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Gross research shows how flipped classrooms increase performance

Research by David Gross, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with colleagues, shows why so-called flipped classroom teaching results in higher grades for students, especially women and those with lower GPAs, as published in CBE Life Sciences Educator.

Whitbourne featured in article about breaking bad relationship habits

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was featured in a Stylecaster article about bad habits in relationships and how to break them.

Santangelo interviewed about friction and the physics of knots

Christian Santangelo, Physics, was interviewed for a story in Business Insider about how scientists have developed a new equation that explains the forces within an overhand knot. He said, "We know that friction isn’t really well understood, especially when something complicated happens. The fact that the result is encapsulated in a single equation is downright amazing.”

McClements tells Science News nanoparticles made from same ingredients as food

David J. McClements, Food Science, interviewed for a story about the use of nanoparticles in food, says most of the new particles he studies are made from the same ingredients as food and break down in the body in similar ways to ordinary food. Science News

Meehan, Subbaswamy, and Story celebrate $52 million Design Building construction

State and university officials celebrated construction of the $52 million Design Building on the Amherst campus. The state-of-the-art teaching facility is being built with innovative wood construction technologies and will feature exposed structural and mechanical elements to demonstrate techniques. Event speakers included UMass President Martin Meehan; UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy; State Rep. Ellen Story; UMass Amherst Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Katherine Newman, and Joseph Naughton, University of Massachusetts Building Authority director of capital projects. News release

Jerry awarded $3.5M NIEHS grant to study breast cancer risk, environmental exposure

A research consortium led by Joseph Jerry, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, has been awarded a $3.5 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences to study breast cancer risk and environmental exposure to common chemicals found in cosmetics and household products. News release

Catanzaro interviewed by AP about delay in NE foliage

There has been international news coverage of an Associated Press story on how the change in the New England foliage has been delayed this year, but is still expected to provide a spectacular display. Paul Catanzaro, extension research professor, Environmental Conservation, said foliage season in New England has been delayed by between a week and 10 days this year. This story received extension coverage, including the New York Times, ABC News, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo Singapore.

DeConto models suggest curbing carbon emissions may prevent Antarctica melt

Robert M. DeConto, Geosciences, told the New Scientist that his computer models indicate that if carbon emissions are curtailed, that may prevent the melting of the West Antarctica ice sheet.

Tropp featured on PBS News Hour series on Race Matters

Linda Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was a featured interview on the PBS NewsHour's ongoing Race Matters series. Discussions of race can cause anxiety and tension, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to engage in productive dialogue, she told PBS's Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Tropp studies how members of different groups approach and experience contact with each other, and how group differences in power or status affect views of and expectations for cross-group relations.

Plant Biology's Biodiversity of Plant Secondary Metabolites: From Pathways to Ecosystems symposium

This year's annual Plant Biology Graduate Program Symposium, organized by Li-Jun Ma, Jennifer Normanly, Danny Schnell, and Elizabeth Vierling, all Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, focused on how the many different chemicals made by plants are critical not only to plant survival, but also have been the source of much of the world’s medicines. Five internationally prominent scientists presented to a large audience from all over the northeast.

Clark's lice research highlighted

Research on lice by John Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was highlighted in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat.

Whitbourne interviewed about age and gratitude

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, interviewed in an article examining how age impacts our brains ability to feel thankful. Toronto Globe and Mail

Rich interviewed by Globe about EEE risk to humans

Stephen Rich, microbiology, was interviewed in an article examining the threat of transmitting Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) that mosquitos continue to pose to humans during the fall months. Boston Globe

Hardy profiled in Guardian video about Andes ice cap research

Douglas Hardy, Geosciences, was profiled in a video featurette about his team’s research into weather patterns tracked at the top of the Quelccaya ice cap in the Peruvian Andes. The Guardian

Santangelo interviewed about the physics of knots

Christian Santangelo, Physics, was interviewed in article examining new research on the physics behind knots, and what makes some knots stronger than others. Physics Central

Chien and Joshi find essential bacterial protease controls cell growth and division

Peter Chien, and lead author Kamal Joshi, doctoral candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, report finding how an essential bacterial protease controls cell growth and division, as appearing in CELL. News release

Autio interviewed by Globe about the best apples for baking

Wesley R. Autio, director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, said that what gives apples a firm texture is the structure and thickness of the fruit cell walls, which are determined by genetics. Autio will be giving a presentation at the Boston Public Market Oct. 22 on apples and which ones are the best for baking. Boston Globe

UMass Amherst ranked No. 5 among sustainable college-run farms

The UMass Amherst Student Farm has been ranked No. 5 nationally among best sustainable college-run farms by College Values Online. The farm is cited for its organic programming, student empowerment, and local distribution. Now in its ninth season, the farm couldn’t be successful without the hard work of students, said Amanda Brown, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and program director for the farm. News release

Weaver, TEFD, share $1.5 million NSF STEM grant

The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) will share in a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study and cultivate a network of STEM education centers at universities throughout the United States. Gabriela Weaver, Chemistry, vice provost for faculty development, and director of TEFD, is a co-principal investigator for the grant. TEFD’s direct portion of the grant will total approximately $640,000. News release

Campbell-Nelson interviewed about fall pumpkin crop

Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension, said this has been a good year for pumpkins. Wicked Local Westford

Whitbourne interviewed in Global Post on relationship burn-out

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, interviewed by the Global Post about how to build a romantic relationship: Move slowly.

Webley interviewed by WBLK radio about Easy-E's death from AIDS

Wilmore C. Webley, microbiology, says it is highly unlikely that the recent death of rapper Eazy-E from AIDS was caused by being infected from acupuncture needles. WBLK radio

Riley interviewed by HuffPost about targeting with antibiotics

Margaret A. Riley, Biology, told the Huffington Post why she and other scientists are seeking ways to move away from antibiotics that attack a wide spectrum of microbes in the body in favor of those that specifically target microbes that cause an infection or disease.

Xu and Rich discover new genus and two species of beetles

Guang Xu and Stephen Rich, Microbiology, have discovered a new genus and two new species of
beetles, as reported in Zootaxa.

McBeck wins 2015 Computers and Geosciences Research Scholarship

Jessica McBeck, Geosciences doctoral candidate, and two others have won the 2015 Computers and Geosciences Research Scholarship, from the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences and is associated with the journal Computers and Geosciences. McBeck will use her portion of the shared $10,000 to travel to the Universite de Cergy-Pontoise outside Paris this summer.