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UMass Amherst to host $7.5M Northeast Climate Science Center

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on October 7 that UMass Amherst has been chosen to lead a consortium of seven universities and host a major new center, the Northeast Climate Science Center through a five-year, $7.5 million grant. It will support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in the region. The Northeast CSC is one of eight established by the Interior department since Salazar founded the program in 2009. The region includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland.

Clarke, Russell receive Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

Robert C. Holub, Chancellor presented the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity to Lori A. Clarke, Computer Science and Thomas P. Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering and four other faculty members during the seventh Annual Faculty Convocation on Friday, Sept. 16. Clark was honored for work developing and evaluating approaches for improving the quality of software systems, and for ensuring that more women and underrepresented groups can succeed in computing careers, and Russell for acclaimed research in polymer science.

Immunologist Barbara Osborne is new Spotlight Scholar

Pioneering immunologist Barbara Osborne, a professor in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department, is the new Spotlight Scholar for her work in developing therapeutic treatments for human disease. Osborne is co-leading development of the Center for Soft Materials Immunology, a novel partnership between immunology and polymer science that explores ways to control the body's immune system in order to fight disease.