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College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson has announced the promotion of longtime college administrator Cheryl Brooks to a key new position as Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations. Cheryl has served as the Director of Career Planning and Student Development, running an office known familiarly as the “career center,” for the past seven years.

As Dean Anderson said, “Cheryl was the second director of the center, which helps our undergraduate and graduate students develop interviewing skills and facilitates their placement in industry, graduate school,...

Maura Maloney (University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1985), the Principal Technology Business Operations Analyst at ESPN, will be visiting campus on February 26th along with four of her colleagues from ESPN to give a presentation on “Women in Technology Careers” as part of the UMass Amherst Information Technology TechTalk series. The talk will be from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Campus Center, Room 168C). Registration for the talk can be made here: http://www...

There are few things more frustrating than being on an online real-time phone call when it suddenly gets the jitters, your caller’s voice doesn’t match up to his or her facial expressions, and your conversation doesn’t sync correctly. Likewise, gamers are infuriated when sudden lags cause them to lose at what they’ve been playing for hours. These lags and jitters are caused by a phenomenon known as “bufferbloat.”

Now there is a fix for bufferbloat founded on research conducted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst more than a decade ago. During the late 1990s and early...

Chemical Engineering (ChE) graduate student Miaomin Zhang and his advisor ChE Professor Neil S. Forbes recently published the cover article of the Journal of Controlled Release (vol 199, February 10th), which has an impact factor of 7.8. The title of the article is "Trg-deficient Salmonella colonize quiescent tumor regions by exclusively penetrating or proliferating."

For more than 12 years, the Forbes research team has been working on non-pathogenic Salmonella bacteria that can use their own self-propulsion system to venture deep into tumors and deliver cancer-...

The Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler (IWRAP) developed and built by the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was being used for sophisticated measurements of precipitation and the ocean surface during repeated flights in January and February as conducted by NOAH’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). IWRAP is a C-band and Ku-band dual-polarized (vertical and horizontal polarization) profiling scatterometer system designed to measure the backscattered signal from precipitation and the ocean surface.

The National...