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Riley gives TEDx talk about new antimicrobial drug platform

Margaret Riley, Biology, delivered a TEDx talk about a new antimicrobial drug platform.

Eureka! program featured in Republican

The Eureka! program that serves teenaged girls from the Springfield and Holyoke area about STEM subjects and is cohosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Girls Inc. of Holyoke was the subject of a feature story in the Republican.

Deconto finds that sea levels rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods

Robert M. Deconto, Geosciences, and colleagues have reviewed the various methods used to reconstruct the relationship between past sea-level rise and climate change and find that we are on the verge of understanding how quickly the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets may respond to warming, and what the rates of sea-level change might be, as published in Science. Supercomputing Online News, News release

Rotello uses peppermint and cinnamon compounds to kill bacteria

A team of scientists including Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, has found a way to package antimicrobial compounds from peppermint and cinnamon in tiny capsules that can kill bacteria on chronic wounds and actively promote healing. The new material can be used as a topical antibacterial treatment and disinfectant,as published in ACS Nano., Yahoo News India, Microfinance Monitor, Business Standard, Digital Journal, Healio News

Burrell book reviewed by New York Times

The book “Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole,” co-authored by Brian D. Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, was reviewed by the New York Times.

Kittilstved wins NSF CAREER award to study quantum dot analogs

Kevin R. Kittilstved, Chemistry, has won a five-year, $650,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to research the chemistry that takes place on the surfaces of semiconductors with nanometer-scale dimensions. These semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum dots, have absorption and emission properties that make them useful for lighting and display technologies and are starting to be used in digital screens. Kittilstved has partnered with the state’s STEM Starter Academy at Springfield Technical Community College to bring students from there to campus to live and work on the project next summer.

Whitbourne featured in Glamour and

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for two stories. She outlined five paths that people can take after age 50, concluding that living a satisfying life requires hard work in She also gave advice on how to re-enter work after a vacation in Glamour.

Dasgupta member of NSF INCLUDES, new initiative to increase STEM participation

As a member of the National Science Foundation's Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for Diversity in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES), Nilanjana "Buju" Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences (left), summarized the first planning meeting's discussions and breakout sessions for France Cordova (right), the new director of the NSF and founder of the new initiative. NSF INCLUDES is a multi-year comprehensive national initiative to catalyze improvement in the preparation, participation, advancement, and potential contributions of those who have been traditionally underserved in the STEM fields.

Harper interviewed by Brockton Enterprise about this year's abundance of gypsy moths

Rick Harper, Environmental Conservation, was interviewed by the Brockton Enterprise about the factors believed to have contributed to an abundance of gypsy moths this year in Massachusetts.

Rotello finds green nanocapsules kill bacterial biofilms

A research team headed by Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, has found that nanocapsules with cores containing natural ingredients can be used to destroy bacterial biofilms without harming mammalian cells, as published in ACS Nano.

Staudinger, Morelli, and Bryanat report on ecological vulnerability for states updating wildlife action plans

Scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) including Michelle D. Staudinger and Toni Lyn Morelli, both Environmental Conservation, and with the U.S. Geological Survey, along with NECSC postdoctoral fellow Alexander Bryan, have released a report synthesizing the latest information on ecological vulnerability and species. This is in response to the concerns of state fish and wildlife agencies across the Northeast and Midwest, which are updating their 10-year state wildlife action plans. Red Lake Nation News, Sensors & Systems, Republican, WFCR, Daily Hampshire Gazette, News release

Obama honors Petersen for mentoring STEM students

In a White House ceremony on June 17, President Barack Obama saluted professor Sandra Petersen, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. In addition to being personally honored by the president, the recipients, 15 individuals and one organization, received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. Republican, News release

Feldman study featured in article about the 11 signs of lying

A 2002 study by Robert S. Feldman, deputy chancellor and Psychological and Brain Sciences, that found that 60 percent of people lied during a 10-minute conversation, was featured in an article about the 11 signs of lying. Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle,

Whitbourne featured in IBT story about why people believe in UFOs

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is quoted extensively in an article about why people believe in UFOs. International Business Times

Norepinephrine has unexpected affect on auditory processing, report Ikeda and Remage-Healey

Maaya Ikeda, doctoral candidate, and her advisor, neuroscientist Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences, reported finding that the neuromodulator norepinephrine has an unexpected, direct action on auditory processing of complex signals, specifically bird songs in the zebra finch, giving insight into treatments of disorders such as schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism, as published in the Journal of Neuroscience.,, News release

McDonald featured in film segment about 2015 hurricane season

Geosciences visiting scholar Dana McDonald was featured in a film segment about the 2015 hurricane season on NECN, starting at 4:10 of the clip.

Agricultural Field Day featured research presentations at Crop and Animal Research Center

Faculty and graduate students offered presentations on a variety of research topics including growing malt barley, cover crops in potato production, hardwood biochar in agricultural soils, effects of bee disease on hedgerow plantings, dual-purpose cover crops, and much more at the UMass Crop and Animal Research Center in South Deerfield on June 24. The 358-acre agronomy and vegetable farm conducts research on vegetable crops, agronomic and bioenergy crops, organic agriculture and pasture. WWLP-TV 22, News release

Hazen and Harrington receive two grants to develop crop biotechnology venture

Samuel Hazen and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Michael J. Harrington, both in Biology, have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The NSF Innovation Corp program award of $50,000 is designed to extend the basic laboratory research to entrepreneurial ventures. The MassCEC provided a $40,000 catalyst award to test what they have learned in their laboratory model, the small grass Brachypodium distachyon, in energy crop species. Boston Business Journal

Audubon features Ralston's boreal bird count research

The recent research of Joel Ralston, Environmental Conservation, that combined data from several local point counts to offer a new picture of how birds in hard-to-reach habitats are faring was featured on Their research was published in Biological Conservation. News release

Whitbourne featured in article about emotions as portrayed in "Inside Out"

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about emotions in an article about the new animated movie Inside Out where the emotions of an 11-year-old girl are personified into characters. Fusion

Lau and Chien report that CpdR helps regulate selective protein destruction in bacteria at specific times

Joanne Lau, a microbiology doctoral student, and her advisor, Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have reported how two molecular pathways, protein degradation and phosphorylation, work together to ensure normal bacterial growth, as published in Molecular Cell. The finding, that a protein called CpdR is specifically phosphorylated at different times in the cell cycle, points the way toward the development of new antibiotics., Science Newsline,, Infection Control Today, R&D magazine, News release

Appreciation of the late Troll's contributions to turf grass research published by the Republican

Joseph Troll, professor of turf management at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture for 40 years and well-known pioneer in turf grass research, died on June 14. The Republican published an appreciate of his many contributions. Our sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues. News release

Rich interviewed about tick research by Barnstable Patriot

Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology and director, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, was interviewed about his research on tick-borne diseases by the Barnstable Patriot.

McMillan named director of administrative services

Maura McMillan has been named director of administrative services at CNS, effective July 1, 2015. She replaces Ceil Thompson, who retired on May 16. McMillan has spent most of her career working for the Commonwealth, most recently as budget director for financial analysis at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She has also worked for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. She holds an MPA from Ohio State University and a BA from Syracuse University.

Bradley is subject of WAMC story about Pope Francis' global warming warning

Raymond S. Bradley, Geosciences, and director, the Climate System Research Center, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about Pope Francis addressing global warming as a moral and ethical issue. Voice of America