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

A feature story looked at Gov. Deval Patrick’s visit to the Eureka! Program at Girls Inc. of Holyoke, a five-year CNS collaboration designed to expose teenaged girls to the STEM fields. Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was interviewed. Republican

Stephen J. Herbert, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, says farms can install solar panels on their land and use it at the same time for grazing animals or to grow crops, which the research station in South Deerfield has been doing for four years. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed by NBC News about the letdown faced by World Cup soccer fans. NBC News