Students walk along the bridge by the campus pond and Fine Arts center at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Stories Archive: 2021

Read the latest UMass Amherst Stories.

Advancing Equitable Diversity in the Workplace
The UMass Amherst Center for Employment Equity documents progress and promotes accountability toward the goals in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

UMass Press Showcases Outstanding Humanities Research
In 2021, the Press added works to its acclaimed long-running series and prepared to launch new series in emerging fields.

Translation for Freedom
UMass Amherst students make art exhibition accessible to traditionally excluded communities by translating museum materials into Spanish.

Facilitating a Fast and Fair Energy Transition
The Energy Transition Institute is paving the way for a more environmentally sustainable and just energy system.

Uncovering the Back Story of Earth's Varied Landscapes
Geosciences graduate student Karin Lehnigk is studying the role ancient floods played in shaping the topography of Earth—and Mars.

Through the Looking Glass
By turning custom scientific instruments imagined by researchers into a reality, the Scientific Glassblowing Laboratory helps make discovery possible.

Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change
One of nine regional centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center, the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) at UMass Amherst works with natural and cultural resource managers to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.

From Bog to Table
For over 100 years and counting, the UMass Cranberry Station has invigorated the Commonwealth’s cranberry industry through research and innovation.

Computing for the Common Good
UMass Amherst’s leading computer science program gets a boost of nearly $95M to help build and diversify Massachusetts’ tech talent pool.

Achieving New Heights of Excellence in Nursing
A $21.5M gift from trailblazing nursing educator Elaine Marieb ‘69PhD, ‘85MS will transform learning opportunities for nursing students and service to the broader community.

A Master of Public Policy
On the Franklin, Mass. Town Council and in his day job as a researcher at the Massachusetts Legislative Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, Cobi Frongillo '18, '19G gets to have a direct impact on efforts to combat climate change.

Celebrating the Flagship's Finest
UMass Amherst honors seven alumni and friends who represent the university’s revolutionary and innovative spirit.

Unlocking Our Personal Health Through Smart(er) Wearables
UMass Amherst researchers are developing advanced wearable devices that could revolutionize health and healthcare in the future.

New Beginnings
The UMass Amherst campus fills with students as the fall semester begins.

Welcome to the Fall Semester
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is delighted to welcome students back to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

Olympics Bound
UMass Amherst athletes head to Tokyo to compete in the Summer Olympics.

Lessons from COVID-19
From faculty who stepped up to contribute to the emergency response to those who found themselves in the midst of an unprecedented natural experiment, UMass Amherst researchers have studied the pandemic’s influence from a variety of angles.

Creating Engineering Magic
For their senior project, a team of engineering students designed and built an automated chess board that allows for play by opponents in different locations.

A COVID-19 Hero
Parker Sweet ’21, ’22MPH was one of many students who worked to keep the UMass Amherst community safe last year.

A Work Revolution?
UMass Amherst faculty share what has been learned as a result of the natural experiment in remote work prompted by COVID-19.

Earth! One
Members of the Theater Department, School of Public Policy, and Department of Environmental Conservation joined forces to create an awe-inspiring pop-up sculpture to convey messages about climate change.