AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will hold a series of events to welcome the first class of Commonwealth College, its new honors college which began official operations last spring. The events will take place Labor Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3 - 4, at various locations around campus.
AMHERST, Mass. - Arnold L. Rosenberg, Distinguished University Professor of computer science and co-director of the Theoretical Aspects of Parallel and Distributed Systems (TAPADS) Laboratory, has been named one of eight Fulbright scholars from the U.S. who will be studying in France in 1999-2000. He will work for three months in the spring 2000 semester with researchers at the University of Paris-South, in Orsay. The Fulbright program sponsors international study by U.S. teachers and scholars. It funds approximately 4,200 recipients annually.
AMHERST, Mass. - A program to assess how well high school graduates are prepared for further education and careers is being designed and conducted by a research arm of the University of Massachusetts working with the state Department of Education.
AMHERST, Mass. - A team of French scientists is developing a coating that’s sticky when a person touches it, but almost immediately cools to a slick, Teflon-like surface when the person lets go. University of Massachusetts polymer scientists Thomas Russell and Ho-Cheol Kim reviewed the findings in a recent issue of the journal, Science.
AMHERST, Mass. - More than four dozen new tenured, tenure-track, part-time, and visiting faculty members will be on board at the University of Massachusetts when classes begin Sept. 8, while nearly three dozen are retiring or resigning. Also, half a dozen departments will have new heads as the school year begins.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts hurricane hunter Jim Carswell is flying into the eyes of hurricanes again this year, using high-tech weather sensors developed at UMass. These sensors help predict the path and intensity of the storms. Scientists expect this hurricane season, which runs through Oct. 31, to be particularly active. The UMass data is used in computer models relied on by National Hurricane Center forecasters to generate up-to-the-minute predictions on a hurricane’s course. Pinpoint hurricane forecasting gives people in threatened areas time to protect their property and evacuate to safety, according to Carswell, who flew through Hurricane Bret last week.
AMHERST, Mass. - Students arriving at the University of Massachusetts in September will find tuition for in-state undergraduates has been reduced for the fourth year in a row. University officials also expect a larger class of first-year students than last year and report both grade-point averages and SAT scores are higher than last year.
AMHERST, Mass. - U.S. News & World Report has ranked UMass Amherst in the top 50 nation-wide in a listing called "Great Schools at Great Prices." UMass was tied for No. 39 in the category of national universities.
AMHERST, Mass. - Patricia R. VandenBerg, assistant vice chancellor for communications and marketing at the University of Massachusetts since May 1996, has resigned to accept a position at Mount Holyoke College as executive director of communications and strategic initiatives. The announcement was made by Royster Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for University Advancement.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Professor Gary S. Moore’s new textbook on environmental health science has a lot more than text and graphics. It is a cutting edge, Web-enhanced book with a customized Web site offering the latest global environmental data, links to NASA satellite images and hundreds of other sources, sample tests, and 1,100 electronic slides.