Clark research about head lice resistant to over-the-counter chemicals is featured in Popular Science
John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, says head lice are growing resistant to over-the-counter treatments because doctors have relied on the same compound to kill them for decades, as reported in Popular Science
Kevrekidis Serving as Distinguished Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Panos Kevrekidis, Mathematics and Statistics, is serving as the Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar for 2014-15 at the Center for Nonlinear Studies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. News release
Condron shows icebergs came as far south as Florida during last ice age
Loring's use of nanotechnology radio tracking tags is featured
Pamela H. Loring, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate, uses nanotechnology radio tracking tags to gather information about terns living at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge on Cape Cod. Wicked Local Truro
Zoeller says chemicals that disrupt endocrine system, such as those found in flame retardants, can interfere with the thyroid
R. Thomas Zoeller, Biology, said endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as the flame retardant polychlorinated biphenyls, can interfere with the thyroid hormone functions in humans, especially infants. Science Times, Science Daily, Science Newsline
Ganesan and Marlin to co-lead new MD2K center, NIH announces
The National Institutes of Health has announced a new initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), and Benjamin Marlin (left) and Deepak Ganesan, both in Computer Science, will co-lead the center at UMass Amherst, one of 12 institutions sharing $10.8 million over four years. MD2K will develop computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis of large-scale health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors.
Xiao awarded $982,685 NASA grant to study degradation in spaceflight food
Hang Xiao, Food Science, and colleagues have received a three-year, $982,685 grant from NASA to investigate the degradation of essential vitamins over time in spaceflight foods, and develop strategies to minimize loss. Also included are Micha Peleg, Eric Decker, D. Julian McClements, Lili He, and Anna Liu, all in Food Science, and graduate students. Republican, Electronic Component News, Phys.org, News release
Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Grants awarded to Blanchard, Gierasch, Lesser, and Sela
The UMass Amherst Graduate School has awarded five $25,000 Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Grants to university faculty, four of whom are in CNS: Jeffrey Blanchard, Biology; Lila Gierasch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Alan Lesser, Polymer Science and Engineering; and David Sela, Food Science. Read more (PDF)
DeMoranville sisters, who work at the UMass Amherst cranberry station, are profiled in feature article
Carolyn and Nancy DeMoranville, sisters who work at the UMass Amherst cranberry station, were profiled in a feature article. Carolyn has served as the station’s director since 2002, and Nancy is a technician combatting predatory weeds at the bog. They are the daughters of the station’s former director, Irving DeMoranville, who died in 1998. SouthcoastToday.com
Golombek named Geosciences 2014 distinguished alumnus
Matt Golombek MS '78, PhD '81, has been honored as the Geosciences’ 2014 distinguished alumnus. Golumbek, senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is currently the project scientist of NASA’s Mars Exploration rover mission and is a science operations team chair for the Opportunity rover now exploring the Red Planet. He has led or been heavily involved in the selection of every successful Mars landing site over the past 20 years and is leading the landing site selection efforts for the InSight geophysical lander scheduled to launch in 2016 and the Mars 2020 Rover scheduled to collect a cache of samples for eventual return to Earth.
Glamour names Wallach one of its "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry"
Hanna M. Wallach, Computer Science, was among the "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry," according to Glamour magazine. Wallach studies computational social science, machine learning analysis of structured and unstructured data, and Bayesian statistics. She collaborates with social scientists in the nascent fields of science and innovation policy and, more generally, computational social science. Her current NSF grant focuses on developing "New Methods to Enhance Our Understanding of the Diversity of Science." She also works to promote and support women's involvement in computing.
UMass system named 91st university in the world by Times Higher Education
The UMass system has been named one of the world’s top 100 universities by Times Higher Education in the magazine’s annual global survey. It moved to position no. 91, jumping 41 places in a single year and moving into the top 20 U.S. public universities. The UMass system also placed seventh among private and public universities in New England. Republican, Business West
Zoeller interviewed in article about babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate
Thomas Zoeller, Biology, was interviewed extensively in an article about a new study showing that babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate during their first trimester are more likely to have lower IQs later in life. Environmental Health News
Briseno develops long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity
Burrell's new book, "Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole," which he coauthored, is featured on NPR
A feature story on National Public Radio (NPR), looks at Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole a new book by Brian Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, and Allan Ropper. Read more
UMass Extension celebrates 100 years
UMass Amherst celebrated the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Cooperative Extension Service with a program that included academic and community leaders, and farmers and business people responsible for keeping the Extension mission moving forward. The keynote address was delivered by Richard Sullivan, chief of staff to Gov. Deval Patrick and former secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Republican, News release
Clark interviewed by MSN Canada about the head lice resistance to chemicals used to kill them
John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is interviewed extensively in an article about how head lice have built up a resistance to the chemicals used to kill them. MSN Canada
Dumont named vice provost for academic affairs at UMass Amherst
Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Dumont, Biology, has been named vice provost for Academic Affairs by Provost Katherine Newman. Her new duties include faculty development; streamlining laboratory renovation, hiring, and budget; leading the Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQUAD) review process; and representing the campus to the Five College Consortium. "The range of responsibilities I have put on her to-do list is daunting," Newman says. "Fortunately, for all of us, she is not easily daunted!” Dumont will also continue her research and to direct the graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology.
Kurose to head NSF's Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate (CISE)
James F. Kurose, Computer Science, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as assistant director for its Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). Named Distinguished Professor in 2004, Kurose has served in a number of administrative roles including chair of the department, interim dean, and executive associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and senior faculty advisor to the vice chancellor for research and engagement. His research interests include computer network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication and modeling, and performance evaluation.
Dumont awarded five-year, $1.91 million NSF grant to study how bats sense their environment
Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Dumont, Biology, and colleagues have received a five-year, $1.91 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how bats sense their environment and other individuals, including potential mates, in order to ensure survival and reproduction. News release
Richmond Honored with Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology
Alan M. Richmond, Biology, has received the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The national award recognizes sustained commitment to superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology. Several of his students have gone on to successful careers in the field. In addition to his teaching, Richmond is widely recognized as an expert on New England frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles and was instrumental in creating the Massachusetts Herpetological Atlas. He is also herpetology curator for the campus’ Natural History Collections.
Craker interviewed by New England Public Radio about his inability to get federal approval to grow and study marijuana
Lyle Craker, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was interviewed about the difficulties he encountered when he tried and failed to get federal approval to grow marijuana to study possible health benefits of the plant, despite support from the campus administration. New England Public Radio