In the first study to use systematically collected data from multifamily housing inspections to track bed bug infestation, investigators including Christopher Sutherland at UMass Amherst “confirm what has long been suspected for bed bugs, but also for public health issues in general” – infestations are strongly associated with socioeconomic factors, including neighborhood income, eviction rates and crowding.
The notion of conserving climate change refugia – areas relatively buffered from current climate change that shelter valued wildlife, ecosystems, and other natural resources – is only about 10 years old, but the field has matured enough that a leading journal has prepared a special issue on the topic.
Professor Jonathan Rothstein, mechanical and industrial engineering, is part of a multi-institutional research team developing a new collection system for COVID-19 testing that will allow for rapid diagnosing via a device similar to a breathalyzer.
Based on the state plan and requirements for Reopening Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is moving ahead to reopen research labs, onsite library services and access, and other facilities for research and creative activities.
Three faculty-student research teams on campus have received seed grants of up to $12,000 each from the Institute of Diversity Sciences – a consortium across UMass and the Five Colleges – “to encourage multidisciplinary research that strives to solve important equity-related problems through science and engineering research,” director Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta announced this month.
Nicholas Reich, director of the UMass Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence and associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences,is available to discuss the updated projections, four weeks out, for number of COVID-19 deaths nationally and by state.
Recent correspondence in “Nature Materials” by a team of campus researchers answers a long-time question that experimental physicist Narayanan Menon says is “one of those things you should be able to look up in a textbook, a very basic question. But when you do look into the literature, there’s confusion, and it has been going on for decades. Our work isn’t screaming ‘new discovery,’ but this basic question is what we have clarified.”
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected 62 graduate students from 50 universities across the United States, including Care Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate in soil biogeochemist Marco Keiluweit’s lab at the Stockbridge School, in the latest round of its Office of Science Graduate Student Research program.
In women with a history of miscarriage, higher levels of physical activity were associated with a greater risk of subclinical, or very early, pregnancy loss, according to new research at UMass Amherst. Among women with confirmed pregnancy, physical activity and miscarriage risk were unrelated