• Jeanne Hardy stands in front of a black wall with equations on it.

    Prize-Winning Science

    Chemist Jeanne Hardy untangles the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease

    The challenges wrought by Alzheimer’s disease are increasing with the graying of society in the developed world. Although no suitable treatments for Alzheimer’s disease exist, recent discoveries by... More

  • Rising Researcher students stand in the lobby of the Olver Design Building.

    Finding Their Path

    Research experiences help students chart a course for the future

    Hands-on research is a hallmark of undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We honor eight students from across campus with the Rising Researcher Award in recognition of... More

  • Biologist Jeff Blanchard collects soil samples surrounded by students at Harvard Forest.

    Hidden Beneath Our Feet

    UMass scientists find giant viruses in Massachusetts soil

    Until recently, scientists thought of viruses as mostly small infectious agents, tiny compared to typical bacteria and human cells. So imagine the surprise when UMass Amherst biologist Jeff Blanchard... More

  • Close up of Jumping Spider

    The "Eyes" Have It

    Research reveals spider eyes work together to track stimuli

    According to biologist Elizabeth Jakob, jumping spiders have excellent vision. Using a specially designed eye-tracker for use with spiders, Jakob, Skye Long and Adam Porter at the University of... More

  • Ancient elephant bird bones showing five cut marks.

    Old Bones

    Researchers find human activity on Madagascar 6,000 years earlier than thought

    Analysis of the bones of what was once the world’s largest bird has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought, according... More

  • Two Ibex stand on a rock formation

    Rare Sighting

    UMass ecologist documents rare goat species in Afghanistan

    A new study by an international team, including a UMass Amherst wildlife ecologist, has for the first time documented by direct observation the presence of two rare Asian wild goat species in... More