Geckskin, Irschick, and Crosby featured in article examining video game's real-world foundations for futuristic weaponry
Geckskin technology and its developers, Duncan Irschick, Biology, and Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, are featured in an article examining the real-world foundations for futuristic weaponry used in the new video game. Business Insider
Scott, Hadley, and Pickron find that naming things between 6 and 9 months lays learning foundation for babies
Fletcher, Harper, and Markowitz awarded Civic Engagement fellowships
Lena Fletcher, Rick Harper, and Ezra Markowitz, all Environmental Conservation, were selected for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Faculty fellowships for 2015, which provide faculty with a forum and support to incorporate service-learning into their courses and help students make significant contributions to the larger community. Environmental Conservation News
Research by Pocar, Cadonati, and Otis named one of "Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2014" by Physics World
Research by Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis, all Physics, and colleagues on the Borexino experiment who reported in Nature this year that they had accomplished the first detection of neutrinos from the main nuclear reaction powering the sun has been named one of the “Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2014” by Physics World magazine.
Bhowmik awarded Crop and Weed Science Society of India's Life Time Award
Prasanta C. Bhowmik, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, received the Crop and Weed Science Society of India's Life Time Award. Bhowmik was recognized for his outstanding contributions to weed science. His research focuses on allopathic plants, invasive weeds, interactions of allelochemicals and soil environment. As author or co-author of numerous refereed articles with extensive citations, he has been a leader of weed science research for the last three decades. Bhowmik also delivered the keynote address at an international seminar on “Integrating Agriculture and Allied Research: Prioritizing Future Potentials for Secure Livelihoods” held during the conference.
Vittum receives 2015 USGA Green Section Award from USGA
Patricia J. Vittum, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and interim director, Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, has received the 2015 USGA Green Section Award from the United States Golf Association (USGA). This award recognizes an individual’s distinguished service to the game of golf through his or her work with turf grass. Vittum has conducted significant research on the biology and management of turf grass insects and the effectiveness of biological-control methods. A recognized industry leader, she is a widely sought-after resource for practical information about turf grass pests.
Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman and Jeffrey D. Blaustein, both from Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Derek R. Lovley, Microbiology, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its application.
Governor-elect Baker tours LSL and ISB; meets with Reinhart, Watkins, and iCons students
Governor-elect Charlie Baker visited UMass Amherst and toured the Life Science Laboratories and Integrated Science Building on Dec. 3. He also met with Peter H. Reinhart, director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, and James J. Watkins, director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, as well as students from the Integrated Concentration in Science program, as covered in the Boston Globe, the Republican, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Arcaro and Sela collaborating with Sturgeon on possible early warning blood test for breast cancer
Kathleen Arcaro, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and David Sela, Food Science, are part of a team led by Susan Sturgeon, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, that has received a two-year, $760,462 National Cancer Institute award to validate a new method for early identification of breast cancer-related changes that could help to identify women at higher risk and lead to new prevention strategies. Healthcanal.com, news release
Kilham profiled in Boston magazine about his worldwide search for natural remedies
Chris Kilham, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was profiled in Boston magazine about his travels around the world looking for herbal and natural remedies.
Burrell interviewed by New York Times and Guardian about preserved brains missing at UT Austin
Brian D. Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, and author of the book, Postcards From the Brain Museum: The Improbable Search for Meaning in the Matter of Famous Minds, was interviewed for articles in publications including the New York Times and The Guardian about the case of around 100 human brains, preserved in formaldehyde in jars at the University of Texas at Austin, that were reported missing. Burrell says collecting brains for study began in the mid-1800s when it became possible to preserve them. National Monitor
Lutcavage develops new approach to determine age of bluefin tuna maturity
"Thai" Thayumanavan chosen to give Distinguished Faculty Lecture, receive Chancellor's Medal
S. "Thai" Thayumanavan, Chemistry, has been chosen to deliver the first in the 2014-15 Distinguished Faculty Lecture series and be presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest recognition given for service to the campus. Thayumanavan has pioneered the development of polymeric nanogels designed specifically to target delivery of a drug to given molecule. Winner of several major awards in recognition of his fundamental contributions to chemistry, he also co-founded the Massachusetts Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology (MassCREST), and has been an active leader in the Center for Bioactive Delivery as part of the Mass Life Science initiatives.
Rosset, Eicholtz, and Golden win top honors at TCI Expo
Environmental Science and Stockbridge School of Agriculture students ranked in the 2014 Tree Care Industry (TCI) Expo student competition. Julianne Rosset, Environmental Science doctoral candidate, won Best Oral Presentation. Nicolette Eicholtz, Stockbridge School, won first place for the Work Climb, Safety Gear Check, and overall first place in the women’s division. Robert Golden, Stockbridge School, won first place in the Safety Gear Check, mens division. 2014 TCI Scores
Burrell interviewed on Connecting Point about new book
Brian David Burrell, Mathematics and Statistics, and coauthor Allan Ropper discussed their book, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease, on WGBY's "Connecting Point."
"Academic Minute" features Crosby on Geckskin
Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, talked about how he and Duncan Irschick, Biology, with their graduate students, invented Geckskin, the super-strong new adhesive that is modeled on gecko feet on "The Academic Minute" on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Inside Higher Ed
Woodruff tells Accuweather he has uncovered evidence that kamikazes saved Japan from invading Mongols
Jonathan D. Woodruff, Geosciences, says he has uncovered evidence that powerful ancient kamikazes, typhoon-strength winds that saved Japan from invading Mongol fleets in the 13th century, actually happened. Accuweather.com
Monosson's "Unnatural Selection" reviewed by Hampshire Life
The book Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene by Emily Monosson, Environmental Conservation, about the potential rapid evolution of bacteria and harmful plants and how they can affect humans, was reviewed by Hampshire Life.
Klekowski's 1973 article honored by American Journal of Botany
A 1973 article by Edward Klekowski, Biology professor emeritus, was chosen by the American Journal of Botany to be honored among a handful of seminal papers that have led to substantial advances in various fields of botany over the past century, as part of the journal's 100th anniversary celebration. News release
Lovly, Tuominen, and Tuominen featured in Research Next about their research showing that Geobacter produces microbial nanowires
The claim by Derek Lovley, Microbiology, Mark Tuominen, Physics, Nikhil S. Tuominen, Physics Postdoctoral Fellow, and Sibel Ebru Yalcin, Physics PhD '10 that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say a new collaborative study provides stronger evidence than ever to support their claims, as published in Research Next.
Cox-Fernandes featured on WAMC's "Academic Minute"
Cristina Cox-Fernandes, Biology, was featured on WAMC’s nationally syndicated science series, “The Academic Minute," discussing how she and colleagues discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish in tributaries of Brazil’s Negro River. WAMC, Inside Higher Ed, News release