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  • UMass Professor Sankafan "Thai" Thayumanavan in his lab.

    Forefront of Health

    Venture moves tunable nanogels toward commercialization

    Outside Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan’s 15th-floor office in Lederle Research Tower, fluffy white clouds drift across a bright blue sky. These days, the outlook for his research into nanomaterials... More

  • The Large Millimeter Telescope points up to the sky at dawn.

    Outrageously Luminous

    Undergraduate discovers galaxies brighter than any previously known

    Astronomers are used to describing the brightest galaxies in the cosmos as “ultra-luminous” or “hyper-luminous.” Kevin Harrington ’16 has discovered eight galaxies so much brighter than any... More

  • Eve Vogel and Christine Hatch stand on the banks of the Connecticut River.

    RiverSmart Communities

    Helping Massachusetts residents understand and withstand flooding

    Rivers connect us. Parks run alongside them, bridges cross them, farms flourish in the rich soil beside them. When floods like those caused by 2011’s Hurricane Irene occur, they don’t just destroy... More

  • Photo: microshot of biophysical characterization equipment.

    Epicenter for Life Sciences

    State-of-the-art facility puts the Institute for Applied Life Sciences on the map

    On October 21, a series of technical talks and building tours gave the general public a first look at the new state-of-the-art facilities at UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS... More

  • Bee on a dandylion flower

    Keeping it Natural

    Untreated lawns help bee populations thrive

    Declining populations of pollinators is a major concern to ecologists because bees, butterflies and other insects play a critical role in supporting healthy ecosystems. Now a new study from urban... More

  • red-headed girl in white stand in front of equations on chalkboard

    STEMing the Tide

    Researcher discovers remedies to prevent attrition of girls and women from STEM

    Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta was drawn to the study of social inequality because of an interest in investigating its causes, and designing effective remedies using rigorous scientific methods. In... More