Leading nanotechnology researcher Mark Tuominen this week provided expert advice to Congress on where and how federal spending can better bolster nanomanufacturing. Tuominen, a professor of physics and co-director of the MassNanoTech Institute, said the purpose of his March 17 testimony was to boost research and development and to foster university-industry partnerships.
The precision manufacturing industry in Western Massachusetts received a major boost today with the announcement of a $600,000 federal grant to foster innovative practices through a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) follows an earlier state investment of $650,000 in industry competitiveness through the MTC’s John Adams Innovation Institute, and will be enhanced by a newly formed partnership between academic, workforce development and industry leaders in the region.
A research team led by polymer scientist Gregory Tew that includes biotech firm PolyMedix, Inc. of Radnor, Pa., has received a first-year, $977,658 grant to study and develop new antibiotics against food-borne and related illnesses. Funding, to be shared by the University and PolyMedix, is from the National Institutes of Health’s Cooperative Research Partnerships for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease.
Michael F. Malone has been named vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Chancellor Robert C. Holub. Malone, whose appointment is effective Aug. 17, has served as dean of the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst since 2004.
UMass Amherst has been chosen to host a new multimillion-dollar Energy Frontier Research Center to pursue advanced scientific research as part of a federal science initiative announced by President Obama.
A $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support a global health research project conducted by polymer scientist Gregory Tew to pursue ideas that have never before been tested in fighting infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea.
Like many creative but essentially conservative scientists, Tom Russell of Polymer Science and Engineering, in more than 30 years of research, would rarely use the term “truly transformative” about his work. Until now.
The recent election of associate professor Al Crosby as vice-chair of the West Coast Polymer Gordon Research Conference highlights the campus’ leadership of the most prestigious conference on polymer research, according to his colleague, associate professor Todd Emrick, the rising chair of the conference.
Scientists from the Polymer Science and Engineering Department and the University of Illinois have developed a smart new synthetic compound that not only targets some drug-resistant bacteria and kills them, but the new antibiotic takes away the germs’ most potent defense – the mutation that could provide new resistance will also kill them, leaving no escape.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named University of Massachusetts Amherst a “Community-Engaged University” under a rigorous classification process developed to document community engagement in the college curriculum, and separately in external outreach and partnerships.