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    1. UMass Amherst Researchers’ Receive $317,732 NSF Grant for Project on Wind Energy Technology

      UMass Amherst Researchers’ Receive $317,732 NSF Grant for Project on Wind Energy Technology

      A project two University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers in civil and environmental engineering are spearheading has received a $317,732 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program in collaboration with Texas A&M, UC Davis and UMass Dartmouth. The project involves research that Sanjay Arwade and Don DeGroot have been performing to develop models for loading placed on multiline ring anchors subjected to wind, waves and other forces as part of an offshore wind development. A Multiline Ring Anchor (MRA) is a ring-shaped anchor designed to be deeply embedded in offshore ...

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    2. UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences Joins Massachusetts Digital Health R&D Sandbox Program

      UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences Joins Massachusetts Digital Health R&D Sandbox Program

      The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) has selected six new healthcare research and development (R&D) hubs to join the Digital Health Sandbox Network including the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), the state program announced this week. The Sandbox Program connects digital health startups to cutting-edge R&D facilities in the Commonwealth and allows Massachusetts startups to apply for funding to test their innovations at one of the networks’ labs, now including IALS. Sandbox R&D facilities provide a range of services supporting validation and testing for digital health companies throughout their life ...

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    3. New Educational App Shows Promise for Improving Pre-schoolers’ Pre-literacy Skills

      New Educational App Shows Promise for Improving Pre-schoolers’ Pre-literacy Skills

      As millions of families struggle to keep their children learning while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary results of a randomized, controlled study led by psychology researcher David Arnold at the University of Massachusetts Amherst show that 4- and 5-year-olds from low income families who used a Khan Academy Kids App for three months at home achieved “substantial gains in their pre-literacy skills that brought them nearly to the national average.”

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    4. UMass Amherst Engineer Sarah Perry Gets Nsf Career Grant To Stabilize Proteins to Increase Access to Vaccines

      UMass Amherst Engineer Sarah Perry Gets Nsf Career Grant To Stabilize Proteins to Increase Access to Vaccines

      Sarah Perry, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is studying a new approach to protein stabilization based on how cells work at body temperature. The research is aimed at boosting the accessibility of vaccines and other therapeutics, especially in developing countries, and extending the reach of temperature-stable proteins to sensing and catalysis applications. The research is funded with a five-year, $657,920 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Perry’s Research Group is based at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst.

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    5. UMass Amherst Engineers, Nurses Design Fast-track, Low-cost Face Shield to Provide PPE Devices for Health Care

      UMass Amherst Engineers, Nurses Design Fast-track, Low-cost Face Shield to Provide PPE Devices for Health Care

      In just under two weeks, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with engineers, nurses and other health care professionals, have developed a design informed by clinical feedback for protective plastic face shields as the nation combats the spread of the coronavirus. It will be made available to manufacturers to mass-produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and others. A Southbridge, Mass., company, K+K Thermoforming, is now producing the first order of 80,000 shields placed by the Face Shield COVID-19 Response Team at UMass Amherst. Shields will be distributed to medical facilities and other front-line responders ...

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    6. New Green Technology from UMass Amherst Generates Electricity ‘Out of Thin Air’ | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      New Green Technology from UMass Amherst Generates Electricity ‘Out of Thin Air’ | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.

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    7. UMass Amherst Researchers Awarded $1.75-million in NSF Funding to Study and Develop New Class of Soft Electronics | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Researchers Awarded $1.75-million in NSF Funding to Study and Develop New Class of Soft Electronics | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and construct soft stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security and communications applications. The scientists plan to use conductive protein nanowires and mechanically soft nanomaterials to create a new nanocomposite that is strong, flexible and highly conductive.

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    8. National Report Calls for More Focused Studies of Digital Apps and Games to Enhance Pre-teen Learning and Development

      National Report Calls for More Focused Studies of Digital Apps and Games to Enhance Pre-teen Learning and Development

      A team of developmental and cognitive psychologists and learning experts this month published a report on digital game play and app use among 6-12 year olds – specifically, what is known and not known about impacts on cognitive development and learning. They recommend target research areas to maximize child educational outcomes, best practices in schools, and policies for developing effective educational games and apps for this group of under-studied youth.

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    9. UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering

      UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering

      Sanjay Raman, associate vice president for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region and president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, has been named the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The announcement was made by John J. McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Raman begins his new duties at UMass Amherst in August.

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    10. UMass Amherst Engineer Jun Yao Receives Nsf Career Grant to Develop Nanoscale Sensors to Measure Mechanical and Electrical Properties in Cells

      UMass Amherst Engineer Jun Yao Receives Nsf Career Grant to Develop Nanoscale Sensors to Measure Mechanical and Electrical Properties in Cells

      Jun Yao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop nanoscale sensors that can measure both the mechanical and electrical properties of a cell at the same time. The grant is from NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

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    11. UMass Amherst’s International Students Provide Major Economic Boost to Region | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst’s International Students Provide Major Economic Boost to Region | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hosts 3,666 international students from 115 countries who contribute $127.9 million per year to the regional economy and support 1,863 jobs, according to a new report from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, covering the 2017-18 academic year. UMass Amherst is ranked fifth in the state for schools with international students that have a positive impact on the economy.

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    12. John W. Olver Design Building Earns LEED Gold Certification

      John W. Olver Design Building Earns LEED Gold Certification

      The John W. Olver Design Building, a showcase for best practices in sustainability and state-of-the-art wood construction technology, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

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    13. UMass Amherst Announces Strategic Expansion of University Without Walls

      UMass Amherst Announces Strategic Expansion of University Without Walls

      This expansion of UWW, which is one of the oldest and most well-regarded adult bachelor’s degree completion programs in the United States, anticipates a future where universities must evolve into integrated academic services providers capable of offering full-fledged degree programs, stackable credentials and professional career development. In this model, courses will be offered in a number of modes including face-to-face immersive, online and hybrid. The new UWW will elevate the student experience by introducing adaptable multi-modal pedagogies and comprehensive student support services, which will significantly expand access to a high-quality UMass Amherst education.

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    14. UMass Amherst Launches New Center for Employment Equity

      UMass Amherst Launches New Center for Employment Equity October 29, 2018 DATE: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 TIME: 3-5 p.m. WHERE: UMass Campus Center, Hadley Room, 10th Floor The University of Massachusetts Amherst will launch its new Center for Employment Equity (CEE) at an event featuring guest speakers Jenny Yang, past chair of the U.S.

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    15. UMass Amherst Selected as National Innovation Corps Site | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Selected as National Innovation Corps Site | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The National Science Foundation has announced that it has selected the University of Massachusetts Amherst to be one of its national network of Innovation Corps Sites (I-Corps).  Kenneth Carter, professor of polymer science and engineering and a faculty inventor, leads the site as its principal investigator. He says, “This is tremendous news for our students in STEM fields, their faculty advisors, industry partners and our alumni who want to give back to the campus through mentoring and other support. We are extremely excited about it.”

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    16. State Report Unveiled at UMass Amherst on New Water Technologies to Boost Business, Jobs and the Environment | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      State Report Unveiled at UMass Amherst on New Water Technologies to Boost Business, Jobs and the Environment | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has released a comprehensive study that evaluates the potential of developing a network of water-testing demonstration centers in the Commonwealth, including one at UMass Amherst. The centers would pilot new water technologies to position Massachusetts as a global leader in the water innovation and energy efficiency sector, providing significant business and employment opportunities.

      Link to the full report: 

      https://www.masscec.com/water-innovation

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    17. UMass Amherst Researchers Plan to Develop Alternative Energy Source for Muscle

      Muscle biophysicist Ned Debold in the kinesiology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, with Dhandapani Venkataraman and Jianhan Chen of the chemistry department, are collaborating on a project to develop a compound to serve as an alternative energy source for skeletal and cardiac muscle during times of stress. The work is supported by a two-year, $200,000 Innovative Project Award from the American Heart Association.

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    18. UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $953,300 NSF Grant for Technology that Records, Analyzes Complex Brain Activity

      UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $953,300 NSF Grant for Technology that Records, Analyzes Complex Brain Activity

      UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $953,300 NSF Grant for Technology that Records, Analyzes Complex Brain Activity September 13, 2018 Guangyu Xu David Moorman AMHERST, Mass. – A team of scientists based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time.

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    19. UMass Amherst Receives $1 Million to Enhance STEM Learning, Inclusive Excellence

      UMass Amherst Receives $1 Million to Enhance STEM Learning, Inclusive Excellence

      The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. CNS researchers say the UMass Inclusive Excellence program in CNS will enhance the learning experience for life science students by transforming the learning environment and developing students professionally during their undergraduate years, with a focus particularly on the critical time period of entry into an undergraduate major and on sustained reinforcement of inclusive, high-impact teaching practices in later semesters.

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    20. UMass Amherst Lauds $47 Million in Capital Authorization For New Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing Initiative

      UMass Amherst Lauds $47 Million in Capital Authorization For New Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing Initiative

      Legislation signed today by Governor Charlie Baker will provide nearly $463 million in capital and reauthorize a tax incentive program to continue to grow Massachusetts’ life sciences industry. Included in the capital authorizations is $47 million for UMass Amherst to build and equip a Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing (BPM) research and training facility. “This legislation will greatly benefit the Massachusetts economy and provide exciting new opportunities for our students to prepare for successful careers in the life sciences,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This is yet another aspect of partnership with the state to position the Commonwealth and ...

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    21. UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s University Without Walls (UWW) program will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the UMass Center at Springfield, located in Tower Square, 1500 Main St. in Springfield. The information session is geared toward adults interested in completing their bachelor’s degree, as well as employers interested in obtaining information for their employees. Light refreshments will be provided. UWW has extended its application deadline to May 15.

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    22. New State Voucher Program Promotes Industry Use of UMass System Research Facilities to Stimulate Economic Development, Innovation

      New State Voucher Program Promotes Industry Use of UMass System Research Facilities to Stimulate Economic Development, Innovation

      Advanced research laboratories and equipment across the five-campus University of Massachusetts system are being made available to start-up businesses and local companies through a new, state-funded subsidy program aimed at promoting economic growth and innovation. Created with a $2 million state investment championed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the Innovation Voucher Program began accepting industry applications in late March. The program is administered by MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance authority.

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    23. Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking the action was held Oct. 27 at the building on North Pleasant Street where UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, joined by Congressman Olver, made the announcement. The UMass Board of Trustees recently approved naming the building for the former congressman and longtime supporter and advocate for the Amherst campus. “There is no other project on the UMass Amherst ...

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