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    Dark Matter

    Searching for subatomic particles at a new energy frontier

    As experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland start collecting the first 13-teraelectronvolt (TeV) particle collisions data, a long wait is over for three UMass Amherst physicists... More

  • Up close rendering of bacteria stained orange against blue background

    The Micro-Social Network

    Advancing understanding of how bacteria communicate

    Bacteria have traditionally been viewed as solitary organisms that “hang out on their own,” says UMass Amherst molecular biologist Kevin Griffith. However, scientists now realize that in fact,... More

  • model depiction of nanoparticles in water

    Environmental Nanoscience

    Understanding nanoparticle behaviors in water systems

    With a typical concentration of 10 to 100 million nanoparticles per liter of natural water, nanoparticles are ubiquitous in the environment and influence important environmental processes such as... More

  • UMass Professor Julie Caswell stands in front of "Harvest" food court in the campus center.

    Food Safety and Nutrition

    Resource economist works consumer side of food policy and regulation

    Professor of Resource Economics Julie Caswell is internationally known for her research on the economics of food safety and nutrition. Her many appointments to national food safety and nutrition... More

  • Image of disposable water bottles and plastic caps

    BPA Busted

    Dr. Katherine Reeves studies the link between breast cancer and BPA

    One aim of public health research is to uncover ways that our environment can impact human life, both positively and negatively. Strong, evidence-based research findings can inform policymakers and... More

  • Image of the Blackpoll warbler, the species tracked in the groundbreaking migratory study.

    Non-Stop Flight

    International team documents amazing migratory feat

    For more than 50 years, scientists had tantalizing clues suggesting that a tiny, boreal forest songbird known as the blackpoll warbler departs each fall from New England and eastern Canada to migrate... More