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

Kevin Kittilstved, Chemistry, has been named an Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A of the Royal Society of Chemistry. News release

UMass Amherst has joined the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) as an institutional partner. The partnership with AWIS, the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in the STEM fields, is housed within the STEM Diversity Institute, directed by Sandra Petersen, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. News release

Julie Goddard, Food Science, has received a four-year, $489,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of making value-added agricultural products. She will collaborate with Vince Rotello, Chemistry, in a new approach they hope will move the industry forward with natural, re-usable enzymes for processing raw materials into naturally derived food additives. News release

Michelle Staudinger, Environmental Science and Northeast Climate Science Center, and colleagues tracked the stomach stomach contents of two very rare sperm whale species and added important baseline data in the largest regional study of its type to date, as appears in Marine Mammal Science. Red Orbit, e! Science News, Dailynewsen.com, Science Codex, Phys.org, Science Newsline, Science Daily, Terra Daily, News release