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Danylchuk and Hatch win 2014 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Andrew John Danylchuk (left), Environmental Conservation, and Heath Hatch, Physics, have been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. The university's highest teaching accolade, the award includes a $3,500 honorarium. Nominations are completely student driven—only students or former students may submit them—and faculty members may only win once. The award was established in 1961.

Overtree gives parenting workshop at Minnechaug Regional High School

Christopher Overtree, Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of Psychological Services, told a group parents at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Mass., that they have to empathize with their children before they can help them solve problems. The Republican

UMass Amherst scientists collaborating to study how fish move in Virgin Island reefs

Scientists from UMass Amherst are working with the National Park Service and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of the Virgin Islands, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to study of how fish move in reefs of the Virgin Islands. Virgin Island Daily News

Whitbourne interviewed by NBC about the World Cup

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about the World Cup by NBC News.

Scientific American describes delivery and set-up of LMT atomic clock

The delivery and set-up of an atomic clock at the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) in Mexico was described in a Scientific American blog, which also mentioned Gopal Narayanan, Astronomy. Scientific American

New UMass Amherst endowed professorship honors food science pioneer Fergus Clydesdale

The Food Science department recently completed a five-year, $1.8 million fundraising campaign to establish the Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Professorship in Food Science, honoring one of the campus’s most influential scholars. Clydesdale, a Distinguished Professor and founder/director of the UMass Amherst Food Science Policy Alliance, is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in food science. He was among the first to integrate food science, nutrition, and public policy. Clydesdale ran the Food Science department—ranked among the top three university food science departments in the country for research at the time of his retirement—for two decades.

Cashman featured in Globe story about Mass. high schoolers who go to community colleges and transfer to a four-year program

Miranda Cashman, entering Geology undergraduate, is featured in a Boston Globe story about students who choose public over private colleges and who go to community college for two years and then transfer to a four-year program. Boston Globe

UMass Amherst to Receive Second Nature 2014 Climate Leadership Award

UMass Amherst has been selected to receive a 2014 Climate Leadership Award by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, and presented annually to the signatory institutions of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The nomination was based in part on the climate-related research at UMass Amherst, and its efforts to infuse sustainability across the curriculum and foster sustainability in the community.

Nugen receives $500,000 grant from USDA to improve food safety

Sam Nugen, Food Science, has received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve food safety. Nugen has designed new techniques with Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, both Food Science, and Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, that should help food manufacturers avoid costly waiting for safety tests before products can be sold.,, Nanowerk, Food Engineering,,, Republican, News release

UMass Amherst named state champion in the 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Recognition Program

UMass Amherst has been named state champion in the 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Recognition Program. The award, given by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), honors one institutional energy customer from each state in the Northeast for its commitment to sustainable innovation and for contributions in keeping the region a national leader in accelerating energy efficiency. Republican, News release

Croft wins IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award

W. Bruce Croft, Computer Science, has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. He was one of 13 scientists given the award.,

Bezanilla's research on how cells grow in moss featured on

Magdalena Bezanilla, Biology, looks at how cells grow in moss as a way to understand the general process of cell growth, as featured on

Russell given honorary doctorate from the Université​ catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Thomas Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering, has received an honorary doctorate from the Université​ catholique de Louvain in Belgium. News release

UMass Amherst joint project reveals new image of stars beginning to form in the Serpens Cloud Core

A joint venture between UMass Amherst, the California Institute of Technology, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has resulted in a new image of stars beginning to form in the Serpens Cloud Core; the image has been released by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) project. Space Fellowship

Vinthagen named inaugural holder of endowed chair in the study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance

Stellan Vinthagen, an internationally known Swedish peace activist and educator in conflict transformation and civil disobedience, has been named the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in the study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance. Vinthagen will also become an integral member of the university’s Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and lead the program’s expansion to address issues of nonviolent action and civil resistance. A $2.8 million endowment from an anonymous family committed to social justice will fund the position and related activities, and support scientific research that can provide guidance to those who seek to improve their societies through nonviolence.

Bernecker receives National Research Service Award from NIMH

Samantha Bernecker, doctoral candidate, Psychology, has been selected for a two-year, $54,826 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her dissertation work titled “Crowdsourcing Mental Health with a Web-Based Peer-Delivered Intervention.” News release

Hu and Albertson find mutation of a single gene can change feeding strategies, not just shape of skull and jaw

Yinan Hu, doctoral candidate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Craig Albertson, Biology, have found that a mutation in a single gene during development of cichlid fish not only changes the shape of the fish’s skull and jaw, but can also cause differences in feeding strategies to exploit different ecological niches, as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. MedIndia, Science Newsline, Science Codex, Astrobiology magazine, News release

Crosby and Irschick interviewed in story about Geckskin

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, are featured in a story about Geckskin, the reusable adhesive they've created., HuffPost,,, News release

Mohn and Miller discuss ticks and tick-borne illnesses on Connecting Point

William Mohn, Microbiology, and Lora Miller, Environmental Conservation, undergraduates who work at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, run by Stephen Rich, Microbiology, discuss their work on ticks and tick-borne illnesses on Connecting Point, WGBY-TV. WGBY-TV

Staudinger's research on the feeding ecologies of sperm whales is featured

Michelle Staudinger, Environmental Conservation, and colleagues offer a better understanding of the feeding ecologies of two very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast U.S. coast, as reported in Research Next. Research Next

Winners of the 2014 CNS Faculty and Staff Awards are celebrated

Congratulations to the 2014 CNS Faculty and Staff Award winners! Feted at a reception that included colleagues, family, and introductions from department and school heads and chairs, the honorees are: Ramesh K. Sitaraman, Computer Science, and Elsbeth L. Walker, Biology (Outstanding Teacher); Duncan J. Irschick, Biology (Outstanding Research); Elizabeth R. Dumont, Biology (Outstanding Service/Outreach); Bruce E. Byers, Biology (Outstanding Advisor); and Ann E. Adams Cairl, Physics, and Kelley Strickland, Microbiology (Outstanding Staff).

Watkins profiled in article about nanotech manufacturing and the assembly line of the future

James Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering, and director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, is profiled discussing nanotech manufacturing and the assembly line of the future. World Industrial Reporter

Watkins and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing subject of NSF video

James Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering, and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), were featured in a video created by the NSF that showcases how the center brings nanotechnology to industrial-scale manufacturing through a process called hierarchical manufacturing. National Science Foundation, News release

Spencer comments at length on new study linking sleep apnea to hearing loss

Rebecca Spencer, Psychology, commented at length on a new study that indicates sleep apnea may be linked to hearing loss., U.S. News & World Report, Newsday, HealthDay

Elkinton's work releasing parasitic insects to combat winter moth caterpillars is reported

Joseph Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, is leading a team of researchers who are releasing parasitic insects to combat winter moth caterpillars that have been destroying trees in New England, as reported in the Boston Globe and WJAR-TV Providence, R.I. WJAR-TV Providence, Boston Globe, East Providence Patch, News release