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Geckskin chosen as Top 10 Textile Innovation for 2013-14 by the FabricLink Network

Geckskin, the adhesive material developed by Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Textile Innovations for 2013-14 by the FabricLink Network. Fabriclink.com

Rawlins research featured in WHDH-TV 7 weather blog

Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager of the Climate Systems Research Center, is featured in a weather blog written by Pete Bouchard of Boston's WHDH-TV 7.

Yoon commented in story about his research showing head lice have become genetically resistant to medication

Kyong-Sup Yoon, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was quoted about his recent paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology that showed head lice are developing a resistance to the over-the-counter chemicals used to kill them and that almost all head lice are now genetically resistant to the medicine. Medical Xpress.com.

Clark commented about his research that head lice are genetically resistant to over-the-counter medicine

John Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, commented about his recent paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology that shows head lice are developing a resistance to the over-the-counter chemicals used to kill them and that almost all head lice are now genetically resistant to the medicine. National Post, Healthday.com, Headlines & Global News, Baby Center News, ABC5 (Des Moines), MyFoxPhilly.com, Health24.com

Markstein reports that several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors

Michele Markstein, Biology, and colleagues report that several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors, perhaps thwarting therapy, as published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Medical News Today, News release

Posluszny's house with zero energy bills is profiled

David Posluszny '10, Building and Construction Technology, is featured in story about his house having zero energy bills because of its insulation and solar panels. Telegram & Gazette

Clark featured in USA Today about head lice's resistance to over-the-counter chemicals

John Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is quoted in several stories about his recent research in the Journal of the Entomological Society of America, indicating that almost all head lice are now genetically resistant to over-the-counter chemicals. USA Today, Courier Mail, Journal Sentinel

Warren finds more diversity worldwide in urban bird and plant species than expected

Paige Warren, Environmental Conservation, and colleagues report the largest analysis to date of the effect of urbanization on bird and plant species diversity worldwide, confirming that while human influences such as land cover are more important drivers of species diversity in cities than geography or climate, many cities retain high numbers of native species and are far from barren environments, as published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Newstrack India, Webindia123.com, Bio-Medicine, Phys.org, Science Newsline, World News, Supercomputingonline.com, NewKerala.com, News release

Rep. Kennedy tours science labs; discusses STEM Diversity Institute

Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, chairman of Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Advisory Council, tours the recently completed Life Science Laboratories and Integrated Sciences Building. Calling his visit "tremendously impressive," Rep. Kennedy met with students and faculty to discuss the university's STEM Diversity Institute, which promotes diversity in STEM subjects, and the interdisciplinary iCons program that brings together science and engineering undergraduates to solve real world problems.

Spencer tells Minnesota Public Radio about health risks caused by daylight savings time

Rebecca Spencer, Psychology, is interviewed about how the onset of daylight saving time could cause health risks. Minnesota Public Radio

Barten named to science advisory board of American Forests

Paul Barten, Environmental Conservation, is named to the science advisory board of American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country. News release

Croft receives IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award

W. Bruce Croft, Computer Science, has received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to information retrieval and the development of search engines." Mlive.com

Crosby and Bartlett introduce Green Geckskin using renewable materials

Alfred Crosby and PhD alumnus Michael Bartlett, both from Polymer Science and Engineering, introduce Green Geckskin using natural rubber impregnated into stiff natural fiber fabrics such as cotton, hemp and jute. This new product, described in a recent issue of Advanced Materials, has the same extraordinary capabilities as the original: An index-card sized piece can hold 700 pounds on a smooth surface, be easily released, and leaves no residue. Geckskin website, News release

Chien's misfolding protein research featured in video

Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is featured in a Research Next video about the protein misfolding research he does in the Models to Medicine (M2M) Center, a part of the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences.

Irschick and Crosby launch Geckskin Web site

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, have launched a new Web site for Geckskin—the new super-adhesive based on gecko toe pads—that they've invented. The site, located at geckskin.umass.edu, offers information about the invention, science, and people behind this extraordinary creation. Geckskin is so powerful that an index-card sized piece can hold 700 pounds on a smooth surface, can be easily released, and leaves no residue.

Decker is extensively quoted in article about GMOs in food

Eric Decker, Food Science, is extensively quoted in an article about foods containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), saying that the risk from such foods is very small, that most foods contain some GMOs, and that the only way to completely avoid them is to purchase certified organic foods. Healthcarenews.com

Brent and Felder to lead free workshop for STEM faculty

The College of Natural Sciences and its university partners present "Effective College Teaching in STEM Disciplines," a free workshop to give STEM professors practical tools and strategies to make their science and engineering classes more effective. Led by Rebecca Brent and Richard Felder on March 24-25 in the Campus Center Auditorium. Please preregister.

Dumont and Grosse develop new tool to identify biodiversity targets

Elizabeth Dumont, Biology, and mechanical engineer Ian Grosse and others introduce a new engineering model that can be morphed into different shapes in order to examine biomechanical function in very diverse organisms and reconstruct skull shapes in long-extinct ancestral species, as reported in Evolution, Research Next

Elkinton says the sub-zero cold kills most of the wooly adelgid, which kills hemlock trees

Joseph Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says that when temperatures drop to 15 degrees below zero, it's cold enough to kill most of the wooly adelgid, a insect that kills hemlock trees. Telegram & Gazette, The Atlantic Cities

Cox and others design robot that imitates the striking force of the mantis shrimp, which is able to open mollusk shells

Suzanne M. Cox, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology doctoral candidate, and others have designed a robot that imitates the striking force of the mantis shrimp, which is able to strike and break open mollusk shells. Phys.org

Brennan, Irschick, Johnson, and Albertson say cutting funds for "oddball science" is short-sighted

Biologists Patricia Brennan, Duncan Irschick, Norman Johnson, and Craig Albertson say that scoffing at or cutting funds for basic biological research on unusual animal adaptations, although politically appealing to some, is shortsighted and only makes it more likely that important economic and social benefits will be missed in the long run, in a recent issue of BioScience. Boston Globe, Boston.com, Red Orbit, BioScience, Science Newsline, Phys.org, Science Daily, Science Codex, News release

Goodwin and Podos show that sparrows for temporary alliances with rivals in order to defend territory

Sarah Goodwin, Biology doctoral candidate, and Jeffrey Podos, Biology, publish a new study of territorial songs used by chipping sparrows to defend their turf that reveals that males will sometimes form a "dear enemy" alliance with a weaker neighbor to prevent a stronger rival from moving in, as published in Biology Letters. New York Times, Science Codex, Phys.org, e! Science News, Red Orbit, Science Daily, News release

McArt and Adler offer first review of flowers as pathogen transmitters

Biology postdoctoral researcher Scott McArt, Lynn Adler, Biology, and others offer the first systematic review of flowers as transmitters of microbes among plants and animals. Ecology Letters, Nature World News, Phys.org, Science Newsline, Discover magazine, Innovations Report, Bio-Medicine, Science Daily, Research Next, News release

CNS graduate students awarded Eugene M. Isenberg Scholarships

Five of the 10 doctoral candidates who have received Eugene M. Isenberg Awards for the spring semester are from the College of Natural Sciences: Timothy S. Gehan, Chemistry; Daniel R. King, Polymer Science and Engineering; Sandra M. Robinson, Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences; Javier Sabogal, Environmental Conservation; and Bicheng Wu, Food Science. The scholarships, which were established by Eugene M. Isenberg '50 and his wife, Ronnie, are awarded to graduate students who demonstrate academic merit and a commitment to the integration of science or engineering with management. News release

Craker receives Herbal Insight Award from the American Herbal Products Association

Lyle Craker, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, has been chosen to receive the Herbal Insight Award from the American Herbal Products Association, which has recognized his “efforts to significantly increase and further knowledge and understanding of botanicals and their uses.” News release