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Huber interviewed in a story about why people see faces in the Rosetta comet

David E. Huber, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says the reason many people see faces on objects such as the new comet being studied by the Rosetta spacecraft is because humans are wired to see faces, in a phenomenon called Pareidolia, which translates from Greek to “faulty image.” Livescience.com

Venkataraman and Lahti invent water-soluble nano-modules that will allow faster, cheaper, organic photovoltaics

Dhandapani Venkataraman, Chemistry, Paul Lahti, Chemistry, and codirector, UMass Amherst’s Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC), and colleagues have invented a way to create versatile, water-soluble nano-modules that should allow faster, cheaper, more ecologically friendly manufacture of organic photovoltaics and other electronic devices. Nano Letters, Azonano.com, Nanowerk, Lab Manager magazine, Nanotech-now.com, Science Newsline, Science Codex, Phys.org, Product Design & Development, R & D magazine, Science Daily, Innovations Report, Controlled Environment magazine, Nanotechweb.org, Space Daily, News release

Kane receives Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education

Brian Kane, Environmental Conservation, is this year’s co-recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education. ISA video, Business West, News release

Brigham-Grette named chair of National Polar Research Board

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, has been named the new chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board (PRB) with the responsibility of promoting excellence in polar science and providing independent scientific guidance to federal agencies and the nation on science issues in the Arctic, Antarctic, and cold regions of the world. Also the head of her department, Brigham-Grette is an expert in climate evolution and sea level history in the Arctic over the last 3.6 million years and has participated in nine field expeditions there over the past three decades. She has been on the PRB board for six years; this position is a three-year renewable appointment.

Condron and Bradley received $595,922 NSF grant to research "Big Freeze" trigger of 12,000 years ago

Alan Condron and Raymond Bradley, both Geosciences, have received a three-year, $595,922 grant from the National Science Foundation to study an extremely thick, immobile area of ice that may once have covered much of the Arctic Ocean during glacial periods, providing new insights into its possible role in, and mechanisms of, abrupt climate change. News release

UMass Amherst hosts 40th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association conference

UMass Amherst hosted the 40th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association conference. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Watkins featured in Globe for patches that measure stress in soldiers

The work of James J. Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering and director, the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, was featured in the Boston Globe and on Fox 25 in a story about the development of new body sensor patches to measure stress and fatigue in soldiers. Watkins and colleagues are working in collaboration with General Electric and the U.S. Air Force under a five-year, $450,000 grant, the first awarded by the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, an industry group backed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The device they've made can print at the 50-nanometer scale—a thousand times thinner than a human hair—at a cost of less than a dollar.

Chroniak's gift to Biology department is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The recent gift of Dr. Walter Chroniak '43 to the Biology department is featured in an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Hynes and her sustainability efforts are profiled in UMass Amherst magazine

Jacqueline Hynes '14, Environmental Science, and her sustainability efforts are profiled in an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine

Lovley, Shenoy, Thayumanavan, Weil, and Hoque featured in article about sustainability research on campus

The research of Derek Lovley, Microbiology, Prashant Shenoy, Computer Science, Thai Thayumanavan, Chemistry, and Environmental Conservation's Benjamin S. Weil and Simi Hoque, is spotlighted in an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine about campus faculty who conduct sustainability research.

CNS well-represented in story depicting campus sustainability efforts

The College of Natural Sciences is well-represented in "Green Grid," a story in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine that depicts the many sustainability efforts at UMass Amherst.

Gerber, Decker, and Grallert featured in UMass Amherst magazine article about the Real Food Challenge

John Gerber, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and director, Sustainable Food and Farming, Eric Decker '89 PhD, Food Science, and animal science major Lila Grallert '14 were all featured an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine about how chicken helped campus adopt the Real Food Challenge.

Santangelo, Evans, and Hayward receive international coverage for their origami robot that builds itself and performs tasks

Christian Santangelo and Arthur Evans, both Physics, and Ryan C. Hayward, Polymer Science and Engineering, with others at Cornell and Western New England University, have received international coverage of their origami-based folding methods for “tuning” the fundamental physical properties of any type of thin sheet, which may eventually lead to the development of molecular-scale machines that could snap into place and perform mechanical tasks. Sydney Morning Herald, Azonano, Toronto Star, Washington Post, Science Codex, Boston Globe, Phys.org, Arab News, Journal Gazette, Azom.com, Red Orbit, Science Daily, Innovations Report, News release

Sustainable UMass featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Sustainable UMass is described and celebrated through a lengthy package of stories in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Herbert interviewed for story about food sanctions imposed by the Russian government

Stephen J. Herbert, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, commented in a video story about the possible impact of sanctions on food imposed by the Russian government. Associated Press

CASA radar unit to report weather data is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The CASA radar unit to report weather data, which UMass Amherst collaborates on with others, is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Whitbourne's research showing older adults play video games more than younger people is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, showing that older adults play video games more than younger people is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Wise revives theory of the moon's origins; is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

An earlier theory of the origin of the moon, as suggested by Donald Wise, Geosciences professor emeritus, is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Meyer's research on hair cortisol concentration as animal stress biomarker is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The research of Jerrold Meyer, Psychological and Brain Sciences (retired), on hair cortisol concentration as a stress biomarker in polar bears is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Danylchuk's documentaries about fish farming are profiled in UMass Amherst magazine

Andy Danylchuk, Environmental Conservation, and the two documentaries he created to spread the word about sustainable aquaculture, Fish Meat and Raising Shrimp, are featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

New scholarship for Environmental Conservation reported in UMass Amherst magazine summer issue

The Newbelle Scholarship for Environmental Conservation has been established by Patricia "Trish" Ryan '67, who spent her career in environmental health, as reported in UMass Amherst magazine.

UMass Amherst makes the Princeton Review's 2015 Green Rating Honor Roll for 4th time in 5 years

UMass Amherst received the highest possible score in the Princeton Review’s "2015 Green Rating Honor Roll." The university was given the highest possible score (99) in this year's tallies along with 23 other colleges and universities. This is the fourth time in five years the university has been recognized by the publication for being green. Princeton Review, News release

Senator Warren attends the Eureka! program's final presentations of the summer

Eureka! participants made their final presentations of the summer and Senator Elizabeth Warren was among the honored guests listening. The program, which the senator called "fabulous," is a collaboration between Girls Inc. of Holyoke and CNS now in its second year that's designed to introduce teenage girls to STEM subjects. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, State Representative Aaron Vega, and Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto joined families, friends, and University professors and staff who worked with the girls this summer.

Clark's research featured in article about the increasing difficulty in eliminating head lice

John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is interviewed and his recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology featured in a story about why it is increasingly difficult to get rid of head lice. Houston Chronicle, SF Gate, Los Angeles Times

Bogartz opinion piece about the keys to mutual understanding published in Bulletin

Richard S. Bogartz, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote an opinion piece saying that the key to mutual understanding between two parties relies upon recognizing the other’s perspective, frame of mind, attitude, and belief system. Amherst Bulletin