The University of Massachusetts Amherst now ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the 2015 Best Colleges guide released by U.S. News & World Report. Among all national universities, public and private, UMass Amherst moved up an impressive 15 places this year, from No. 91 to No. 76, tied with eight other schools. News release

A just-published book edited by Stanley F. Stevens, Geosciences, presents the latest original research and surveys transformative new approaches now being considered to enhance the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide to have a stronger voice in shaping conservation and park management policies that affect their traditional lands. The book, “Indigenous Peoples, National Parks and Protected Areas,” was released by the University of Arizona Press., News release

Ruth Hazzard, UMass Extension, was interviewed for an article on how the blight on tomatoes is affecting some farmers and home gardeners in the region this year. Republican

Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and colleagues, have reconstructed how bacteria tightly control their growth and division, a process known as the cell cycle, by specifically destroying key proteins through regulated protein degradation; the results could lead to new antibiotics. As published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. eScience News, Nanowerk,, Health Canal, Science Codex,, Bio-Medicine, Science Daily, Science Newsline, News release

The UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) has awarded 13 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching to instructors for 2014-15 and four of the recipients are from the College of Natural Sciences: Matt Davidson, Psychological and Brain Sciences; Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation; Christiane Healy (Meyer), Biology; and James Staros, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. News release