The thriving maker movement at UMass Amherst includes Brewer, Schweik, Blair, and Gamari
An article on the “maker” movement at UMass Amherst describes how students and faculty are involved in the movement revitalizing the America tradition of invention and innovation, including Steven Brewer, Biology, Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation, and Physics graduate students Don Blair and Ben Gamari. Research Next
Hsia wins one of five inaugural Karam Scholarships
Megan Hsia '17, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is one of five inaugural recipients of James J. Karam Scholarships, named in honor of the South Coast business and civic leader, who is also a former chairman of the Board of Trustees. Hsia is the only UMass Amherst student to win the award, which is renewable for up to four years. Herald News, News release
Record number of Fulbrights includes three CNS students
Three CNS students have been awarded grants from the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Gregory de Wet, Geosciences, who will study in Norway; Eric LeFlore, Environmental Conservation, Botswana; and Clara Wool, Environmental Studies, to study in Israel. A record 14 students from UMass Amherst were awarded the prestigious grants. News release
Muneeruddin wins early-career global fellowship award from U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
Khaja Muneeruddin, Chemistry doctoral candidate, is one of three scientists to receive a $30,000 early-career global fellowship award from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Huber interviewed in a story about why people see faces in the Rosetta comet
David E. Huber, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says the reason many people see faces on objects such as the new comet being studied by the Rosetta spacecraft is because humans are wired to see faces, in a phenomenon called Pareidolia, which translates from Greek to “faulty image.” Livescience.com
Venkataraman and Lahti invent water-soluble nano-modules that will allow faster, cheaper, organic photovoltaics
Kane receives Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education
Brian Kane, Environmental Conservation, is this year’s co-recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education. ISA video, Business West, News release
Brigham-Grette named chair of National Polar Research Board
Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, has been named the new chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board (PRB) with the responsibility of promoting excellence in polar science and providing independent scientific guidance to federal agencies and the nation on science issues in the Arctic, Antarctic, and cold regions of the world. Also the head of her department, Brigham-Grette is an expert in climate evolution and sea level history in the Arctic over the last 3.6 million years and has participated in nine field expeditions there over the past three decades. She has been on the PRB board for six years; this position is a three-year renewable appointment.
Condron and Bradley received $595,922 NSF grant to research "Big Freeze" trigger of 12,000 years ago
Alan Condron and Raymond Bradley, both Geosciences, have received a three-year, $595,922 grant from the National Science Foundation to study an extremely thick, immobile area of ice that may once have covered much of the Arctic Ocean during glacial periods, providing new insights into its possible role in, and mechanisms of, abrupt climate change. News release
UMass Amherst hosts 40th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association conference
Watkins featured in Globe for patches that measure stress in soldiers
The work of James J. Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering and director, the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, was featured in the Boston Globe and on Fox 25 in a story about the development of new body sensor patches to measure stress and fatigue in soldiers. Watkins and colleagues are working in collaboration with General Electric and the U.S. Air Force under a five-year, $450,000 grant, the first awarded by the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, an industry group backed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The device they've made can print at the 50-nanometer scale—a thousand times thinner than a human hair—at a cost of less than a dollar.
Chroniak's gift to Biology department is featured in UMass Amherst magazine
The recent gift of Dr. Walter Chroniak '43 to the Biology department is featured in an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Hynes and her sustainability efforts are profiled in UMass Amherst magazine
Jacqueline Hynes '14, Environmental Science, and her sustainability efforts are profiled in an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine
Lovley, Shenoy, Thayumanavan, Weil, and Hoque featured in article about sustainability research on campus
The research of Derek Lovley, Microbiology, Prashant Shenoy, Computer Science, Thai Thayumanavan, Chemistry, and Environmental Conservation's Benjamin S. Weil and Simi Hoque, is spotlighted in an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine about campus faculty who conduct sustainability research.
CNS well-represented in story depicting campus sustainability efforts
The College of Natural Sciences is well-represented in "Green Grid," a story in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine that depicts the many sustainability efforts at UMass Amherst.
Gerber, Decker, and Grallert featured in UMass Amherst magazine article about the Real Food Challenge
John Gerber, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and director, Sustainable Food and Farming, Eric Decker '89 PhD, Food Science, and animal science major Lila Grallert '14 were all featured an article in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine about how chicken helped campus adopt the Real Food Challenge.
Santangelo, Evans, and Hayward receive international coverage for their origami robot that builds itself and performs tasks
Sustainable UMass featured in UMass Amherst magazine
Sustainable UMass is described and celebrated through a lengthy package of stories in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Herbert interviewed for story about food sanctions imposed by the Russian government
Stephen J. Herbert, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, commented in a video story about the possible impact of sanctions on food imposed by the Russian government. Associated Press
CASA radar unit to report weather data is featured in UMass Amherst magazine
The CASA radar unit to report weather data, which UMass Amherst collaborates on with others, is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Whitbourne's research showing older adults play video games more than younger people is featured in UMass Amherst magazine
Research by Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, showing that older adults play video games more than younger people is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Wise revives theory of the moon's origins; is featured in UMass Amherst magazine
An earlier theory of the origin of the moon, as suggested by Donald Wise, Geosciences professor emeritus, is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Meyer's research on hair cortisol concentration as animal stress biomarker is featured in UMass Amherst magazine
The research of Jerrold Meyer, Psychological and Brain Sciences (retired), on hair cortisol concentration as a stress biomarker in polar bears is featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
Danylchuk's documentaries about fish farming are profiled in UMass Amherst magazine
Andy Danylchuk, Environmental Conservation, and the two documentaries he created to spread the word about sustainable aquaculture, Fish Meat and Raising Shrimp, are featured in the summer issue of UMass Amherst magazine.
New scholarship for Environmental Conservation reported in UMass Amherst magazine summer issue
The Newbelle Scholarship for Environmental Conservation has been established by Patricia "Trish" Ryan '67, who spent her career in environmental health, as reported in UMass Amherst magazine.