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Zoeller interviewed about toxicologists’ knowledge of the unexpected, sometimes powerful effects of chemicals

Thomas Zoeller, Biology, was recently interviewed for a feature in Nature about how toxicologists have long known the unexpected and sometimes powerful effects of some chemicals even at very low doses. Nature.com

Patterson named winner of Herbert Stoddard Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Patterson, Environmental Conservation, received the 2012 Herbert Stoddard Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Fire Ecology. Association for Fire Ecology, News Release

Jakob’s research on jumping spiders’ near 360-degree vision, use of four pairs of eyes is featured

Elizabeth Jakob, Psychology, and Skye Long, doctoral student in organismic and evolutionary biology, have a study that focuses on jumping spiders’ use of their four pairs of eyes and almost 360-degree vision range. CBS News, Australian Broadcasting Company, Discovery News

Spencer’s experiments cited in story about reducing bad memories by using drugs during sleep

Rebecca Spencer, Psychology, says new findings in her research show sleep can strengthen fearful memories, and comments on sleep research about using drugs so people could lose bad memories while getting a good night’s sleep. Science News

Watkins, Carter develop material that repels chemical and biological agents for military uniforms

James Watkins, director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, Kenneth Carter, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Jeffrey Morse, managing director of the MassNanoTech Institute, have developed a material for military uniforms that uses new carbon nanotube fabric to repel chemical and biological agents. Nanowerk.com, Physorg.com, Lab Manager Magazine, Homeland Security News Wire, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Vr-Zone.com

Fu says malware infections are a growing problem for hospitals’ computerized medical equipment

Kevin Fu, Computer Science, says that some hospitals’ computerized medical devices do not have antivirus software and are susceptible to malware infections. Technology Review

Tew, Minter, score advance in manipulating T-cells

Gregory Tew, Polymer Science and Engineering, and colleagues including Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, have found a way to get inside naïve T cells and deliver bio-active cargo, such as proteins and synthetic molecules, across the previously impenetrable cell membrane. Medical News Today, Medilexicon, Science 360, Science Codex, News Release

Luke Remage-Healey receives 2012 Frank A. Beach Award

Neuroscientist Luke Remage-Healey, Psychology, received the 2012 Frank A. Beach Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology for work showing exceptional promise and significant contributions in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. Remage-Healey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and leads behavioral physiology research in zebra finches, in particular how steroid hormones regulate brain function and behavior. Songbirds offer a unique model system in which brain steroid production is widespread and especially pronounced.

Clark, Garman identify “chaperone” molecules that may be useful in treating Schindler/Kazaki disease

Alumnus Nathaniel Clark, and Scott Garman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, are lead authors on a study that identifies two small “chaperone” molecules that may be useful developing the first-ever drug treatment for.the inherited metabolic disorder, Schindler/Kazaki disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Codex, News Release

Rawlins interviewed on WGBY’S “Connecting Point” about climate change

Michael Rawlins, Geosciences, manager of the Climate Systems Research Center, was interviewed on WGBY’s newsmagazine “Connecting Point” about climate change, record warmth, and the implications of sea ice losses. WGBY

Ross honored with early career award from Biophysical Society

Biophysicist Jenny Ross has won one of the top national honors in her field, the 2013 Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award from the Biophysical Society. It is given to a woman who has achieved prominence for "substantial contributions to science" and shows very high promise for ideas and leadership in the early stages of her research career. Ross is nationally known for her study of microtubules, which are strong, hollow tubes about 10-100 micrometers in length and 25 nanometers in diameter that provide structure to a vast variety of cells from plants to humans.

Childs talks invasive insects on WGBY’s “Connecting Point”

Robert Childs, UMass Extension, was interviewed recently on WGBY’s newsmagazine “Connecting Point,” where he discussed the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that has been discovered in trees in Berkshire County. WGBY

Fahey ’74 elected President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine

Physicist Frederic Fahey ’74 was recently elected President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Society of Nuclear Medicine

Lili He receives Young Scientist Award

Lili He, Food Science, received the Young Scientist Award, sponsored by the International Union of Food Science and Technology, given biannually to 7 food scientists under age 35. A specialist in food safety and defense, Dr. He has developed several innovative techniques based on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for rapid detection of food contaminants such as pesticides, allergens and bioterror agents in foods and on the surface of food processing equipment.

Rich’s lab analyzes ticks from Cape Cod for Lyme disease

Research by Stephen Rich, Microbiology, was featured in a story about how his UMass Amherst lab tests ticks collected from Cape Cod for Lyme disease. Cape Cod Times

Tropp creates initiative for Cyprus reconciliation between Greek and Turkish communities

Linda Tropp, Psychology, director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, worked on an initiative to support reconciliation between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island nation. News Release

Governor approves $85 million for physical sciences building

A new $85 million physical sciences building, which will serve the Physics and Chemistry departments, is among projects funded through the state’s $607 million bond package for the University of Massachusetts system. News Release

Zoeller comments in story about lower thyroid hormones in BPA-exposed baby boys

Thomas Zoeller, Biology, says a new study that finds lower thyroid hormones in baby boys exposed to the chemical bisphenol A is important because the hormone is the best known factor for influencing brain development. Mother Nature Network

Harper, Kane, Ryan examine establishment, survivability of tornado replacement trees in Springfield

Rick Harper, Brian Kane, and Dennis Ryan, Environmental Conservation, with research assistants Casey Clapp and Todd Beals, have begun a research initiative in Springfield to examine the establishment and survivability of trees planted in the city after tornado damage in June 2011. News Release

Xing elected Fellow of both Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy

Baoshan Xing, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, has been elected a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. News Release

Bradley, Vaillencourt, Balascio are co-authors on 1,800 year Arctic climate record study

Ray Bradley, David Vaillencourt and Nicholas Balascio, Geosciences, are co-authors of a new Arctic climate record study that posits that Arctic temperatures are at a record high in a 1,800 year span. Geology, Terra Daily, Online Journal, Think Progress

Ellis receives silver medal from Living Now Book Awards

Richard Ellis, Mathematics and Statistics, the author of Blinding Pain, Simple Truth: Changing Your Life Through Buddhist Meditation, received the silver medal in the meditation/relaxation category of the Living Now Book awards in Lakeland, Fla., on August 23. News Release

Undergraduate Food Science Club awarded Institute of Food Technologists’ “Chapter of the Year”

The undergraduate Food Science Club at UMass Amherst won the Institute of Food Technologists’ “Chapter of the Year” award for the 2011-2012 academic year. Institute of Food Technologists

Campus awarded $308,000 grant to study potential of life sciences-related growth in Western Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded UMass Amherst a $308,000 capital grant to study the opportunity for life sciences-related economic development in Western Massachusetts. Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Business Journal, News Release

Riley, Coleman named Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Fellows

Peg Riley, Biology, and alumna and astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman (Ph.D. ’91), have been named Fellows of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences. News Release