The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Close up of a maple leaf-shaped bottle of maple syrup situated on a rock with fall foliage in the background.

    Finding the Sweet Spot

    Research shows climate will impact decline of U.S. maple syrup production

    Maple syrup production, one of New England’s cultural icons and a key economic component of the region, will shift northward during the next century due to rising temperatures that will drastically... More

  • UMass Amherst professor Ivan Lee stand in his lab flanked by two graduate students

    Beyond Batteries

    UMass Amherst lays the groundwork for a revolution in wireless wearables

    Smartwatches were big breakthroughs when they hit the market in the early 2000s. Even nascent versions got consumers excited with their ability to play games and access newsfeeds. Two decades later,... More

  • Research image of both tangled and aligned polymer strands.

    Better than Metal

    UMass scientist engineers polymer films that conduct heat better than ceramics and steel

    Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is co-author of a study that shows how to build polymer films that conduct heat... More

  • UMass Amherst Associate Professor Britt Rusert stands in the lobby of New Africa House.

    Fugitive Science

    Interdisciplinary scholar explores cultural and historical perspectives of race and science

    Associate professor Britt Rusert has taken what some would consider a circuitous route to her faculty position in the UMass Amherst W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. A published... More

  • Rising Researcher students standing on the steps of Hillside with the Chancellor.

    Breaking Boundaries

    Talented undergraduates find their path through research

    Rebecca Castonguay ’19 knew little about mathematical modeling for disease when she signed on to Professor Hari Balasubramanian’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) team in the summer of... More

  • Offshore wind turbines with hurricane heat model in the background

    Building a Better Turbine

    Offshore wind development must assess hurricane risks

    Imagine a world in which half of our electricity is generated renewably by offshore wind farms. Now imagine a powerful hurricane hitting the coast where that farm is located. If developers,... More