Olivia Laramie, a graduate student at the School of Public Policy, presented a paper at the 16th International Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities.
Yuriy Brun, an associate professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, has been selected to receive the Most Influential Paper Award at the 15th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS 2020).
In a new paper, Thomas Russell and postdoctoral fellow Ganhua Xie, at UMass Amherst and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, report that they have used capillary forces to develop a simple method for producing self-assembling hanging droplets of an aqueous polymer solution from the surface of a second aqueous polymer solution in well-ordered arrays.
Medical face masks, which have fallen into short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, endangering both frontline health care workers and their patients, may be safely reused after sterilization, according to initial results from urgent research conducted this week by a UMass Amherst environmental health scientist.
Doctors and nurses in emergency departments at four academic centers and four community hospitals in the Northeast reported a wide range of emotions triggered by patients, hospital resources and societal factors, according to a qualitative study led by a UMass Amherst social psychologist.
In an email to researchers on Monday, March 23, Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, announced faculty directing research, who believe that any continued on-site research is critical, should submit a Laboratory Research Continuity Plan as soon as possible and continue critical activities until a response to the approval request is received.
When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos he brought to his private zoo in Colombia were left behind in a pond on his ranch. Since then, their numbers have grown to an estimated 80-100, and the giant herbivores have made their way into the country’s rivers. Scientists and the public alike have viewed Escobar’s hippos as invasive pests that by no rights should run wild on the South American continent.
A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as “a quintessential forage fish” for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform “relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.”
In an effort to combat a major source of serious bacterial infections, chemical engineers Jessica Schiffman and Lauren B. Andrews at UMass Amherst are studying how bacteria attach themselves to polymer materials used in biomedical devices such as catheters, implants, wound dressings and contact lenses. The goal is to help prevent infections by developing new biofouling resistant materials.