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  • richardmitnick 11:47 am on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Black holes can be fully characterized by only three physical quantities: mass; spin; and charge., , , Professor finds breakthrough in black hole research", Professor Gaurav Khanna ; Dr. Subir Sabharwal and collaborator Dr. Lior Burko of Theiss Research discovered that a special kind of black hole violates black hole uniqueness the so-called “no hair”, Simply put black holes of the same mass spin and charge are identical., Since they have no additional “hairy” attributes to distinguish them from each other black holes are said to have “no hair”., The Aretakis phenomenon violates time independence along the event horizon. This is the loophole through which the hair can pop out to be combed at a distance by a gravitational wave observatory., UMASS Dartmouth   

    From UMass Dartmouth: “Professor finds breakthrough in black hole research” 

    From UMass Dartmouth

    January 26, 2021
    Ryan Merrill

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    A simulated image of a black hole. Credit: Bronzwaer, Moscibrodzka, Davelaar and Falcke, Radboud University 2017.

    Black holes are considered amongst the most mysterious objects in the universe. Part of their intrigue arises from the fact that they are considered one of the simplest solutions to Einstein’s field equations of general relativity theory. In fact, black holes can be fully characterized by only three physical quantities: their mass, spin, and charge. Since they have no additional “hairy” attributes to distinguish them from each other, black holes are said to have “no hair”. Simply put, black holes of the same mass, spin, and charge are identical.

    Professor Gaurav Khanna (Physics) alongside his former student Dr. Subir Sabharwal and collaborator Dr. Lior Burko of Theiss Research discovered that a special kind of black hole violates black hole uniqueness, the so-called “no hair” theorem. Specifically, the team studied extremal black holes — holes that are “saturated” with the maximum charge or spin they can possibly carry. They found that there is a quantity that can be constructed from the spacetime curvature at the black hole horizon that is conserved, and measurable by a distant observer. Since this quantity depends on how the black hole was formed, and not just on the three classical attributes, it violates black hole uniqueness.

    “This new result is surprising,” said Burko, “because the black hole uniqueness theorems are well established, and their extension to extreme black holes. There has to be an assumption of the theorems that are not satisfied, to explain how the theorems do not apply in this case.” Indeed, the team followed on previous work, which found that even though external perturbations of extreme black holes decay as they do also for regular black holes, along the event horizon certain perturbation fields evolve in time indefinitely. “The uniqueness theorems assume time independence. But the Aretakis phenomenon explicitly violates time independence along the event horizon. This is the loophole through which the hair can pop out and be combed at a great distance by a gravitational wave observatory,” said Burko.

    The team used very intensive numerical simulations to generate their results. The simulations involved using dozens of the highest-end Nvidia graphics-processing-units (GPUs) with over 5,000 cores each, in parallel. “Each of these GPUs can perform as many as 7 trillion calculations per second; however, even with such computational capacity the simulations look many weeks to complete,” said Khanna.

    Given the breakthrough nature of this work, it was just published in one of the top peer-reviewed physics journals, Physical Review D as a prestigious Letter.

    The research was partially funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. Computational resources of UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Scientific Computing & Visualization Research (CSCVR) were utilized for the research work. The CSCVR promotes the mission of UMass Dartmouth by providing undergraduate and graduate students with high quality discovery-based educational experiences that transcend the traditional boundaries of academic field or department, and foster collaborative research in the computational sciences within the University and with researchers at other universities, National Labs, and industry. Khanna serves as the Co-Director of the Center.

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.

    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).

    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 11:51 am on December 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "UMass Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University launch accelerated Physics and Electrical Engineering degree programs", UMASS Dartmouth, UMass School of Law at UMass Dartmouth   

    From UMass Dartmouth: “UMass Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University launch accelerated Physics and Electrical Engineering degree programs” 

    From UMass Dartmouth

    November 30, 2020
    Ryan Merrill

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    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University have announced two joint accelerated Master of Science programs in Physics and Electrical Engineering. The educational partnership agreement between the institutions will provide undergraduate students at BSU with an accelerated pathway to earning a graduate degree at UMass Dartmouth.

    Undergraduate students in the Physics, Photonics and Optical Engineering program in the Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics at BSU will be able to seamlessly earn a master’s degree in Physics or Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth.

    During their junior or senior year, BSU students can begin taking graduate courses at UMass Dartmouth while finishing their undergraduate degrees at BSU. This unique opportunity offers students an accelerated pathway to successfully attain their academic goals affordably. Importantly, the agreement focuses on student academic support measures including advising and research opportunities throughout the student’s educational journey.

    “This partnership offers an expedited and cost-effective opportunity for students to enter STEM fields that provide them with meaningful career opportunities,” said Dr. Michael Goodman, Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMass Dartmouth. “These are fields where there is a clear need for more skilled workers, which makes this a real win-win for both our students and the regional economy.”

    Dr. Karim Ismaili, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at BSU, agreed that the accelerated pathway will extend the mutual commitment of both institutions to affordability and quality, with a focus on innovation.

    “Bridgewater State University and UMass Dartmouth are committed to helping students take advantage of opportunities that will help them succeed now and, in the future,” said Dr. Ismaili. “This partnership is a powerful example of how two public institutions can work together to achieve these important goals.”

    The collaboration began with faculty at both institutions working on ways to create more hands-on STEM learning and research experiences for students.

    The two Southeastern Massachusetts institutions have a strong history of collaboration to offer training and career opportunities to diverse student learners to meet the needs of the workforce through education and lifelong learning.

    In 2018, the UMass School of Law at UMass Dartmouth and BSU began offering a joint Law/Master of Social Work program that allows students to earn both degrees in four years rather than five.

    By collaborating on the program, the schools enable students to enter public service with a uniquely defined skill set and less student debt.

    See the full article here .

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 9:14 am on November 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "UMass Dartmouth professors to use fastest supercomputer in the nation for research", , , , , , , UMASS Dartmouth   

    From UMass Dartmouth: “UMass Dartmouth professors to use fastest supercomputer in the nation for research” 

    From UMass Dartmouth

    November 12, 2020
    Ryan Merrill
    508-910-6884
    rmerrill1@umassd.edu

    Professor Sigal Gottlieb and Professor Gaurav Khanna awarded opportunity to Oak Ridge National Lab’s Summit supercomputer.

    ORNL IBM AC922 SUMMIT supercomputer, was No.1 on the TOP500. Credit: Carlos Jones, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Dept. of Energy.


    Oak Ridge National Lab’s Summit supercomputer is the fastest in America and Professor Sigal Gottlieb (Mathematics) and Professor Gaurav Khanna (Physics) are getting a chance to test its power.

    The system, built by IBM, can perform 200 quadrillion calculations in one second. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Summit supercomputer consists of 9,216 POWER9 processors, 27,648 Nvidia Tesla graphics processing units, and consumes 13 MW of power.

    Gottlieb and Khanna, alongside their colleague Zachary Grant of Oak Ridge National Lab, were awarded 880,000 core-hours of supercomputing time on Summit. They received the maximum awarded Directors’ Discretionary allocation which is equivalent to $132,200 of funding according to the Department of Energy. Their research project titled “Mixed-Precision WENO Method for Hyperbolic PDE Solutions” involves implementing and evaluating different computational methods for black hole simulations.

    Their proposal for supercomputing time was successful, in part, due to excellent preliminary results that were generated using UMass Dartmouth’s own C.A.R.N.i.E supercomputer, and MIT’s Satori supercomputer that Khanna had access to via UMass Dartmouth’s membership in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Consortium (MGHPCC). The Satori supercomputer is similar in design to Summit, but almost two orders-of-magnitude smaller in size.

    Gottlieb and Khanna are the Co-Directors for UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Scientific Computing & Visualization Research and Grant was a former student of Gottlieb’s in the Engineering & Applied Sciences Ph.D. program.

    See the full article here .

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 11:22 am on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    From UMass Dartmouth: “Gaurav Khanna awarded $75K for black hole research” 

    From UMass Dartmouth

    Dr. Khanna’s research sheds light on many different aspects of black hole physics.

    September 14, 2020
    Adrienne Wartts
    508-910-6543
    awartts@umassd.edu

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    Image of merging black holes Credit Caltech/MIT Advanced aLigo.

    Black holes are perhaps the most mysterious astrophysical objects in the universe. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Professor Gaurav Khanna of the Physics department a $75,393 grant for his project “Studies of Black Hole Binary Systems Using Time-Domain Perturbation Theory”.

    This newly funded NSF project continues the development of the model that Dr. Khanna has been building for well over a decade on gravitational waves.

    Gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein’s general relativity theory 100 years ago, are “ripples” in the fabric of space-time that travel at the speed of light. LIGO made the first-ever direct detection of a gravitational wave signal from a binary system of two, near 30-solar-mass black holes located over a billion light-years away. In 2016, gravitational waves became directly observable due to the enormous investment in hardware, theory, and data analysis methods, into the National Science Foundation’s LIGO laboratory.

    The founders of LIGO were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Since then several other detections have been made, more detectors have become operational, and the future space-borne observatory plans may be accelerated.

    MIT /Caltech Advanced aLigo .

    Caltech/MIT Advanced aLigo detector installation Livingston, LA, USA.

    Caltech/MIT Advanced aLigo detector installation Hanford, WA, USA.

    VIRGO Gravitational Wave interferometer, near Pisa, Italy.

    VIRGO Gravitational Wave interferometer, near Pisa, Italy.

    The strongest sources of this radiation are the mergers of highly massive and compact astrophysical objects, such as black holes and neutron stars.

    Dr. Khanna’s research makes use of Einstein’s general relativity theory to estimate properties of the gravitational waves produced by one of their strongest sources — the collision and merger of two black holes. “This is very important to the success of the above-mentioned observatories because theory-based, waveform templates are required to develop a matched-filter for successful detection of these waves,” says Khanna.

    A black hole merger is an extremely complex process, even from the point of view of numerical simulations on the largest supercomputers, therefore Dr. Khanna uses various approximation techniques (black hole perturbation theory) to simplify this problem significantly and make it more tractable. Khanna works closely with collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and MIT, and locally with Dr. Scott Field and Dr. Sigal Gottlieb at UMass Dartmouth and contributes to this major modeling effort.

    “Once this project is completed, it will not only improve signal searches for LIGO data, but also make progress towards the data analysis goals relevant to the upcoming space-borne LISA mission,” he says. Khanna’s black hole research breakthroughs have been noted in The Conversation, The International Business Times, Forbes and The New York Times.

    See the full article here .

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 8:36 am on August 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "Mathematics professor receives NSF grant to create algorithms that break down the dynamics in physics; engineering; and biological sciences", , , Professor Cheng Wang, UMASS Dartmouth   

    From UMass Dartmouth: “Mathematics professor receives NSF grant to create algorithms that break down the dynamics in physics, engineering, and biological sciences” 

    From UMass Dartmouth

    August 18, 2020

    Ryan Merrill
    508-910-6884
    rmerrill1@umassd.edu

    Professor Cheng Wang will administer $150,000 of the grant to study highly efficient, structure-preserving numerical schemes for nonlinear gradient equations with singular energy potentials.

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    Professor Cheng Wang

    Professor Cheng Wang (Mathematics) was part of a research team that received a $350,000 National Science Foundation grant for their project “Collaborative Research: Efficient, Accurate, and Structure-Preserving Numerical Methods for Phase Fields-Type Models with Applications”.

    Wang, who will administer $150,000 of the grant, aims to study highly efficient, structure-preserving numerical schemes for nonlinear gradient equations with singular energy potentials. These proposed numerical schemes would lead to highly efficient solvers to study the complicated long-time dynamics of different models in physics, material engineering, and biological sciences. In particular, this work is expected to have a direct and immediate impact on many scientific disciplines.

    According to Wang and his team, the large time scale simulation of these nonlinear gradient flows is vital for understanding phase transformations of materials at the atomic and nanometer scales, the complex processes in biological growth and development, and the complicated topological change involved in two-phase and ternary flows for example.

    The grant will produce algorithms and software, which will be available free of cost to future researchers. Ultimately, Wang’s project will influence research in atomic-scale phase transitions; complex biological growth and cancer; and multi-phase active-particle and ionic fluids. Utilizing free resources from high performance-computing programs, the codes developed in this project could be scaled up to conduct real-world three-dimensional simulations.

    Wang says that this grant will create a graduate research assistant position at UMassD and offer students the opportunity to receive innovative training in scientific computing, modeling, and numerical analysis.

    The lead PI on the project is Professor Steven Wise (Mathematics) of the University of Tennessee.

    See the full article here .

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 3:36 pm on January 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Microway supercomputer being installed, , The new cluster from Microway affords the university five times the compute performance its researchers enjoyed previously with over 85% more total memory and over four times the aggregate memory band, The UMass Dartmouth cluster reflects a hybrid design to appeal to a wide array of the campus’ workloads., UMASS Dartmouth   

    From insideHPC: “UMass Dartmouth Speeds Research with Hybrid Supercomputer from Microway” 

    From insideHPC

    Today Microway announced that research activities are accelerating at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth since the installation of a new supercomputing cluster.

    “UMass Dartmouth’s powerful new cluster from Microway affords the university five times the compute performance its researchers enjoyed previously, with over 85% more total memory and over four times the aggregate memory bandwidth. It includes a heterogeneous system architecture featuring a wide array of computational engines.”

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    The UMass Dartmouth cluster reflects a hybrid design to appeal to a wide array of the campus’ workloads.

    Over 50 nodes include Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, DDR4 memory, SSDs and Mellanox ConnectX-5 EDR 100Gb InfiniBand. A subset of systems also feature NVIDIA V100 GPU Accelerators for GPU computing applications.

    Equally important are a second subset of POWER9 with 2nd Generation NVLink- based- IBM Power Systems AC922 Compute nodes. These systems are similar to those utilized in the world’s #1 and #2 most powerful Summit and Sierra supercomputers at ORNL and LLNL. The advanced NVIDIA NVLink interfaces built into POWER9 CPU and NVIDIA GPU ensure a broad pipeline between CPU:GPU for data intensive workloads.

    The deployment of the hybrid architecture system was critical to meeting the users’ needs. It also allowed those on the UMass Dartmouth campus to apply to test workloads onto the larger national laboratory systems at ORNL.

    Microway was one of the few vendors able to deliver a unified system with a mix of x86 and POWER9 systems, complete software integration across both kinds of nodes in the cluster, and offer a single point of sale and warranty coverage.

    Microway was selected as the vendor for the new cluster through an open bidding process. “They not only competed well on the price,” says Khanna, “but they were also the only company that could deliver the kind of heterogeneous system we wanted with a mixture of architecture.”

    For more information about the UMass Dartmouth Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research please navigate to: http://cscvr1.umassd.edu/

    This new cluster purchase was funded through an Office of Naval Research (ONR) DURIP grant award.

    Serving Users Across a Research Campus

    The deployment has helped continue to serve, attract and retain faculty, undergraduate students, and those seeking advance degrees to the UMass Dartmouth campus. The Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research administers the new compute resource.

    With its new cluster, CSCVR is undertaking cutting edge work. Mathematics researchers are developing new numerical algorithms on the new deployment. A primary focus is in astrophysics: with focus on the study of black holes and stars.

    “Our engineering researchers,” says Gaurav Khanna, Co-Director of UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Scientific Computing & Visualization Research, “are very actively focused on computational engineering, and there are people in mechanical engineering who look at fluid and solid object interactions.” This type of research is known as two-phase fluid flow. Practical applications can take the form of modelling windmills and coming up with a better design for the materials on the windmill such as the coatings on the blade, as well as improved designs for the blades themselves.

    This team is also looking at wave energy converters in ocean buoys. “As buoys bob up and down,” Khanna explains, “you can use that motion to generate electricity. You can model that into the computation of that environment and then try to optimize the parameters needed to have the most efficient design for that type of buoy.”

    A final area of interest to this team is ocean weather systems. Here, UMass Dartmouth researchers are building large models to predict regional currents in the ocean, weather patterns, and weather changes.

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    A Hybrid Architecture for a Broad Array of Workloads

    The UMass Dartmouth cluster reflects a hybrid design to appeal to a wide array of the campus’ workloads.

    The deployment of the hybrid architecture system was critical to meeting the users’ needs. It also allowed those on the UMass Dartmouth campus to apply to test workloads onto the larger national laboratory systems at ORNL.

    Microway was one of the few vendors able to deliver a unified system with a mix of x86 and POWER9 systems, complete software integration across both kinds of nodes in the cluster, and offer a single point of sale and warranty coverage.

    “Microway was selected as the vendor for the new cluster through an open bidding process. “They not only competed well on the price,” says Khanna, “but they were also the only company that could deliver the kind of heterogeneous system we wanted with a mixture of architecture.”

    See the full article here .

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  • richardmitnick 1:29 pm on October 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "UMass Dartmouth Physics professor on international team that discovered new effects of supernova", , , , , UMASS Dartmouth   

    From UMass Dartmouth: “UMass Dartmouth Physics professor on international team that discovered new effects of supernova” 

    From UMass Dartmouth

    October 7, 2019
    Ryan Merrill

    The group observed light acting in ways that challenge current understandings of the universe.

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    Associate Professor Robert Fisher (Physics) was part of an international team that recently published a research article in Nature that discovered how light reacts after a unique type of supernova. The team, consisting of researchers from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Birmingham, University of Edinburgh, University of New South Wales, Trinity College Dublin, and the American Museum of Natural History and Space Telescope Science Institute found that light does not simply disappear after the cosmic explosion of stars.

    “Since antiquity, humans have wondered about our place in the universe. Astronomers are now able to plumb the enormous expanses of the cosmos using exploding stars,” said Fisher.

    The research began after team members at Harvard noticed strange behaviors by light while studying supernovae in 2015. They then brought in experts from across the world to investigate. Before Fisher and his team’s discovery, the prevailing scientific thought was that after a star exploded, its light went forth and quickly dissipated.

    “This new research reveals that these exploding stars do not simply fade away into the night, but surprisingly shine steadily for nearly a full year in the infrared. These results challenge our understanding of how these exploding stars behave and may ultimately help us to better understand their uses as cosmic beacons,” remarked Fisher.

    See the full article here.

    See also From Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: “Scientists Observe Year-long Plateaus in Decline of Type Ia Supernova Light Curves”
    here.

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 3:56 pm on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mount Ida College, UMASS Dartmouth   

    From UMASS Dartmouth: ” University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees reached an agreement with Mount Ida College” 

    UMass Dartmouth

    This morning, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees reached an agreement with Mount Ida College.

    We understand that the transition is a difficult one for students and the entire community, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to help Mount Ida students successfully complete their degrees. Students in good academic standing will be offered automatic acceptance to UMassD.

    On Monday, April 9, UMass Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students will travel to Mount Ida College in Newton Centre to meet with students and review their academic options, their financial aid packages, their housing and dining choices, and introduce life at UMassD.

    For more information, visit https://www.umassd.edu/mountida/

    UMass Dartmouth understands that the transition taking place at Mount Ida is a difficult one for students and the entire community. We are committed to doing everything in our power to help Mount Ida students successfully complete their degrees.

    April 9 UMass Dartmouth visits Mount Ida

    UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., will meet with Mount Ida students in Alumnae Hall on the Mount Ida campus.

    11am First-year students and sophomores
    12 noon Juniors and any student that did not make the 11am meeting

    1 to 5pm UMassD Transition Open House in Alumnae Hall on the Mount Ida campus
    Mount Ida students can meet with UMassD staff, faculty, students and athletic staff to learn more about their academic and financial aid options.

    Representatives from all 5 undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Visual and Performing Arts, Engineering, and Nursing
    Graduate Studies representative
    Financial Aid
    Student Housing
    International Student & Scholar Center and Study Abroad
    Student Affairs including counseling, health services, disability services, and career development
    Athletics

    The UMassD Guarantee

    You are guaranteed housing at UMass Dartmouth if you want to live on campus, and we are creating Mount Ida living-learning communities.
    UMassD guarantees that you will not pay more than $13,600 in tuition annually, and with financial aid it may be less.
    Your Mount Ida credits will be applied towards graduation from UMassD, which means the time it takes for you to graduate should not be extended.

    Academic programs

    UMassD undergraduate programs
    UMassD business graduate programs

    FAQs for students and families

    We know Mount Ida students will have many questions. We’ve prepared some questions and answers – if you don’t find what you need please in the FAQs, contact us at 774-929-3000.

    FAQs for students and families

    Press Release:

    Mount Ida College reaches agreement with UMass regarding educational continuity for students
    All Mount Ida students in good standing offered automatic admission at UMass Dartmouth. UMass Amherst to acquire the physical assets of the Mount Ida campus for academic, career preparation and economic development programming
    Posted by Office of Public Affairs // April 6, 2018

    For more information on the transition process, please click here.

    Mount Ida College today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement in principle with the University of Massachusetts that will provide a pathway for its students to complete their degree studies and ensure that its campus remains dedicated to an educational mission.

    Mount Ida students in good standing will be offered automatic admission to UMass Dartmouth with a clear path to degree completion. UMass Dartmouth will also facilitate expedited transfer admission opportunities at the Boston, Lowell and Amherst campuses for Mount Ida students.

    Separately, UMass Amherst will acquire the physical assets of the 74-acre Mount Ida campus in Newton, Mass., where it will establish Greater Boston-based career preparation programs for UMass Amherst students in high-demand fields that serve the Massachusetts innovation economy.

    Mount Ida President Barry Brown said, “The challenges for small colleges in the current economic and demographic landscape are significant. Working with UMass, we have devised a way forward that ensures the well-being of our students, enhances the academic capacity of the region, and preserve’s Mount Ida’s legacy and history.”

    _______________________________________________________________
    “We are fully prepared to offer Mount Ida students the private college educational experience they are accustomed to at a public university value.”
    Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., Chancellor
    _______________________________________________________________

    Mount Ida College had explored a merger with Lasell College, but discussions ceased when the Boards could not reach a mutually beneficial agreement.

    UMass Dartmouth has the academic and residential capacity to accommodate Mount Ida students as well as a campus setting and breadth of academic program offerings that will allow for a smooth transition and clear degree pathways. Mount Ida College has approximately 1,450 undergraduate students.

    “We are fully prepared to offer Mount Ida students the private college educational experience they are accustomed to at a public university value,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, who had previously served as President of Becker College, an institution similar in size and scope to Mount Ida. “I want to assure Mount Ida students and their families that our students, faculty and staff stand ready with open arms to welcome them to our 710-acre, coastal academic community and provide a pathway to a Tier 1 national research university degree at the same or lower cost than they had planned.”

    Under a “UMassD Guarantee,” all Mount Ida students will receive lower tuition charges and incur less debt. Mount Ida students will also receive expedited admissions to UMass Dartmouth with a path to degree completion, on-campus housing options at standard room and board rates, Mount Ida living/learning communities, personalized academic advising, interviews for student athletes with UMass Dartmouth’s Division III NCAA coaches, and other services to assure a seamless transition to the university.

    UMass Dartmouth offers an array of professional and liberal arts degree programs, and has experience in welcoming students from private schools. In 2010, a small private law school donated its assets to UMass Dartmouth to create the UMass School of Law, the first and only public law school in the Commonwealth. In 2016, the law school achieved full ABA accreditation, and its first-time bar pass rate now ranks above four area private law schools.

    Through a real estate transaction, UMass Amherst will take ownership of the Mount Ida College’s physical assets. In doing so, UMass Amherst will preserve the character of the campus and serve as a custodian of its history and legacy.

    The newly acquired campus, which will be known as the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, will operate as an extension of the Amherst campus and will not enroll undergraduate students directly. Less than ten miles from downtown Boston and adjacent to the nearby Newton-Needham Innovation District and the tech-focused Route 128 corridor, the campus will serve as a hub for Greater Boston-area career preparation and experiential learning opportunities for UMass Amherst students. The programs that will be offered at the newly acquired campus will align the strengths of UMass Amherst with the growing demand for talent in areas that drive the Massachusetts economy, including health care, business, computer science and other STEM specialties. Last year, for example, UMass Amherst awarded 1,700 undergraduate STEM degrees, more than any other college or university in the state. In addition, academic-industry collaborations, which currently account for a growing portion of UMass Amherst’s $220 million annual research and development expenditures, will be initiated at the Mount Ida campus.

    “This is a strategic move that will expand career opportunities for our students and help drive the Massachusetts economy while strengthening the flagship campus’s position in the competitive national higher education marketplace,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “The Mount Ida campus’s ideal location will help us grow a much needed talent pipeline for Massachusetts businesses, especially in high-demand STEM fields. And since the flagship campus educated more Massachusetts residents last year than the top eight private universities in Massachusetts combined, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to keep Massachusetts at the forefront of innovation and discovery.”

    “This agreement is consistent with the mission and strategic plans of UMass Dartmouth, UMass Amherst and the University of Massachusetts as a system,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “But most importantly, I am pleased that we are able to offer Mount Ida an opportunity to preserve a pathway to degree completion for its students.”

    “We’re proud that UMass was able to offer a solution that benefits Mount Ida students and creates opportunity for UMass students,” said UMass Board of Trustees Chair Rob Manning. “I want to thank the Mount Ida Board of Trustees, President Brown and Mount Ida’s lead banker, Dick Gavegnano of East Boston Savings Bank, for their commitment to reaching an agreement that is feasible for all parties and achieves the best possible outcome for Mount Ida.”

    Mount Ida will continue classes through the spring 2018 semester, concluding with the commencement of its graduating seniors.

    For more information on the transition process, please click here.

    Mostly from Facebook, but See the full article here .

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 12:38 pm on April 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Extreme Black Holes, UMASS Dartmouth, UMass Dartmouth Professor of Physics Dr. Gaurav Khanna   

    From UMASS Dartmouth: “UMass Dartmouth Researchers Studying “Extreme Black Holes” 

    UMass Dartmouth

    Apr 04, 2018
    Tim Studebaker

    There is some intense astronomy work going on at UMass Dartmouth. In fact, a team there says they’re overturning what we thought we knew about black holes by demonstrating the existence of something called “extreme black holes.”

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    Hot spots (white) in matter swirling around black holes may produce X-ray flares. Because of the extreme gravity of black holes, each flare could appear as a rapid-fire series of light pulses (Illustration: NASA/Dana Berry/SkyWorks Digital)

    UMass Dartmouth Professor of Physics Dr. Gaurav Khanna says, “This sort of really overturns the expectation for many decades. The work we’re talking about happens to be about extreme black holes. They happen to be black holes that spin at the fastest speed you can imagine.”

    Khanna says extreme black holes were thought to be impossible because they would become unstable. That’s a topic one of his students is studying.

    UMass Dartmouth PhD Student Alex Yonika says, “An object that passed through the singularity region that would be there classically, pops back out into what’s called a white hole.”

    Their research is challenging previous thinking.

    Khanna says, “Actually these black holes are not unstable.”

    They use powerful computers and complex math to simulate an extreme black hole.

    Khanna says, “So we start throwing things at it and we sort of try to see what happens both to the black hole and also to these things. What we found is that these things burn up very quickly as they approach the black hole, but the black hole itself stayed intact.”

    Another of Khanna’s students is contributing to that part of the effort.

    UMass Dartmouth PhD Student Caroline Mallary says, “I am making code so that these space times can actually be sculpted so we can work with them in an intuitive way. It’s sort of like Photoshop for space time.”

    Khanna says the next step would be to start looking for these black holes.

    You can read their study here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.10155

    ©WLNE-TV / ABC6 2018 Video available at full article.

    See the full article here .

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
  • richardmitnick 5:02 pm on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , UMASS Dartmouth, UMASSD Professor overturns understanding on black holes   

    From UMass Dartmouth: “Professor overturns understanding on black holes” 

    UMass Dartmouth

    March 28, 2018
    Office of Public Affairs

    Dr. Gaurav Khanna, Ph.D. publishes a paper that sheds new light on space’s most mysterious phenomena.

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    On March 29, 2018, the Physical Review journal [Physical Review D] is set to publish an article by Professors Gaurav Khanna (Physics) of UMass Dartmouth and Lior Burko of Georgia Gwinnett College that demonstrates the existence of extreme black holes that until now were thought to be theoretical and unobservable. “These findings could open the door to new paths of research related to the nature of the universe,” said Khanna.

    Extreme black holes differ from traditional black holes because they have the fastest possible spin allowed by Einstein’s theory of relativity. Khanna and Burko’s research upends conventional wisdom on extreme black holes, which presumed these objects were unstable, and thus did not exist in nature. Through computational research, Khanna and Burko found that extreme black holes are stable and may someday be observed by gravitational-wave observatories.

    Dr. Khanna has a long history of studying these fascinating cosmic objects. In 2015, the universe’s gravitational waves were observed for the very first time by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).


    VIRGO Gravitational Wave interferometer, near Pisa, Italy

    Caltech/MIT Advanced aLigo Hanford, WA, USA installation


    Caltech/MIT Advanced aLigo detector installation Livingston, LA, USA

    Cornell SXS, the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) project

    Gravitational waves. Credit: MPI for Gravitational Physics/W.Benger-Zib

    ESA/eLISA the future of gravitational wave research

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    Skymap showing how adding Virgo to LIGO helps in reducing the size of the source-likely region in the sky. (Credit: Giuseppe Greco (Virgo Urbino group)

    This led to a Novel Prize in Physics for the three leaders of the LIGO project. The LIGO project is a collaboration of over 1,000 researchers from more than 20 countries. The UMass Dartmouth Physics Department has had a long relationship with the LIGO project extending over a decade. Physics majors have participated in summer internships at the LIGO laboratory, and others have officially joined the LIGO collaboration later in their careers.

    One of the Nobel winners visited the university in 2016 to discuss his work and Dr. Khanna presented a seminar on this groundbreaking discovery.

    UMass Dartmouth has a strong focus on the cosmos. Recently, astronaut alumnus Scott Tingle (College of Engineering ’87) participated in a satellite downlink event where he answered questions live from the International Space Station. This was preceded by a faculty panel that discussed various perspectives on life in space.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

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    Mission Statement

    UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
    Vision Statement

    UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community engagement.

    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

    The campus has an overall student body of 8,647 students (school year 2016-2017), including 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate/law students. As of the 2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 399 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.

    The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state’s university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), a private institution that was accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.

    In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world’s most comprehensive, credible, and widely used standard (the GRI’s G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).

     
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