Three of the 10 students who will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement as 21st Century Leaders are from CNS: Stephen R. Chan, who created his own major in neuroscience and global business through the Bachelor’s Degree with Individualized Concentration program; Stefan Marco Eres, Chemistry, who also a member of iCons; and Dorothy Tovar, Microbiology. This award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative and social awareness. The awards are made possible by the generous financial support of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. Read more

Nicholas Chunias, Mathematics and Statistics/Finance, has been named a Jack Welch Scholar and will be recognized at the Undergraduate Commencement for his leadership and executive abilities. News release

Peter Hepler, professor emeritus of biology, has been named an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, the highest award offered by the organization. He is one of only 65 so named. News release

Boris Svistunov, Nikolay Prokof’ev, and Egor Babaev, Physics, have collaborated on a new textbook for graduate students interested in superfluidity, superconductivity, and topics where superfluid states of matter manifest themselves called “Superfluid States of Matter” as published this month by Taylor and Francis. News release

Piper Gaubatz, Geosciences, and Gerome Miklau, Computer Science, have been chosen by the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) as fellows for its 2015-16 seminar on “Secrecy, Publicity, Privacy, Security.” Each fellow will receive a $1,500 research allowance and participate in a yearlong faculty seminar. In the coming year ISI will receive additional funding from the dean of the College of Natural Sciences. News release