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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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.
The warming global climate is causing fundamental changes to the carbon cycle in northern parts of the world. peupleloup/flickr

Will the Arctic shift from a carbon sink to a carbon source?

Global warming is changing the movement of carbon within northern ecosystems to the point where the Arctic could become a net source, rather than sink, of greenhouse gas emissions.
‘Respectability politics’ at black colleges. Isis Dillard

Why dress and appearance matter at black colleges

Dillard University, a historically black college, asked students to wear ties and suits on the first day of class. But if history is a guide, this conformity could actually enable radical thought.
White painter William Gilbert Gaul’s To the End (1907-1909) uses the loyal slave trope. Wikimedia Commons

Exploring how black and white artists depict race

Black Like Us? – a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art – looks at how blackness has been portrayed in American art through the years.
Asymmetries in the regulation of global trade in goods and services as well as finance have serious implications for Africa. Reuters/Toby Melville

How Africa can overcome being marginalised in the global economy

Efforts to address Africa's developmental challenges are hampered by features of the global governance architecture that undermine national policy and international cooperation.
Prop 91 - just one of three ballot initiatives on marijuana decriminalization Steve Dipaola/Reuters

Ballot initiatives take the pulse of the nation

Editor’s note: There were 146 state-wide ballot measures up for consideration by voters in this week’s midterm elections, covering all manner of controversial issues – from abortion and guns to minimum…
Common goals can become a common problem. Shutterstock classroom

Explainer: why are schools adopting the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (or Common Core) is a quintessentially American approach to addressing the relatively modest academic performance of many students. The Common Core seeks to raise…
Nadine Gordimer died at her home, aged 90 on July 14 2014. EPA/Alejandro Ernesto

Remembering Nadine Gordimer

The passing of Nadine Gordimer is a tremendous loss, both to South Africa and to the literary world. For me, and others who knew her, it will also be an enormous personal loss. Born in November 1923, Nadine…

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