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  • Two men stand next to research equipment and a radiation area caution sign

    Radiation Safety Program Earns Brand-New International Accolade

    UMass Lowell has been recognized with the first Outstanding Radiation Safety Program award by the Health Physics Society, an international nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 scientists, physicians, engineers and other professionals.
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  • Manning School of Business honors students and faculty at an Honors College mixer

    Honors College Matches Students with Faculty Mentors

    With mixers that follow a speed-dating format, the Honors College is matching more honors students with faculty mentors for research opportunities and final honors theses and projects. The college offers $1,500 fellowships to support student researchers, who may also be paid through faculty grants.
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  • Asst. Prof. Marianna Maiaru

    Engineering Profs’ Robotics and Composite Materials Research Win $1M in Funding

    Two researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Asst. Profs. Yan Gu and Marianna Maiaru – were recognized by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force, respectively, with faculty early career development grants totaling $1,015,000. The funding will help advance research on robot walking and the process modeling of composite materials.
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  • Lab director Matthew Gage talks to student workers

    UML Takes COVID-19 Testing into its Own Hands

    The university has expanded its COVID-19 surveillance testing with the creation of an in-house test processing lab at Olney Science Center, where students are getting hands-on laboratory experience while helping to fight the pandemic.
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  • ETIC staff members Thomas Ferraguto, Jay Goodman and Patrick Casey outside the clean room

    Inside the Cleanest Room on Campus

    The Nanofabrication Laboratory clean room on North Campus, perhaps the safest place to be during the coronavirus pandemic, is one of 10 Core Research Facilities that have partially reopened to faculty, students and industry partners under careful safety protocols.
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  • A student shakes hands with keynote speaker Harvey Lodish

    Biotech East Explores Intersection of Science and Business

    The Manning School of Business and the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the first-ever Biotech East, a weeklong course for Ph.D. students and postdocs in health, science and medical programs interested in discovering the commercial side of science.
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  • Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center

    UMass Lowell Joins Greentown Labs

    UMass Lowell, one of the nation's leading research universities, announced its sponsorship of Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States.
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  • Student demo at HEROES lab.

    Congresswoman Lori Trahan Gets HEROES Welcome

    U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan learned about the latest technology used in parachutes and other battlefield innovations while touring the HEROES lab on Feb. 20.
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  • Faculty members check out the symposium program

    Research, Collaboration Shine at Faculty Symposium

    Faculty members from across the university shared their research and were recognized for their achievements at the 2018 Faculty Symposium, held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
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  • "Pyramid Pack" team

    Students Design Backpacks of the Future

    A total of 30 undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from colleges across the campus competed during the first Future Pack Design Challenge, held at the new Fabric Discovery Center.
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  • Beth Humberd and Scott Latham pose with a robot at the NERVE Center

    Are Robots Coming for Your Job?

    Manning School of Business faculty Scott Latham and Beth Humberd examined four ways that jobs will respond to automation in a research article published in MIT Sloan Management Review.
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  • Marjorie Yang talks to students and faculty at the Saab ETIC Perry Atrium

    Extended Family: UML Welcomes Textile Scion to Campus

    Marjorie Yang, chair of the $1 billion Hong Kong-based textile company Esquel Group, visited campus and talked to students about sustainability and social responsibility. Her father, Y.L. Yang, earned a master of science in textile chemistry from the Lowell Textile Institute in 1948.
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  • Zakim Bridge

    Researchers Seek to Extend Lifespan of New England’s Roads and Bridges

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a five-year, $14 million grant to a partnership of faculty and student researchers from UMass Lowell and other universities in New England to create a regional Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center.
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  • Prof. Holly Yanco with a Baxter robot

    Teaching Robots to Sort Out their Issues

    UMass Lowell researchers are working to give humanoid robots and other autonomous systems the ability to evaluate how well they can perform tasks or why they can’t complete jobs.  
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  • Prof. Holly Yanco with a Baxter robot

    Researchers to Develop Self-Evaluating Robots

    Robotics experts from UMass Lowell, Carnegie Mellon University, Brigham Young University and Tufts University are working together to give humanoid robots and other autonomous systems the ability to assess themselves in terms of how well they can perform a given task.
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  • Panelists speak at the IoT Forum

    ‘Alexa, What’s the Future of IoT?’

    Sixty academic, government and industry leaders and researchers from across the region came together for “The Internet of Things: Enabling Technologies & Emerging Trends,” a forum hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
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  • Workers set up a lab at TURI's new location

    Plenty of Movers and Shakers over Winter Break

    The NERVE Center and Toxics Use Reduction Institute both moved to new homes over winter break, while Facilities Management steamed ahead on renovations at Perry and Pasteur halls and on the construction of University Suites Dining.
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  • E-Ink executives Lynne Garone and Simon Nip with UMass Lowell co-op students Robert Rosario and Daniel Magee

    E Ink Partners with UML on Workforce Training, Co-ops and Innovation

    E Ink is expanding its partnership with UMass Lowell beyond co-ops and internships, thanks to a $196,000 workforce training grant that the Division of Online and Continuing Education helped the high-tech company obtain from the state and the opening of more innovation labs on campus.
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  • Prof. Joey Mead and Chancellor Jacquie Moloney

    Joey Mead Named Distinguished University Professor

    Prof. Joey Mead of the Department of Plastics Engineering, a highly regarded teacher and researcher, has been named Distinguished University Professor, the top accolade bestowed on a UMass Lowell faculty member.
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  • Nuclear power plant

    Engineering Prof. Leads Team to Safeguard Nuclear Power Plants

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded a team of nuclear engineers and scientists led by chemical engineering Assoc. Prof. Dean Wang a three-year, $800,000 grant to develop tools to help keep America’s nuclear power plants safe during extended power disruptions.
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  • Prof. Holly Yanco with Valkyrie robot

    Valkyrie Robot to Assist in Nuclear Facility Cleanup

    Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Energy, a team of robotics experts is studying ways in which a humanoid robot can help clean up America’s decommissioned nuclear production facilities.
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  • Breast cancer cell

    Researcher Uses Nanomedicine for Breast Cancer Treatment

    Chemical engineering Asst. Prof. Prakash Rai was awarded a grant by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NCI/NIH) totaling more than $725,000 to study a combined, nanotechnology-based diagnostic/therapeutic strategy for the targeted treatment of breast cancer.
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  • Students inspect a toy gun that's an exhibit in the CSI: Lowell fictional crime contest

    Forensic Science Contest Shows off Core Research Facilities

    The university’s Core Research Facilities, a group of open access laboratories, is showing off its state-of-the-art scientific equipment by offering a fictional crime “Lunch and Learn” series of workshops and a short-story contest for undergraduates.
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  • NERVE Center robot

    Professors Win Grants for Innovative Research

    Three teams of UMass Lowell researchers — led by Prof. Holly Yanco and Assoc. Prof. Yu Cao, both from the Department of Computer Science, and Asst. Prof. Seongkyu Yoon from Chemical Engineering — are among the recipients of $834,000 in grants from this year’s UMass President Science & Technology Initiatives Fund.
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  • NASA's Valkyrie robot

    Expert: Robots Are Changing How Humans Relate to Each Other

    Internationally respected robotics researcher and UMass Lowell computer science faculty member Holly Yanco will share her understanding of how the use of robots – from Mars rovers to assistive technology – is changing how humans relate to each other at the 2016 Distinguished University Professor Lecture. 
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  • Plastics Engineering booth at festival

    Igniting Excitement in Science, Engineering

    UMass Lowell joined more than 550 leading science organizations and institutions across the country in the largest celebration of science and engineering in America held in April in Washington D.C.
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    Testing the Toxicity of Nanomaterials

    Electrical Engineering Assoc. Prof. Joel Therrien, along with Profs. Susan Braunhut of Biology and Kenneth Marx of Chemistry, has developed a “nanocanary,” a living-cell-based biosensor capable of continuously monitoring the physiological state of the live cells contained within it.