Neurobiologist Eric Bittman, Biology, has received a two-year, $420,000 exploratory grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study how the master clock in the brain talks to other neurons. Read more

A feature story in the Boston Globe on the Institute for Advanced Life Sciences (IALS) notes that IALS is focused on the areas of drug delivery technology, therapeutic targeting and personalized health monitoring. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is quoted as saying that IALS can serve as a springboard to creating a "Cambridge West mini-hub" that will become a biotechnology engine for the region. Also commenting in the story are Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, Peter H. Reinhart, IALS director, and Kenneth R. Carter, Polymer Science and Engineering. Boston Globe

Stellan Vinthagen, Psychological and Brain Sciences and professor of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, was a member of a panel discussing the results of the recent presidential election held in Northampton at the Friends Meetinghouse on Nov. 15. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Lisa McKeag, a UMass Extension vegetable education specialist, has received a two-year, $144,617 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Food Safety Outreach Program to promote food safety education, training and technical assistance for owners and operators of small- to mid-sized farms, farmers’ markets and others who must deal with recent new federal food safety guidelines. Read more

Susan K. Whitbourne, professor of psychological and brain sciences and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, spoke at an Oct. 28 reception hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fulbright Association in honor of the Fulbright program’s 70th anniversary. Whitbourne was invited to speak to the group because UMass Amherst is a top producer of Fulbright students and scholars. Read more