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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...

There has been extensive news coverage in the science press about a research team headed by Jae-Hwang Lee, mechanical and industrial engineering, which reports in Science magazine that it has carried out miniature ballistic tests by firing tiny silica spheres at sheets of graphene, a material that could be used to make new and improved bulletproof vests. The researchers reported that atom-thick layers of this material can be stronger than steel when it comes to absorbing impacts. Graphene consists of a sheet of single atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. See...

A long feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at David A. Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMass Amherst, who, along with his colleagues has received a $4.1-million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. Governor Deval L. Patrick and a top state...

A holiday feature story (see feature here: Globe) and sidebar (see sidebar here: Globe) in The Boston Globe looked at the indoor navigation system to help the visually impaired designed by Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Her...

During the fall semester, alumnus Daniel J. Riccio (’86, ME), the senior vice president of Hardware Engineering at Apple Inc. since August of 2012, spoke to approximately 120 invited students from various departments throughout the campus. The subject of Riccio’s talk was “From Amherst to Cupertino: My Leadership Journey With Apple Inc.” The event was moderated by College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson and occurred in the packed Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Center on campus. After the talk, Riccio engaged his audience in a lively question and answer session.

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The WebsEdge company has produced a video (You Tube link) for Materials Research Society (MRS) TV that showcases the Materials Engineering Program at UMass Amherst. The video was featured as part of a group of about 15 such videos for materials science and engineering programs/departments that were invited by MRS TV to produce films for the 2014 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston. 

“UMass Amherst has had a tremendous effect on materials science and engineering,” as Dimitrios...

On December 4, the MIE 415 Senior Capstone Design course, taught by Professor Frank Sup of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, held its fall-semester poster contest, and the three winning teams produced a trio of brilliant and practical inventions aimed at solving major engineering problems. During the semester their engineering ideas went from the concept stage to the actual fabrication of three ingenious devices: a treadmill to improve the gait of patients recovering from neurological damage, such as that suffered by stroke victims; an optimized throttle control...

Associate Professor Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has won the Climate Science Service Award from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Brown has overseen the work of his two team-members, Research Assistant Professor Dr. Patrick Ray and Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Sungwook Wi, on the award-winning project. The citation from the DWR noted that this research team has “worked with DWR on a climate change vulnerability assessment for DWR’s State Water Project (SWP) facilities. Their close coordination with DWR has ensured that the...

A team of researchers in Sundar Krishnamurty’s mechanical and industrial engineering laboratory is putting a couple of new, high-end 3D printers through their paces now in their temporary location in Elab II while they await the building of new facilities at the Life Science Laboratories (LSL), expected to be finished in 2016. See News office Story: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/engineering-team-using-3d-printers-test.

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To realize that the United States is in the throes of a nutritional crisis, all you have to do is pay attention. We are a country festering with obesity, eating disorders, and nutritionally caused conditions such as diabetes. As the founder and CEO of a new company targeting this crisis, alumna Alaina Hanlon Adams has her finger on the pulse of a country in big nutritional trouble. Her company, NuPlanit (http://www.nuplanit.com/), empowers people to sustain healthy, balanced eating habits using mobile technology and a network of nutrition experts....

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