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John W. Olver, Gail Collins, to Get Honorary Degrees

Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver and journalist Gail Collins will receive honorary doctoral degrees at Undergraduate Commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 9. About 5,500 students will receive bachelor’s degree at the...
4/14/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Political Scientist Finds States’ Standardized Tests Have a Negative Impact on Parents’ Civic Engagement


New research has found that parents of public school students in states with more extensive and stringent student assessment systems express lower trust in government and more negative views of their children’s schools, threatening civic...
4/7/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Psychologists Find the Perceived Benefits of Casual Video Games Among Adults


New research finds that while a majority of adults cite the ability to compete with friends as their primary reason for playing online casual video games such as Bejeweled Blitz, they report differing perceived benefits from playing the games based...
1/30/2014 2:00 PM EST

Plant Cell Growth Studies at UMass Amherst


Plant cell biologist Magdalena Bezanilla has a four-year, $600,000 grant from NSF to further her research on fundamental processes of plant growth, notably how molecules secreted by cells determine their outer shape and pattern, as different as an...
1/13/2014 4:25 PM EST

Updating Air Pollution Measurement Methods


Using advanced monitoring to assess health risk from air pollution, environmental health scientists hope to demonstrate for the first time in a real-world setting that air pollution can and should be regulated based on toxicology variables rather...
1/7/2014 2:00 PM EST

Surprising Bonefish Spawning Behavior in Bahamas


Bonefish are among the most elusive and highly prized quarry of recreational anglers in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and similar tropical habitats around the world. Now a research team has documented their rarely seen pre-spawning behavior, which...
12/12/2013 3:40 PM EST

NCI Grant Targets a Key Enzyme in Cancer


Immunologists on a multi-institution research team will share a five-year, $4.8 million National Cancer Institute grant to target multiple diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s and graft-versus-host disease by manipulating an enzyme that...
12/10/2013 12:00 PM EST

Economists Named to Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013


Three University of Massachusetts Amherst economists who found serious errors in a key study that lawmakers around the globe used as a cornerstone of austerity policies have been named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global...
12/9/2013 5:00 PM EST

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