An article about the threat posed by winter moths on the commonwealth’s trees discusses the efforts of Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, who is releasing parasitic flies that kill the moths. Wicked Local North Andover

Jonathan D. Woodruff, Geosciences, and Stephen B. Mabee, Geosciences and state geologist, have received a $200,000 award from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 public beaches along the Massachusetts coast over the next two years. Dredging Today, Dredging News Online, Republican, New Bedford Standard-Times, News release

Students from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture have partnered with the Amherst Survival Center, the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to create the UMass Food For All Garden, modeled after a Food For All program at Just Roots in Greenfield. Sarah Berquist, Environmental Conservation graduate student, was interviewed for an article in the Republican.

Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences, will investigate the role of estrogens made in the brains of zebra finches in research supported by two grants, one from the National Science Foundation for $640,000 over four years, another from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for $1.7 million over five years. The results may offer new insights in learning and memory, particularly around Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy. News-Medical.net, Phys.org, Bio-Medicine, News release

Geckskin, the synthetically produced adhesive material developed a team headed by Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irshick, Biology, is listed among 15 astounding technologies created with funding from the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Business Insider