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  • Eve Vogel and Christine Hatch stand on the banks of the Connecticut River.

    RiverSmart Communities

    Helping Massachusetts residents understand and withstand flooding

    Rivers connect us. Parks run alongside them, bridges cross them, farms flourish in the rich soil beside them. When floods like those caused by 2011’s Hurricane Irene occur, they don’t just destroy... More

  • Salt flats in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

    Water, Desert, and Salt

    UMass Amherst researchers tackle an Atacama Salar mystery

    The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Rain gauges have stood in the desert for seventy years but never caught a drop of rain. Here, the ambient temperature gets so... More

  • Six Rising Researcher student award winners stand in a group in the UMass Du Bois Library special collections room

    Top Talent

    Undergraduates honored for their extraordinary achievements

    Every few years an undergraduate researcher comes through Alejandro Briseño’s laboratory with extraordinary talent. Such scientists, says the polymer science and engineering professor, are in the top... More

  • The Large Millimeter Telescope points up to the sky at dawn.

    Outrageously Luminous

    Undergraduate discovers galaxies brighter than any previously known

    Astronomers are used to describing the brightest galaxies in the cosmos as “ultra-luminous” or “hyper-luminous.” Kevin Harrington ’16 has discovered eight galaxies so much brighter than any... More

  • Image of two heads exchanging social media icons through thought.

    Building Bridges

    Computational Social Science Institute combines disciplines to analyze our social world

    Is there social networking among bacteria? The question might seem whimsical, and it’s almost incidentally and rather lightheartedly posed by James Kitts, director of the UMass Amherst Computational... More

  • UMass Professor Sankafan "Thai" Thayumanavan in his lab.

    Forefront of Health

    New venture moves tunable nanogels toward commercialization

    Outside Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan’s 15th-floor office in Lederle Research Tower, fluffy white clouds drift across a bright blue sky. These days, the outlook for his research into nanomaterials... More