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Feldman says honesty is the best policy for lasting marriages

Robert Feldman, Psychology, and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, says one way to help make marriages last is to reduce the number of lies one spouse tells another by eliminating three little lies a week. Redbook

Craker interviewed on WBUR about his battle with feds to grow, study marijuana and effects

Lyle Craker, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was interviewed about his long battle with federal authorities to secure permission to grow marijuana to study its medicinal effects. WBUR

McClements researches high quality reduced-fat food emulsions

Julian McClements, Food Sciences, and Cheryl Chung, postdoctoral associate, have looked into major factors that influence the formation of high quality reduced-fat food emulsions in their recent research. Food Navigator

Slakey to be honored by Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Linda Slakey, former dean of both the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Commonwealth Honors College, will be honored on March 14 by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts for her contributions to educational reform and advancement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Tripp member of NASA-funded research team studying galaxy formation

Todd Tripp, Astronomy, is part of a research team funded by NASA studying circumgalactic gas and its role in galaxy formation. Utica Observer-Dispatch

Zoeller co-authored United Nations report that links hormone-mimicking chemicals to health problems

R. Thomas Zoeller, Biology, co-authored a report for the United Nations Environment Programme and World Health Organization about a link between hormone disruptors and human health problems. Scientific American, Mother Nature Network, Environmental Health News,

Family Science Days, speakers featured at AAAS annual meeting

UMass student teams, faculty and staff illustrated science concepts for hundreds of children and their parents during Family Science Days at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting from February 13-18 in Boston. News Release

Whitbourne featured on WGBY about false assumptions of correlation between mental illness and violence

Susan Whitbourne, Psychology, talked on WGBY’s program Connecting Point about how the media often inaccurately portrays the connection between mental illness and an individual’s likeliness to be violent. WGBY

Bradley and his recent book on climate change deniers profiled

Raymond Bradley, University Distinguished Professor, Geosciences, and director of the Climate Systems Research Center, was profiled along with this recent book about climate change deniers in Congress. Greenfield Recorder

Turf students claim first place in national Turf Bowl competition.

Undergraduates from the UMass Turf Club took first place in the national Turf Bowl competition, an intensive exam that tests knowledge on every aspect of turf management. The team won by the largest margin in recent memory. Video coverage

Biophysicist Ross is new Spotlight Scholar

Jennifer Ross, Physics, is an accomplished researcher who builds bridges between the disciplines of biology and physics in order to better understand what goes on inside living cells. Ross recently received the Biophysical Society’s Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award for “substantial contributions to science,” the latest of many early career accolades. An assistant professor of physics, Ross is nationally known for her study of microtubules, strong, hollow microscopic tubes about 1-50 micrometers in length and 25 nanometers in diameter that provide structure to a vast variety of cells from plants to humans.

Calzetti receives international honor for research on galaxy evolution

Daniela Calzetti, Astronomy, received one of her profession’s most important honors when she was named the 2013 Blaauw Professor at the University of Groningen’s Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in The Netherlands. She is recognized for “excellence in research, broad knowledge of astronomy and an outstanding international status in astronomy.” Calzetti will spend about four weeks over the coming year at the institute, a world hub of cutting-edge astronomy research.

Whitbourne says trend of baby boomers’ continued sexual activity is a good sign

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychology, says the trend that shows baby boomers are continuing to have sexual relations as they age can be a good thing and a sign of growing up with a positive life attitude.

Tropp comments in story about why people maintain lists of enemies

Linda Tropp, Psychology, commented in a recent BBC News story about why people and groups such as the National Rifle Association keep lists of their opponents. BBC News

Rawlins says Nor’easter ‘Nemo’ sets record for central New England

Michael Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center, says snow totals from the Nor’easter snowstorm ‘Nemo’ set records for central New England, including 28.2 inches in Worcester, 24.9 in Boston, and 22.8 in Hartford. Springfield Republican,

Kunkel says exterminating cockroaches is not a great idea

Joseph Kunkel, Biology, says that while many people may want to exterminate all cockroaches, it isn’t a good idea because the insects eat many things and serve as mini garbage collectors. News & Observer

Hardy provided weather information to company sponsoring paragliding launch from Mount Kilimanjaro summit

Douglas Hardy, Geosciences, provided weather information to the sponsors of the Wings of Kilimanjaro event, which organized a paragliding launch from the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Boston Globe,, WBZ

New Keck grant for Physics-Polymer Science team

Physicists Narayanan Menon, Benny Davidovitch and Chris Santangelo, together with Tom Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering, have been awarded a $1M grant from the WM Keck Foundation to develop the basic science needed to spontaneously deliver ultrathin films to fluid interfaces. The films may then serve as microscopic and functional wall paper or shrink-wrap. The Keck Science and Engineering program funds "endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact."

Sitaraman comments about his research on people’s decreasing patience with slow speed of electronic content

Ramesh Sitaraman, Computer Science, commented in a recent Boston Globe story about his research on the lack of patience with slow electronic content delivery, noting that people are beginning to abandon videos loading on the internet after just 2 seconds. Boston Globe

Feldman explains prevalence of lying in the workplace

Robert Feldman, Psychology and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, comments in a story about lying in the workplace and says there are several theories about why some workplaces encourage lying. Bloomberg Businessweek

Gutermuth says newly-formed stars are hungry and feed on huge amounts of gas and dust

Robert Gutermuth, Astronomgy, say just-forming stars, like growing babies, are hungry and “feed” on large amounts of gas and dust from the dense envelopes that surround them at birth. UPI, Science Daily,,,,, News Release

Xiao’s research explores potential dietary prevention of colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease

Research by Hang Xiao, Food Sciences, explores creating healthy digestive systems and potentially avoiding colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease through benefits of citrus fruit. Research Next UMass

Bradley says climate-affecting variations in solar activity seen in rainfall amounts

Raymond Bradley, director of the Climate Systems Research Center, says variations in solar activity that affect climate are mostly seen in regional rainfall amounts. Astrobiology Magazine

Randhir serves as scientific advisor on modeling climate change, ecosystem services in Turkey

Timothy Randhir, Environmental Conservation, served as a scientific advisor to Turkey on modeling climate change and ecosystem service on a visit sponsored by TUBITAK, Turkey’s counterpart to the National Science Foundation. News Release

Lord say dog vs. wolf behavior linked to nurture, not nature

Kathryn Lord, Biology, suggests in new doctoral research that the behavior of wolves versus domesticated dogs is a result of their early sensory experiences and socialization period, rather than the genetics the two species share. US News & World Report,, Philadelphia Inquirer, Environmental News Network, Healthday News, Red Orbit, Science Daily, Bio-Medicine, Science World,