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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

Lutcavage's new approach in studying bigeye tuna movements results in longest available fishery-independent record to date

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation and director, Large Pelagics Research Center, used a new approach to study bigeye tuna movements, one of the most important commercial tuna species in the Atlantic, and has provided the longest available fishery-independent record of bigeye tuna movements to date. Science Codex, Phys.org, eScience News, Terra Daily, Red Orbit, World Fishing & Aquaculture, News release

Emrick awarded $162,770 NSF collaborative grant water purification technology

Todd Emrick, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a three-year, $162,770 collaborative research award from the National Science Foundation to work with a colleague at the University of Texas at Austin, who also won the same grant, to explore new ways to make energy-efficient, self-cleaning water purification membranes for municipal wastewater treatment and industrial and agricultural applications. News release

Mangan, Herbert, and Adler interviewed by the Republican about annual agricultural field day

Frank Mangan and Stephen Herbert, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Lynn Adler, Biology, were interviewed for an article about the agricultural field day at the UMass Amherst Crop and Animal Research Farm, an annual chance for farmers to see the latest innovations in crop research. Recorder, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whitbourne interviewed by WWL-AM New Orleans about holding grudges

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for a radio program about anger, holding grudges and forgiveness. WWL-AM New Orleans

Mirkovic and Davidovitch named 2014 Simons Foundation Fellows

Ivan Mirkovic (right), Mathematics and Statistics, and Benjamin Davidovitch, Physics, have been named 2014 Simons Foundation Fellows. The prestigious programs provide up to $100,000 for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. The potential for research accomplishment, as judged by accomplishments over the last five years and plans for the leave, is the primary criterion for evaluating applications.

Student Farm now supplies Big Y Northampton and Amherst with fresh, local produce

For the first time the UMass Amherst Student Farm is harvesting summer crops—cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, and beets—to supply Big Y World Class Markets in Amherst and Northampton. Farm manager Amanda Brown, UMass Extension, and undergrad Eli Bloch, Sustainable Food and Farming, were interviewed by WWLP-TV 22 The student farm also supports a 75-member CSA on campus and a weekly farmers’ market in the fall. In 2013, Big Y made a $150,000 five-year funding commitment to the student farm in recognition of its value to the community.

Elkinton interviewed about his efforts to eradicate winter moths

An article about the threat posed by winter moths on the commonwealth’s trees discusses the efforts of Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, who is releasing parasitic flies that kill the moths. Wicked Local North Andover

Woodruff and Mabee win $200,000 from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 Mass. public beaches

Jonathan D. Woodruff, Geosciences, and Stephen B. Mabee, Geosciences and state geologist, have received a $200,000 award from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 public beaches along the Massachusetts coast over the next two years. Dredging Today, Dredging News Online, Republican, New Bedford Standard-Times, News release

SSA students create the UMass Food For All Garden; Berquist interviewed in Republican article

Students from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture have partnered with the Amherst Survival Center, the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to create the UMass Food For All Garden, modeled after a Food For All program at Just Roots in Greenfield. Sarah Berquist, Environmental Conservation graduate student, was interviewed for an article in the Republican.

DeConto, Bradley, and Vierling receive grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund

Robert DeConto (left), and Raymond Bradley, both Geosciences, and Elizabeth Vierling, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have received grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund. DeConto and Bradley received $104,000 for the Center for Computational Climatology and Paleoclimatology and $150,000 went to the Mass. BioFoundry: Center for Discovery and Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules, co-led by Vierling.

Remage-Healey to research estrogens in zebra finches with support from NSF and NIH

Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences, will investigate the role of estrogens made in the brains of zebra finches in research supported by two grants, one from the National Science Foundation for $640,000 over four years, another from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for $1.7 million over five years. The results may offer new insights in learning and memory, particularly around Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy. News-Medical.net, Phys.org, Bio-Medicine, News release

Geckskin named one of 15 astounding technologies created with DARPA funding

Geckskin, the synthetically produced adhesive material developed a team headed by Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irshick, Biology, is listed among 15 astounding technologies created with funding from the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Business Insider

Gov. Patrick praises the Eureka!—CNS collaboration on program visit

On his visit to the Eureka! Program of Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Gov. Deval Patrick praised its collaboration with CNS. Now in its second of five years, the joint program exposes teenage girls to STEM fields. “What makes the Holyoke Eureka! program special and unique is the wonderful partnership you have with UMass,” Patrick said. His visit included a discussion with Eureka! girls on fluorescence led by Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Minter also led the teens in a black light experiment, with the governor joining in.

Patrick visits the Eureka! Program, a five-year CNS collaboration with Girls Inc. of Holyoke

A feature story looked at Gov. Deval Patrick’s visit to the Eureka! Program at Girls Inc. of Holyoke, a five-year CNS collaboration designed to expose teenaged girls to the STEM fields. Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was interviewed. Republican

Herbert tells Gazette farms can simultaneously use grazing or crop land and solar panels

Stephen J. Herbert, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, says farms can install solar panels on their land and use it at the same time for grazing animals or to grow crops, which the research station in South Deerfield has been doing for four years. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whitbourne interviewed by NBC about the end of the World Cup

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed by NBC News about the letdown faced by World Cup soccer fans. NBC News

Brennan defends basic science and animal behaviour, as published in Animal Behaviour

Patricia L.R. Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says it's time to defend basic science and animal behaviour, as published in the August issue of Animal Behaviour.

Elkinton confident winter moth population will be under control in the next few years

Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says he is confident that in the next few years the destructive winter moth population in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts will be brought under control. Wicked Local Ipswich

Albertson, Hazen, Brau, McGregor, Staub, and Huber awarded tenure

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved tenure on June 18 for the following faculty in the College of Natural Sciences: R. Craig Albertson and Samuel P. Hazen, Biology; Benjamin P. Brau, Physics; Andrew McGregor, Computer Science; and Adrian Staub, Psychological and Brain Sciences. David Huber, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was appointed professor with tenure. A hearty and warm congratulations to all on this momentous occasion.

Burand describes reasons for honeybee decline

John Burand, Microbiology, described some reasons for declines in the honeybee population. WUSA-TV 9