• UMass Amherst Professor M.V. Lee Badgett, hands clasped, sits in Crotty Hall conference room

    Fighting for LGBT Rights

    Groundbreaking economist measures the cost of discrimination

    When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.

  • UMass student lexander Bienvenue holds a bunch of grapes at Cold Spring Orchard.

    Summer Scholars

    UMass students test their research chops on farms, food and fields

    Thirty-eight undergraduate students this summer worked in labs, farms, orchards, and tree-lined streets in Springfield as part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food... More

  • Simulation of Sagittarius A’s (Sgr A) event horizon, the point past which nothing escapes a black hole’s devouring pull.

    It Takes A Planet

    Astronomers train “Earth-sized” telescope on our galactic center

    For five days recently, telescopes around the world—including UMass’s own Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT)—focused upon a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy. The black hole in... More

  • Close up picture of brown rot fungi.

    Fueled by Fungus

    Brown rot fungus shows promise for biomass conversion

    Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and... More

  • UMass Amherst Computer Science Professor Donald Towsley standing, arms folded, in front ot the campus pond.

    Work As Play

    Curiosity drives distinguished scientist’s pursuit of network innovation

    Is there a better mousetrap? Donald Towsley, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, thinks so. His curiosity about life and his open, often playful... More

  • Female jogger standing in field with hands on hips

    Light Me Up!

    Technology for off-the-shelf power generating clothes is here

    A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but UMass Amherst materials scientist Trisha Andrew could make one today. She and... More