University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, founded in 1863, is the flagship of the five-campus UMass system. Home to the Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst incorporates modern teaching methods involving new communication and information technology, yet remains an immersive, residential campus serving more than 22,000 undergraduate and approximately 6,300 graduate students across a comprehensive array of academic programs.

True to its land-grant roots, UMass Amherst is engaged in research and creative work in all fields and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a doctoral university with the “highest research activity” or R1. Major areas of emphasis include climate science, food science, alternative energy, nanomanufacturing, polymer science, computer science and linguistics.

Together, students and faculty are deeply engaged in collaboration with communities — both regional and international — to improve their social and economic conditions.

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Trump supporters at a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics

A survey of voters shows white racial identity is on the rise. Psychologists explain how it's affecting the presidential election and how it will change American politics of the future.
Les étudiants du Peltier Aerosol Lab. Richard E. Peltier

Masques antipollution, peut vraiment mieux faire

De récents travaux montrent que les masques antipollution portés dans les grandes villes des pays en voie de développement n’offrent que très peu de protection contre les particules fines.
Face masks like these, modeled by students from the Peltier Aerosol Lab, vary widely in effectiveness against fine particle pollution. Richard E. Peltier

Millions rely on cheap cloth masks that may provide little protection against deadly air pollution

Inexpensive cloth face masks, worn by many people in heavily polluted countries, offer only partial protection. Instead governments should warn people to avoid exposure and work to clear the air.
Why scholars need to talk about their research with the lay public. AIDSVaccine

Should writing for the public count toward tenure?

The American Sociological Association is starting a conversation to include “public communication” -- work often largely ignored -- in the assessment of a scholar’s contributions. Why does it matter?
A bathroom in a Los Angeles school is marked for all genders. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Why trans rights nationwide are only a matter of time

New White House guidelines on sex discrimination have caused backlash in some states and school districts. But it won't last, according to researcher at UMass Amherst.
This clay facial reconstruction of Kennewick Man, carefully sculpted around the morphological features of his skull, suggests how he may have looked alive nearly 9,000 years ago. Brittney Tatchell, Smithsonian Institution

Kennewick Man will be reburied, but quandaries around human remains won’t

A 9,000-year-old skeleton became a high-profile and highly contested case for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. How do we respectfully deal with ancient human remains?
A early chest, belonging to Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of The Bodleian Library at Oxford Unviersity. mira66

The history of student loans goes back to the Middle Ages

When the first universities opened in Europe, some 800 years ago, students literally borrowed from a chest and used their books as collateral.
Public interest and peer pressure among countries are integral to enforcement of the Paris Agreement. Mal Langsdon/Reuters

The day after Paris: politicians hand the baton to green industries

The Paris Agreement recognizes the reality of global environmental pacts: the private sector must lead transition to low-carbon technology and civil society must keep up the pressure to act.
Hungry for more than just the turkey. Turkey image via

Expert roundtable: the psychological benefits of our Thanksgiving rituals

Our panel discusses the benefits of gathering for an annual holiday meal. Traditions and rituals give us a sense of identity and closeness with those we love – and come with mental and physical health benefits too.
Mario Vargas-Lopez hugs his daughter, Jersey, who is a anti-deportation activist. March 29 2014. David McNew/REUTERS

Deportations punish children most

An estimated 1.6 million American children are separated from their parents through deportation.

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