News Highlights

Call for iCons Research Participants

Radha Dave and Meg Davis Research

The undergraduate research team of Radha Dave and Meg Davis, working under the direction of Dr. Justin Fermann (Chemistry), are seeking participants for a study looking at water usage and time spent in showers to facilitate water conservation in the public.

iCons Student, Emily Laus, Takes Part in United Nations Sustainability Course

UMass iCons | Emily Laus Takes Part in United Nations Sustainability Course

iCons sophomore and Physics major, Emily Laus, is one of thirty UMass students to be taking part in the UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a ten-week course focused on ecosystem-based climate adaption and disaster risk reduction that kicked off this week.

Auerbach Delivers 2020 CHC Plenary Lecture

Auerbach Delivers 2020 CHC Plenary Lecture

Dr. Scott Auerbach, Mahoney Family Sponsored Executive Director of the UMass iCons Program and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at UMass Amherst, gave the 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Plenary Lecture in a pre-recorded lecture made available on September 21, 2020. In his lecture, Dr. Auerbach addressed the question “Is Racism a Science Problem?” and featured guest speaker Roderick Anderson, MA, co-founder and CEO of Elateq, Inc. Dr. Auerbach’s interest in this topic is both old and new. His long-standing interest in the role of human diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) prompted the launch...

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Why We Teach iCons

UMass iCons in session

This editorial by H. Holden Thorp captures why.  

Science Magazine article, "Drop the Chalk"

Decoupage and Pizza: What a combo!

iCons does Decoupage

Tuesday 3/21, iCons students proved there is no craft they can't tackle.  Check Decoupage off the list.  Students and faculty (Ally Hunter) gathered in ISB 145 armed with nothing more than scissors, craft paper, e6000 apoxy, mod podge, and some creativity.  Some beautiful work was created and some fun had.  At the end of the time, the pizza box was empty and many were peeling the glue off of their fingers with a look of accomplishment on their faces.  A small break from the stresses of academic life.  

Come join us next time if you can make it :)

Beyond the Classroom—iCons Fall Integrative Experiences

Ceramics Coffee Hour

The iCons Community joins together for many events outside the classroom.  Here are a few from last semester!