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!

October, 2007
Professor Greg Tew Receives 2007 Herman F. Mark Young Scholar Award

At the 234th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Boston , MA , August 2007, Professor Gregory N. Tew was awarded the 2007 Herman F. Mark Young Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry. Professor Tew received the award from the Division Chair James Moore. Congratulations Greg!

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.

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.

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.