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  • UMass Amherst Professor Frank Mangan stands with two Community Partners holding ethinic crops in front of mural.

    Community Harvest

    Partnership helps low income and immigrant populations connect with healthy food

    In a new collaboration, UMass Amherst is helping to improve the health of low-income residents, including immigrant groups, in Worcester, Mass., by offering ethnic vegetables, recipes, and cooking... More

  •  A digital collage of pieces from “Ten Thousand Wonderful Things.”

    10,000 Wonderful Things

    Treasures of campus science and art gathered at the University Museum

    Artist Anne Beresford calls the exhibition she has curated at the University Museum of Contemporary Art “Ten Thousand Wonderful Things,” but for her the most difficult aspect of curating the... More

  •  A family group of African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) approaches a water hole in Botswana.

    Elephants Without Borders

    UMass ecologists help to save African elephants

    What is the greatest threat to elephants in our world? If you guess habitat loss, you are out of date. Poaching is now the primary threat to African elephants, with some countries losing half of... More

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    Food Safety

    Researching the genomics and community ecology of bacteria

    Identifying and understanding interactions of environmental bacteria in food facilities is critically important for food safety. Utilizing cutting-edge DNA sequencing technologies, UMass Amherst... More

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    Why Do We Sleep?

    Rebecca Spencer investigates the cognitive function of sleep and its impact on health and behavior

    It’s time to challenge our assumptions about the function of sleep. Long thought to be a way for muscle and bone to get much needed rest, there is mounting evidence that the brain, and its many... More

  • Three preschoolers with smart phones sit on the grass smiling and sharing what's on screen.

    Let the Children Play ... with Math Apps

    Smart phones can help early learners bridge the achievement gap

    Professor David Arnold isn’t talking about teenagers, preteens or even school-age children when he talks about the new generation of digital natives. The UMass Amherst developmental psychologist is... More