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Assistant Professor Xian Du, mechanical and industrial engineering, has received an $810,000 grant from a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company to support the development of a novel sensing technology used to monitor the strain on critical oil-pump equipment.

The grant was awarded by Aramco Services Company (ASC), a division of Saudi Aramco. Du will complete his research on vertical crude charge pumps, which are considered crucial equipment to the oil and gas industry, in collaboration with researchers from the Aramco Research Center in Boston. 

Michelle Farkas, professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was recently awarded a $1.25 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop next-generation tools to track and manipulate circadian rhythms in cells, helping researchers to understand the role that such rhythms play in disease.

The largest terrestrial carbon sink on earth is the planet’s soil. One of the fears that many scientists have is that a warming planet will liberate significant portions of the soil’s carbon, turning it into carbon dioxide (CO2) gas, and so further accelerate the pace of planetary warming. One of the key players in this story is the microbe: invisible, and yet the predominant form of life on earth.

Eleven researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been recognized for being among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2021.

The list includes Professor Eric Decker (CBD), Distinguished Professor David Julian McClements (CBD), Professor Hang Xiao (CBD, M2M), Research Professor Derek Lovley (M2M), Distinguished Professor Thomas P. Russell (M2M), Professor of Chemistry Vincent Rotello (CPHM, CBD, M2M), and Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering Nianqiang Wu (CPHM, CBD).

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) has announced that six campus research teams have been named recipients of the 3rd annual Manning/IALS Innovation Awards. These translational grants are designed to advance applied research and development efforts from UMass-based faculty research groups in the sciences and engineering through the development of spin-out/startup companies and the out-licensing of UMass intellectual property.

A non-toxic, bacteria-based system developed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst can detect when it is inside a cancer cell and then release its payload of therapeutic drugs directly into the cell. The work, published in “Nature Communications” today, could lead to effective, targeted therapies for currently untreatable cancers, such as liver or metastatic breast cancer.

Distinguished Professor of Food Science David Julian McClements is highlighted in an article about the science of designing healthier foods in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal.

In the article, “Science and Culture: Looking to ‘junk’ food to design healthier options,” McClements discusses the ongoing mission of his research group, which is focused on helping to create a healthier, more sustainable and affordable food supply.

UMass Amherst nurse researcher awarded NIH grant to tackle this question. Carrie-Ellen Briere studies the cells in human milk, a passion inspired by years of working as a clinical nurse with sick and premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

In January, the UMass University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) invited a group of worker artists to take part in their current, interdisciplinary exhibition, “We Are For Freedoms” - part of a national initiative - and to craft their own responses to the exhibit's call for art, “What does freedom mean to you?”

These original works will be on display at the UMCA for a special pop-up exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., to join the initial responses to this provocative and timely question.

Researchers in the muscle biology laboratory in the UMass Amherst department of kinesiology are seeking participants for a study of the effects of different resistance training exercise programs on skeletal muscle function in healthy men and women from 65 to 75 years old.

It is not clear what type of resistance training is best to improve the muscle function of older men and women and study results will help in the development of more effective resistance training programs for them. 

Learn how students are gaining research experience to prepare them for careers in the STEM fields through the Institute for Applied Life Sciences Clinical Testing Center (ICTC).

Learn how the Institute for Applied Life Sciences grew its COVID-19 testing capabilities and has made UMass Amherst a key public health resource in Massachusetts.

Laboratory for the Scientific Study of Dance (LAB:SYNC) focuses on the analysis of simple and complex models of dance behavior in relation to health outcomes across the lifespan. Directed by Dr. Aston K. McCullough, the lab analyzes dance behavior and related physiological signals within single- and multi-person movement paradigms through the synchronized use of sensors—cameras, wearable sensors, indirect calorimetry systems, EKG monitors, and others.

A new review article co-authored by Ravi Rajan, published in Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: "Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Detection of SARS-CoV-2 and Myriad Other Applications"

Qiangfei Xia, Professor of electrical and computer engineering at UMass Amherst, has received a three-year, $499,998 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to combine on-chip sensing and computing functions for next-generation smart, energy-efficient wearable electronics.

Today’s wearable devices require sensing and computing functions to happen separately, resulting in a massive amount of data having to shuttle between the sensor module and a cloud computing platform.