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Aviation Research and Training Center Attracting Widespread Media Coverage

John Collura

John Collura

The development of the new Aviation Research and Training Center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee – a center started by UMass Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., of Milford, Massachusetts – is attracting widespread media coverage, including articles in the Springfield RepublicanGeneralaviationnews.comAirsoc.com, and Intelligent Aerospace. The new aviation center will conduct advanced aeronautical research and provide training for air traffic controllers, pilots, and other aviation professionals. Read UMass News Office release.

Marquard Receives $1.7-million Grant From NIH for Medication-tracking Device

Jenna Marquard

Jenna Marquard

For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this regimen, team leaders Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Deepak Ganesan, computer science, recently received a four-year, $1.71-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a cost-effective, easy-to-use device similar to a fitness tracker for maintaining a medication regime.

Undergrad Co-founds Widely Covered “Beastcam”

Kasey Packard Smart, an undergraduate researcher in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was a member of UMass Amherst biologist Duncan J. Irschick’s lab, which developed “Beastcam,” a multi-armed platform of cameras and a computer system that can rapidly and easily create 3D models of living animals and other objects. Beastcam was co-founded by Irschick, UMass Amherst polymer scientist Al Crosby, Smart, and Smart’s fellow undergraduate Dylan Briggs.

UMass Annual Report on Research Spotlights Reckhow’s National Center for Small-sized Drinking Water Systems

An article about the campus-based Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS), headed by Professor David Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is one of the eight feature stories in the recently released UMass Amherst annual Report on Research (2015 Report on Research). WINSSS is a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems.

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