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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

Auberbach and Nicolson named Coleman Fellows by the Berthiaume Center

The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management has named Scott M. Auerbach, Chemistry, and Craig R. Nicolson, Environmental Conservation as two of its four Coleman Fellows. The new program will support the four faculty members in non-business departments in integrating an entrepreneurial approach into their courses. News release

Condon awarded $700,000 NSF grant to model possible Antarctica melting

Alan Condron, Geosciences, has been awarded a three-year, $692,694 grant from the National Science Foundation to lead modeling studies to explore what might happen to Earth’s climate if Antarctica’s ice sheets were to melt over the next few decades. Climate modeling has focused on the Arctic so far and there's a huge gap in Antarctic research. News release

IALS $3.2 million, 7.3 ton, 3-Tesla MR magnet delivered to LSL

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences has taken delivery of a $3.2 million, 7.3-ton, 3-Tesla magnet and related equipment for use in its Human Magnetic Resonance Center in the Life Sciences Laboratories building. Purchased with funds from the $95 million Mass. Life Sciences Institute 2013 grant, the new MR system will be the only research-dedicated, 3-Tesla MR system with multi-nuclear spectroscopy in western Massachusetts. A photo essay shows delivery.

The myth of a midlife crisis is persistent, Whitbourne says

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, told the the Star-Tribune that the midlife crisis is a persistent myth that's been oversimplified.

Stockbridge School volunteers plant trees and vegetables at Fort River Conservation area

A news story in the Hampshire Daily Gazette on the use of conservation land in Amherst noted that volunteers from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture planted small fruit trees and perennial vegetables at the Fort River Conservation area on Veterans Day.

Campbell-Nelson interviewed about a water-mold blight on fall vegetables

Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension, says Phytophthora, a water-mold blight, has been reported by some local farmers who grow butternut squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and peppers. The blight stays in the soil for years and can be reactivated by rainy conditions. Hampshire Daily Gazette

Geckskin noted in Guardian article about Ford's exploration of biomicry

A news story in The Guardian about how the Ford Motor Company is exploring biomimicry notes that researchers at UMass Amherst developed the adhesive Geckskin after studying how gecko feet and tendons work to let them stick to surfaces.

Mangan interviewed by Valley Advocate about Springfield food deserts

Frank Mangan, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and UMass Extension, commented in a news story in the Valley Advocate about food deserts in the Springfield area.

Clouston's NSF grant for CLT subject of WFCR story

A new $390,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to lead investigator Peggi Clouston, Environmental Conservation for research that is expected to show that cross laminated timber (CLT) can incorporate currently underused wood species grown in the northeast United States was the subject of an NEPR report. News release

Jerry interviewed for Nature article about scientists in the nonprofit sector

Joseph Jerry, Veterinary and Animal Sciences and science director at the nonprofit Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, was interviewed by Nature for an article about scientists in the nonprofit sector.

Rawlins writes about global warming implications of possible change in Arctic carbon absorption

Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, Climate System Research Center, wrote in The Conversation about efforts by scientists to find out if the Arctic is absorbing less carbon over time, which could accelerate global warming.

Hazzard interviewed by NH NPR about how farmers markets change offerings seasonally

Ruth Hazzard, UMass Extension, was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio in a story about how farmers’ markets in the region are changing what they offer with the seasons.

Bradley op-ed column in HuffPost describes House intimidation of climate scientists prior to Paris conference

Raymond S. Bradley, Geosciences, wrote a column for the Huffington Post about how the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is using its power to try to intimidate climate scientists in the lead up to the international conference in Paris next month on carbon emissions.