Zipper Buddy, a clothing attachment that helps people with limited mobility to zipper their jacket, took the top prize at the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute’s Francis College of Engineering Prototyping competition at University Crossing.
Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan of the Department of Plastics Engineering, a highly regarded researcher and teacher, has been named Distinguished University Professor, the top accolade bestowed on a UMass Lowell faculty member.
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.
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.
A team of researchers from UMass Lowell, Physical Sciences Inc., the University of Connecticut and Merck is developing a manufacturing method that would allow mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines to be transported and stored at room temperature.
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.
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.
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.
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.