Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Fingernails and Factoids: professor talks informal education

By Chris Shores

September 20, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

In addition to the formal education students learn in science classrooms, they are also exposed to a large amount of informal education – commonly accepted truths taught in the media or by word of mouth that may actually be...

(Eye)Spy, an event-tracking website, prepares for launch

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

September 7, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

Amherst doesn’t make this year’s annual American Institute for Economic Research’s College Destinations booklet – a listing of the top 75 college towns and cities, which ranks upon several factors, including access to...

Massachusetts nuclear sites face increased scrutiny

By Melanie Muller

April 11, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

After the recent Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, nuclear reactors throughout the United States have come under increased scrutiny, and reactors in Massachusetts have been no exception. Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Senate P...

UMass researchers discover new function in protein for cancer treatment

By Michael Roberts

March 10, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a new function of the protein ADAM 13 that many feel could be promising in preventing and treating cancer and facial defects during embryo development. The study was published i...

Researchers developing technology to ‘print’ replicated human skin to heal wounds

By Brian Canova

March 10, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers are developing technology that could one day  “print” human skin on wounded soldiers and burn victims. The technology was developed by modifying standard inkjet printers. Vials of the patients’ cells are...

Study shows that not all smiles created equal

By Lily Hicks

March 3, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers at Michigan State University are finding despite what employers and moms say, smiling may not always be the best option. A two-week study of 58 bus drivers in the Pacific Northwest found that smiling alone did not improve drivers’ moods – in fact, faking happines...

Creationism still exists in the classroom

By Nancy Pierce

March 2, 2011

Filed under News, Science & Technology

Despite a Supreme Court decision nearly 30 years ago barring creationism from being taught in science classrooms, a recent study has found that over 900 high schools in the United States still teach this theory in schools. Political Science Pr...

IBM’s Watson comp. defeats humans on Jeopardy

By Tim Jones

February 17, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Watson, the super computer developed by IBM, recently dominated the game show, Jeopardy, in a three-day tournament Wednesday night, beating previous famous champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. A project over eight year...

UMass research gets ranked in nation

By Matthew M. Robare

February 9, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

The University of Massachusetts system ranked eighth in the nation in technology transfer income for fiscal year 2009, according to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers and reported in Inside Higher Ed...

UMass Professor works on technology to help the blind

By Michelle Altman

January 26, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

University of Massachusetts Professor Aura Ganz is perfecting a program to advance the visually impaired’s quality of life. Ganz’s new technology will  provide a blind person with audio directions to destinations via a Bluetoo...

Professors recieve presidential early career award

By Megan Valcour

November 18, 2010

Filed under Archives, Science & Technology

At college, you get what you give. And for all you students that are banging your head against the wall trying to figure out your major and what you want to be doing for the rest of your life, here’s some advice from the University of Massachusetts faculty who recently were a...

Lawrence Schwartz given named chair in integrative science

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

November 8, 2010

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

Following a recommendation from Chancellor Robert C. Holub and Provost James V. Staros, Professor of biology Lawrence Schwartz was appointed as the first Eugene M. and Ronnie Isenberg professor of integrative science on Oct. 1. The support for the endowment was part of a gift f...