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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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Menteri Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (LHK) Siti Nubaya (tengah) bersama Rektor Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK) Marwan (kanan) dan Ketua Senat USK Abubakar seusai menyampaikan orasi ilmiah di gedung AAc Dayan Dawood, Banda Aceh, Aceh. Irwansyah Putra/Antara

Dari pencekalan hingga deportasi ilmuwan: mengapa represi antisains Menteri Siti Nurbaya terus menguat

Para ilmuwan tidak lagi bebas menyuarakan pendapatnya seputar topik-topik tertentu yang bermuatan kritik terhadap pemerintah.
Rhesus macaques experience an aging process similar to people’s. Goddard Photography/E+ via Getty Images

Expanding Alzheimer’s research with primates could overcome the problem with treatments that show promise in mice but don’t help humans

Nonhuman primates like rhesus monkeys share certain characteristics with people that may make them better study subjects than mice for research on neurodegenerative diseases.
Offshore wind farms will assist in the renewable energy transition and offset the effects of climate change. Abstract Aerial Art/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Boosting renewable energy use can happen quickly – and reduce harm to low-income people if done thoughtfully

While a US transition to renewable energy by 2030 is possible, streamlined policies with clear goals and incentives are necessary to get there, says an industrial engineering professor.
Your genetic material instructs your cells to produce the proteins encoded in it. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

Helping cells become better protein factories could improve gene therapies and other treatments – a new technique shows how

Gene therapies and vaccines are often injected into muscle cells that are inefficient at producing desired proteins. Making them work more like liver cells could lead to better treatment outcomes.
Title IX protects students from sex-based discrimination in schools that get funding from the federal government. MediaNews Group/Getty Images

What is Title IX? 4 essential reads

Scholars discuss topics that are related to Title IX, such as sexual misconduct on college campuses and bans on transgender athletes in high school sports.
With the ever-increasing media coverage of mass shootings in the U.S., even the youngest children are now repeatedly exposed to violent images on TV and online. Blend Images/Inti St Clair/Tetra Images via Getty Images

Children are bombarded with violence in the news – here’s how to help them cope

The unending stream of violence on news and entertainment programming can have a negative impact on kids of all ages.
Photographing a bear in Yellowstone National Park at a distance the National Park Service calls safe – at least 100 yards from a predator. Jim Peaco, NPS/Flickr

Making room for wildlife: 4 essential reads

The recent goring of a tourist who approached within 10 feet of a bison in Yellowstone National Park is a reminder that wild animals can be dangerous and people should keep safe distances.
More countries are discouraging fossil fuel use, but the industry is still pumping. Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Who really owns the oil industry’s future stranded assets? If you own investment funds or expect a pension, it might be you

A study found $1.4 trillion in oil and gas industry assets would be at risk if governments follow through on their pledges to deal with climate change.

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