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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.

UMass Amherst makes the Princeton Review's 2015 Green Rating Honor Roll for 4th time in 5 years

UMass Amherst received the highest possible score in the Princeton Review’s "2015 Green Rating Honor Roll." The university was given the highest possible score (99) in this year's tallies along with 23 other colleges and universities. This is the fourth time in five years the university has been recognized by the publication for being green. Princeton Review, News release

Senator Warren attends the Eureka! program's final presentations of the summer

Eureka! participants made their final presentations of the summer and Senator Elizabeth Warren was among the honored guests listening. The program, which the senator called "fabulous," is a collaboration between Girls Inc. of Holyoke and CNS now in its second year that's designed to introduce teenage girls to STEM subjects. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, State Representative Aaron Vega, and Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto joined families, friends, and University professors and staff who worked with the girls this summer.

Clark's research featured in article about the increasing difficulty in eliminating head lice

John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is interviewed and his recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology featured in a story about why it is increasingly difficult to get rid of head lice. Houston Chronicle, SF Gate, Los Angeles Times

Bogartz opinion piece about the keys to mutual understanding published in Bulletin

Richard S. Bogartz, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote an opinion piece saying that the key to mutual understanding between two parties relies upon recognizing the other’s perspective, frame of mind, attitude, and belief system. Amherst Bulletin

Lutcavage's new approach in studying bigeye tuna movements results in longest available fishery-independent record to date

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation and director, Large Pelagics Research Center, used a new approach to study bigeye tuna movements, one of the most important commercial tuna species in the Atlantic, and has provided the longest available fishery-independent record of bigeye tuna movements to date. Science Codex,, eScience News, Terra Daily, Red Orbit, World Fishing & Aquaculture, News release

Emrick awarded $162,770 NSF collaborative grant water purification technology

Todd Emrick, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a three-year, $162,770 collaborative research award from the National Science Foundation to work with a colleague at the University of Texas at Austin, who also won the same grant, to explore new ways to make energy-efficient, self-cleaning water purification membranes for municipal wastewater treatment and industrial and agricultural applications. News release

Mangan, Herbert, and Adler interviewed by the Republican about annual agricultural field day

Frank Mangan and Stephen Herbert, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Lynn Adler, Biology, were interviewed for an article about the agricultural field day at the UMass Amherst Crop and Animal Research Farm, an annual chance for farmers to see the latest innovations in crop research. Recorder, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whitbourne interviewed by WWL-AM New Orleans about holding grudges

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for a radio program about anger, holding grudges and forgiveness. WWL-AM New Orleans

Mirkovic and Davidovitch named 2014 Simons Foundation Fellows

Ivan Mirkovic (right), Mathematics and Statistics, and Benjamin Davidovitch, Physics, have been named 2014 Simons Foundation Fellows. The prestigious programs provide up to $100,000 for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. The potential for research accomplishment, as judged by accomplishments over the last five years and plans for the leave, is the primary criterion for evaluating applications.

Student Farm now supplies Big Y Northampton and Amherst with fresh, local produce

For the first time the UMass Amherst Student Farm is harvesting summer crops—cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, and beets—to supply Big Y World Class Markets in Amherst and Northampton. Farm manager Amanda Brown, UMass Extension, and undergrad Eli Bloch, Sustainable Food and Farming, were interviewed by WWLP-TV 22 The student farm also supports a 75-member CSA on campus and a weekly farmers’ market in the fall. In 2013, Big Y made a $150,000 five-year funding commitment to the student farm in recognition of its value to the community.

Elkinton interviewed about his efforts to eradicate winter moths

An article about the threat posed by winter moths on the commonwealth’s trees discusses the efforts of Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, who is releasing parasitic flies that kill the moths. Wicked Local North Andover

Woodruff and Mabee win $200,000 from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 Mass. public beaches

Jonathan D. Woodruff, Geosciences, and Stephen B. Mabee, Geosciences and state geologist, have received a $200,000 award from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate sand needs at 22 public beaches along the Massachusetts coast over the next two years. Dredging Today, Dredging News Online, Republican, New Bedford Standard-Times, News release

SSA students create the UMass Food For All Garden; Berquist interviewed in Republican article

Students from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture have partnered with the Amherst Survival Center, the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to create the UMass Food For All Garden, modeled after a Food For All program at Just Roots in Greenfield. Sarah Berquist, Environmental Conservation graduate student, was interviewed for an article in the Republican.

DeConto, Bradley, and Vierling receive grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund

Robert DeConto (left), and Raymond Bradley, both Geosciences, and Elizabeth Vierling, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have received grants from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund. DeConto and Bradley received $104,000 for the Center for Computational Climatology and Paleoclimatology and $150,000 went to the Mass. BioFoundry: Center for Discovery and Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules, co-led by Vierling.

Remage-Healey to research estrogens in zebra finches with support from NSF and NIH

Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences, will investigate the role of estrogens made in the brains of zebra finches in research supported by two grants, one from the National Science Foundation for $640,000 over four years, another from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for $1.7 million over five years. The results may offer new insights in learning and memory, particularly around Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy.,, Bio-Medicine, News release

Geckskin named one of 15 astounding technologies created with DARPA funding

Geckskin, the synthetically produced adhesive material developed a team headed by Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irshick, Biology, is listed among 15 astounding technologies created with funding from the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Business Insider

Gov. Patrick praises the Eureka!—CNS collaboration on program visit

On his visit to the Eureka! Program of Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Gov. Deval Patrick praised its collaboration with CNS. Now in its second of five years, the joint program exposes teenage girls to STEM fields. “What makes the Holyoke Eureka! program special and unique is the wonderful partnership you have with UMass,” Patrick said. His visit included a discussion with Eureka! girls on fluorescence led by Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Minter also led the teens in a black light experiment, with the governor joining in.