Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass launches new grad program in fish engineering

By Jessica Sacco

September 16, 2010

The University of Massachusetts, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) station in Hadley, Mass., launched a first in-the-nation graduate program in ecohydrology and fish passage engineering this fall. The program, which is based in the Department of Civil...

New social niche for college students

By Tim Jones

September 14, 2010

Are you one of the students who’s tired of the random online wall posts from your parents or friends uploading embarrassing photos that you don’t want others to see? Your answer may soon be here, thanks to, a website that combin...

Is facebook keeping kids in school?

By Ashley Berger

September 14, 2010

Facebook is a social networking site that is slowly becoming an inherent, permanent and compulsive part of most collegiate student’s lives. With the ever-increasing Facebook phenomena, researchers are constantly conducting new...

How connected are your professors? More so than some might think.

By Sam Hayes

September 13, 2010

When one thinks of a professor, the image of a reclusive, bearded intellectual, perhaps in a coffeehouse, perhaps in a dimly lit study poring over yellowed papers may come to mind. According to a recent study called Social Media...

UMass professor develops improved biofuel processing method

By Matthew M. Robare

September 8, 2010

A chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts developed an improved method of converting wood into synthetic fuels. “We’re focused on lignocellulosic biomass,” said Assistant Professor Paul Dauenhauer. “What ...

OIT pulls the plug on wired Internet

By Tim Jones

September 6, 2010

After a successful test pilot of wireless internet in Butterfield Hall in the Central residential area last year, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) has installed additional wireless Internet routers in various dorms...

UM researchers develop phone app to help rescue Gulf wildlife

By Michelle Williams

September 6, 2010

A new smart phone application developed by four University of Massachusetts researchers allows users working on relief projects in the Gulf of Mexico to submit photos and the location of endangered animals and wildlife to rescue...

Introducing’s iPhone, Android apps

By Staff

May 11, 2010

We know you can't get enough of us, so we've added another way to keep in touch. And, as always, it's free. iPhone users can download our mobile app via the App Store directly from their device or through iTunes on their co...

Google: UMass discontinuing Google Apps service potentially unprecedented

By Matt Rocheleau

May 11, 2010

It's not often to hear Google has failed at anything, but according to the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Google Apps service offered at the beginning of the school year has failed to catch on with students. University...

UMass’ Second Life: Do virtual worlds hold the future of online education?

By Max Calloway

April 22, 2010

Several UMass professors and graduate students have been turning to the massive online community of “Second Life” in an attempt to revolutionize the way education is delivered online, and they are not alone.  “Second...

Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute expands research lab in Springfield

By Jennifer Heshion

April 14, 2010

The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) announced the beginning of a $4.3 million project on April 13, to expand the research space of the former engineering manufacturing building in Springfield thus making way for...

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...