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Whitbourne featured in article about the myth of the midlife crisis

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and her research finding the midlife crisis notion to be a myth, are the focus of an article in the Daily Mail.

Clark research about head lice resistant to over-the-counter chemicals is featured in Popular Science

John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, says head lice are growing resistant to over-the-counter treatments because doctors have relied on the same compound to kill them for decades, as reported in Popular Science

Kevrekidis Serving as Distinguished Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Panos Kevrekidis, Mathematics and Statistics, is serving as the Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar for 2014-15 at the Center for Nonlinear Studies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. News release

Condron shows icebergs came as far south as Florida during last ice age

Alan Condron, Geosciences, has used a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age to show that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida, as described in Nature Geoscience., Maine News,, Discovery News,,, Red Orbit, Headlines & Global News,,,, Terra Daily,, News release

Loring's use of nanotechnology radio tracking tags is featured

Pamela H. Loring, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate, uses nanotechnology radio tracking tags to gather information about terns living at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge on Cape Cod. Wicked Local Truro

Catanzaro quoted in stories about local land use

Paul Catanzaro, Environmental Conservation, commented in two stories about local land use. Daily Hampshire Gazette (Mount Tom) and Daily Hampshire Gazette (Mount Warner)

Zoeller says chemicals that disrupt endocrine system, such as those found in flame retardants, can interfere with the thyroid

R. Thomas Zoeller, Biology, said endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as the flame retardant polychlorinated biphenyls, can interfere with the thyroid hormone functions in humans, especially infants. Science Times, Science Daily, Science Newsline

Ganesan and Marlin to co-lead new MD2K center, NIH announces

The National Institutes of Health has announced a new initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), and Benjamin Marlin (left) and Deepak Ganesan, both in Computer Science, will co-lead the center at UMass Amherst, one of 12 institutions sharing $10.8 million over four years. MD2K will develop computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis of large-scale health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors.

Xiao awarded $982,685 NASA grant to study degradation in spaceflight food

Hang Xiao, Food Science, and colleagues have received a three-year, $982,685 grant from NASA to investigate the degradation of essential vitamins over time in spaceflight foods, and develop strategies to minimize loss. Also included are Micha Peleg, Eric Decker, D. Julian McClements, Lili He, and Anna Liu, all in Food Science, and graduate students. Republican, Electronic Component News,, News release

Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Grants awarded to Blanchard, Gierasch, Lesser, and Sela

The UMass Amherst Graduate School has awarded five $25,000 Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Grants to university faculty, four of whom are in CNS: Jeffrey Blanchard, Biology; Lila Gierasch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Alan Lesser, Polymer Science and Engineering; and David Sela, Food Science. Read more (PDF)

DeMoranville sisters, who work at the UMass Amherst cranberry station, are profiled in feature article

Carolyn and Nancy DeMoranville, sisters who work at the UMass Amherst cranberry station, were profiled in a feature article. Carolyn has served as the station’s director since 2002, and Nancy is a technician combatting predatory weeds at the bog. They are the daughters of the station’s former director, Irving DeMoranville, who died in 1998.

Golombek named Geosciences 2014 distinguished alumnus

Matt Golombek MS '78, PhD '81, has been honored as the Geosciences’ 2014 distinguished alumnus. Golumbek, senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is currently the project scientist of NASA’s Mars Exploration rover mission and is a science operations team chair for the Opportunity rover now exploring the Red Planet. He has led or been heavily involved in the selection of every successful Mars landing site over the past 20 years and is leading the landing site selection efforts for the InSight geophysical lander scheduled to launch in 2016 and the Mars 2020 Rover scheduled to collect a cache of samples for eventual return to Earth.

Peter H. Reinhart appointed founding director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS)

UMass Amherst has hired Peter H. Reinhart, a veteran biopharmaceutical executive and researcher, to be the founding director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). Business West, WGGB-TV 40, Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, News release

Glamour names Wallach one of its "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry"

Hanna M. Wallach, Computer Science, was among the "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry," according to Glamour magazine. Wallach studies computational social science, machine learning analysis of structured and unstructured data, and Bayesian statistics. She collaborates with social scientists in the nascent fields of science and innovation policy and, more generally, computational social science. Her current NSF grant focuses on developing "New Methods to Enhance Our Understanding of the Diversity of Science." She also works to promote and support women's involvement in computing.

UMass system named 91st university in the world by Times Higher Education

The UMass system has been named one of the world’s top 100 universities by Times Higher Education in the magazine’s annual global survey. It moved to position no. 91, jumping 41 places in a single year and moving into the top 20 U.S. public universities. The UMass system also placed seventh among private and public universities in New England. Republican, Business West

Zoeller interviewed in article about babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate

Thomas Zoeller, Biology, was interviewed extensively in an article about a new study showing that babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate during their first trimester are more likely to have lower IQs later in life. Environmental Health News

Briseno develops long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity

An international team led by Alejandro L. Briseno and including Kenneth R. Carter and Todd Emrick, all Polymer Science and Engineering, have found that by using single-crystalline organic nanopillars, or “nanograss,” they can get around dead ends, or discontinuous pathways, that pose a serious drawback when using blended systems for harvesting energy in organic solar cells, as reported in Nano Letters., Product Design & Development, Novus Light, Bio-Medicine, IEEE Spectrum, Red Orbit,, Nanotechnology Now,, Photonics Online, Science Daily,,, News release

Burrell's new book, "Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole," which he coauthored, is featured on NPR

A feature story on National Public Radio (NPR), looks at Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole a new book by Brian Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, and Allan Ropper. Read more

UMass Extension celebrates 100 years

UMass Amherst celebrated the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Cooperative Extension Service with a program that included academic and community leaders, and farmers and business people responsible for keeping the Extension mission moving forward. The keynote address was delivered by Richard Sullivan, chief of staff to Gov. Deval Patrick and former secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Republican, News release

Clark interviewed by MSN Canada about the head lice resistance to chemicals used to kill them

John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is interviewed extensively in an article about how head lice have built up a resistance to the chemicals used to kill them. MSN Canada

Dumont named vice provost for academic affairs at UMass Amherst

Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Dumont, Biology, has been named vice provost for Academic Affairs by Provost Katherine Newman. Her new duties include faculty development; streamlining laboratory renovation, hiring, and budget; leading the Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQUAD) review process; and representing the campus to the Five College Consortium. "The range of responsibilities I have put on her to-do list is daunting," Newman says. "Fortunately, for all of us, she is not easily daunted!” Dumont will also continue her research and to direct the graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology.

Kurose to head NSF's Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate (CISE)

James F. Kurose, Computer Science, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as assistant director for its Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). Named Distinguished Professor in 2004, Kurose has served in a number of administrative roles including chair of the department, interim dean, and executive associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and senior faculty advisor to the vice chancellor for research and engagement. His research interests include computer network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication and modeling, and performance evaluation.

Bezanilla and Wu model in detail for the first time how plants position phragmoplast and direct cytokinesis

Magdalena Bezanilla and doctoral candidate Shu-Zon Wu, both Biology, present a detailed new model that for the first time proposes how plant cells precisely position a “dynamic and complex” structure called a phragmoplast at the cell center during every division and how the plant directs cytokinesis, as reported in the journal eLife., Bio-Medicine, Science Codex, Nanowerk,, Science Daily, Science Newsline, News release

Dumont awarded five-year, $1.91 million NSF grant to study how bats sense their environment

Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Dumont, Biology, and colleagues have received a five-year, $1.91 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how bats sense their environment and other individuals, including potential mates, in order to ensure survival and reproduction. News release

Richmond Honored with Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology

Alan M. Richmond, Biology, has received the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The national award recognizes sustained commitment to superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology. Several of his students have gone on to successful careers in the field. In addition to his teaching, Richmond is widely recognized as an expert on New England frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles and was instrumental in creating the Massachusetts Herpetological Atlas. He is also herpetology curator for the campus’ Natural History Collections.