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King finds that wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated

David King, Environmental Conservation, and colleagues have found that songbird species shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both. Previous studies of potential climate change impacts on wildlife that looked only at one factor have likely underestimated the effects of environmental warming, therefore. Their research appeared in Global Ecology and Biogeography. TerraDaily,, News release

Figueroa interviewed about the Children’s Garden Project on Mass Appeal, WWLP-TV 22

Leigh-Ellen Figueroa, Stockbridge School of Agriculture undergraduate, was a guest on the local television program Mass Appeal discussing her involvement in the Children’s Garden Project. WWLP-TV 22

iCons launches new digital showcase of student research

The theses of seniors in the iCons program are now on display in a new digital showcase, an interactive gallery that features students explaining their original research in videos they produced. iCons, a unique, four-year integrated science program featuring multi-disciplinary team-based learning on current societal problems, began in fall 2010. These students are the first cohort and their showcase comprises a dynamic archive of their accomplishments.

Lutcavage featured on National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna"

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, was featured on National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna." Department announcement

Permaculture efforts on campus featured in Daily Meal

The permaculture efforts at UMass Amherst were profiled in a roundup of case studies describing how communities around the world are re-imagining how to live and eat to promote self-sufficiency. The Daily Meal

Lutcavage and Dodge turtle migration studies profiled in Boston Globe

The research of Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, and the Large Pelagics Research Center, and her advisee, Kara Dodge, focusing on first-of-its-kind satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles, was profiled in the Boston Globe. News release

Fifty-year-old School of Computer Science profiled in UMass Amherst magazine

The School of Computer Science, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the subject of a lengthy feature in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

The newly opened LMT is profiled in UMass Amherst magazine

A profile of the new Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), the world's biggest millimeter-wave telescope ever built, was the subject of a feature in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Cui, Russell, and Emerick's research generating and stabilizing liquids in prescribed shapes featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Mengmeng Cui '12 PhD, working with Thomas Russell and Todd Emerick, all Polymer Science and Engineering, discovered how to generate and stabilize liquids in a prescribed shape; the research was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Farr's research into predictors of children's behavior problems featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by Rachel H. Farr, Psychology, showing that how parents get along with each other and support each other's parenting is linked to fewer behavior problems among adopted children and more important than their sexual orientation was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Visconti's research advancing the understanding of sperm capacitation featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The research of Pablo Visconti, Veterinary and Animal Science, which advances the understanding of sperm capacitation, was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Spencer's research showing naps help preschoolers learn is featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Psychology professor Rebecca Spencer's research showing that preschoolers learn better when they nap was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Berger's algorithm that is used by Mavericks featured in UMass Amherst alumni magazine

Emery Berger, Computer Science, and his algorithm that is used by Mavericks, the latest Apple operating system was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Chien's misfolding protein research featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, showing that stressful conditions causes proteins to be bent or misfolded was featured in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

The new Life Science Laboratories featured in UMass Amherst magazine spring issue

The new Life Science Laboratories were featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine. Alumni magazine

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology provides free tick testing service to 32 Mass. towns

Residents of 32 Massachusetts towns have an opportunity to receive free, expert identification of ticks and the disease-causing pathogens they carry from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed by Stephen Rich, Microbiology. The free testing program is supported by the governor’s Community Innovation Challenge grant. Daily Hampshire Gazette, News release

Brennan quoted in Globe story about Republicans who want to cut social sciences funding

Patricia Brennan, Biology, was quoted in a Boston Globe story about Congressional Republicans who want to cut back on funding for social sciences as saying that federal funding for research that doesn’t have obvious real-world applications is easy to criticize and target. Boston Globe

Whitbourne tells Huffpost Live why some women lose self-esteem when friends post selfies

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychology, was interviewed on Huffpost Live about why social media can lead some women to lose self-esteem when they see their friends posting flattering photos and personal items. Huffpost Live

Center for Agriculture renamed Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The Center for Agriculture at CNS is now the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, which partners with 16 departments across four schools and colleges to sponsor research, fund Extension faculty, and create outreach educational programs, services, and resources.

Organ honored for distinguished service by Wildlife Management Institute

John Organ, Environmental Conservation, and division chief of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, received the Wildlife Management Institute’s 2014 George Bird Grinnell Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation. News release

Kittilstved named Emerging Investigator by chemistry journal

Kevin Kittilstved, Chemistry, has been named an Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A of the Royal Society of Chemistry. News release

Brigham-Grette and Goldner teach Brookline eighth graders the science behind climatology

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, and former graduate student and now teacher Mark Goldner taught eighth graders at the Heath School in Brookline, Mass., about the science behind climatology through a sediment core from the bottom of Lake El’gygytgyn in Siberia they had recovered. Goldner also helped his students produce climate proxy podcasts. Science Gold podcasts, Wicked Local Brookline

UMass Amherst joins partnership with Association for Women in Science

UMass Amherst has joined the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) as an institutional partner. The partnership with AWIS, the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in the STEM fields, is housed within the STEM Diversity Institute, directed by Sandra Petersen, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. News release

Goddard receives four-year, $489,100 grant from Department of Agriculture’s NIFA; will collaborate with Rotello

Julie Goddard, Food Science, has received a four-year, $489,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of making value-added agricultural products. She will collaborate with Vince Rotello, Chemistry, in a new approach they hope will move the industry forward with natural, re-usable enzymes for processing raw materials into naturally derived food additives. News release

Staudinger adds important data about sperm whale feeding ecologies in largest regional study of its type to date

Michelle Staudinger, Environmental Science and Northeast Climate Science Center, and colleagues tracked the stomach stomach contents of two very rare sperm whale species and added important baseline data in the largest regional study of its type to date, as appears in Marine Mammal Science. Red Orbit, e! Science News,, Science Codex,, Science Newsline, Science Daily, Terra Daily, LiveScience, Inside Science News Service, News release