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Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is leading an initiative to light up a February 28 dance party, sponsored by the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center, with computerized Arduino lighting and thereby electrify the event in every possible way. The theme of the dance is “Come out as You Are: An LGBTQIA+ Dance.” The affair, taking place in the Student Union Ballroom from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., aims to include everyone.

The Stonewall Center is a campus resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual students. When...

According to the UMass Amherst Research Next website, Professors Michael Zink and Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department are key researchers in two campus projects funded by the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) Program, which is supporting five multi-million-dollar projects nationwide. As part of the two UMass Amherst projects, computing and engineering experts Jim Kurose, Arun Venkataramani, Wolf, and...

The 13-year-long delay in the proposed Cape Wind project in Massachusetts reveals the critical need for an integrated approach to offshore wind energy development that works mutually toward an efficient, sustainable energy source and public education, input, and acceptance.

This difficult task calls for a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers. That’s where a new National-Science-Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in. For the next three summers, this REU will annually support 10 undergraduates...

On Saturday, January 31, the Diversity Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ran a “Girl Scout Adafruit Workshop” in which Scouts from western Massachusetts spent the morning designing, engineering, and constructing wearable, electronic, programmable, light-up jewelry.

“Our main goal is to attract the girls to engineering by making sure they have a lot of fun learning about it,” explains Dr. Paula Rees, the director of the Diversity Programs Office at UMass Amherst. “The focus of the day is to learn the basics of soldering and programming while making a...

A team of four seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has conceived, designed, and is currently building a camera-toting drone aircraft that can hover above a mountain biker, surfer, climber, or any of the country’s 4.88-million action athletes and videotape the performance. Named “Otto: the Personal Cameraman,” the device will be mounted on a scale-model “quadcopter” and is the brainchild and senior design project of Andrew Sousa, Seth Kielbasa, Albion Lici, and Noah Portnoy, who also receive plenty of helpful input from faculty advisor Christopher Hollot. Go to...

T.J. Lakis Mountziaris, a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, will be the Distinguished Seminar Speaker for the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern University in Boston on January 28. Mountziaris will be speaking on “Synthesis, Functionalization and Biological Sensing Applications of ZnSe Nanocrystals” at 312 Ell Hall on the Northeastern campus from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 28. Link to seminar announcement: http://www.che.neu.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/che/...

According to an article on the UMass Research Next website, Dragoljub Beka Kosanovic, the director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is one of the co-principal investigators for the new state-wide Energy Extension Initiative, funded by a $6-million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The initiative is designed to mobilize information on the latest clean energy technologies as...

Robert W. Hyers of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the co-investigator of the EML Thermolab, an experiment aboard the International Space Station that suspends liquid metals in a weightless environment while they cool. The Thermolab experiment seeks to improve models to help industrial casting and solidification techniques. Thermolab investigates the temperature and physical properties of industrial alloys in weightlessness in their...

Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department was recently featured in a long article, written by Amanda Drane of Research Next, about several UMass researchers studying the biological mechanisms that impact the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Research Next “is the campus's official window into the research, scholarship, and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top research university. Our story is told through the voices of the faculty, students and staff who, through their work, are creating a brighter future for us all.” Link to...

According to a UMass News Office press release and an article in the Springfield Republican, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced that the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at UMass Amherst is awarding nearly $690,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges, and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Richard Palmer, head of the...

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