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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

Crosby, King, Irschick report new, more versatile version of Geckskin

Alfred Crosby and doctoral candidate Daniel King, both Polymer Science and Engineering, and researchers including Duncan Irschick, Biology, describe in the current issue of Advanced Materials a new, more versatile version of their invention, Geckskin, that can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet. R&D Magazine, Outside, World Industrial Reporter,, Medical Design Briefs, Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence,,, International Business Times,, Discovery News,, Eureka magazine,, Adhesives & Sealants Industry,, The Daily Star, News release

Shenoy conducting smart energy meter project at Holyoke Gas & Electric

Prashant Shenoy, Computer Science, and David Irwin, Electrical and Computer Engineering, are conducting a pilot project with the Holyoke Gas & Electric Company that will show the utility and its customers how smart electric meters can save money and power. The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Republican, News release

CNS hosts international women STEM scholars

CNS has hosted group of women STEM experts from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “I was excited to host these international scholars, and pleased that they were able to meet with our faculty and learn more about our university,” said Steve Goodwin, CNS dean. “The visit took place two days after our second annual CNS Women in Science Initiative lecture, and it felt like a natural extension of this initiative as well as an excellent opportunity to interact with such distinguished international guests.” The group is visiting several U.S. locations through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Goodwin quoted in Globe feature about rejuvenating Waltham extension site

A feature story in the Boston Globe that examined efforts to win legislative approval for $20 million for the UMass agricultural extension site in Waltham quoted Steve Goodwin, CNS dean, as saying the site could be used to conduct research for urban and suburban issues such as alternative energy, food availability and food security and water-related concerns. Boston Globe

Rotello named Distinguished Professor by UMass Board of Trustees

Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor following approval by the UMass Board of Trustees, for how he has “creatively and boldly expanded his research from a focus on small molecule host-guest chemistry to his current path-breaking translational explorations of polymers, surfaces, and nanomaterials.” News release

Crosby and Irschick interviewed about Geckskin by The Star

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, were interviewed about Geckskin, the new adhesive they have invented, and how it works. They noted that they have begun making Geckskin out of renewable materials. The Star

Longstreeth and Eicholtz win arboriculture event at 2014 PLANET competition

Luke Longstreeth '12 AS, '14 and Nicolette Eicholtz '14 AS, '16, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, competing as the school's Arbor Team, won the arboriculture event at the 38th annual PLANET Student Career Days and National Collegiate Landscape Competition. News release

Daniels '93 M.S., '97 Ph.D is Distinguished Alumni Services recipient

Jody J. Daniels '93 M.S., '97 Ph.D. (Computer Science) has received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Services Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. An active duty Brigadier General with the U.S. Africa Command, Daniels is the deputy director responsible for the intelligence and counterintelligence facilitating situational awareness and threat warning and assessment across 54 countries. In her civilian career, Daniels served as the first director of advanced programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories and as strategic level representative for multiple technology areas including cyberspace, human terrain, and mobile computing.

Zhang and Xiao receive 2014 Armstrong Fund for Science award

Guodong Zhang and Hang Xiao, Food Science, have received this year’s Armstrong Fund for Science award from UMass Amherst. Read more

2nd Annual Women in Science Initiative Lecture: Susan Metz

Susan Metz speaks at 2nd Annual CNS Women in Science Lecture on "Moving Beyond Fixing the Women to Changing the Culture in Academic STEM Fields," April 7, 4:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom. Senior research associate and director of diversity and inclusion at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Metz discusses how unintended bias affects hiring, retention, and promotion of women faculty, and identifies research-based strategies to engender an inclusive and productive work environment. Metz has secured nearly $10 million in federal, corporate, and foundation grants to work with over 200 colleges and universities in supporting women and girls in STEM fields.

Oblomkov wins five-year, $420,000 CAREER grant from NSF

Alexei Oblomkov, Mathematics and Statistics, has won a five-year, $420,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency’s most prestigious award to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and integrating education and research with their institution’s mission. News release

CNS students and faculty inducted into national agricultural honor society

UMass Amherst became the 54th chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the national agricultural honor society, and inducted its first 22 members, including two graduate students, five juniors, and 13 seniors studying agriculture and related majors, and two faculty. News release

DeConto and McCallum receive Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards

Robert M. DeConto, Geosciences, and Andrew K. McCallum, School of Computer Science, are recipients of the 2014-2015 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards from UMass Amherst. These consist of a cash award of $3,500 and a year's leave of absence in which to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work, and scholarly attainment.

CNS proposal for Center for Urban Sustainability in Waltham, Mass., now under review

A proposal by the College of Natural Sciences to create the UMass Center for Urban Sustainability in Waltham, Mass., is now under review by the Commonwealth's Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The 58 acre-site that formerly served as the UMass Suburban Experiment Station would become a showcase facility and academic satellite for green industries and urban agriculture. News release

Crosby and Irschick interviewed about Geckskin by The Guardian and others

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, were interviewed about Geckskin, the new adhesive they have invented, how it works, and how they are now making Geckskin out of renewable materials. The Guardian, South China Morning Post

Warren's work in diversity in urban plant and bird life is profiled

Paige Warren, Environmental Conservation, has been featured in an article about her research showing that urban environments across the globe support a diverse number of birds and plants. The survey she and her colleagues conducted is the largest analysis to date of the effect of urbanization on bird and plant species diversity worldwide. Research Next