The new Life Science Laboratories were featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine. Alumni magazine

Residents of 32 Massachusetts towns have an opportunity to receive free, expert identification of ticks and the disease-causing pathogens they carry from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed by Stephen Rich, Microbiology. The free testing program is supported by the governor’s Community Innovation Challenge grant. Daily Hampshire Gazette, News release

Patricia Brennan, Biology, was quoted in a Boston Globe story about Congressional Republicans who want to cut back on funding for social sciences as saying that federal funding for research that doesn’t have obvious real-world applications is easy to criticize and target. Boston Globe

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychology, was interviewed on Huffpost Live about why social media can lead some women to lose self-esteem when they see their friends posting flattering photos and personal items. Huffpost Live

John Organ, Environmental Conservation, and division chief of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, received the Wildlife Management Institute’s 2014 George Bird Grinnell Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation. News release