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Zuraw keynote speaker at Arunah Hill Natural Science Center in Cummington in September

Sarah Zuraw, graduate student in Astronomy, will be the keynote speaker at the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center in Cummington in September on "Discovering Gravity Waves." Springfield Republican

Rich comments on WWLP-TV 22 about testing ticks at his UMass laboratory, saying that tick-borne diseases can be prevented if a tick is removed quickly.

Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, comments in a television news story about testing ticks for disease at the laboratory. He says tick-borne diseases can be prevented if a tick is removed quickly. Tim Daly, laboratory assistant, says people should also be aware that there are more diseases than Lyme disease that can be transmitted by ticks. WWLP-TV 22

Cousin awarded NIDCR R03 Grant

Hélène Cousin, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was awarded an RO3 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant. Read more

The website says Amherst is the 6th-best small town in the country

The website says Amherst is the 6th-best small town in the country largely based on its reputation as a college town. Springfield Republican

Cremone writes in Huffington Post about her research exploring children with ADHD and sleep

Amanda M. Cremone, a doctoral student in Neuroscience and Behavior, writes in the Huffington Post about her research into whether children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder might benefit from longer periods of sleep. One key area of inquiry is whether extended sleep in children with ADHD might reduce their impulsivity, she says. Huffington Post

Dasgupta interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about research on how to overcome the STEM gender gap

Nilanjana Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about research on how to overcome the gender gap in science, technology engineering and mathematics jobs. She suggests that women in these fields should work together in teams rather than have their numbers diluted in overwhelmingly male teams. Having female colleagues helps boost confidence and self-esteem, Dasgupta says. NPR's Morning Edition

Woodman receives Public Service Research Grant

Ashley Woodman, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is one of five faculty that has received a Public Service Endowment Grants (PSEG) from a special campus fund designed to boost outreach and extend the campus resources into the surrounding community. Woodman, Director of the concentration in developmental disabilities, is receiving $5,800 to develop and implement a respite care curriculum for people with disabilities in Hadley. In conducting surveys, focus groups and interviews, she will give undergraduate research assistants a chance to participate in community-based research and create a database of respite care providers that staff can draw upon when making referrals to families of children with disabilities. Read more

Leckie, Bryant lead NSF STEMSEAS research voyage for 9 undergrads

Mark Leckie and graduate student Raquel Bryant, Geosciences, recently returned from leading a National Science Foundation's (NSF) STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) program. Nine undergraduate STEM students from across the country participated on this 10-day oceanography STEMSEAS voyage aboard a federally funded research vessel. Bryant's participation was funded by the Randolph and Cecile Bromery Graduate Fellowship. "The nine students were fantastic," Leckie said. "All were eager to engage with each other and to learn about the ocean first-hand. These types of experiences are life-changing, so even if they don't end up pursuing a geoscience or other STEM career, I think it's safe to say that they have gained new insights into the Earth sciences and the value of our ocean and its ecosystems."

Crosby '12, founder and owner of Fungi Ally in Hadley, is profiled in Springfield Republican

William R. "Willie" Crosby '12 Plant, Soil, and Insect Science, the founder and owner of Fungi Ally in Hadley, where he and his two part-time employees harvest about 150 pounds of shiitake, oyster and lion's mane mushrooms a week, is profiled in the Springfield Republican. Springfield Republican

Boyer tackles major highbush blueberry disease

As New England's blueberry season approaches, UMass Amherst doctoral candidate Matt Boyer, a doctoral student in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, says a fungal pathogen of highbush blueberries known as mummy berry is a common threat to growers, and if left untreated can destroy up to 50 percent of a crop. It is so named because it produces dead-looking, berry-shaped lumps instead of healthy berries. Boyer recently received a two-year, $79,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify the insect vectors that best spread the disease, and to study how variations in insect visitation can explain varying resistance levels among blueberry varieties. Read more

Gim uses Large Millimeter Telescope to detect Carbon Monoxide (CO) in galaxy

An article about scientists' detection of the faint radio emission from atomic hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, in COSMOS J100054, a galaxy nearly 5 billion light-years from Earth, mentions that UMass Amherst graduate student Hansung Gim, Astronomy, used the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico to detect carbon monoxide in the same galaxy. Gim's discovery gave the researchers key information about gas in the galaxy that is composed of molecules, rather than of individual atoms. Molecular gas is considered a necessary precursor to star formation. SpaceDaily

McGarigal lab's interactive mapping tool, Connect the Connecticut, now available for conservation purposes

A new interactive mapping tool developed by Kevin McGarigal, Environmental Conservation, and his graduate students at the UMass Landscape Ecology Lab is available to land trusts as they make strategic decisions about a major conservation vision for the Connecticut River watershed. "Connect the Connecticut" will help conservation groups in four New England states prioritize and coordinate land acquisition efforts within the 11,250 square-mile watershed, with an eye toward habitat resiliency in the face of climate change. The mapping and data effort is spearheaded by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, which unites federal, state and local conservation partners to achieve common goals, and supports the development of related technology-based tools. The lab uses geographic information systems to understand how landscapes change over time. Springfield Republican

Auerbach receives UMass Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Scott Auerbach, Chemistry, received the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching which recognizes outstanding teaching across all five UMass campuses for sustained excellence in teaching, exemplary contribution to the campus community, and supporting students' educational and career achievements. Auerbach's signature contributions have been in engaging and motivating thousands of students over a more than 20-year career through transformative approaches to STEM education, including real-world problem-based learning, team-based learning, and student-centered learning.

Center kicks off Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) has kicked off its Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. This new program provides summer employment internships for UMass Amherst undergraduate students in the labs and offices of University faculty and in communities where professional Extension educators are engaged with citizens. The program will provide substantive professional or academic training and also enhance the goals and objectives of research and extension initiatives associated with CAFE.

UMass becomes first major public university to divest from direct fossil fuel holdings

The University of Massachusetts is the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation that oversees an endowment whose value was $770 million at the end of the last fiscal year. Read more

Markarian part of team that receives Chancellor's Citation Team Award

Jane Markarian, an organizer of the Eureka! partnership, was a member of a team that received a Chancellor's Citation Team Award. Part of the award involved the creation of a video about the Eureka! team. Pictured, from left to right: Terrie Kellogg, computer science; Robert Davis, academic computing; Jill Isabelle, campus recreation; Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy; Jane Markarian, CNS Advising Center; Garett DiStefano, dining services, and Elizabeth Wilda and Donna Blackney, news and media relations.

Whitbourne quoted in Business Insider article about coping from a rough breakup

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is quoted in an an article in Business Insider on coping from a rough breakup. She writes in her Psychology Today blog, "The simple act of writing wasn't enough to cause change, nor was the ability to reframe the relationship's ending in more intellectual terms. Instead, it was the reshaping of memories of the breakup, and the role the breakup played in the individual's personal story, that seemed to reveal the silver lining." Business Insider

Zoeller and other PEP faculty meet with state lawmakers

R. Thomas Zoeller, biology, was one of five faculty members who visited the State House May 12 as part of the Public Engagement Project Faculty Fellowship Program. They discussed their research and explored opportunities to collaborate with more than a dozen lawmakers, legislative staff and interest group representatives. Read more

Contois '16 recognized as a 2016 Jack Welch Scholar

Timothy Contois '16, a dual degree recipient in computer science and mathematics, was one of two graduating seniors recognized for their leadership and executive ability as Jack Welch Scholars. Read more

Brigham-Grette says in Reuters that students who skip classes are costing themselves $50 to $70 per class

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, says students who skip classes are costing themselves $50 to $70 per class, a calculation she shares with her students. Reuters

van Driesche and Abell find that a tiny wasp contributes to significant reduction in emerald ash borer population growth

A seven-year field study that included UMass Amherst researchers Roy van Driesche and Kris Abell, found that a tiny wasp, Tetrastichus planipennisi, contributed to a significant reduction in emerald ash borer population growth in central Michigan. The U.S. Forest Service estimates the response to the emerald ash borer could cost up to $10.7 billion between 2009 and 2019.

Kroodsma's new book, Listening to a Continent Sing, is reviewed

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a new book by Donald Kroodsma, professor emeritus of Biology, is reviewed.

Hebert lab untangles disease-related protein misfolding

Daniel Hebert, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and his research group report for the first time how a key protein in the blood coagulation pathway folds to a higher-energy or "cocked" state, so it can function as a sort of "molecular mousetrap" and generate the work required to perform physiologically important functions. The work, details of which appear in an early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, advances understanding of genetic forms of thrombosis, emphysema, cirrhosis of the liver, neurodegenerative diseases and inflammation, among others. Read more

Rich's Laboratory of Medical Zoology creates co-pay town partnership

The popular success and high demand for a tick testing service provided to Massachusetts residents by the Laboratory of Medical Zoology recently led lab director Stephen Rich to extend the program by partnering with towns in a co-pay model that will also test for more pathogens. Read more, Boston Globe

Whitbourne featured on NBC's Today Show, saying that the idea of a "mid-life" crisis is a myth

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, psychological and brain sciences, is quoted in a video feature exploring the facts and myths surrounding the concept of the "mid-life crisis." Whitbourne says that the idea of a "mid-life" crisis is a myth, and that individuals can experience the feelings associated with the phenomenon at any time in their lives, not just during the mid-life years. NBC's Today Show