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11 CNS faculty featured in Report on Research highlights round-up

The annual Report on Research included a round-up of 2014 research highlights from 11 CNS faculty: Cristina Cox Fernandes, Biology (electric knifefish); Duncan Irschick, Biology, and Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering (Green Geckskin); plant cell biologist Magdalena Bezanilla ($600,000 NSF grant); Donald Wise, professor emeritus, Geosciences (the Moon formation); Murugappan Muthukumar, Polymer Science and Engineering ($1.08 million NIH grant); Barbara Osborne and Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences ($8 million National Cancer Institute grant); Markos Katsoulakis and Luc Rey-Bellet, Mathematics and Statistics, ($2.3 million Department of Energy grant); and Julie Goddard, Food Science ($489,100 USDA grant). The column also cited Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers food scientists Eric Decker, David Julian McClements and Yeonhwa Park; chemist Vincent Rotello; polymer scientist Thomas Russell; soil chemist Baoshan Xing; microbiologist Derek Lovley, and astronomer Mauro Giavaliso.

CNS inventors listed in Report on Research

The lead inventors of patents issued in FY 2014 including the late Susan L. Cumberledge (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Sankaran Thayumanavan (Chemistry); David Julian McClements and Eric A. Decker (Food Science); Derek R. Lovley and Kelly Nevin (Microbiology); Mark T. Tuominen (Physics); Ryan C. Hayward, Murugappan Muthukumar, Vincent Rotello,Thomas P. Russell, Maria Santore, and James J. Watkins (Polymer Science and Engineering); and James Robl (Veterinary and Animal Sciences) were listed in the annual Report on Research.

Kurose and Venkataramani's work with FIA featured in Report on Research

The work of James Kurose and Arun Venkataramani, both Computer Science, as part of the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) Program's MobilityFirst project is featured in the annual Report on Research.

Tropp's research on racism featured in Report on Research

The anti-racism research of Linda Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and her role as featured speaker at the second Congressional Seminar Series, was featured in the annual Report on Research.

Isenberg Award winners Gehan, King, Roy, Sabogal, and Wu featured in Report on Research

The five CNS doctoral candidates who received Eugene M. Isenberg Awards were featured in the annual Report on Research: Timothy Gehan, Chemistry; Daniel King, Polymer Science and Engineering; Sandra Roy, Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences; Javier Sabogal, Environmental Conservation; and Bicheng Wu, Food Science. Report on Research

Jerry's breast cancer research featured in Report on Research

The research of Joseph Jerry, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and colleagues, uncovering biological mechanisms for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer is featured in this year's Report on Research (PDF)

Energy Extension Initiative, and Damery and Shenoy, are featured in Report on Research

The Energy Extension Initiative, with co-principal investigators David Damery, Environmental Conservation (ret) and Prashant Shenoy (Computer Science) is featured in this year's Report on Research (PDF)

Cooney and Roberts win 2nd place undergrad sustainability research awards

Kathryn Cooney and Michael Roberts, both Environmental Science, have won second place UMass Amherst Libraries Undergraduate Sustainability Research awards. Cooney's paper was “Longitudinal Differences in Brook Trout Density and Mean Length in Headwater Streams of Western Massachusetts”. Roberts' paper, a team effort, was "Coastal Erosion in Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Finding Sustainable Solutions”.

Center for Data Science is featured on Research Next

The new Center for Data Science, launched by UMass Amherst, which will coordinate and significantly expand the university's capacity for research, education, and industry collaboration, is featured on Research Next.

Fault modeling and analyses by Cooke, Hatem, and Madden is featured in Research Next

The new modeling and analyses of fault geometry in the Earth’s crust using kaolin that is being done by Michele Cooke, master's student Alex Hatem, and postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth Madden, all Geosciences, is featured on Research Next.

CNS students win nine of 16 CRF student research grants and awards

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) has announced its annual student family research grants and awards and CNS students have won nine of the 16 awards, which totaled nearly $50,000. The Family Research Graduate Student Grants: doctoral candidates Shayl F. Griffith, Clinical Psychology and Mary Catherine Catanese, Neuroscience and Behavior. The Family Research Travel Grants: doctoral candidates Samantha Bernecker, Clinical Psychology,and Amanda Cremone, Neuroscience and Behavior. Bernecker also received a Methodological Studies Grant. The Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Awards: Avery Hennigar, Psychological and Brain Sciences/Public Health. The Family Research Undergraduate Assistantships: Meghann Zapcic, Psychological and Brain Sciences; Yelena Ravvina, Psychological and Brain Sciences/Public Health; Angela Essa, Biology; and Emily Reilly, Psychological and Brain Sciences/Nutrition. Center for Research on Families

Hardy comments to Nature on the increasing difficulty of finding ice core samples

Douglas R. Hardy, Geosciences, commented in a story on about how scientists who study ice cores are having an increasingly difficult time finding valid samples because glaciers are melting and that is changing the composition of the ice that is left behind.

Rayner's research cited in story about speed reading

Research conducted by the late Keith Rayner, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was cited in a story about whether is it possible for some people to speed read. Gizmodo

Computer Science to become College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS)

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has announced the establishment of a new College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst effective Sept. 1. W. Bruce Croft, Computer Science, has been named the interim dean. Daily Hampshire Gazette, Republican, News release

Brennan featured in story about the Andean black tinamou

Patricia Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, comments in a story about new video footage of the secretive black tinamou, a bird found in the foothills of the eastern Andes. Science World Report,, eScience News, Science Daily,

Center for Data Science launched to support acquisition and analysis of big data

UMass Amherst has launched a new Center for Data Science that will coordinate and significantly expand its capacity for research, education, and industry collaboration in support of the exploding demand for acquisition and analysis of big data. Andrew McCallum, Computer Science, directs the new center. In a related story MassMutual Financial Group announced it is opening an office in Amherst for research to be conducted with the new center. Boston Globe, Beta Boston, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Republican, Republican, Boston Business Journal,,,, Virtual Strategy magazine,,, News release

George Richason Jr. dies at 99 years old

We are saddened to report that George R. Richason Jr., Chemistry, has died at age 99. With his nearly 70-year career at UMass Amherst, his history is the history of the university. His many roles included professor and associate head of the chemistry department, and member of the university's Athletic Council. Retired in 1976, he stayed involved for 39 more years, including as the chief undergraduate advisor, chief scheduling officer, and major advisor. In 1991 he received an honorary Doctorate of Science from his alma mater. Douglas Funeral has information about the services.

Briseño wins Young Investigator award from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Alejandro Briseño, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been given the inaugural Young Investigator award by the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry in recognition of an early career individual’s contribution to applied research or technologies.

Sela's breast milk research featured in National Geographic

The work of David A. Sela, Food Science, examining the ingredients in breast milk, especially complex sugars called oligosaccharides, as published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, was featured in National Geographic.

Riley licenses new bacteriocin technology to ImmuCell Corp.

The ImmuCell Corp. of Portland, Maine, has announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement to license new bacteriocin technology from UMass Amherst, developed by biologist Margaret Riley and colleagues, internationally recognized researchers in antibiotics.,, Bloomberg, Reuters, News release

Three of four record-setting UMass Amherst Goldwater winners are from CNS

CNS students were three of the four winners of the 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholarship in Education. All will pursue PhDs (from left): Yekaterina Kori '16, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Samantha R. Giffin '16, Microbiology/Public Health; and Aaron P. Dunbrack '17, Astronomy/Physics. In Massachusetts only UMass Amherst and MIT had all four nominees selected.

FogKicker, Innovation Challenge winner, featured in Republican

A feature story in the Republican looked at FogKicker, a product developed by Yinyong Li and Chia-Chih Chang, both PhD candidates in polymer science and engineering who won the $25,000 top prize at the recent Innovation Challenge with their new invention. FogKicker is a coating that prevents condensation on windows and allows people to see more clearly through windshields and eyeglasses.

Goddard wins IFT's 2015 Samuel Cate Prescott Award

Julie Goddard, Food Science, has been awarded the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2015 Samuel Cate Prescott Award for “outstanding ability of research in food technology.” The award is given to outstanding young researchers under 36 years old or who earned their highest degree within the past 10 years. Goddard's expertise is in developing solutions at the intersection of food science and materials science to improve the safety, quality and sustainability of the food supply. IFT is the largest food science organization in the world, an international, non-profit professional organization for the advancement of food science and technology.

80th annual Livestock Classic featured in local press

The 80th annual Livestock Classic was held April 11 at the Hadley Farm featuring goats, sheep, horses, chickens, and cows. The event was run entirely by UMass Amherst students from the Pre-Veterinary and Animal Science Club. Among the students interviewed were Lindsay Anderson and Katherine Foley. Daily Hampshire Gazette, Stamford Advocate, Boston Herald, WSHM-TV 3

He, Goddard, Mangan, and Barros awarded $1.75 million in grants from USDA

U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., announced four U.S. Department of Agriculture grants totaling $1.75 million to CNS researchers. Lili He, Food Science, will receive grants totaling $939,000, and Julie Goddard, also in Food Science, will receive $499,977, for research on food safety. Frank Mangan and Zoraia Barros, both the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, will receive $250,000 to work with Massachusetts farmers to grow crops popular among immigrant groups. Daily Hampshire Gazette,
Republican, News release