Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UM chemists devise new method of creating electricity

By Jennifer Heshion

April 13, 2010

Chemists at the University of Massachusetts have developed a new polymer-based method for converting sunlight into electricity. Using the new method, the UMass chemists have created photovoltaic devices which are responsible...

CampusLIVE launches new personalized video chat service

By Nick Bush

March 21, 2010

Five minutes on ChatRoulette can be very revealing – sometimes too revealing. The former University of Massachusetts students at CampusLIVE have an answer for those who feel that the video chat options currently in existence...

Slideshow: Nor’easter pummels North Shore

By Justin Gagnon

February 28, 2010

A nor'easter hit the North Shore on the night of Feb. 25 into the following morning. The storm pulled trees from the ground, ripped roofs off of houses and businesses, and even started a fire. Many cars were crushed by fallen trees and parts of buildings. Crews are working around the clock to clean up the mess, but a handful of houses are still without electricity....

UMass ranks high in licensing and patent activity

By Tim Jones

February 23, 2010

The University of Massachusetts was recently ranked 13th for total licensing income among institutions, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The data, entitled “Licensing Revenue and Patent Activity,...

Amherst sleeps out to protest climate change

By Lauren Vincent

February 21, 2010

Christopher Potter has been living in a tent on the University of Massachusetts campus for 121 days. The sophomore political science major is protesting the use of fossil fuels for electricity by refusing to sleep in the dorms...

MASSPIRG urges better recycling in the Commonwealth

By Ted Rogers

February 2, 2010

Imagine Fenway Park, filled to the brim with water and Gatorade bottles.   According to Angelica Carey, a sophomore Biology major at the University of Massachusetts, this is around the amount of plastic bottles that could be...

UMass scientist bakes for cyber security discoveries

By Michelle Williams

January 26, 2010

Experimenting with flour, salt and yeast, cyber security expert Kevin Fu of the Computer Science Department at University of Massachusetts spends a good deal of time baking up bread. Fu says that spending time in the kitche...

Student activism heads toward the web

By Niina Heikkinen

January 21, 2010

This year, student activists have a new tool on Google Maps to help them publicize their protests and find support from like-minded students across the country. Angus Johnston, professor of American student activism at City University in New York, began tracking student ...

UMass scientists design microscope so powerful it can see individual molecules

By R.P. Hitt

January 19, 2010

In the spirit of Chancellor Holub’s initiative to make the University of Massachusetts Amherst a research powerhouse, biology professor Patricia Wadsworth and physics assistant professor Jennifer Ross are developing a new microscope...

UMass researchers link sleep habits to learning

By Tim Jones

January 19, 2010

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have been watching students while they sleep – all in the name of science. A recent study conducted at UMass has been attempting to clear up the sometimes murky connection between...

UMass physicists trying to reveal the mysteries of the universe

By R.P. Hitt

December 3, 2009

University of Massachusetts physicists will be performing experiments with the, as of Nov. 20, fully functioning Large Hadron Collider, which boasts the largest machine in the world with very sophisticated instruments. The...

UMass researchers use ‘TinkerPlots’ to teach students data literacy

By Sam Butterfield

December 1, 2009

If you were like most, math may not have been your favorite subject in your primary and secondary school education. It was boring, it seemed irrelevant or tedious, your teacher had dandruff and was always wearing holiday sweaters. University...