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Lutcavage featured in National Geographic special “Wicked Tuna”

Molly Lutcavage, director of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the UMass Amherst Marine Research Station at Gloucester, is interviwed in a segment of a new four-part National Geographic series, “Wicked Tuna,” Lutcavage is an expert in the migration patterns and breeding habits of giant bluefin tuna.

Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, selected as Spotlight Scholar

Research by Spotlight Scholar Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, on nanoparticles--tiny objects that have an array of unique physical properties—is having a huge impact on disease diagnostics and treatment. Rotello’s specialty is developing and testing Velcro-like coatings that allow nanoparticles to bind and interact variously with other molecules. One particularly innovative application of these coatings is a “chemical nose” that might someday transform cancer detection and treatment.

President Obama congratulates UMass Permaculture students as National Champions of Change

Ryan Harb, Sustainability Coordinator for Auxiliary Services and 13 UMass Amherst students were congratulated by President Barack Obama on their new roles as national Campus Champions of Change. Press Release

Experts speculate on warm winter and what to expect from winter moths in Mass

Entomologists Robert Childs and Joseph Elkinton, speculate about whether warmer winter will effect the winter moth problem. They say that it is still to early to tell if there will be any change, and remind fruit growers, in particular apple and blueberry, that early detection and management are essential. Press Release

Fiksu, mobile app company founded by Adler, will open new office in Northampton

Fiksu, Inc., a Boston-based mobile application company, plans to open a new office in Northampton, giving the firm access to Western Massachusetts colleges and students majoring in software engineering. Fiksu was founded by former Computer Scientist Micah Adler, and Mark Corner, Associate Professor of Computer Science, is the vice president of engineering for the company. Mass High Tech

Rotello develops 24-karat gold key to unlock the immune system

Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, graduate student Daniel Moyano, and a team of researchers have developed a system using nanoparticles of pure gold covered in chemical residues that interact with immune cells in the body. The research could lead to increased understanding of the properties of viruses and bacteria and help in developing better drug delivery systems and more effective medications and vaccinations. Science Daily,,,,,, Chemical & Engineering News

Svistunov and Prokof’ev, Physics, solve intractable 50-year-old problem

Boris Svistunov and Nikolai Prokof’ev, Physics, and three alumni of their research group (Kris Van Houcke, Felix Werner, and and Evgeny Kozik) have combined known factors in a new way to solve an intractable 50-year-old problem: How to simulate strongly interacting quantum systems, known as correlated fermions, to allow accurate predictions of their properties. The theoretical breakthrough could open the door to practical superconductor applications, as well as to solving difficult "many-body" problems in high-energy physics, condensed matter and ultra-cold atoms.

Leschine named “Top 10 Women of Biofuels”

Susan Leschine, Microbiology and founder and chief scientist for the company Qteros, is listed among the Top 10 Women of Biofuels. Her research on the Q microbe is the basis for Qteros’ biodigesting technology. Greentech Media

Goddard develops a new, anti-microbial layer for food processing surfaces

Julie Goddard, Food Science, is part of a research team that has developed a new method of modifying polymer and stainless steel surfaces by adding a nano-scale layer of microbial compound to common surfaces in food processing plant.

Schwartz discusses apoptosis and necrosis cell death processes

Lawrence Schwartz, Biology, comments in a story on about human death and how it is hard to tell exactly when a person dies because not all tissues or organs actually die at the same time.

Gunnells is Simons Fellow

Paul Gunnells, Mathematics and Statistic, is a 2012 Simons Foundation Simons Fellow, which provides funding to mathematicians and physicists for semester-long research leaves. Gunnells’ research interests are number theory, algebraic geometry, and topology of singular spaces. Simons Foundation

Feldman interviewed about his research on lying on WGBY’s Connecting Point

Robert S. Feldman, Psychology and interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is interviewed on WGBY’s “Connecting Point” about his research on lying and his recent work on online lying. WGBY-TV 57

Grotevant discusses adoption on WGBY’s Connecting Points

Harold Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology, was interviewed on the public television program "Connecting Points" on WGBY-TV 57 on March 8. He spoke about adoption, the upcoming New Worlds of Adoption conference at UMass on March 30 and the Adoption Mentoring Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Grotevant's research focuses on relationships in adoptive families, and on identity development in adolescents and young adults.

Hayward and Santangelo develop new tool for manufacturing 3-D shapes that mimics nature's complex sculpting

Ryan Hayward, Polymer Science and Engineering and Christian Santangelo, Physics, have developed a new tool for manufacturing three-dimensional shapes easily and cheaply, to aid advances in biomedicine, robotics and tunable micro-optics. The research team was inspired by nature's ability to shape a petal, and built on simple techniques used in photolithography and printing. Red Orbit, R & D magazine,, New Scientist, Chemistry World,, Science Daily,,, Popular Science, Innovations Report, Space Mart, NSF News, Bio-Medicine, Physics Today, Press Release

Watkins writes about Roll-to-Roll innovation in 2011 Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy

An article by Jim Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering, on 'Roll-to-Roll Innovation' appears in the new John Adams Innovation Institute’s 2011 Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, the premier fact-based benchmark for measuring the performance of the Massachusetts knowledge economy.Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy PDF

Milman and Nicolson selected as 2012-2013 Team-Based Learning Fellows

Anita Milman and Craig Nicolson, Environmental Conservation, have been selected as 2012-2013 Provost’s Team-Based Learning Fellows. Press Release

Elkinton interviewed on Channel 22 about his efforts to control winter moth problem

Joseph Elkinton, Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, has been working to control the invasive winter moths using a parasitic fly called Cyzenis albicans. He was interviewed on Channel 22 about the possibility that there may be a significant defoliation of trees in parts of the state this spring caused by winter moths. WWLP-TV 22

Whitbourne writes in Time about people driven to acquire new gadgets

Susan Whitbourne, Psychology, writes a column about why some people are driven to acquire the latest new electronic gadgets and devices. She says psycholgists call this personality style “novelty-seeking” or “neophilia.” Time

Rawlins, Climate Systems Research Center, confirm 2012 as one of the warmest winters recorded in Mass.

Michael Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center, says that the meteorological winter that just ended was one of the warmest ever recorded for Massachusetts and the Northeast, depending on location, and was coupled with very low snowfall amounts. Press Release

Woolf and Arroyo receive $1.5 M Naval Research award to develop personalized math teaching software

Beverly Woolf and Ivon Arroyo, Computer Science, recently won one of four $1.5 million awards from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop digital tutoring software for teaching mathematics according to individual students’ needs.,, Press Release

Schweik pioneers smart phone Invasive Species app

Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation, and Jennifer Fish, director of Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Service Forestry program in Amherst, have received a USDA grant to enlist the help of “citizen scientists” to map invasive species using smartphone technology. The Outsmart Invasive Species iPhone application will be available for free through iTunes in mid-March. Press Release

Blaustein interviewed on NEPR about research on developing brain in puberty

Jeffrey Blaustein, Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, was interviewed on New England Public Radioabout his research on the impact of stress on the developing brain during puberty. NEPR, Press Release

Decker says trend toward healthy foods might entail foods that go rancid more quickly

Eric Decker, Food Science, says that the new trend toward cooking with polyunsaturated fats, whole grain flours and buying such foods in bulk can lead to eating rancid foods, as these products can become rancid more quickly than the heavily treated foods they replace. Chicago Tribune,

Northeast Climate Science Center introduced to state officials and legislators

Climate researchers, including Raymond Bradley, Geosciences, and Curtice Griffin, Environmental Sciences, met with state officials and legislators to introduce the new Northeast Climate Science Center that will be based at UMass Amherst. The center was created last year with a $7.5 million federal grant to study how climate change affects ecosystems, wildlife, water and other natural resources. WBUR, Republican, Video

Grason awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Gregory M. Grason, Polymer Science and Engineering, is among 126 researchers in the United States and Canada to be awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Grason investigates the geometric structures of densely-packed filament assemblies and how the constraints at work in these structures affect the assemblies’ various properties. Filament assemblies range from textile fibers and steel cables to proteins bundles, which provide a structural and mechanical connection from nanoscopic molecules and proteins to microscopic cells and tissues. Grason’s research seeks to determine the optimal packing of such bundles.