Duncan J. Irschick, Biology, discusses how he and his graduate students designed a 3D camera system for taking pictures of animals. Read more

Yasu Morita, Microbiology, and his doctoral student Jennifer Hayashi, report an advance in the fundamental knowledge about a model species of a pathogens, Mycobacterium smegmatis, in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mycobacteria cause a number of dangerous, difficult-to-treat diseases including leprosy and tuberculosis, and progress has been slow in eradicating them. First author Hayashi and Morita demonstrate the existence of a distinct domain, or area, on the bacteria’s plasma membrane that is crucial for the cell’s ability to grow. Read more

A group of seven independent researchers from universities and research institutions from Europe and the United States, including Thomas Zoeller, Biology, believe they have paved the way to end a nearly three-year-long stalemate over legal requirements by the European Commission to provide criteria identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and put to rest claims of a lack of consensus on the issue among scientists. Read more

Food science students in professor Sam Nugen's course, Food Science 563, are once again competing in a taste test to win the honor of inventing the next seasonal UMass Amherst ice cream flavor. The campus community is invited to attend the event at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in 168C Campus Center, where judges will choose the next UMass Amherst ice cream flavor from among four developed by food science student teams. Read more

Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed in the Harvard Business Review about her sleep research. Spencer says when people are asked to make a decision and they sleep, they are more likely to recall positive aspects of the decision than people who didn't sleep before making a choice. Harvard Business Review