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Buckley named director of Mass. Fisheries and Wildlife

Alumnus Jack Buckley has been named the new director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He is also a former project leader at the Massachusetts Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UMass Amherst that studies the endangered shortnose sturgeon. The Outdoor Wire

Siervert to lead team developing ultrasonic whistle to deter bats from wind turbines

A team of researchers at UMass Amherst and Texas A&M University is developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. Paul R. Sievert, Environmental Conservation, will direct the UMass Amherst project. His CNS colleagues include Elizabeth Dumont, Biology, and Zara Dowling, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate and part of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and a $62,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Republican, WFCR, Daily Hampshire Gazette, WNPR, Boston Herald, Washington Times, San Antonio Express-News, Fox 25, The Day, WPRI-TV, Hydrogen Fuel News, Wind Systems, news release

Rawlins interviewed on WBZ News Radio about El Niño's possible impact on N.E. weather

Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center, was interviewed on WBZ News Radio 1030 about the strengthening El Niño weather system in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Central and South America, which he says could impact on new England's weather next winter.

Allyn featured in article about 2015 Summer Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey

A feature story notes that Andrew J. Allyn, an Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate, is taking part in the 2015 Summer Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey. He says although much is still unknown about the coastal waters off Maine, the survey hopes to learn more about the waters that are up to 15 miles from the shore and up to 200 feet deep. Boothbay Register

Pocar listed as one of 9 scientists who are changing the way we view space

Andrea P. Pocar, Physics, is listed as one of “9 scientists who are changing the way we view space.” He is cited for his work tracking neutrinos that shows that the sun creates energy by using fusing protons. Business Insider

Whitbourne says depressed people are not more inclined toward violence, in Republican interview

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed in a Republican story about reports that the man who killed five service members in Tennessee suffered from depression. She said that depressed people don’t “commit acts of violence” and that idea that “depression or mental illness leads to violent acts is generally not true.”

USA Today lists natural resources conservation at UMass Amherst as one of five majors for environmentally minded students

A feature story in USA Today about five majors for environmentally minded students lists UMass Amherst's major in natural resources conservation as a good way to prepare for careers in environmental consulting or planning, forest, park management, and environmental law.

Whitbourne featured on Real Simple's "I Want to Like You" podcast about know-it-alls

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for "I Want to Like You," a blog produced by Real Simple, about how to deal with know-it-alls.

Weaver, Danylchuk, Goddard, Nugen, Vogel, Woodruff, Oblomkov, Kim, Briseno, and Minter awarded tenure

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has approved tenure for the following faculty in the College of Natural Sciences: Gabriela Weaver, Chemistry; Andy J. Danylchuk, Environmental Conservation; Julie Goddard and Sam Nugen, Food Science; Eve Vogel and Jonathan Woodruff, Geosciences; Alexi Oblomkov and DaeYoung Kim, Mathematics and Statistics; Alejandro L. Briseno, Polymer Science and Engineering; and Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. A hearty and warm congratulations to all on this momentous occasion.

USDA grant to allow Kinchla team to work with small farms and growers on food safety

Researchers led by Amanda Kinchla, Food Science, will work with small farms and growers on food safety, through the support of a recent award of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) five-year, $241,000 grant. The award comes through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grant Program. Quality Assurance magazine, news release

Moorman PNAS study clarifies prefrontal neurons’ roles in flexible behavior

Results of a new study by David E. Moorman, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and colleagues suggest that adjusting behavior based on previous events involves an unexpected mix of neurons working together in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.,, Science Daily, news release

Fish and wildlife report by Staudinger, Morelli, and Bryan supported by Gazette and Amherst Bulletin editorials

Editorials in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin, says a recent report written by Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, and postdoctoral fellow Alexander Bryan, all in Environmental Conservation, updating 10-year state wildlife action plans of 22 state agencies, shows that climate change is a bigger concern than ever before. news release

Kelly interviewed on WFCR about her new blog about the biology of sex and reproduction

Diane Kelly, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed by WFCR about the new blog “Throb” she is hosting on Gizmodo about the biology of sex and reproduction.

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