Todd Emrick, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a three-year, $162,770 collaborative research award from the National Science Foundation to work with a colleague at the University of Texas at Austin, who also won the same grant, to explore new ways to make energy-efficient, self-cleaning water purification membranes for municipal wastewater treatment and industrial and agricultural applications. News release

Frank Mangan and Stephen Herbert, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Lynn Adler, Biology, were interviewed for an article about the agricultural field day at the UMass Amherst Crop and Animal Research Farm, an annual chance for farmers to see the latest innovations in crop research. Recorder

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.