• Close up picture of brown rot fungi.

    Fueled by Fungus

    Brown rot fungus shows promise for biomass conversion

    Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and... More

  • UMass Amherst Computer Science Professor Donald Towsley standing, arms folded, in front ot the campus pond.

    Work As Play

    Curiosity drives distinguished scientist’s pursuit of network innovation

    Is there a better mousetrap? Donald Towsley, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, thinks so. His curiosity about life and his open, often playful... More

  • Female jogger standing in field with hands on hips

    Light Me Up!

    Technology for off-the-shelf power generating clothes is here

    A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but UMass Amherst materials scientist Trisha Andrew could make one today. She and... More

  • Authentica habita

    Chancellor speaks out about academic freedom

    It’s commencement season, and across the country universities are welcoming speakers, awarding honorary degrees, and sending off their graduates. But as we prepare to send our graduates out into the... More

  • close up of ear with graph overlay

    Hearing with Precision

    New work on auditory signal processing could lead to better hearing

    The inner ear is a remarkable sensing apparatus, says Geng-Lin Li, assistant professor of biology. “The temporal precision of the human auditory system is awe-inspiring, even by the standards of... More

  • UMass Amherst English Professor TreaAndrea Trussworm holds two of her books while standing in newly-renovated South College.

    Media Critic

    Scholar and literary analyst takes on pop culture

    If you were to meet TreaAndrea Russworm at a party and ask her what she does for a living, she might give you her short, straightforward answer: she’s an associate professor in the UMass Amherst... More