Discovery

Cree Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Cree Culture, Natural Resources, and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary course that involves reading and group discussions for self-motivated juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The course involves a 10-day experiential learning trip to the James Bay region of northern Quebec. Students learn about the complex influences of a global market for energy and natural resources on the forests and indigenous people of northern Quebec.

Green Latrine Project

The Green Latrine was developed to compost human waste and produce electricity. It aims to prevent water contamination as well as provide a source of electricity, critical in developing countries. The multipurpose invention is called the Microbial Fuel Cell Pit Latrine and has been installed in Ghana in May of 2012 and is currently in active use. Graduate students are currently researching designs that can modify existing latrines. The team hopes to visit its host community in Agona Nyakrom in fall of 2014.

Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research

The Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER) is a research lab in the School of Computer Science at UMass Amherst. LASER investigates techniques for reducing software development and maintenance costs while improving the quality of the systems produced. The lab engages communities and corporations to develop techniques, tools and processes which support the most challenging kinds of systems making it applicable to wide classes of properties.

Climate System Research Center

Climate System Research Center focuses on the climate system, climatic variability and global change issues. Issues span from contemporary climate variations to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes. The center brings together graduate students, post-docs, research scientists and University faculty who are interested in the variability of the climate system in time and space. Faculty are working in more than 24 countries with studies ranging from ancient lake sediments in Siberia to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Knowledge Discovery Laboratory Prevent Securities Fraud

The Knowledge Discovery Laboratory is a research group that has created a program that helps investigators of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) identify brokers who are likely to commit a crime. Data from public records are analyzed for social, professional and organizational connections among brokers that may indicate possible illegal activity. The application helps investigators in a way not humanly possible to rank brokers’ propensity for fraud and create complex statistical models from the data.

Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing

The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). CHM aims to be a leading research and education center for the development of cost-efficient manufacturing of nanostructured components, devices and systems. The center provides educational programs that reach K-12, community college, undergraduate & graduate students as well as the general public and has a significant industry relations program via MassNanoTech Institute.

The Large Millimeter Telescope Project

UMass Amherst, in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Astrofiscia, Optica y Electronica in Mexico, successfully built a 50 meter diameter telescope at a high altitude site in Mexico. The LMT is known to be the biggest millimeter-wave telescope in the world. Designed for astronomical observations it assists in the exploration of the physical processes that lead to the formation and evolution of planetary systems, stars, black-holes and galaxies throughout the 13.7 billion year history of the Universe.

The Inter-American Network for Integration, Research and Development in Higher Education

The Inter-American Network for Integration, Research and Development in Higher Education focuses on improving quality, access, equity and development of education in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The College of Education at UMass Amherst is collaborating with University of Missouri and Universidad de los Andes in Colombia to be the first multinational association that will promote regional and global partnerships and improve the integration of policy and practice across tertiary institutions.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders is a student run organization driven to help local and international communities create sustainable solutions to improve their quality of life and future. EWB aims to develop, fundraise, construct and implement tools necessary for communities to help themselves. The student chapter at UMass Amherst has managed projects in Ghana and Kenya to help develop sustainable methods for clean water.

Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions

The Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions goal is to expand research in theoretical and experimental physics in a quest to seek the elusive answer to how the universe works. The collaboration between physicists from three frontiers of fundamental physics: Energy, intensity and cosmic physics hold the key to understanding the laws of nature. International topical workshops, research programs and student exchanges with partner institutions support the mission to represent these experimental approaches.

Fish & Fisheries Public Seminar Series in Gloucester

A series of four seminars organized by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Large Pelagics Research Center at Hodgkins Cove (LPRC) will begin on April 3rd, 2014 at 7 p.m.at Maritime Gloucester. The LPRC is notable for its international research and partnership with fisherman on the study of giant Bluefin tuna, leatherback turtles and other open-ocean wandering species, or pelagics. Four expert speakers will discuss topics based on the latest research of the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fisheries and food webs, ocean ecology and right whale conservation.

CIE and IGH at UMass work with Kabul Medical University

The Academy for Education Development in consortium with three U.S universities will work through the Higher Education Project to strengthen The Kabul Medical University in Afghanistan. UMass Amherst's participation is being led by its Center for International Education and the Institute for Global Health to work in partnership with Kabul Medical University, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Public Health. Their goal is to create a new School of Public Health and designing a new Masters in Public Health.

Futurescape City Tours

Futurescape City Tours is a national public engagement project that enables citizens to explore how new technologies are changing their cities. Springfield, MA, was one of six participating cities in 2013. In addition to UMass/CPPA, partners included the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, the Loka Institute, the Springfield Science Museum, Putnam Technical High School, the UMass Design Center, and U.S Congressman Richard Neal’s office, among others.

The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research

The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research (CSCORE) is dedicated to improving the practice of school counseling by generating, identifying, and disseminating research related to the field, providing evaluation and consultation to support best practices, developing interventions with demonstrated efficacy and positive outcomes, and building the capacity of school counselors. CSCORE provides a range of services, including professional development training, intervention and program evaluation, and consultation.

Center for Educational Assessment

The Center for Educational Assessment provides technical expertise in areas such as test development, item response theory applications, equating, standard setting, test selection and evaluation, and program evaluation. The Center is a valuable resource for educational policy makers and others who use tests to make important decisions regarding individuals, organizations or institutions.

Leadership and Teacher Development

The Leadership and Teacher Development project is a comprehensive teacher education reform in the Middle East’s West Bank and Gaza. The project aims to improve classroom instruction, policies within the Ministry of Education departments and enhance pre-service teacher education. The Center for International Education (CIE) was awarded a $1 million from AMIDEAST, with USAID West Bank & Gaza funding to help implement enhancement and assessment programs such as the Teacher Education Enhancement Program and Teacher Performance Assessment System.

The Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness

The Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness brings together scientists, educators, government, policy makers and industry executives to develop and implement innovative solutions to food-related health issues. The Center is a world-class academic research center that consists of state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation to conduct research on food components that can improve the health and wellness of our food supply.

Science Quest

High school students in grades 10-12 from across the Northeast and beyond are encouraged to visit the UMass Amherst campus to engage in hands-on science activities, demonstrations and guided lab tours. Students are allowed to select their own schedule of mini-classes offered to explore physics labs and learn more about science. A panel of UMass undergraduate science students are available to talk about their experiences as a science major and an admission representative will briefly present and answer questions about preparing for college/applying to UMass.

Computer-Based Math Tutor

A computer-based, emotionally perceptive math tutoring software system has been developed by UMass Amherst computer scientists and colleagues to help improve standardized test scores such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). After extensive analysis and studies on gender relations with math done with elementary aged children in Holyoke, MA and Springfield, MA schools and elsewhere, the software was written to offer emotional support, found to be appreciated more by girls than boys who are less affected by it.

The Sunwheel Project

The long-running Sunwheel Project involves the construction of sun wheels all over the world starting at UMass Amherst. The project brings a greater awareness and understanding of astronomy to school children, University community members and the general public. In Amherst, the sunwheel - located south of the football stadium - is a gathering spot for people to visit and learn about the sky together through regular public gatherings posted on the website (and usually timed with the equinox and solstice events).

El’gygytgyn Lake Scientific Drilling Project

Over 50 scientists from 4 countries are engaged in studies of the sediments from Lake El'gygytgyn, located in remote northeast Russia to recover hundreds of meters of lake sediment and impact breccia that will provide new insights into the climate evolution of the Arctic and the formation of the crater.

Archaeology, Heritage, and Conservation in Akko, Israel

This project combines excavation, conservation, heritage studies, and community engagement at the site of Akko, Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The project is a run by faculty from Penn State, UMass Amherst, Trinity College, and the University of Haifa. Students learn archaeological excavation and survey methods on the remains of a site that has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. They experience the role played by the distant past in today's political and cultural discourses, and work with stakeholders from communities in Akko to determine the future of the past at the site.

New Worlds of Adoption conference 2014, "Helping Families Overcome Early Adversity"

Children who have experienced foster care and adoption often have early childhood adversities that impact their development and complicate effective parenting. Keynote speaker Dr. Phil Fisher, of the University of Oregon, will discuss the effects of early stressful experiences on children's neurobiological and psychological development. In addition the conference will include panel discussions, topical concurrent sessions and posters displaying research and programs. Stay updated at: umass.edu/adoptionconference.

Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas (oneeleuthera.org). We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.

Ongoing Partnership with Wistariahurst Museum

This program is an ongoing partnership between the UMass Amherst Public History Program and Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA. Projects have included a student-developed servants' tour of Wistariahurst; a bilingual exhibit on a settlement house in Holyoke; and "History Walk," a bilingual walking mobile tour of Holyoke by MA student Jon Haeber: http://wistariahurst.org/walk-holyoke/.