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Farr's research into predictors of children's behavior problems featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by Rachel H. Farr, Psychology, showing that how parents get along with each other and support each other's parenting is linked to fewer behavior problems among adopted children and more important than their sexual orientation was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Visconti's research advancing the understanding of sperm capacitation featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The research of Pablo Visconti, Veterinary and Animal Science, which advances the understanding of sperm capacitation, was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Spencer's research showing naps help preschoolers learn is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Psychology professor Rebecca Spencer's research showing that preschoolers learn better when they nap was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Berger's algorithm that is used by Mavericks featured in UMass Amherst alumni magazine

Emery Berger, Computer Science, and his algorithm that is used by Mavericks, the latest Apple operating system was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Chien's misfolding protein research featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, showing that stressful conditions causes proteins to be bent or misfolded was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

The new Life Science Laboratories featured in UMass Amherst magazine spring issue

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

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology provides free tick testing service to 32 Mass. towns

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

Brennan quoted in Globe story about Republicans who want to cut social sciences funding

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

Whitbourne tells Huffpost Live why some women lose self-esteem when friends post selfies

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

Center for Agriculture renamed Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The Center for Agriculture at CNS is now the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, which partners with 16 departments across four schools and colleges to sponsor research, fund Extension faculty, and create outreach educational programs, services, and resources.

Organ honored for distinguished service by Wildlife Management Institute

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

Kittilstved named Emerging Investigator by chemistry journal

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

Brigham-Grette and Goldner teach Brookline eighth graders the science behind climatology

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, and former graduate student and now teacher Mark Goldner taught eighth graders at the Heath School in Brookline, Mass., about the science behind climatology through a sediment core from the bottom of Lake El’gygytgyn in Siberia they had recovered. Goldner also helped his students produce climate proxy podcasts. Science Gold podcasts, Wicked Local Brookline

UMass Amherst joins partnership with Association for Women in Science

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

Goddard receives four-year, $489,100 grant from Department of Agriculture’s NIFA; will collaborate with Rotello

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

Staudinger adds important data about sperm whale feeding ecologies in largest regional study of its type to date

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,, Science Codex,, Science Newsline, Science Daily, Terra Daily, LiveScience, Inside Science News Service, News release

Crosby, King, Irschick report new, more versatile version of Geckskin

Alfred Crosby and doctoral candidate Daniel King, both Polymer Science and Engineering, and researchers including Duncan Irschick, Biology, describe in the current issue of Advanced Materials a new, more versatile version of their invention, Geckskin, that can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet. R&D Magazine, Outside, World Industrial Reporter,, Medical Design Briefs, Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence,,, International Business Times,, Discovery News,, Eureka magazine,, Adhesives & Sealants Industry,, The Daily Star, News release

Shenoy conducting smart energy meter project at Holyoke Gas & Electric

Prashant Shenoy, Computer Science, and David Irwin, Electrical and Computer Engineering, are conducting a pilot project with the Holyoke Gas & Electric Company that will show the utility and its customers how smart electric meters can save money and power. The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Republican, News release

CNS hosts international women STEM scholars

CNS has hosted group of women STEM experts from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “I was excited to host these international scholars, and pleased that they were able to meet with our faculty and learn more about our university,” said Steve Goodwin, CNS dean. “The visit took place two days after our second annual CNS Women in Science Initiative lecture, and it felt like a natural extension of this initiative as well as an excellent opportunity to interact with such distinguished international guests.” The group is visiting several U.S. locations through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Goodwin quoted in Globe feature about rejuvenating Waltham extension site

A feature story in the Boston Globe that examined efforts to win legislative approval for $20 million for the UMass agricultural extension site in Waltham quoted Steve Goodwin, CNS dean, as saying the site could be used to conduct research for urban and suburban issues such as alternative energy, food availability and food security and water-related concerns. Boston Globe

Rotello named Distinguished Professor by UMass Board of Trustees

Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor following approval by the UMass Board of Trustees, for how he has “creatively and boldly expanded his research from a focus on small molecule host-guest chemistry to his current path-breaking translational explorations of polymers, surfaces, and nanomaterials.” News release

Crosby and Irschick interviewed about Geckskin by The Star

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, were interviewed about Geckskin, the new adhesive they have invented, and how it works. They noted that they have begun making Geckskin out of renewable materials. The Star

Longstreeth and Eicholtz win arboriculture event at 2014 PLANET competition

Luke Longstreeth '12 AS, '14 and Nicolette Eicholtz '14 AS, '16, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, competing as the school's Arbor Team, won the arboriculture event at the 38th annual PLANET Student Career Days and National Collegiate Landscape Competition. News release

Daniels '93 M.S., '97 Ph.D is Distinguished Alumni Services recipient

Jody J. Daniels '93 M.S., '97 Ph.D. (Computer Science) has received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Services Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. An active duty Brigadier General with the U.S. Africa Command, Daniels is the deputy director responsible for the intelligence and counterintelligence facilitating situational awareness and threat warning and assessment across 54 countries. In her civilian career, Daniels served as the first director of advanced programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories and as strategic level representative for multiple technology areas including cyberspace, human terrain, and mobile computing.

Zhang and Xiao receive 2014 Armstrong Fund for Science award

Guodong Zhang and Hang Xiao, Food Science, have received this year’s Armstrong Fund for Science award from UMass Amherst. Read more