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  • 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 governments and large international organizations continue... 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 cells from 3,500 plant species and is considered to... 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 Massachusetts Amherst report in the current issue of... More

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    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 invention, campus leaders recently participated in... More

  • UMass Amherst Professor Qiangfei Xia and two students in clean suits view wafer

    Tiny Turns Powerful

    Developing better lab-on-a-chip technologies can improve medical diagnostics

    The technological trends are clear: less mass, higher functioning. UMass Amherst electrical and computer engineer Qiangfei Xia specializes in the miniaturization of novel electronic devices, and now he is also applying that expertise to develop “lab... More

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    Great Eight

    UMass Amherst scientists among the world’s most influential scientific minds

    Early in July the multinational media and information firm Thomson Reuters released its “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” listing. More than 3,000 researchers in 21 fields earned inclusion “by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially... More