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Whitbourne praises Princeton ageism study

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychology, praises a Princeton ageism study as making important contributions to the field. She says the researchers “unpack the stereotypes toward older adults and show how their stereotypes vary in their causes and effects.”

Holmes is member of winning Crowd Solar team for UMass Innovation Challenge

Senior Patrick Holmes, Geosciences, is a member of the Crowd Solar team that won $10,000 after competing in the UMass Innovation Challenge Final Business Plan Competition on April 17. News Release

Fisette interviewed in CBS News story about benefits, drawbacks of green building standards.

Paul Fisette, Environmental Conservation, a nationally-recognized sustainable building expert, interviewed in a CBS News story about how green building standards are a good thing, and proposes ways to minimize costs. CBS News

Hardy wins Armstrong Fund for Science Award

Jeanne Hardy, Chemistry, has won the seventh annual Armstrong Fund for Science Award, which is granting $30,000 over two years to encourage transformative research on pressing scientific or technical challenges. News Release

Seniors Sheel and Malone receive Rising Researcher awards

Seniors Ankur Sheel, a double major in neuroscience and biochemistry and molecular biology, and Kelly Malone, a physics major, are two of the “inaugural four” recipients of the new UMass Amherst Rising Researcher award honoring undergraduates whose achievements exemplify the highest quality of research, scholarship, and creative activity. For his honors thesis, Sheel has been working in the lab of biologist Larry Schwartz to identify how a recently discovered gene, which is overexpressed in the most aggressive form of breast cancer, works within human cells. For her capstone project, Malone has been working in physicist Andrea Pocar’s lab on research related to EXO (Enriched Xenon Observatory), an experiment in particle physics being conducted in Carlsbad, N.M. by an international research team.

Cattani, Kaplan significant collaborators with Abel Prize-winner Deligne

Eduardo Cattani and Aroldo Kaplan, Mathematics and Statistics, had significant collaborations with the 2013 winner of the Abel Prize in Mathematics, Pierre Deligne of Princeton, which were highlighted in the award citation. News Release

Danylchuks’ “Fish Meat” receives 2013 Beneath the Waves Film Festival award

“Fish Meat,” a movie featuring Andy Danylchuks, Environmental Conservation, is the winner of the “Best Overall – Extended Length” award for the 2013 Beneath the Waves Film Festival. News Release

Elkinton provides expertise on discovery of woolly adelgid in Pennylvania forests.

Joseph Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, provides expertise in several news stories about the discovery of the invasive woolly adelgid insect in Pennsylvania’s old growth hemlock forests. Lebanon Daily News, Daily Journal,

CNS, Center for Agriculture celebrate 150 years of agriculture

As part of the UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial, CNS and the Center for Agriculture are co-hosting a Celebration of Agriculture day on Thursday, April 25. CNS carries forward the national land-grant university tradition of agricultural research and education that began with the creation of Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863. The college’s Center for Agriculture, home of two historic missions: applied research and public outreach, will soon be renamed the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment to better reflect the full range of its 21st-century mission.

Junior Marie Calapa selected as 2013 Goldwater Scholar

Junior Marie Calapa, an Astronomy and Physics double major, has been selected as a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an extremely competitive national scholarship established by the U.S. Congress for students in science, mathematics or engineering. Marie plans to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics, and she is interested in research in galaxy formation. Marie has been conducting an independent study project with Astronomy professor Daniela Calzetti, and is a member of Commonwealth College. Junior Saul Kushinsky, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and sophomore Stefan Eres, a Chemistry major, both received honorable mentions.

Stockbridge School student team wins national Turf Bowl

A student team from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture recently won the the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Turf Bowl, a national competition that tests knowledge about grasses, weeds, insets and other related topics. The Stockbridge School team consisting of seniors Evan Bradstreet, Kevin Shewmaker, and Peter J. White III, and junior Sean Raposa beat out 67 teams form across the country, with the largest margin of victory in recent memory, according to GCSAA officials.

Berger wins Microsoft Award for spreadsheet tool

Emery Berger, Computer Science has won a Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) award, which includes a $25,000 grant, for his work on a system to automatically find errors in spreadsheets. Berger’s CheckCell program, one of only 16 projects selected worldwide for Microsoft’s SEIF award, makes it possible for users of Microsoft Excel to find mistakes in spreadsheet data. Because spreadsheets are widely used in businesses, Berger says, the impact of errors can be dramatic. “Errors in spreadsheet data have led to losses of millions of dollars,” says Berger. “CheckCell can automatically find mistakes like typos or other data entry errors.”

Hardy comments in story about rapid glacial melting

Douglas Hardy, Geosciences, commented in a recent New York Times story on glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form and melted in just 25, and its impact on future water resource in Peru and Bolivia. New York Times

Cooke, in modeling faults, suggests Earth is lazy

Michele Cooke, Geosciences, has taken an uncommon “Earth is lazy” approach in modeling fault development in the earth’s crust. Science Daily,, Red orbit, News Release

Harvey, Lacreuse are 2012 Family Research Scholars Program at UMass Amherst

Elizabeth Harvey and Agnes Lacreus, Psychology, are two of six researchers selected as Family Research Scholars by the Center for Research on Families (CRF) Harvey studies the development of children with ADHD, and Lacreus focuses on biological contributors to differential aging trajectories in males and females. Center for Research on Families

Brennan pens column about importance of scientists’ basic research

Patricia Brennan, Biology, writes about the importance of basic research through agencies like the National Science Foundation, after some criticized her studies on duck reproduction., Physics Today

Fisette reviews DOD green building guidelines for National Research Council’s committee

Paul Fisette, Environmental Conservation, and CNS Associate Dean, who serves on the National Research Council’s expert panel on green and sustainable building performance, says that the panel’s new recommendations (based on a review of U.S. Department of Defense buildings) could lead to a revolution in building science by creating the first large building performance database. News Release

XF Plasma Membrane Permeabilizer developed with UMass Amherst partnership

Seahorse Bioscience has developed the XF Plasma Membrane Permeabilizer—based in part on research by Alejandro Heuck, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology—that measures biochemistry and mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction, in conjunction with Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, a joint venture between UMass Amherst and Baystate Medical Center.,

Anderson comments on impact of digital technology on children’s development

Daniel Anderson, Psychology, commented in a recent article on both the positive and negative knowledge children gain from digital technology. The Atlantic

Bradley interviewed on climate change debate

Raymond Bradley, Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center, was interviewed on how he sees the debate over climate change in both the political and scientific realms, and how to address climate change.

Auer wins Elton Prize from British Ecological Society

Sonya Auer, a postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Conservation, was awarded the Elton Prize, one of just five British Ecological Society (BES) young investigator awards given annually to recognize the best research papers in the society’s journal by early-career scientists. British Ecological Society, Journal of Animal Ecology, News Release

Lerman’s study says homeowners’ associations can support native species

Susannah Lerman, Environmental Conservation, suggests in a new study that despite construction, well-managed residential developments like homeowners’ assications can support native wildlife in suburbs. News Release

Rotello among recipients of CVIP Technology Development Awards

Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, is a recipient of a $25,000 award from the Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) Technology Development Fund from the UMass President’s Office, honoring groundbreaking faculty inventions. News Release

Spencer interviewed on PBS’s “Connecting Point”

Rebecca Spencer, Psychology, discussed her sleep research on the PBS show “Connecting Point.” WGBY

Grupen uses robot to achieve significant improvements for stroke patient’s therapy

Rod Grupen, Computer Science and Yu-kyong Choe, Communication Disorders, saw notable speech and physical gains for a stroke patient in an experiment using a humanoid robot to deliver speech and physical therapy. Health Business Blog, Nanowerk,,, Innovation Toronto, (India)