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  • Teaching Structure

    Students design intricate dome to promote awareness of wood construction

    A massive and intricate wooden dome, known in technical circles as a timber grid shell, temporarily adorns the plaza of the campus's Fine Arts Center. The dome was engineered and constructed by... More

  • Viking Resettlement

    Did climate change drive Norse populations out of Greenland?

    Why did Norse settlers, also known as Vikings, leave their established Greenland communities in the early 15th Century? Climate researchers Raymond Bradley, Isla Castaneda, and their team are... More

  • For the Record

    Geoscientists investigate tsunami and typhoon deposits to predict flood risk

    To accurately predict flood risk, University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist Jonathan Woodruff believes we need better reconstructions of extreme flooding that reach back farther than modern... More

  • Desert Skies

    Undergraduates study galaxy formation at Kitt Peak

    Located in the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona is Kitt Peak National Observatory, where four UMass astronomy students traveled over winter break to map galaxies in the dark desert skies.