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Elkinton interviewed about his efforts to eradicate winter moths

An article about the threat posed by winter moths on the commonwealth’s trees discusses the efforts of Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, who is releasing parasitic flies that kill the moths. Wicked Local North Andover

Woodruff and Mabee win $200,000 from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 Mass. public beaches

Jonathan D. Woodruff, Geosciences, and Stephen B. Mabee, Geosciences and state geologist, have received a $200,000 award from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 public beaches along the Massachusetts coast over the next two years. Dredging Today, Dredging News Online, Republican, New Bedford Standard-Times, News release

SSA students create the UMass Food For All Garden; Berquist interviewed in Republican article

Students from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture have partnered with the Amherst Survival Center, the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to create the UMass Food For All Garden, modeled after a Food For All program at Just Roots in Greenfield. Sarah Berquist, Environmental Conservation graduate student, was interviewed for an article in the Republican.

DeConto, Bradley, and Vierling receive grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund

Robert DeConto (left), and Raymond Bradley, both Geosciences, and Elizabeth Vierling, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have received grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund. DeConto and Bradley received $104,000 for the Center for Computational Climatology and Paleoclimatology and $150,000 went to the Mass. BioFoundry: Center for Discovery and Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules, co-led by Vierling.

Remage-Healey to research estrogens in zebra finches with support from NSF and NIH

Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences, will investigate the role of estrogens made in the brains of zebra finches in research supported by two grants, one from the National Science Foundation for $640,000 over four years, another from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for $1.7 million over five years. The results may offer new insights in learning and memory, particularly around Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy. News-Medical.net, Phys.org, Bio-Medicine, News release

Geckskin named one of 15 astounding technologies created with DARPA funding

Geckskin, the synthetically produced adhesive material developed a team headed by Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irshick, Biology, is listed among 15 astounding technologies created with funding from the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Business Insider

Gov. Patrick praises the Eureka!—CNS collaboration on program visit

On his visit to the Eureka! Program of Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Gov. Deval Patrick praised its collaboration with CNS. Now in its second of five years, the joint program exposes teenage girls to STEM fields. “What makes the Holyoke Eureka! program special and unique is the wonderful partnership you have with UMass,” Patrick said. His visit included a discussion with Eureka! girls on fluorescence led by Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Minter also led the teens in a black light experiment, with the governor joining in.

Patrick visits the Eureka! Program, a five-year CNS collaboration with Girls Inc. of Holyoke

A feature story looked at Gov. Deval Patrick’s visit to the Eureka! Program at Girls Inc. of Holyoke, a five-year CNS collaboration designed to expose teenaged girls to the STEM fields. Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was interviewed. Republican

Herbert tells Gazette farms can simultaneously use grazing or crop land and solar panels

Stephen J. Herbert, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, says farms can install solar panels on their land and use it at the same time for grazing animals or to grow crops, which the research station in South Deerfield has been doing for four years. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whitbourne interviewed by NBC about the end of the World Cup

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed by NBC News about the letdown faced by World Cup soccer fans. NBC News

Brennan defends basic science and animal behaviour, as published in Animal Behaviour

Patricia L.R. Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says it's time to defend basic science and animal behaviour, as published in the August issue of Animal Behaviour.

Elkinton confident winter moth population will be under control in the next few years

Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says he is confident that in the next few years the destructive winter moth population in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts will be brought under control. Wicked Local Ipswich

Albertson, Hazen, Brau, McGregor, Staub, and Huber awarded tenure

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved tenure on June 18 for the following faculty in the College of Natural Sciences: R. Craig Albertson and Samuel P. Hazen, Biology; Benjamin P. Brau, Physics; Andrew McGregor, Computer Science; and Adrian Staub, Psychological and Brain Sciences. David Huber, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was appointed professor with tenure. A hearty and warm congratulations to all on this momentous occasion.

Burand describes reasons for honeybee decline

John Burand, Microbiology, described some reasons for declines in the honeybee population. WUSA-TV 9

Rich interviewed on WGGB-TV about West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis

Stephen Rich, Mircobiology, and director, Laboratory of Medical Zoology, described how mosquitoes acquire West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis and what steps should be taken to avoid being bitten by the insects. WGGB-TV 40

Brennan subject of NPR story about the value of basic science research

Patricia L.R. Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was the subject of a story about basic science and why critics of research such as hers in duck reproduction are off-base. NPR, NHPR-New Hampshire Public Radio

Chemists Richason and Stein honored with Congressional Citations

Richard S. Stein (right) and George R. Richason, Jr., both Chemistry, have been awarded Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman James McGovern for their more than 60 years each of “distinguished, outstanding and invaluable service” to the department and the university. They are "founding fathers of the modern University of Massachusetts Amherst," said Chemistry chair Craig Martin.

Lovley named to advisory board of LanzaTech

Derek Lovley, Microbiology and director, Environmental Biotechnology, has been named to the advisory board of LanzaTech, an Illinois-based company that develops carbon capture and reuse technology. Yahoo.com, Biofuels Digest

Irschick responds to new study about how static electricity helps geckos adhere

Duncan J. Irschick, Biology, commented on a new study that suggests static electricity may help geckos stick to various surfaces, saying that electrostatic forces can play an additional role in the process but questioning their relevancy on natural surfaces such as leaves. Physics World

Whitbourne interviewed by Chicago Tribune about couples where one is an early riser and the other is a night owl

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says couples where one is an early riser and the other a night owl have to learn how to negotiate to compensate for the differing sleep and work routines. Chicago Tribune, Philly.com, Modesto Bee, News & Observer

Katz says scientists question an apparent lack of sources of light in the universe; light could be coming from dark matter

Neal Katz, Astronomy, said scientists are puzzled by an apparent lack of sources of light found in the universe and that raised the possibility the light could be coming from an exotic source such as dark matter. Telegraph, Red Orbit, Science Codex, Phys.org, Nanowerk, Space Daily, Universe Today, CNET.com, Science Newsline, Science Daily, International Business Times, Forbes, Sky & Telescope,

The LMZ is the subject of a Recorder feature story

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed Stephen Rich, Microbiology, is the subject of a feature story in the Recorder.

Sela featured on DigBoston.com in article about barbeque in the Boston area

David Sela, Food Science, is featured in a story about the popularity of barbeque in the Boston area.
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Brennan describes in The Scientist methods that ducks and other animals use to promote reproduction outcomes

Patricia L.R. Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote an article published in The Scientist that describes various methods ducks and other animals use to promote their reproduction outcomes.

The development of Crosby and Irschick's Geckskin adhesive is outlined in article

The development of Geckskin, the synthetic adhesive created by UMass Amherst researchers Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, is cited as a milestone in creating a man-made adhesive modeled on the gecko’s ability to stick to surfaces. Greenbiz.com