Gabriela Weaver, Chemistry, and Director of the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, had a recent article published in the Journal of Chemical Education, "Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Flipped Format General Chemistry Course," selected as an "Editor’s Choice" in Science. Read more

Astronomy major Patrick Drew is the recipient of the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement (AAS) Student Award for his poster presentation at the American Astronomical Society, held on January 4-8, 2016. Read more

Gopal Narayanan, Astronomy, and Ron Grosslein, Astronomy Research Engineer, were featured in a story about their efforts to synchronize a number of powerful telescopes around the planet to create an instrument capable of studying the black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The project, called the Event Horizon Telescope, will utilize the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico, created in partnership with UMass Amherst. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Douglas R. Hardy, Geosciences, says he has recorded the lowest snow accumulation in the 12 years he has been monitoring it on the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru. It is the largest glacier in the tropics. Hardy says, "We are seeing 40 percent more melting than any other year since measurements started in 2002." Scientists believe the El Niño effect in the Pacific Ocean is a key cause in the melting of the glaciers. New Scientist

Michael Rawlins, Geosciences, spoke with 22 News Meteorologist Brian Lapis and Carolee McGrath on WGBY's Connecting Point to discuss the El Nino effect on climate change and how the world’s climate patterns are constantly changing as time goes on. Connecting Point