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    1. UMass ADVANCE Announces Mutual Mentoring Grant Recipients

      UMass ADVANCE Announces Mutual Mentoring Grant Recipients

      UMass ADVANCE is pleased to announce the selection of four new teams for mutual mentoring grants, which support UMass faculty who come together to build inclusive communities over the 2021-22 year. UMass ADVANCE mutual mentoring groups are funded up to $6,000 a year.  Priority mentoring areas for these competitive grants include projects aimed at helping faculty build inclusive mentoring communities, engage in collaborative research teams and participate in shared decision-making. ADVANCE evaluated proposals in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, which also offers a mutual mentoring grant program.

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    2. UMass Amherst Joins Partnership to Develop Sustainable Food Products

      UMass Amherst Joins Partnership to Develop Sustainable Food Products

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among nine institutions chosen to collaborate with Big Idea Ventures to help develop and commercialize new, sustainable food products and agricultural innovation that will fuel economic development in rural communities, the New York City-based venture capital firm announced Tuesday.

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    3. UMass Amherst Names Nefertiti Walker Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer

      UMass Amherst Names Nefertiti Walker Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer

      Nefertiti Walker, a faculty member in the Isenberg School of Management who has been serving as interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named the new vice chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy.

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    4. UMass Amherst Takes Next Steps to Build Undergraduate and Graduate Housing, and Student Family Housing

      UMass Amherst Takes Next Steps to Build Undergraduate and Graduate Housing, and Student Family Housing

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst continues to proceed with plans to develop new undergraduate, graduate and family housing on campus and has selected Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Axium Infrastructure as the developer/investment team for the project, subject to final approvals.

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    5. University of Massachusetts Awarded DITTO Contract to Improve AI

      University of Massachusetts Awarded DITTO Contract to Improve AI

      The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Biologically Inspired Neural & Dynamical Systems (BINDS) Laboratory, the DARPA DITTO – Intelligent Auto-Generation and Composition of Surrogate Models project. This is one of the agency’s AI Explorations. UMass’s co-PI on this award is Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories. DITTO aims at developing an AI machine learning framework that can speedily simulate a complex system by automatically generating surrogate models for system’s component and integrating them into one design. The UMass-LM team seeks to design a machine learning framework with their Modular Knowledgeable AI (MOKA ...

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    6. UMass Amherst Researcher Leads a Breakthrough in Diagnosing Software Failures

      UMass Amherst Researcher Leads a Breakthrough in Diagnosing Software Failures

      It is a dream of generations of computer practitioners that they don’t have to debug software failures. The debugging becomes even more daunting in multi-core era since concurrency issues highly depend on a specific task interleaving that is extremely difficult to reproduce. Due to such reasons, programmers generally spend 75% of their working time on debugging, equating to more than 1,500 hours a year. Fortunately, a research team led by Tongping Liu of the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed and implemented a novel tool that could automatically diagnose software issues within seconds. This tool is expected to put ...

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    7. UMass Amherst Researchers Develop Technique to Replicate Bone Remodeling Processes

      UMass Amherst Researchers Develop Technique to Replicate Bone Remodeling Processes

      A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) have developed a technique to replicate bone tissue complexity and bone remodeling processes. This breakthrough could help researchers further their study of bone biology and assist in improving development of drugs for osteoporosis.

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    8. Engineering and Computer Science Students and Faculty Earn Accolades at SC20, the International Conference for High Performance Computing - UMass News and Media Relations

      Engineering and Computer Science Students and Faculty Earn Accolades at SC20, the International Conference for High Performance Computing - UMass News and Media Relations

      UMass Amherst students and faculty were recognized for innovative research, creativity, and impact for the greater good at Supercomputing 2020 (SC20), the largest international conference for high performance computing (HPC). The theme of the virtual conference, held Nov. 9-19, was “More Than HPC.”

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    9. The Five College Consortium Adopts FOLIO Electronic Resources Management

      The Five College Consortium Adopts FOLIO Electronic Resources Management

      The Five College Consortium, as part of its FOLIO beta partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), has become the first consortia to implement Electronic Resources Management (ERM). The consortium includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.

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    10. Research Team Including UMass Amherst’s Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse Receives $3.4 Million in NSF Grants to Study Open-Source Software

      Research Team Including UMass Amherst’s Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse Receives $3.4 Million in NSF Grants to Study Open-Source Software

      research team including Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded $3.4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Growing Convergence Research program for their project, “Jumpstarting Successful Open-Source Software Projects with Evidence-based Rules and Structures.”

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    11. Mass Life Sciences Awards $2 Million in Capital Funds to IALS Research

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) this week announced an award of $2 million in capital grants to be shared by four of the campus’s Core Facilities managed by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). The funds are for the purchase of hardware and software, analytical and other equipment, as well as research supplies and reagents.

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    12. UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Offer WiFi-Based Contact Tracing Software for National Campus Use

      UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Offer WiFi-Based Contact Tracing Software for National Campus Use

      Researchers at the Center for Smart and Connected Society at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently released a new digital contact-tracing technique that is based on widely-deployed Wi-Fi technology. They intend the open-source software tool to help universities and colleges deploy campus contact tracing as students return under special pandemic management rules this fall. The project is led by the center’s director, Prashant Shenoy, a professor and associate dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences, based on doctoral thesis work performed by his student Amee Trivedi. The project also had support from Peter Reinhart, director of UMass ...

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    13. UMass Amherst Engineering Professor to Join National STEM Leadership Program

      UMass Amherst Engineering Professor to Join National STEM Leadership Program

      Woodrow Winchester, a senior lecturer and director of engineering management in the mechanical and industrial engineering (MIE) department with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was today named a fellow in the second cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities.

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    14. UMass Amherst Food Science Department Receives USDA Education and Workforce Development Grant

      UMass Amherst Food Science Department Receives USDA Education and Workforce Development Grant

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Food Science has been awarded a five-year, $482,549 grant to fund an experiential learning program for undergraduates, including independent research opportunities with faculty mentors and paid summer internships with industrial partners in the greater Boston area. UMass Amherst’s Food Science Undergraduate Experiential Learning (FUEL) Scholars program received one of 26 grants totaling $11.6 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s education and workforce development effort, the yearlong UMass Amherst program is designed to prepare students ...

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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