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Thayumanavan lead PI on $6.25M grant to develop molecular signals

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a grant expected to total $6.25 million over five years to a research team led by Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan, Chemistry, to develop new algorithms and identify pathways involved in a molecular detection and signaling process. Additional research team members include physicists Jenny Ross and Anthony Dinsmore, and three others from the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, San Diego.

Joseph Elkinton says it's likely that New England will see an overall increase in the number of winter moths

Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says there is likely going to be an overall increase in the number of winter moths that are showing up in parts of New England this year. Elkinton has been trying to control the winter moths by releasing a type of fly that eats them. He says at a release site in Wellesley the number of winters moths appears to be down so far this year. Better results will be available later this winter, Elkinton says in the Boston Globe.

Andrew Whiteley co-author on Brook Trout Study that identifies top climate change pressure factor

Andrew Whiteley, Environmental Conservation, and postdoctoral researcher Jason Coombs, along with the Forest Service and USGS scientists, have tracked more than 15,000 brook trout for a 15-year study that should help nonprofit watershed conservation groups and state and federal wildlife managers identify, prioritize and protect habitat at sites most likely to have fish in the future. News Office Release

Petersen STEM Mentoring Award featured in Report on Research

Sandra Petersen, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was featured in the annual Report on Research for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama.

The new Design Building is featured in Report on Research

The new Design Building, was featured in the annual Report on Research; the article included interviews with Peggi Clouston and Alex Schreyer, Building and Construction Technology in Environmental Science.

Riley's targeted bacteriocin research is featured in Report on Research

The targeted bacteriocin research of Margaret Riley, Biology, was featured in the annual Report on Research. Sandra Roy '09 and Veterinary and Animal Sciences doctoral candidate was also featured.

Armstrong Fund winners Yun, Hardy, and Ross are featured in Report on Research

The Armstrong Fund including the present CNS awardee Jun Yun, Chemistry, and past winners Jeanne Hardy, Chemistry, and Jenny Ross, Physics, was featured in the annual Report on Research. In addition, an image from Hardy's lab was featured on the back cover.

Rotello and Le nanoparticle sensor system featured in Report on Research

The nanoparticle sensor system invented by Vincent Rotello and doctoral candidate Le Ngoc, both Chemistry, was reported in the annual Report on Research.

Research of Pocar, Cadonati, and Otis on the Borexino experiment featured in Report on Research

The research of Andrea Pocar and Laura Cadonati, and doctoral student Keith Otis, all Physics, on the Borexino experiment was reported in the annual Report on Research.

CAREER awards to Kittilstved, Oblomkov, Starns featured in Report on Research

The 2014-2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards to CNS faculty Kevin R. Kittilstved, Chemistry, Alexei Oblomkov, Mathematics and Statistics, and Jeffrey Starns, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was reported in the annual Report on Research.

USDA grants to He, Goddard, Mangan, and Barros featured in Report on Research

The award of four U.S. Department of Agriculture grants totaling $1.75 million to CNS researchers Lili He and Julie Goddard, both in Food Science, and Frank Mangan and Zoraia Barros, both in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was reported in the annual Report on Research.

LMT featured in Report on Research

The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) was featured in the annual Report on Research.

Faculty start-ups, licenses, and patents featured in Report on Research

Faculty start-up companies, licenses, and patents including many by CNS faculty were reported in the annual Report on Research.

Whitbourne interviewed and Feldman cited in article on politicians lying

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for an article on Observer.com about why politicians lie and why many voters forgive them. Research on lying by Robert Feldman, also Psychological and Brain Sciences, was also cited.

Kim, Waters, and Wang identify a key molecule in nitrogen-fixing bacteria

Molecular biologists who study nitrogen-fixing bacteria in plants have discovered a “double agent” peptide in an alfalfa that may hold promise for improving crop yields without increasing fertilizer use. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lead author and postdoctoral researcher Minsoo Kim, former undergraduate student Chris Waters, and Dong Wang, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department, with colleagues at the Noble Foundation in Oklahoma, have reported that alfalfa appears to use an advanced process for putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria, rhizobia, to work more effectively after they are recruited from soil to fix nitrogen in special nodules on plant roots. News release

Staudinger and Morelli report from NECSC noted in UMass Amherst magazine

A report from the Northeast Climate Science Center, written by Michelle Staudinger '10 PhD and Toni Lynn Morelli, both Environmental Science and ecologists with the US Geological Survey, was featured in the Research Notebook section of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Pantazis won DARPA's Chikungunya Virus Challenge, as featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Ionnis Pantazis, postdoctoral researcher, Mathematics and Statistics, who entered the Chikungunya Virus Challenge and won $50,000 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was featured in the Research Notebook section of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Wrapping of ultrathin sheets by Menon, Démery, Davidovitch, Santangelo, Paulsen, and Russell was featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Narayanan Menon, Vincent Démery, Benjamin Davidovitch and Christian Santangelo, all in Physics, postdoctoral researcher Joseph Paulsen, Physics, and Thomas Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering, have teamed up to use much thinner sheets than before to achieve a wrapping process that encapsulate droplets of one fluid within another, as featured in the Research Notebook section of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Anika and IALS collaboration featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The collaboration between Anika Therapeutics, Inc., of Bedford, Mass., and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) to develop a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis was featured in the Research Notebook section of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine. Sankaran (Thai) Thayumanavan, Chemistry, and Lisa M. Minter, Veterinary and Animal Aciences, are lead researchers.

Santangelo research on curved creases for improved snapping motion featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The research of Christian Santangelo, Physics, that uses curved creases to given thin curved shells a fast, programmable snapping motion was featured in the Research Notebook section of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

The university's bee research featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The history and latest research of UMass Amherst faculty, students, and alumni bee experts was the cover story of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine. Included were Lynn Adler, Biology; John Burand, Microbiology; and Joan Milman, Anne Averill, and Susannah Lerman, all Environmental Conservation.

CAFE and NECSC among the coalition behind the new Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool

A coalition including the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment and the Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass Amherst has launched the Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool, a new online tool for use by local decision-makers, conservation managers, land trusts, regional planners, landowners, and community leaders who are interested in taking action in response to climate change. Users can access information on climate change impacts and the vulnerabilities of various fish and wildlife species and their habitats. The tool, which can expand as new information becomes available and partners join, also allows users to explore adaptation strategies and actions to help maintain healthy, resilient natural communities in the face of climate change. News release

Newberg awarded CRF travel award

Amy Newberg, Psychological and Brain Sciences doctoral candidate working with Paula Pietromonaco has received a travel award from the Center for Research on Families so that she may present her work “My Way or the Highway: Attachment as a Predictor of Relationship Influence,” at the 17th annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in San Diego.

DeMoranville profiled in Boston Globe

Carolyn DeMoranville, director of the Cranberry Experiment Station in Wareham, Mass., was profiled in The Boston Globe.

Baldwin on expert panel updating report on Brucellosis in Yellowstone

Cynthia Baldwin, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, this year is serving on an expert panel to update the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s 1998 report, “Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area.” This highly contagious disease of cattle and wild ungulates such as bison, elk, and deer causes late-term abortion or premature calving. Baldwin and her committee colleagues are comprehensively reviewing and evaluating the available scientific literature and other information about the prevalence and spread of Brucella abortus in the area in wild and domestic animals and examining the feasibility, required time and cost-effectiveness of options to contain or suppress the disease. News release