September, 2007
Professor Shaw Ling Hsu Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Professor Shaw Ling Hsu received the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Leadership Award at the NSM Convocation on September 4, 2007. The award was given to Professor Hsu by Dean George M. Langford who remarked on Professor Hsu’s outstanding leadership during the 2006-2007 academic year. Also in attendance at the NSM Convocation were President Jack Wilson, Interim Chancellor Thomas W. Cole, Jr. and Provost Charlena Seymour.

September, 2007
Professor James Watkins Receives Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

Professor James Watkins will receive the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the 2007 UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation on September 21, 2007. This is the third year the Chancellor and Provost will be granting these awards. Chancellor Cole and Provost Seymour will honor these eight distinguished faculty members at the Convocation. A luncheon will follow the ceremony. Also honored will be John J. Clement, Teacher Education and Curriculum; Eric A. Decker, Department of Food Science; Walter B. Denny, Art Department; Nancy Folbre, Economics Department; Patty S. Freedson, Kinesiology Department; Jeffrey W. Holmes, Department of Music and Dance; Sabina Murray, English Department. Congratulations to Professor Watkins on his accomplishment.

August, 2007
Professor Todd Emrick Awarded Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Grant by The Center of Excellence in Apoptosis Research

The Center of Excellence in Apoptosis Research (CEAR) interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows program has awarded a grant to faculty members Todd Emrick, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Priscilla Clarkson, Kinesiology.

July, 2007
Fire-Retardant Synthetic Polymer Article in July 2007 Issue of Materials World Magazine

"Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, have created a flame-retardant synthetic polymer that does not require conventional and potentially harmful halogen additives."

May, 2007
New Fire-Resistant Plastic Developed

A new fire-resistant synthetic polymer was recently developed by scientists at UMass Amherst. A news article highlighting and detailing this development was published in both UMass Amherst's In The Loop weekly bulletin and at

May, 2007
Polymer Science & Engineering Unveils NEW Website

The Polymer Science & Engineering Department at UMass Amherst has launched its new website. Updated for easier navigation, more informative web pages and an overall new look and design, this website reflects the high quality and standards that the PS&E Department diligently works to maintain.

April, 2007
Professor Emeritus William J. MacKnight Receives Society of Plastics Engineers International Award

Distinguished Professor Emeritus William J. MacKnight will be the recipient of the 2007 Society of Plastics Engineers International Award. The Award will be presented at the ANTEC meeting, May 6, in Cincinnati OH.

April, 2007
Professor Kenneth Carter Wins Percy L. Julian Award

Polymer Scientist Kenneth R. Carter has won the Percy L. Julian Award for significant contributions in pure and applied research in chemistry presented at the national conference of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) in Orlando, Fla. last week. Congratulations Ken!

April, 2007
Dr. Tisato Kajiyama Receives UMass Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award

The Polymer Science & Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts is proud to announce Dr. Tisato Kajiyama is the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is bestowed upon alumni who have demonstrated distinguished service to the university.