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  • 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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    New Materials, Origami Style

    Scientists use paper-folding ideas to create reprogrammable materials

    A challenge increasingly important to physicists and materials scientists in recent years has been how to design controllable new materials that exhibit desired physical properties rather than relying on those properties to emerge naturally. Now... 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

  • Student Using Laptop and Electrical Components

    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

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    Peak Performance

    Front-line insights shape idea-driven organizations

    Many academics study ideas and innovation, but few focus on generating ideas on an organization's "front lines," where much of the work gets done. Alan Robinson, an operations and information management expert in the Isenberg School... More

  • Sperm Whale in ocean waters.

    Stomach Stories

    Stomach content analysis sheds light on sperm whale conservation and ecology

    In the largest regional study of its type to date, Michelle Staudinger, marine ecologist and adjunct faculty in the UMass Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, and colleagues offer a better understanding of the feeding ecologies of two... More