Paul Dubin, Chemistry, was honored by a minisymposium (PDF) at the School of Science, Osaka University, in June.

A team led by Christian Santangelo, Physics, and includes Ryan Hayward, Polymer Science and Engineering, has developed a way to use curved creases to give thin curved shells a fast, programmable snapping motion.The new technique avoids the need for complicated materials and fabrication methods when creating structures with fast dynamics and should help materials scientists and engineers who wish to design structures that can rapidly switch shape and properties, as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jesse Mager, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, has been awarded a five-year, $3.29 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a key series of experiments in a subgroup of knockout mice in order to identify genes that are essential to the early mouse embryo’s survival. He is working with Kimberly Tremblay, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and Jaime Rivera at the UMass Medical School. News release

Scott M. Auerbach, Chemistry, wrote a letter-to-the-editor in Nature about the value of the iCons program at UMass Amherst in helping students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics prepare for real-world problem solving.

A story on how head lice are becoming more resistant to over-the-counter treatments in 25 states includes comments from John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and Kyong Yoon '06 PhD, who was also a postdoctoral and research fellow at UMass Amherst. Boston Globe, KFSN-TV 30