The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 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

  • Close up of a Blackpoll warbler's back with a tiny device strapped on to it.

    Tiny Birds, Immense Stamina

    Geolocating ‘backpacks’ help researchers identify blackpoll warbler migration routes

    Blackpoll warblers that breed in western North America may migrate up to 12,400 miles roundtrip each year, some crossing the entire North American continent before making a nonstop trans-ocean flight... More

  • UMass Amherst Professor Rebecca Spencer stands in front of an MRI.

    Sleep Secrets

    Neuroscientist probes sleep’s role in learning and memory

    Does “sleeping on it” help us make better decisions? Are sleep disorders just a natural part of aging? How important are naps, anyhow? Rebecca Spencer, Professor in the Department of Psychological... More

  • A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle rests on a beach.

    Stunned by Climate Change?

    Researchers investigate ‘alarming rate’ of sea turtles stranded off Cape

    The number of cold-stunning and stranding events among young sea turtles is increasing at an “alarming” rate and has moved north from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod Bay, say researchers at the... More

  • UMass Amherst Innovators: Peter Reinhart, Jun Yao, Trisha Andrew, and Derek Lovely.

    After Eureka

    UMass Scientists Turn Revolutionary Ideas Into Businesses

    Starting a business is terrifying, to be frank, said Morgan Baima '18PhD, just after incorporating the UMass startup company Soliyarn. Scary though it may seem, Baima and other UMass scientists... More