AMHERST, Mass. - A research team led by University of Massachusetts chemical engineer James Watkins has developed a new method of depositing copper films within tiny channels etched in silicon wafers. The technique, reported in the Sept. 14 issue of the journal Science, is significant because it offers an efficient way to create the ever-smaller circuitry demanded by the microelectronics industry. "This process really makes possible the fabrication of extremely small features that are necessary for future generations of integrated circuits," Watkins said.
AMHERST, Mass. - Today the Massachusetts House passed a supplemental budget that contains a $10 million reserve for the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Initiative and $6.5 million in matching funds for the University’s Endowed Professorship program. The budget must now be approved by the Senate and signed by the governor.
AMHERST, Mass. - New geologic dating techniques are providing a greater resolution of Earth’s history. The new method offers greater efficiency, and access to a much more detailed geologic record than current dating methods, the scientists say.
AMHERST, Mass. - The widespread belief that lesbians and gay men are more affluent than the general population is a myth, says M.V. Lee Badgett, associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts and author of the new book "Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men."
AMHERST, Mass. - For centuries, scientists have wondered why gold is found in two forms - as a solid in deposits close to the Earth''s crust, and in solution, often far removed from gold-ore deposits. A fairly simple lab experiment conducted at the University of Massachusetts may lead to an understanding of how the precious metal came to be available in disparate forms, and how some gold-ore deposits might have been formed.
AMHERST, Mass. - Five University of Massachusetts physicists are part of an international team that has announced a striking new difference between matter and antimatter. The team conducting experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has essentially been grappling with the weighty question of why the universe – and all the matter in it – exists.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts School of Education say implementation of the state''s multi-year, multi-billion-dollar education reform law is being hobbled by funding and staffing shortages at the state Department of Education (DOE).