September, 2008
Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) Receives $13.3M NSF Grant for Polymer Research Studies

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has received a six-year, $13.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study nanoscale polymer assemblies, polymers in highly charged solvents for potential use for drug delivery and harnessing thin-film instabilities for specialized sensors.

September, 2008
Professor Thomas McCarthy Receives Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

Professor Thomas McCarthy, Polymer Science and Engineering, is one of seven exceptional UMass faculty members who will be presented with an award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the fourth annual Faculty Convocation at UMass Amherst.

August, 2008
Computer Science Professor Jim Kurose Named Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM)

Kurose’s appointment is for two years and a search for a permanent dean is planned for the 2009-10 academic year. A national search is underway for a Nursing dean and Swinney will serve until an appointment is made.

June, 2008
Research by Professor Maria Santore and Colleagues Highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology

Polymer scientist Maria Santore and her colleagues have developed a novel surface containing tiny nanoparticles that can capture and manipulate much larger particles in a flowing solution with great precision. Santore’s research, performed in collaboration with chemist Vincent Rotello and chemical engineer Jeffrey Davis, was recently featured in Nature Nanotechnology.

June, 2008
Plastics Containing 'Smart Elements' Can Detect Mercury in Water, says Researchers

Campus researchers, led by Professor Greg Tew of UMass Amherst Polymer Science & Engineering, have developed plastics containing “smart elements” that can instantly detect the presence of mercury at or below the drinking water standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, even when other metals are present in the solution.

April, 2008
Professor Al Crosby Receives 2008 Rohm & Haas New Faculty Award

Professor Al Crosby has received the 2008 Rohm & Haas New Faculty Award. According to the Rohm & Haas website, "The Rohm and Haas TCO New Faculty Award recognizes a non-tenured faculty member at an accredited university for his/her outstanding research achievement or potential in chemistry, polymers or materials science. Candidate nominations and selection of the award recipient are conducted by Rohm and Haas technologists.". Congratulations Al!

March, 2008
Assistant Professor Ryan Hayward Receives $475K Career Award from NSF

Ryan Hayward, assistant professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, has received a five-year, $475,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research on hydrogels, materials that can absorb hundreds of times their weight in water and undergo huge changes in volume.

February, 2008
Professor Thomas Russell Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

On February 8, 2008, the National Academy of Engineering announced the election of 65 new members as well as 9 foreign associates. According to the NAE Release statement, "Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

January, 2008
Research Images Featured in Art Exhibit at Science & Engineering Library

"Images from VISUAL,” an exhibit of works from the Ventures in Science Using Art Laboratory (VISUAL), is on display through April 29 at the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library in the Lederle Graduate Research Center lowrise.

November, 2007
Professor Al Crosby To Receive Young Adhesion Scientist Award

At the upcoming Adhesion Society meeting, Professor Al Crosby will be honored with the Adhesion Society’s Young Adhesion Scientist Award. This is the first time this award will be given. The purpose of the Young Adhesion Scientist Award is to recognize a young scientist or engineer for conducting outstanding and fundamental research in adhesion science. Congratulations all!