Until recently, scientists thought of viruses as mostly small infectious agents, tiny compared to typical bacteria and human cells. So imagine the surprise when biologist Jeff Blanchard and Ph.D. student Lauren Alteio at UMass Amherst, with others at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), discovered giant viruses – relatively speaking the size of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons – in soil at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts.
An electrical and computer engineering department research team says it has developed a promising building block for the next generation of nonvolatile random-access memory, artificial neural networks and bio-inspired computing systems.
As the nights grow longer and winter settles in across the north, a team of health researchers is using a “community mobilization” approach to translate research into practice for an Alaska Native youth suicide prevention program in 15 remote Alaska towns. The
David Reinhard, a postdoctoral research associate in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, will speak on “The rival within: Rivals as part of the self and social identity” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. in Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall East.
The talk is sponsored by...
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, delivered the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture at the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 4.
For decades, molecular biologists studying a class of molecular chaperones known as heat shock proteins (Hsp70s) have relied on the Hsp70s found in bacteria as the model system. Now one of the world’s experts on the molecule and her team report that their investigation into whether Hsps from mammalian cells behave like those in bacteria reveals “key evolutionary variations” between them.
A new predictive model developed by ecologist Kristina Stinson at UMass Amherst and a climate scientist at the University of Washington suggests that climate change may allow common ragweed to extend its growing range northward and into major northeast metro areas, worsening conditions for millions of people with hay fever and asthma.
Do you have a “little bit” of trouble hearing? Have you been told that you are “not quite ready" for hearing aids? Are you between 50 and 64 years of age?
If so, you are invited to participate in an NIH-funded research study on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs)...
Researchers in the kinesiology department are looking for male volunteers with knee pain due to osteoarthritis to participate in a research study.
Volunteers will be asked to make one trip to the Institute for Applied Life Sciences Human Testing Center on campus where they will undergo an MRI of...
A recent pilot study by kinesiologists at UMass Amherst found that pedaling while conducting work tasks improved insulin responses to a test meal. Investigators led by Dr. Stuart Chipkin found that insulin levels following the meal were lower when sedentary workers used a pedal desk compared to a standard desk. In addition, work skills were not decreased in the pedaling condition.