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The University of Massachusetts Amherst joins WUN

Published: 28 January 2015

WUN Executive Director, Professor John Hearn announced today that The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) joins its global research university network, lifting the number of members in the network to 17.

UMass Amherst is among the top public research universities in the United States and harbours some of the world’s leading scientific minds.

Chair of the WUN Partnership Board, Dr Max Price, says the partnership will bring significant expertise and resources to the network, particularly in the areas of public health and climate change.

“We are delighted that the University of Massachusetts Amherst has joined WUN in our mission to produce innovative, high quality and sustainable research. Not only is it a leader in life sciences, but its climate scientists are among the best in the world”, says Dr Price.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy says UMass Amherst is proud to become part of an organisation that shares its long tradition of scientific research and innovation.

“We look forward to collaborating with other leading universities that share our vision of making a profound, transformative impact toward the common good. Our partnership with WUN will allow us to establish long-lasting partnerships that will enhance our research”, says Chancellor Subbaswamy.

Established in 1863, UMass Amherst is renowned for its high level of research activity. It ranks third in funding from the National Science Foundation among Massachusetts colleges and universities, behind only MIT and Harvard. In 2013, it was awarded $95 million by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to partner with life sciences companies to develop new products and services. Prior, it was selected by the U.S. government to lead a consortium of seven universities and host a major new initiative, the Northeast Climate Science Center to study the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in the region, funded with a $7.5 million grant.

For further information about funding opportunities for collaborations with WUN memebrs, please check our WUN Research Mobility page or our WUN Research Development Fund page.

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