posters about her work.

    Virtual State

    Honoring the world’s leading expert on digital government

    For as long as there has been a virtual state, UMass Amherst Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Jane Fountain has stood as an undisputed leader on the topic. As... More

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    Core Power

    Detecting neutrinos, UMass physicists look into the heart of the sun

    Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team of physicists including Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis at the University of... More

  • Student Using Laptop and Electrical Components

    Maker Movement

    UMass students, faculty, and community make space for innovation

    The “maker” movement is flourishing, and UMass Amherst faculty and students are among those leading the charge. One of 153 colleges and universities nationwide to celebrate America’s tradition of... More