Hannah French '15, a graduate of the iCons program, developed a one-day workshop to help children understand energy and its renewable and non-renewable sources. French says her experience in the iCons program helped her because she worked with students who had interests different from hers and they were able to complement each other’s skills and knowledge. Nashoba Publishing

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote a column for the Huffington Post about how police officers should intervene when they see other officers using unlawful or unnecessary force or violence.

David V. Bloniarz, Environmental Conservation, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about a series of workshops highlighting the importance of trees, birds, and water in urban neighborhoods that UMass Amherst, the U.S. Forest Service, and the city of Springfield have been holding.

Cell biologists led by Thomas Maresca, Biology, have reported an advance in Current Biology in understanding the workings of an error correction mechanism that helps cells detect and correct mistakes in cell division early enough to prevent chromosome mis-segregation and aneuploidy, that is, having too many or too few chromosomes. News-Medical.net, Phys.org, Health Care News, news release

John P. Burand, Microbiology, told a legislative hearing in Boston looking at the collapse of honeybee hives in the state that banning chemicals called neonicotinoids only addresses part of the problem. He said Varroa mites are the top cause of bee colony collapse. Boston Globe