Gov. Romney Visits Campus, Meets Researchers

AMHERST, Mass. - Gov. W. Mitt Romney visited the UMass Amherst campus today to outline his capital plan for the University system and participate in a round-table briefing on science education and research.

During the session in the Isenberg School of Management, Romney discussed his proposal to tap the state’s fiscal 2005 surplus to fund $400 million in capital improvements at public campuses. The plan calls for $20 million for an integrated science building and $60 million for a new central heating plant at the Amherst campus.

Several faculty and graduate students used the occasion to update the governor on their research. As Romney, President Jack M. Wilson and Chancellor John Lombardi and reporters listened, the researchers described their studies and their potential for innovation and technological advances.

Among those participating in the presentation were Allan Feldman, teacher education and curriculum studies; James Watkins, chemical engineering; Michael Malone, dean for the College of Engineering; Susan Roberts, chemical engineering; Ticora Jones, a doctoral candidate in polymer science and engineering; Brian O’Connor biology; Derek Lovley, microbiology; Rafael Santana, a master’s candidate in electrical and computer engineering; and Peg Riley, biology.