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McLandsborough addresses food safety requirements for harvesting and handling tomatoes

Lynne McLandsborough, Food Science, documented salmonella levels on the plastics bins and gloves workers used to gather tomatoes from the field in an effort to negotiate food safety requirements for harvesting and handling tomatoes. Produce Retailer

CNS partners with Girls Inc. Holyoke on STEM-based Eureka! program

A group of eighth-grade girls from the greater Holyoke area are getting a hands-on introduction to science-related learning this summer through a new collaboration between CNS and Girls Inc. of Holyoke: Eureka!, a nationally recognized program designed to engage girls 12-18 to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. 60 CNS faculty have volunteered to offer 4 weeks of STEM classes for the 32 Eureka Scholars. The 5-year Eureka! program will provide access to college campuses and academic STEM experts who act as program facilitators and coaches, as the girls continue through high school.

Moynihan receives Edith Robinson graduate fellowship

Alison Moynihan, graduate student in Building Systems in the Environmental Conservation department, received the 2013 Edith Robinson Fellowship. Department announcement

Large Millimeter Telescope launches research projects

The Large Millimeter Telescope, a partnership between UMass Amherst and the National Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics Institute in Mexico, started the first round of regular observations. It is the largest radio telescope in its class in the world. Fox New Latino, Global Post

Cheang '13, one of few who study computer science in high school

Wai Cheang '13 was featured in an article in the Boston Globe about the small number of students who study computer science and technology in high school and college. Cheang has been hired by
Cisco Systems, Inc., with an annual salary of $70,000, double the state average. Boston Globe

Rotello receives NAS grant to develop drinking water test for Pakistan

Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, has received a three-year, National Academy of Sciences grant to develop, test, and deploy new, sensitive, reliable, and affordable inkjet-printed, nanoparticle-based test strips for detecting disease-causing bacteria in drinking water. World Industrial Report,, Lab Manager magazine,, news release

Beverly Woolf named 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow

President Barack Obama named computer science education pioneer Beverly Woolf a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, recognizing her leadership in designing software tutors that respond to a student’s mood and personal learning pace, for example, to dramatically improve lesson effectiveness. Woolf’s work combines artificial intelligence, computer network technology and multimedia features in digital tutoring software for teaching mathematics according to individual students’ needs.

Stoffolano discusses greenhead fly research with Yankee Magazine

John G. Stoffolano Jr., Entomology, discussed his research on greenhead flies with Yankee Magazine. Yankee Magazine

Feldman says people lie to spare others' feelings

Robert Feldman, Psychology, says in O, The Oprah Magazine that most people tell what he calls “social lies” to spare someone else’s feelings, a technique they’ve learned by age three. O, The Oprah Magazine

Tropp suggests ways Paula Deen could rehab her image

Linda Tropp, Psychology and director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence program, suggests that celebrity chef Paula Deen rehabilitate her public image by socializing with people from different backgrounds.

Rich says many more mosquitos because of the rain

Stephen M. Rich, Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, says on WGBH (FM) that there are many more mosquitoes this summer because the unusually heavy rain, but only some of them are dangerous. WGBH (FM)

Tropp says racial differences still matter

Linda Tropp, Psychology and director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence program, says racial differences still matter in society despite recent court decisions that suggested racial attitudes have evolved. Psychology Today

Chien IDs protease substrates important for bacterial growth and development

Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and colleagues describe in Molecular Microbiology how they use a combination of biochemistry and mass spectrometry to examine protease ClpXP to reveal how protein degradation is critical to cell cycle progression and bacterial development. Molecular Microbiology, R & D magazine, Innovations Report, e! Science News, Science Daily,, news release

Spencer named faculty athletic rep to NCAA

Rebecca Spencer, Psychology, has been named the campus’s faculty athletic representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, reporting directly to Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and serving as a key advisor on intercollegiate athletics. news release

Whitbourne writes about the latest gambling research for Psychology Today

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychology, writes a column in Psychology Today, which discusses how psychologists have adjusted their definition of gambling disorder to better understand what happens to people when they lose control of their gambling habit. Psychology Today

The CNS Laboratory of Medical Zoology’s searchable tick database is available to the public.

The CNS Laboratory of Medical Zoology studies ticks and the diseases they carry and offers a searchable database available to the public. Brattleboro Reformer, Berkshire Eagle

Whitbourne offers strategies for dealing with spouses who cheat via social media outlets

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychology, offers strategies for discovering and dealing with spouses who cheat on line, and indicates how it differs from face-to-face cheating. Psychology Today

Stockbridge students help plant 2,000 new shade trees in Amherst.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture students helped plant 2,000 new shade trees in Amherst. Bulletin

Chase developed a new experimental technique to help scientists better understand protein function

Research by Dan Chase, Biochemistry, on a new experimental technique for studing the function of individual proteins in individual cells types in a living organism and better understand protein function, is the cover story for Genetics Research. Bio-Medicine,, Science Daily,

Computer Science is now School of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science has been designated a school within the College of Natural Sciences, following Board of Trustees approval on June 19, 2013. News Release

STEM Diversity Institute hosts visiting faculty

The STEM Diversity Institute hosted four faculty members from minority-serving institutions through the Visiting Partner Faculty Program funded by the NIH’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development. news release

Whitbourne discusses why American men and Generation Xers aren’t satisfied with their friendships

Susan Whitbourne, Psychology, discusses why American men and Generations Xers aren’t satisfied with their friendships, and suggests that men should reconnect with old friends focus on quality, not quantity. Men's Health Care Magazine

Lovley featured in National Geographic about making butanol in the lab

Derek Lovley, Microbiology, is featured in an article in National Geographic about his work leading a government-supported project to make butanol, a gasoline substitute, from microbes in the laboratory. National Geographic

UMass Amherst ranked 42nd in the world in Leiden Rankings for scientific impact

UMass Amherst ranked 42nd in the world and 35th in America in the Leiden Rankings, which assesses “the scientific impact of universities and of universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration” of 500 major institutions.
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Decker explains increasing popularity of palm oil in Business Week article

Eric Decker, Food Science, explains that the growth of the palm oil industry is the result of increased use of palm oil as an alternative solid fat source to hydrogenated oil, in an article in Business Week.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek