The Laboratory of Medical Zoology, directed by Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology, is featured in a news story that highlights a grant from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Program to test ticks in Cape Cod to see if they are carrying a variety of infectious diseases including Lyme disease. Rich says the tick testing service helps people get proper medical treatment and gives scientists an idea of where the infected ticks are located and where they are moving. Cape Cod Times

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, writes about how being a perfectionist in the workplace doesn't have to be difficult for the individual or the other workers. She says the impulse to be perfect is complicated and often is rooted in internal insecurity and a constant need for validation by people in authority. Quartz

David Bloniarz, Environmental Conservation, has received one of 10 CESL Faculty Fellowships from UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning. Bloniarz is developing a new course, "Urban Forestry: Structure, Function and Value" that will integrate classroom learning with community-based learning. Read more

Jake McCoy '12 Astronomy and Physics, was recently awarded a coveted NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship to find missing matter in space. While a student at UMass, McCoy developed an interest in radio astronomy, and his NASA-sponsored research relating to missing matter will apply his knowledge of electron beam lithography toward building better x-ray spectroscopy instruments. Read more

Bruce E. Byers, Biology, comments in a Smithsonian article about recent speculation that songbirds in Zambia spend winters practicing their singing for the breeding season in the spring. He believes it seems plausible, but would like to see more evidence. Smithsonian