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Surprising Benefits of "Crows Feet"

By Liz Siegel, 12/13/17

They squint in exasperation, crumple in disgust, and deepen with joy. They’re teeny — less than a centimeter wide — but they can be a source of endless frustration or a point of pride. They’re the result of a muscle twitch that’s as uncontrollable as it is fleeting, but whether they’ve sent us to the dermatologist in a panic or reminded us of our mother’s laugh, they’re part of who we are. They go by unpronounceable names (orbicularis oculi contractions) and cryptic ones (Duchenne markers). But the most common, the most weighted, is crow’s-feet. And they’re more complicated, more nuanced, than we ever thought.

Solar Glare - Helpful Hints!

The UMass Police Department & Parking Services have reminded employees of the solar glare dangers on campus during this time of year.  Solar glare can temporarily blind drivers and can be a significant safety concern for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Solar glare is especially strong during the morning commute hours while driving eastbound and while driving westbound for the evening commute. Here are some safety tips for drivers:

  • Use polarized sunglasses
  • Slow down
  • Wash windshield inside and out
  • Use visor
  • Use headlights to help so others can see you.
  • Follow road markings and pull over if needed, to wait until you can see.

Thank you and drive safely!