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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A woman walks past a market stall in Kliptown, Soweto.

South Africa needs better food price controls to shield poor people from COVID-19 fallout

We highlight the distressing rise in the prices of essential food products. We call for the urgent expansion of price controls, as well as an inquiry into the price-setting of major retailers.
Kashmiri commuters at an Indian military checkpoint in the city of Srinagar, July 17, 2020. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP via Getty Images

In Kashmir, military lockdown and pandemic combined are one giant deadly threat

People in the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir had already been living under a 24-hour curfew for eight months when the coronavirus hit, bringing new depths of fear and confinement.
From ‘Father Knows Best’ to ‘D'oh!’ Scott Vandehey/flickr

Why are sitcom dads still so inept?

Dads are taking parenting much more seriously. But according to a new study of sitcoms, the stereotype of the foolish father remains stubbornly in place.
People raise their fists outside Atlanta City Hall during a protest over the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Students demand removal of ‘mild racist’ from Georgia landscape

As protests over George Floyd's death consume the country, students are forcing a reappraisal of a controversial editor and orator who helped build modern Atlanta.
Compost awaiting distribution at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Rancho Las Virgenes compost facility, Calabasas, Calif. Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

City compost programs turn garbage into ‘black gold’ that boosts food security and social justice

Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
Nurses and other health care workers in New York mourned colleagues who have died during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus deaths in San Francisco vs. New York: What causes such big differences in cities’ tolls?

Why one city suffers significantly more deaths than another isn't always obvious. A simple experiment shows how failing to consider certain factors can point policy makers in the wrong direction.
Cleaners enter the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where a coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 40 veterans. Getty/Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

8 ways veterans are particularly at risk from the coronavirus pandemic

With the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, veterans who were already lacking adequate benefits and resources are now in deeper trouble.
Waitress Casey Stewart works at two restaurants, at least one which may have to close for at least a week or more. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk

Service workers are some of the most at risk of both the coronavirus and financial woes.
Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive. PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis

To support precarious households that can't access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
The coronavirus could cause shortages in the nation’s blood supply. Getty Images / KTS Design / Science Photo Library

How coronavirus is upsetting the blood supply chain

The US blood supply chain is often fragile, but the coronavirus could make it more so. An expert explains.

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