Discovery

Ethnohistory of Ethnic Whalemen and their Communities in the New Bedford Area

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NHP), which commemorates and interprets the era when New Bedford was a world-renowned whaling port, will generate a series of ethnohistories that highlight the relationships of particular groups or peoples to the city’s waterfront and whaling history. This study will develop an ethnohistorical and ethnographic report describing these groups’ involvement in whaling, the development of their communities, and the sense of heritage with this history in contemporary communities. This project may include the development of a database.

Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series

Every two years, the UMass Amherst History Department hosts the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. This year-long series allows students, faculty and visiting scholars to explore a particular theme in depth. The Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass History Department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg (1967) and associates.

UMass Cranberry Station

The mission of the UMass Cranberry Station is to maintain and enhance the economic viability of the Massachusetts cranberry industry through research, extension and to serve the public welfare by supporting economic development and protection of the environment. We have specialists in Plant Pathology, Entomology, Environmental Physiology, Plant Nutrition/Cultural Practices, Weed Science/Integrated Pest Management, and Floriculture. In our programs we emphasize efficiency, environmental protection, and profitability.

Northeast Climate Science Center

The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change in the Northeast region. The NE CSC Strategic Science Agenda, which determines the research priorities of the NE CSC, is developed in consultation with federal and state agencies, Tribes, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, NGOs, landowners, and business groups with concerns about regional climate impacts.

Community Based Archaeological Research - Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound Historial Park

Dr. Sonya Atalay worked with Sullivan County American Indian Council, of Fairbanks, Indiana, to develop a long term plan for the protection and preservation of Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound. Partnering with the SCAIC and Indiana University to participate with research in the community involving local oral history of Indigenous People, Dr. Atalay did a site survey, and mapping, to develop a comprehensive protection and management program for a park with interpretive trails.

Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

Marine Biological Laboratory

Collecting and documenting the history of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Wood's Hole, including the community active in establishing the program is the focus of this program. A digital database and oral history interviews as part of the project of documenting the 125 year anniversary of the MBL, one of the most important scientific research stations in world, will be produced.

Para Un Futuro Mejor Project

“Para Un Futuro Mejor” (For a Better Future) is a program funded by a NIH R03 Partners in Research Program. It conducted a study on barriers to sexual communication and sexuality education among a group of English-language learning (primarily Latino/a) youth and attending a public high school in Springfield and their parents/guardians. Further evaluation has been done in partnership with a variety of organizations, pulling in additional youth and women from Holyoke.

Movable Feast

Movable Feast is a socially engaged art and food project to promote “Food System Change,” and a literal and metaphoric vehicle that advocates for building a healthier regional food system. The project provides a visual and culinary catalyst for discussing, highlighting and disseminating information about healthy community-based food practices in Western Massachusetts’ diverse communities. The retrofitted mobile food service trailer at the center of this project is an advocacy tool for healthy eating, local food production and sustainability.

Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Civic Engagement

This civic engagement project supports a regional planning effort—the “Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Project”—which aims to create a foundation of opportunity in housing, education, transportation, employment, health, environment and community resources throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. Inclusive public involvement is an important part of this project, with a focus on engaging under-represented communities in discussions about the opportunities and obstacles to create an equitable and sustainable future for their cities, towns and neighborhoods.

Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

Community-based Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield

This project aims to identify the needs of minority language children who speak Vietnamese as a home language. We ask (1) What are the first and second language skills of Vietnamese American children living in Springfield? What are their language needs? (2) What school and community programs target Vietnamese American youth? How effective are these programs in promoting language development? Methods include parent surveys, child language screenings, and secondary analysis of state and local education data.

Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning: Pathways to Sustainability

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. This year, speakers from 26 countries will be coming to share how they have approached greenway planning and to communicate how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.

Molecular Playground

While the public can appreciate the beauty of a flower, the molecular basis of nature goes largely unnoticed. Indeed, the inherent beauty of molecules is rarely communicated to the public. This project has developed a system for displaying large-scale interactive molecules in prominent public spaces, beginning with installations at UMass and the Springfield Science Museum, expanding (so far) to 7 installations world wide.

Laboratory of Medical Zoology

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology provides diagnostic testing for zoonotic pathogens to a variety of federal, state, local, and private agencies, and provides testing to individuals who wish to have ticks tested for the pathogens that cause Lyme disease and several other tick-borne diseases.

Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research

The Rays for Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research brings together scientists whose cancer research covers a wide range of issues-- a diverse team perfectly suited to study a complex disease such as breast cancer. The Center (within the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute), which helps fund researchers at UMass and Baystate Medical Center as well as providing some infrastructure to assist research, assures confidentiality of patient information and directly engages patients through the Advocacy Council.

Breast Cancer Registry

The breast cancer registry provides a research-ready database and access to tissue specimens to speed the discovery of biomarkers to improve diagnosis and discover mechanisms that can be harnessed to treat and prevent breast cancer.

Scholar in Residence

The UMass Amherst College of Nursing provides onsite services for Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS), Inc. The current scholar-in-residence is Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Associate Professor, who provides advanced geriatric nursing [resident care] consultation, faculty expertise, enhanced scholarly productivity of JGS staff, facilitated UMass student research opportunities and experience in geriatric care; leadership for several JGS councils and research conferences, and general liaison activities between JGS and UMass Amherst.

InterNano Nanomanufacturing Library

InterNano supports the information needs of the nanomanufacturing community, a national audience including government works and industry. They pursue this mission by creating, collecting, and disseminating relevant and timely resources, employing appropriate and current web technologies so users can both contribute and extract information. InterNano works cooperatively with complementary informatics initiatives to facilitate data sharing among groups engaged with aspects of nanotechnology.

Aussie and American Styles of English

This project is designed as a cross-cultural study of popular uses of English in Australia and in the United States. Special attention is given to prominent styles of expression in each location, cultural vocabulary for making sense of English in each location (e.g., "cutting a tall poppy" in Aussie English, "chit-chat" in American English), and ways mis-communication may result from the interaction of these habitual styles and modes of expression.

Men of Color Health Awareness

MOCHA is an innovative health movement in Springfield, Massachusetts which seeks to reduce severe health disparities in the city by creating health-conscious norms and diffusing them through men of color’s personal and social networks.

UMass Family Business Center

The UMass Family Business Center, a program in UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education, serves as a practical and inspirational resource for family and closely held businesses. Ongoing participation benefits family companies of every size and industry throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1994, our learning community of business owning families has helped themselves and one another transition peaceably, govern wisely, communicate clearly, risk and reward appropriately, mediate resolutely, and strategize thoughtfully.

National Center for Digital Government

The National Center for Digital Government is a research, teaching and outreach center of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and administratively based at CPPA. It was established with support from the National Science Foundation. NCDG builds global research capacity, advances practice, and strengthens the local, national and global network of researchers and practitioners engaged in building and using technology in government.

Institute for Cellular Engineering

The Institute for Cellular Engineering is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental research initiative focused on coordinating and expanding cellular engineering educational and scholarly activities on campus and enabling translational research through strategic industry partnerships. Through ICE, engineering, life science, and information science departments collaborate to understand, and ultimately harness, cellular “machinery” in plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Research Engaged Undergraduate (REU) program

This program provided UMass faculty mentors for 8 undergraduate students selected to participate in a 10-week summer program for rising seniors (those who are in the summer before their senior year). These students participated in an ongoing or new community-engaged research project in western Massachusetts, with preference for the Holyoke or Springfield communities. Students met as a group for seminars and training in community-engaged research, presented their research study proposal aims and hypotheses, and presented study results to students and faculty.