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    Desert Skies

    Undergraduates study galaxy formation at Kitt Peak

    Located in the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona is Kitt Peak National Observatory, where four UMass astronomy students traveled over winter break to map galaxies in the dark desert skies.

  • Picture of an air traffic control center.

    Top Flight

    New center to provide advanced aeronautical research and training

    A significant number of air traffic controllers in the New England region are expected to retire in the next decade, increasing the demand for a modern education and training facility. To help meet... More

  • UMass Amherst history professor Christian Appy sits in his office with his books.

    The Human Side of War

    Social historian explores the Vietnam War’s effects on American culture and identity

    Historian Christian Appy had been taking a break from academic life when he arrived on the UMass Amherst campus in 2004. Having just completed a monumental oral history of the Vietnam War called... More

  • Jennifer Greene and her team’s Barbie Jeep in the UMass Amherst Smart Car Crash Avoidance Competition.

    Smart Car Extravaganza

    Engineering students avoid a crash course

    The 185 students in Professor David McLaughlin’s Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course gathered in a large circle in the Student Union Ballroom, laughing, shouting, and cheering as dozens of... More

  • Close up of judge's gavel.

    A Hand in Justice

    How the public influences the Supreme Court

    When a vacancy opens up on the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a standard process for filling the seat: the President nominates a new justice, who then appears at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary... More

  • Outline of three colorful heads filled with computer chip technology.

    Growing Data Sciences

    New college and center are expanding the campus’s data science leadership

    This spring UMass Amherst demonstrated its deep faith in the potential of one of today’s highest-profile emerging technologies by holding a symposium celebrating the creation of the campus’s Center... More