• UMass professor Felipe Salles sits on stairs with his saxiphone.

    New Direction for Jazz

    Professor Felipe Salles receives Guggenheim Fellowship

    Felipe Salles, associate professor of jazz studies, composition and saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been selected to receive a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation... More

  • Picture of man taking water sample from a river.

    What's Old is New

    UMass researchers revive '70s framework for water resources management

    Surprise and uncertainty are becoming more common in water resource planning, says University of Massachusetts Amherst water resource researcher Timothy Randhir, and there is a need for new... More

  • Picture of a plant growing in soil.

    Unraveling Plant Mysteries

    Researchers investigate how plants thwart efforts to boost iron uptake

    A decade or so ago, scientists discovered genes they thought could be turned on to make plants take up more iron from the soil, enriching cereals, grains and other staple foods that feed millions of... More

  • UMass professor Arin Dube faces a wall sculpture of wage earners.

    The Science of Fair Pay

    Economist uses data to shape minimum wage policies that work

    Working at McDonalds in high school for minimum wage, Arindrajit "Arin" Dube knew he had a path forward to college and a professional career. That wasn’t the case for most of his co-workers... More

  • Picture of lawnmower resting in a field of dandylions

    Lazy Lawnmowers Help Environment

    Less-frequent mowing may help suburban bees

    Homeowners concerned about the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects need look no further than their own back yards, says ecologist Susannah Lerman at the University of... More

  • UMass Amherst Anthropology Professor Whitney Battle-Baptiste sitting in her office in the Du Bois Center

    Confronting Race

    Historical archeologist propels social change by listening to the past

    As a PhD student at the University of Texas, Whitney Battle-Baptiste walked into her advisor’s office one day brandishing a hefty folder of anthropological research on captive Africans. Her advisor’s... More