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Bradley discusses his continuing concerns that not enough is being done to slow global warming

Raymond S. Bradley, Geosciences, and director of the Climate Systems Research Center, is interviewed about global warming and how it is presented to the public. He expresses his continuing concerns that not enough is being done to slow the process. Connecting Point

CNS undergrads and Holyoke middle school students play with science in the ‘Connections’ program

Undergraduate science majors spent the fall working with the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences (MAS) and the Kelly Middle School in the after-school science program, Connections. Each undergrad intern was matched with two or three students, about 20 sixth- to eighth-grade students in total, and led them in science-based activities. News release

UMass Cranberry Station director featured in the Boston Globe

Carolyn DeMoranville, the second-generation director of the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham, Mass., is featured in the Boston Globe magazine. The station maintains and enhances the economic viability of the Massachusetts cranberry industry through research and extension. It serves the public by supporting economic development and protection of the environment and is recognized as a leader in the United States and worldwide for research and outreach programs on cranberry culture. DeMoranville is a UMass Amherst graduate, with a BS in Botany (1976) and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences (1992).

Spencer featured in Atlantic article about sleep and stress

Rebecca Spencer, Psychology, says some people react to stress by sleeping more as a way to fend off what seems to be an overwhelming amount of high-intensity emotional experiences, as quoted in The Atlantic. The Atlantic

Decker says eliminating trans fats may cause increased rainforest destruction

Eric Decker, Food Science, says efforts to get unhealthy trans fats out of the diet of most Americans could have the unintended effect of causing more rainforest to be destroyed to make room for expanded production of palm oil. Sun Sentinel

Irschick is interviewed on WBUR-FM about Geckskin

Duncan Irschick, Biology, is interviewed about Geckskin, a new adhesive that he and Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, invented. Geckskin holds material on smooth surfaces but doesn’t leave a residue; it's based on how gecko feet stick to surfaces. WBUR-FM, Geckskin website

Ramsey-Musolf is interviewed about the origins of the universe

Michael Ramsey-Musolf, Physics, and director of the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions, is interviewed in a story about how particle physicists study the first moments after the big bang. “The more we understand our origins, the more we understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos,” he says. Symmetry magazine

Barnes Honored by Regional Section of American Chemical Society

Michael Barnes, Chemistry, has been chosen by the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society to receive its 2014 John S. Burlew Award in recognition outstanding contributions to chemistry. News release

STEM Diversity Institute hosts research fair for undergraduates

The STEM Diversity Institute hosted a research fair for undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors from underrepresented groups. The 80 attendees learned about the importance of obtaining undergraduate research experience, the variety of available research opportunities, and why they should consider pursuing PhDs in STEM. News release

The Boston Globe recommends the Rausch Mineral Gallery

The Boston Globe recommends the new Rausch Mineral Gallery, with more than 200 outstanding minerals collected by the late chemistry professor Marvin Rausch, as a travel destination. Boston Globe

Blanchard and DeAngelis analyze leaf litter to understand global warming's impact on microbes on forests

Jeffrey Blanchard, Biology, and Kristen DeAngelis, Microbiology, are profiled in an article about their research identifying and classifying soil microbes using DNA analysis along with RNA sequencing. Their work shows that climate change is leading to a decrease in plant litter in the soil, and with that, a decrease in dominant microbes. Research Next

Rich and the Laboratory of Medical Zoology test and map ticks

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed up by Stephen Rich, Microbiology, is building a database of ticks and their pathogens. The arachnids are sent in by individuals nationwide and in Europe who extract them from people and pets. People are invited to send in ticks, which the lab identifies and tests for possible disease-causing pathogens; the tick distribution is also mapped. The lab's Web site includes a video explaining the work and a map of tick distribution.

Hayward awarded John H. Dillon Medal for outstanding research

Ryan C. Hayward, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been named the winner of the John H. Dillon Medal, which is awarded by the American Physical Society to early career polymer scientists, in recognition of his "remarkably innovative and creative approaches to the design, realization, and analysis of responsive polymer gels and self-assembled systems.” Hayward’s research includes a particular focus on thin films and interfaces. Recent areas of interest include swelling-induced deformation of constrained and micro-patterned stimuli-responsive gels, and solution state self-assembly of polymer and particle-based nanostructures.

UMass Amherst ranked No. 28 among the greenest schools in the U.S., says Sierra Club

UMass Amherst is ranked No. 28 among the greenest schools in the U.S. in a new survey conducted by the Sierra Club. Sierra Club magazine

Gido's superelastomer polymers to be used in a new type of condom

Samuel P. Gido, Polymer Science and Engineering, is codeveloper of superelastomers, polymers that can be repeatedly stretched without permanently deforming the material, which will be used in a new type of condom designed to encourage use in developing countries. International Business Times,,

Kilham says the Amazonian fruit buriti could be the next big thing in skin care

Chris Kilham, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, says the Amazonian fruit buriti, which is an important part of the local diet, is "shaping up to be the next big thing in skin care." Fox News

Adrion and Sullivan awarded two-year $300,000 NSF grant

W. Richards Adrion, Computer Science (professor emeritus), and Florence Sullivan, Education, have been awarded a two-year, $300,915 NSF grant to develop and pilot a new research method that combines microgenetic analysis techniques derived from developmental psychology with learning analytic techniques from the field of computer science. News release

Schweik's use of open-source software is profiled

Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation and Public Policy and Administration, is profiled about his use of open-source software in the classroom and as a research tool. Since 2007 Schweik has led an effort to build an international network of faculty that collaborate on open-source geographic information systems education. Research Next

DeAngelis speaks about a microbe that can dissolve lignin

Kristen DeAngelis, Microbiology, comments in a story about the discovery of a microbe in a Puerto Rican rainforest that can dissolve lignin, a woody polymer in plant cell walls that is a key to boosting cellulosic biofuel production. Caribbean Business,

Lovley finds Methanosaeta bacterium can turn carbon dioxide to methane

Derek Lovley, Microbiology, and colleagues including former postdoctoral researcher and first author Amelia-Elena Rotaru have discovered that the bacterium Methanosaeta, one of the most abundant methane-producing microorganisms on earth, have the ability to reduce carbon dioxide to methane by making electrical connections with other microorganisms. Energy and Environmental Science, Astrobiology, Red Orbit, R & D Magazine, Science Daily, Clean Energy,, News release

Elkinton featured in Boston Globe about the oak crypt gall wasp menace

Joseph Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, and doctoral candidate Monica Davis are featured in a front-page story in The Boston Globe about the oak crypt gall wasp, an insect menace that is killing black oaks in southeastern Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. Boston Globe

Celebrating the opening of the Life Science Laboratories

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and UMass celebrated the opening of phase one of the $160 million Life Science Laboratories. Ribbon-cutters included Provost James V. Staros, Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas III, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Distinguished Professor Lila Gierasch (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Michael Malone, and CNS Dean Steve Goodwin. The building provides for faculty researching similar issues to work in closer proximity and across disciplines.

Kilham says pickled turnip is not a flu remedy, according to studies

Chris Kilham, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, says pickled turnip as a flu remedy is an urban myth promoted by a company that sells the product and is not backed up by scientific studies. Fox News

DeAngelis' research on a rain forest microbe is published in Frontiers in Microbiology

Kristen DeAngelis, Microbiology, and others at the Joint BioEnergy Institute had their research about the enzymatic activity of a rain forest microbe that breaks down lignin, the tough, woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, and its potential application in the field of biofuels published in the online edition of Frontiers in Microbiology., e! Science News, Science Daily, Nanowerk

Remage-Healey described the role of estrogens as neuromodulators at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

Luke Remage-Healey, Psychology, presented his findings on the role of estrogens as neuromodulators at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. His NIH-funded research found that estrogens play a powerful role in cognition, learning, and memory. News release