Brown, DePiano, and Randhir win Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants from the UMass Amherst Libraries
Amanda Brown and Lisa DePiano, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Tim Randhir, Environmental Conservation, have been awarded Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants of $1,000 each from the UMass Amherst Libraries to support revising existing courses to include or augment sustainability topics. CNS faculty won three of the nine grants awarded. News release
Warr and Eres win Goldwater Scholarships; Manteiga wins honorable mention
Two of three Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to CNS juniors (pictured): Alyson Warr, Microbiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Marco Eres, Chemistry. John Manteiga, also Microbiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, won honorable mention. "This is a tribute to the great research being carried out by our faculty," says Susan K. Whitbourne, Office of National Scholarship Advisement director, "and to their dedication to advising and mentoring undergrads."
Brown, Calapa, Beckford named Rising Researchers by UMass Amherst
Three of the four 2014 Rising Researchers were from CNS (from left): Walter Everett Brown ’16, Computer Systems Engineering and Computer Science; Marie Calapa ’14, Astronomy; and John Beckford ’15, Microbiology. Among their many other achievements, Brown has coauthored several pending papers and one published, Calapa was a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, and Beckford is an NSF LSAMP Scholar.
Smiarowski takes over the family farm after graduating from Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Teddy Smiarowski '13, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, is taking over the running of his family’s farm stand and creamery. Daily Hampshire Gazette
CNS students to be honored as 21st Century Leaders at Commencement
Four of the ten 21st Century Leaders honored for their exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership at the UMass Amherst undergraduate commencement on May 9 will be students from the College of Natural Sciences: Emily Crain, Psychology; Lila Grallert, Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Veronica Ann Pace, Biology; and Kurt Schultz, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. News release
LaClair and Stein honored by the Center for Research on Families for their research
Two College of Natural Sciences students were among the 13 recipients of Center for Research on Families (CRF) grants and awards supporting research on family issues. Matthew LaClair, doctoral candidate, Neuroscience and Behavior Program, received a $10,000 CRF Family Research Graduate Student Grant. Jarrod Stein '14, Psychology, who works in Rebecca Spencer's Cognition and Action Lab, received a $500 CRF Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Award. News release
Whitbourne elected chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences Section (BSS) of Gerontological Society of America
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychology, and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, has been elected chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section (BSS) of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) for the 2015-16 term. News release
The LMZ's tick-testing services continues to receive coverage
Coverage of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) tick-testing services continues. Residents of 32 Massachusetts towns can receive free, expert identification of ticks and the disease-causing pathogens they carry from the LMZ, which identifies, tests, and reports ticks and associated diseases to residents, local boards of health, and the state Department of Public Health. Republican, Wicked Local Wayland, Wicked Local Concord, Boston Globe
Clark's research that most head lice are resistant to over-the counter treatments continues to be reported
The research of John Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, that found that as many as 99.6 percent of head lice are now at least somewhat resistant to traditional over-the counter treatments, continued to be covered by the press after being published in the Journal of the Entomological Society of America. News & Observer, MyrtleBeachOnline.com, Kentucky.com
Meyer and colleagues find that oxytocin appears to increase social behaviors in newborn monkeys
Editorial calls for expansion of local funding for area residents to have ticks tested at LMZ
An editorial called for expansion of local funding for area residents to have ticks tested at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology, run by Stephen Rich, Microbiology. Daily Hampshire Gazette, TickReport.com
UMass Amherst named a Top Green College by Princeton Review
UMass Amherst has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to the just-released Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. News release
de Wet selected for Norwegian Fulbright
Gregory De Wet, doctoral candidate, Geosciences, has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Norway, continuing the department's long tradition of collaboration with geoscience departments in Norway.
Dennis, Ronzio, and Archila win $5,250 at 9th annual Innovation Challenge
Morgan Dennis, Clarissa Ronzio, and Marjorie Archila, all Microbiology undergraduates, won $5,250 at the ninth annual Innovation Challenge final business plan competition for their product Acne Free, Naturally. Their faculty mentor was Margaret Riley, Biology. News release
King finds that wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated
David King, Environmental Conservation, and colleagues have found that songbird species shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both. Previous studies of potential climate change impacts on wildlife that looked only at one factor have likely underestimated the effects of environmental warming, therefore. Their research appeared in Global Ecology and Biogeography. TerraDaily, Environmentalresearchweb.org, News release
Figueroa interviewed about the Children’s Garden Project on Mass Appeal, WWLP-TV 22
Leigh-Ellen Figueroa, Stockbridge School of Agriculture undergraduate, was a guest on the local television program Mass Appeal discussing her involvement in the Children’s Garden Project. WWLP-TV 22
iCons launches new digital showcase of student research
The theses of seniors in the iCons program are now on display in a new digital showcase, an interactive gallery that features students explaining their original research in videos they produced. iCons, a unique, four-year integrated science program featuring multi-disciplinary team-based learning on current societal problems, began in fall 2010. These students are the first cohort and their showcase comprises a dynamic archive of their accomplishments.
Lutcavage featured on National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna"
Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, was featured on National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna." Department announcement
Permaculture efforts on campus featured in Daily Meal
The permaculture efforts at UMass Amherst were profiled in a roundup of case studies describing how communities around the world are re-imagining how to live and eat to promote self-sufficiency. The Daily Meal
Lutcavage and Dodge turtle migration studies profiled in Boston Globe
The research of Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, and the Large Pelagics Research Center, and her advisee, Kara Dodge, focusing on first-of-its-kind satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles, was profiled in the Boston Globe. News release
Fifty-year-old School of Computer Science profiled in UMass Amherst magazine
The School of Computer Science, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the subject of a lengthy feature in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
The newly opened LMT is profiled in UMass Amherst magazine
A profile of the new Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), the world's biggest millimeter-wave telescope ever built, was the subject of a feature in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Cui, Russell, and Emerick's research generating and stabilizing liquids in prescribed shapes featured in UMass Amherst magazine
Mengmeng Cui '12 PhD, working with Thomas Russell and Todd Emerick, all Polymer Science and Engineering, discovered how to generate and stabilize liquids in a prescribed shape; the research was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.