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Kunkel says exterminating cockroaches is not a great idea

Joseph Kunkel, Biology, says that while many people may want to exterminate all cockroaches, it isn’t a good idea because the insects eat many things and serve as mini garbage collectors. News & Observer

Hardy provided weather information to company sponsoring paragliding launch from Mount Kilimanjaro summit

Douglas Hardy, Geosciences, provided weather information to the sponsors of the Wings of Kilimanjaro event, which organized a paragliding launch from the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Boston Globe,, WBZ

New Keck grant for Physics-Polymer Science team

Physicists Narayanan Menon, Benny Davidovitch and Chris Santangelo, together with Tom Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering, have been awarded a $1M grant from the WM Keck Foundation to develop the basic science needed to spontaneously deliver ultrathin films to fluid interfaces. The films may then serve as microscopic and functional wall paper or shrink-wrap. The Keck Science and Engineering program funds "endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact."

Sitaraman comments about his research on people’s decreasing patience with slow speed of electronic content

Ramesh Sitaraman, Computer Science, commented in a recent Boston Globe story about his research on the lack of patience with slow electronic content delivery, noting that people are beginning to abandon videos loading on the internet after just 2 seconds. Boston Globe

Feldman explains prevalence of lying in the workplace

Robert Feldman, Psychology and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, comments in a story about lying in the workplace and says there are several theories about why some workplaces encourage lying. Bloomberg Businessweek

Gutermuth says newly-formed stars are hungry and feed on huge amounts of gas and dust

Robert Gutermuth, Astronomgy, say just-forming stars, like growing babies, are hungry and “feed” on large amounts of gas and dust from the dense envelopes that surround them at birth. UPI, Science Daily,,,,, News Release

Xiao’s research explores potential dietary prevention of colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease

Research by Hang Xiao, Food Sciences, explores creating healthy digestive systems and potentially avoiding colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease through benefits of citrus fruit. Research Next UMass

Bradley says climate-affecting variations in solar activity seen in rainfall amounts

Raymond Bradley, director of the Climate Systems Research Center, says variations in solar activity that affect climate are mostly seen in regional rainfall amounts. Astrobiology Magazine

Randhir serves as scientific advisor on modeling climate change, ecosystem services in Turkey

Timothy Randhir, Environmental Conservation, served as a scientific advisor to Turkey on modeling climate change and ecosystem service on a visit sponsored by TUBITAK, Turkey’s counterpart to the National Science Foundation. News Release

Lord say dog vs. wolf behavior linked to nurture, not nature

Kathryn Lord, Biology, suggests in new doctoral research that the behavior of wolves versus domesticated dogs is a result of their early sensory experiences and socialization period, rather than the genetics the two species share. US News & World Report,, Philadelphia Inquirer, Environmental News Network, Healthday News, Red Orbit, Science Daily, Bio-Medicine, Science World,

Feldman comments on Lance Armstrong and why lies aren’t surprising

Robert Feldman, Psychology, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, commented about Lance Armstrong’s recent revelations and why a history of lying shouldn’t be surprising in today’s society. Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, WBUR

Maresca’s studies reveal molecular forces are key to cell division

Thomas Maresca, Biology, led recent studies revealing new information about molecular surveillance system that helps to detect and correct errors in cell division, which can lead to cell death or human diseases.,, Science Daily,, Biology News,,

Sitaraman comments in story about Internet-based television programming

Research by Ramesh Sitaraman, Computer Science, evaluates the smart batteries that enable a new service allowing people to get television programming through an Internet-connected device rather than paying for cable or satellite services. NPR, News India Times, Technology Review, WTIC,

Jordaan finds fishways have not always helped fish

Adrian Jordaan, Environmental Conservation, was part of a team whose studies found that fishways in the Northeast United States designed to allow species like salmon, shad and river herring reach spawning grounds have failed to help., TerraDaily, News Release

Gido says new inflatable earbuds work well because of seal-creating substance

Sam Gido, Polymer Science and Engineering, says new inflatable earbuds work well because they are made with a material that is flexible enough to make an excellent seal in the ear and change shape as necessary. Yahoo! News, Live Science

Ryan wins George E. Stone Award

Dennis Ryan, Environmental Conservation, was presented the George E. Stone Award from the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters. News Release

Schweik gives plenary address at annual International Technology, Knowledge and Society conference

Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation, gave a plenary address titled “Internet-based Collaboration in Open Source Software” at the annual International Technology, Knowledge and Society conference. News Release

Staub featured in story on “bystander effect”

Ervin Staub, Psychology, a leader in the study of the “bystander effect,” or the phenomenon where an individual is less likely to help in an emergency when there is a large number of other people present, was featured on Good Morning America about his new studies of the “active bystander,” when an individual witness does take action. ABCNews/Good Morning America

Geckskin named a top 5 science breakthrough by CNN Money

Geckskin, a super-strong adhesive device developed by campus researchers that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall, has been named one of the top five science breakthroughs of 2012 by CNN Money. Inspired by the footpads of geckos, Geckskin was created by Michael Bartlett, a doctoral candidate in Polymer Science and Engineering, polymer scientist Alfred Crosby and biologist Duncan Irschick, who has studied the gecko’s climbing and clinging abilities for more than 20 years. For more information:

Harvey comments on link between early fathering and children’s behavioral problems

Elizabeth Harvey, Psychology, commented in a story about a new Norwegian study that links early fathering and children’s behavioral problems. Harvey recently published a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.that found children whose fathers were depressed during pregnancy are more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems. WebMD

Rotello featured in story about sniffing out cancer with chemical “nose” he helped develop

Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, discussed the research team he led and the chemical “nose” they developed, able to detect different types of metastatic cancer cells. Forbes (India)

Alumnus Neill named director of Marine Biology Laboratory Ecosystems Center

Christopher Neill, a UMass alumnus and a senior scientist at the Marine Biology Center and the Phyllis and Charles M. Rosenthal Director of the Brown-MBL Partnership, has been named Director of the MBL Ecosystems Center. News Release

Irschick interviewed on WBUR about creation of adhesive material Geckskin

Duncan Irschick, Biology, was recently interviewed on a Boston NPR station, WBUR, about the creation of Geckskin, an adhesive material he created based on the adhesive quality found on gecko feet. WBUR, Geckskin website

Kusner conducts experiments with three-dimensional liquid crystals

Robert Kusner, Mathematics and Statistics, is a member of a team of researchers conducting experiments with three-dimensional liquid crystals, which could have a major impact on computer and TV liquid crystal screens. Science Daily, Nanotechnology Daily, Epoch Times, News Release

Qteros, biofuels startup founded by Leschine, is being relaunched

Susan Leschine, Microbiology, is featured in a pair of stories about the revival of the biofuels startup firm Qteros, which uses the Q Microbe discovered by Leschine. Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder, News Release