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Markstein interviewed on radio show about using fruit flies in her cancer research

Michele Markstein, Biology, in a two-part radio interview, discusses why fruit flies are one of the most powerful genetic systems available to scientists today and how she is using them to study cancer and stem cells. Pulse of the Planet (part 1), Pulse of the Planet (part 2)

Arcaro and Sela collaborating with Sturgeon on possible early warning blood test for breast cancer

Kathleen Arcaro, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and David Sela, Food Science, are part of a team led by Susan Sturgeon, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, that has received a two-year, $760,462 National Cancer Institute award to validate a new method for early identification of breast cancer-related changes that could help to identify women at higher risk and lead to new prevention strategies., news release

Kilham profiled in Boston magazine about his worldwide search for natural remedies

Chris Kilham, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was profiled in Boston magazine about his travels around the world looking for herbal and natural remedies.

Burrell interviewed by New York Times and Guardian about preserved brains missing at UT Austin

Brian D. Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, and author of the book, Postcards From the Brain Museum: The Improbable Search for Meaning in the Matter of Famous Minds, was interviewed for articles in publications including the New York Times and The Guardian about the case of around 100 human brains, preserved in formaldehyde in jars at the University of Texas at Austin, that were reported missing. Burrell says collecting brains for study began in the mid-1800s when it became possible to preserve them. National Monitor

Lutcavage develops new approach to determine age of bluefin tuna maturity

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, and colleagues are using a new approach for determining the age at sexual maturity for wild stocks of western Atlantic bluefin tuna that suggests that these fish mature at a considerably younger age than currently assumed. These findings could lead to changes in how fisheries scientists estimate the population. Science Newsline, E Science News, Gloucester Times, Science Codex,, The Fish Site, Terra Daily, Salem News, National Fisherman, News release

"Thai" Thayumanavan chosen to give Distinguished Faculty Lecture, receive Chancellor's Medal

S. "Thai" Thayumanavan, Chemistry, has been chosen to deliver the first in the 2014-15 Distinguished Faculty Lecture series and be presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest recognition given for service to the campus. Thayumanavan has pioneered the development of polymeric nanogels designed specifically to target delivery of a drug to given molecule. Winner of several major awards in recognition of his fundamental contributions to chemistry, he also co-founded the Massachusetts Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology (MassCREST), and has been an active leader in the Center for Bioactive Delivery as part of the Mass Life Science initiatives.

Rosset, Eicholtz, and Golden win top honors at TCI Expo

Environmental Science and Stockbridge School of Agriculture students ranked in the 2014 Tree Care Industry (TCI) Expo student competition. Julianne Rosset, Environmental Science doctoral candidate, won Best Oral Presentation. Nicolette Eicholtz, Stockbridge School, won first place for the Work Climb, Safety Gear Check, and overall first place in the women’s division. Robert Golden, Stockbridge School, won first place in the Safety Gear Check, mens division. 2014 TCI Scores

Burrell interviewed on Connecting Point about new book

Brian David Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, and coauthor Allan Ropper discussed their book, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease, on WGBY's "Connecting Point."

"Academic Minute" features Crosby on Geckskin

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, talked about how he and Duncan Irschick, Biology, with their graduate students, invented Geckskin, the super-strong new adhesive that is modeled on gecko feet on "The Academic Minute" on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Inside Higher Ed

Woodruff tells Accuweather he has uncovered evidence that kamikazes saved Japan from invading Mongols

Jonathan D. Woodruff, Geosciences, says he has uncovered evidence that powerful ancient kamikazes, typhoon-strength winds that saved Japan from invading Mongol fleets in the 13th century, actually happened.

UMass Cranberry Station featured on WGBH Radio

A feature story on the National Public Radio affiliate WGBH Radio looked at the UMass Cranberry Station in Wareham. WCAI-Cape and Islands NPR Station

Monosson's "Unnatural Selection" reviewed by Hampshire Life

The book Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene by Emily Monosson, Environmental Conservation, about the potential rapid evolution of bacteria and harmful plants and how they can affect humans, was reviewed by Hampshire Life.

Klekowski's 1973 article honored by American Journal of Botany

A 1973 article by Edward Klekowski, Biology professor emeritus, was chosen by the American Journal of Botany to be honored among a handful of seminal papers that have led to substantial advances in various fields of botany over the past century, as part of the journal's 100th anniversary celebration. News release

Lovly, Tuominen, and Tuominen featured in Research Next about their research showing that Geobacter produces microbial nanowires

The claim by Derek Lovley, Microbiology, Mark Tuominen, Physics, Nikhil S. Tuominen, Physics Postdoctoral Fellow, and Sibel Ebru Yalcin, Physics PhD '10 that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say a new collaborative study provides stronger evidence than ever to support their claims, as published in Research Next.

Cox-Fernandes featured on WAMC's "Academic Minute"

Cristina Cox-Fernandes, Biology, was featured on WAMC’s nationally syndicated science series, “The Academic Minute," discussing how she and colleagues discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish in tributaries of Brazil’s Negro River. WAMC, Inside Higher Ed, News release

UMass Amherst shares in $810,000 NSF grant to create sustainable agriculture programs for students

UMass Amherst will share in an $810,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in partnership with
Holyoke Community College and Hampshire College to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture and for students at all three schools. Part of the grant will go toward a micro-farm greenhouse demonstration and training facility at the Agricultural Learning Center that will be managed by Amanda Brown, Extension, and student farmers, and used year-round as an outdoor learning laboratory. Daily Hampshire Gazette,, Republican, News release

Alcott's research on river herring migration is featured

Derrick Alcott, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology doctoral candidate, is studying impediments to river herring migration in Wellfleet. Wicked Local Wellfleet

Geography Club wins NESTVAL World Geography Bowl

The Geography Club won the Association of American Geographers' New England-St. Lawrence Valley Division World Geography Bowl and will compete at the national championships in April. From left: Spencer Weinstein, Vitya Romanov, Will Kostick, Tyler Maren, Steve Bailey, and Ronan Lucey, all Geography majors in the Geosciences department.

Albertine interviewed by about findings suggesting an increase in grass pollen due to climate change

Jennifer Albertine '13 PhD, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and a postdoctoral researcher in Environment Conservation, was interviewed by about a new study that she was first author on that strongly suggests there will be notable increases in grass pollen production and allergen exposure leading to a significant, worldwide impact on human health due to predicted rises in carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone (O3) caused by climate change, as published in PLOS ONE. News release

Tropp releases report on why discrimination persists in education and health and how to change it

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and director, psychology of peace and violence program, has with colleagues released the first in a series of reports about why discrimination persists in education and health care and science-based interventions to change it. The report is called “The Science of Equality Volume I: Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care”. News release

Stein column in Gazette explores fracking

Richard Stein, emeritus professor of chemistry, looked at the debate over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a method used to free oil and natural gas from underground rock formations, in a Daily Hampshire Gazette column.

Rosenberg asks Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment to report on proposed pipeline

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, at the request of Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, is preparing a series of reports looking at how a proposed 128-mile gas pipeline might affect the state’s environment. Scott Jackson, Environmental Conservation, was interviewed. Republican

Crosby and Irschick featured in story about university startup companies

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, the inventors of Geckskin, the artificial adhesive based on gecko feet, and founders of Felsuma, a company that is commercializing the product, were interviewed for an article about six new startup companies cited by the UMass President’s Office as among the six firms spun off from university campuses in the past year. Also interviewed was Tony McCaffrey '11 PhD Psychological and Brain Sciences, the founder of Innovation Accelerator. Republican, Republican, Providence Business Journal, Boston Business Journal

Brewer featured in Wall Street Journal article about Esperanto-based B and B's

Steven D. Brewer, Biology, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about Esperanto-based bed-and-breakfast sites around the world.

Lutcavage and Vanderlaan awarded $145,694 NOAA grant

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation and director, Large Pelagics Research Center, with postdoctoral fellow Angelia Vanderlaan and colleagues, have been awarded a $145,694 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to design, conduct and analyze the first autonomous aerial vehicle surveys of Atlantic bluefin tuna to provide fishery-independent regional estimates of their numbers. World Fishing, Portland Press-Herald,, Marine Technology News, WGBH-TV 2, Times-Union, WSHM-TV 3, The Republic, Fosters Daily Democrat, Boston Globe, The Fishing Wire,, Maine Public Broadcasting, WWLP-TV 22, Telegram & Gazette, news release