Whitaker '05 wins Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship and returns to UMass Amherst
Kate Whitaker '05 has been awarded the prestigious NASA’s Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship—one of the world's most competitive fellowships in astronomy—and will be coming back to her alma mater this summer. A Commonwealth Honors College student majoring in physics and astronomy, Whitaker was awarded numerous scholarships and prizes while at UMass Amherst. She has a doctorate in astronomy from Yale University and is currently a James Webb Space Telescope Postdoctoral Program Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
UMass Amherst one of 17 Amazing Green College Campuses, says the Mother Nature Network
UMass Amherst has been chosen as one 17 Amazing Green College Campuses by the Mother Nature Network, which says, “Sustainability is a big deal on this campus,” with its 25 undergraduate majors related to sustainability, new graduate programs, and its first-place win in the Annual White House College Champions of Change competition, among other accomplishments. Mother Nature Network
Rotello interviewed by New England Public Radio about the public's ability to recognize and recall license plate numbers
Caren M. Rotello, Psychological and Brain Sciences, discussed research on factors involved in the public’s ability to recognize and recall vehicle license plates, including the use of symbols in addition to numbers and letters on New England Public Radio, News release
Riley interviewed by International Business Times about bacteria that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Margaret A. Riley, Biology, was interviewed about bacteria that are becoming more resistant to treatment because they are developing immunity to common antibiotics. She says the government has cut funding in this area and private companies have backed off because they thought the problems were solved. International Business Times
Riley interviewed by WGGB-TV about bacteria that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Margaret A. Riley, Biology, and graduate students in her laboratory were interviewed about bacteria that are becoming more resistant to treatment because they are developing immunity to common antibiotics. WGGB-TV 40
Adler, Leonard, Regan, and Anthony find that floral nectar reduces parasite infections in bumblebees
Rawlins tells WWLP-TV that injecting sulfur into the air to offset pollution is a bad idea
Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center, said the idea of injecting sulfur pollution into the air to help offset global warming could have dangerous and unknown side effects, in an interview with WWLP-TV 22.
Woodruff finds the eastern U.S. was pounded with intense frequent hurricanes 800-1700 years ago
Bradley and her study of native and non-native plant distribution is featured on the front page of the Gazette
Bethany Bradley, Environmental conservation, and her new study—the first comprehensive assessment of native versus non-native plant distribution in the continental United States—that found non-native plant species are much more widespread than native plants was featured on the front page of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. News release
Harper wins Mass. Tree Wardens’ and Forests’ Association’s President’s Award
Richard W. Harper, Environmental Conservation, has been awarded the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Forests’ Association’s President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization and the president. Read more
Rawlins tells New England Public Radio that climate change makes more frequent heavy snowstorms likely
Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center, says heavy snow is common at this time of year but as the climate changes, more frequent heavy snowstorms are likely to hit this region. New England Public Radio
Crosby profiled in Gazette for upcoming induction into National Academy of Inventors
Alfred J. Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, who is soon to be inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for co-inventing Geckskin with Duncan Irschick, Biology, was profiled on the front page of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. News release
Rotello and Cohen report on their license plate recall research to task force chaired by state RMV registrar
Caren M. Rotello and Andrew Lind Cohen, Psychological and Brain Sciences, appeared before a task force chaired by Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia Blue and delivered a report on factors involved in the public’s ability to recognize and recall vehicle license plates, including the use of symbols in addition to numbers and letters. Their recent research in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law found no memory benefit of adding such symbols. News release
Park's ground-breaking research on the benefits of CLA is featured on Research Next
Yeonhwa Park, Food Science, was featured in Research Next about her seminal research on the benefits of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) nearly 25 years ago that placed her in Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” list with seven other UMass Amherst researchers. Research Next
Staudinger featured in Popular Science as having one of the "Top 10 Worst Jobs in Science"
Michelle Staudinger, Environmental Conservation, was featured in “The Top 10 Worst Jobs in Science” for her work gutting fish to get the stomach content for her research. Popular Science
Zilberstein featured in story about using semi-autonomous robots to do laundry
Shlomo Zilberstein, School of Computer Science, and colleagues, are featured in a story about their work using semi-autonomous robots to do laundry. Innovations Report, Gizmodo India
Griffin is co-PI on new $357,920 REU about offshore wind
Curtice Griffin, Environmental Conservation, is co-PI, with PI Erin Baker, Engineering, on a new National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) that will annually support 10 undergraduates interested in exploring research in a wide range of offshore wind-energy topics, including engineering, wildlife ecology, and policy. The $357,920 program is called “Offshore Wind Energy: Solving the Engineering, Environmental & Socio-Economic Challenges.” Griffin is also co-PI with Baker, the PI, on an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) project titled “Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Impacts, and Policy" that will be integrated with the REU. News release
Riley featured in International Business Times story about the difficulties in developing new antibiotics
Margaret Riley, Biology, was featured in a story about the difficulty researchers encounter trying to develop new antibiotics and ways to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She says she was unable to get the help she needed from the U.S. government or from private pharmaceutical companies and eventually had to work with a company in China that is supported by the Chinese government. International Business Times
Markstein featured in The Academic Minute public radio show about using fruit flies in her cancer research
Michele Markstein, Biology, was featured on "The Academic Minute,” discussing how she uses genetically engineered Drosophila, or fruit flies, with human genes, causing them to grow tumors for study. WAMC, Northeast Public Radio
Hallock interviewed by Gazette about underinflated footballs
Robert B. Hallock, Physics, is featured in a Daily Hampshire Gazette story about underinflated footballs, saying the advantage of one is minimal.
Whitbourne featured in story about controversy over Patriots use of deflated footballs
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was featured in a story about the public’s reaction to the ongoing controversy surrounding the use of deflated footballs by the NFL’s New England Patriots during their recent AFC Championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Republican
Dasgupta, Rawlins, Spencer, and Tyson named 2015 Public Engagement Faculty fellows
Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences and director, Faculty Equity and Inclusion; Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center; Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences; and Julian Tyson, Chemistry, have been named 2015 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows. Faculty fellows chosen by the university's Public Engagement Project (PEP) receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences. PEP is supported in part by the College of Natural Sciences. Public Engagement Project
Undergraduate Commencement 2015 - Save the date!
This year the CNS Senior Celebration will be held in the Mullins Center on Saturday, May, 9, at 5:00 p.m. Each graduating senior is presented with a UMass medallion, and a student from each department makes a very brief speech. Family and friends are invited. Seniors are also urged to attend the University Commencement on Friday, May 8, and their department receptions. Watch for updates on the CNS undergraduate commencement page.