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Watkins' wearable sensor patch subsystem proposal selected by NBMC

The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) has selected a proposal led by James Watkins, Polymer Science and Engineering, to develop a wearable sensor patch subsystem., Display Plus

Kilham's botanical explorations featured on UMass Amherst homepage

Chris Kilham, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and his work searching the world for botanicals and medicinal herbs, is profiled on the UMass Amherst homepage UMass Amherst feature story

Farr's review of the literature about same-sex marriage finds no cause for discrimination against lesbian and gay parents

Rachel Farr, Psychological and Brain Sciences, reviewed the literature about the dangers of same-sex marriage to heterosexuals and found no cause for discrimination against lesbian and gay parents. LGBT Weekly

CNS staffer Mary Bell and two CNS students honored with 2014 Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award

Mary Bell '14, Office of the Dean, College of Natural Sciences, and two CNS students were among the 14 honored by the UMass Amherst Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) program with the 2014 Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award for “outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and contributions to a campus/community partnership." The students were Karin Jong-Mee Garber, Psychology doctoral candidate, and Lilly Israel '14, Stockbridge School of Agriculture. CESL, News release

Eight CNS faculty named "Highly Cited Researchers 2014" by Thomson Reuters

Eight faculty members, all from CNS, have been named “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” in a new, updated list from Thomson Reuters: Eric Decker, David Julian McClements, and Yeonhwa Park, all Food Science; Vincent Rotello, Chemistry; Thomas Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering; Baoshan Xing, Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Derek Lovley, Microbiology; and Mauro Giavaliso, Astronomy. They are among “the world’s leading scientific minds” whose publications are among the most influential in their fields. Thomson Reuters, News release

McLandsborough comments in Men's Journal story about dangerous food and how to avoid it

Lynne A. McLandsborough, Food Science, comments in a photo story about the 10 most dangerous foods and how to avoid them. Men’s Journal

Welborn featured in article about her work teaching middle schoolers to plant and grow food

Kelsey Welborn '15, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, is featured in an article about her work teaching students at the Amherst Regional Middle School how to plant and grow food. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Rich participates in panel discussion in Northampton about Lyme disease

Stephen Rich, Microbiology and the director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, participated in a panel discussion of Lyme disease at the JFK Middle School in Northampton. His laboratory tests ticks to determine what diseases they may carry. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whitbourne interviewed by Connecting Point about the challenges women face getting into politics

Susan Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about the psychology behind the challenges that women face getting into politics even in liberal states such as Massachusetts. Connecting Point

Brewer and Schweik, with Rees from Engineering, win $15,000 Public Service Endowment Grant to create makerspace for Amherst middle schoolers

Stephen Brewer, Biology and director of the Biology Computer Resource Center, Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation, and Paula Rees in the College of Engineering have been awarded a $15,000 Public Service Endowment Grant by the vice chancellor for research and engagement to support the creation of a town-gown makerspace to engage Amherst middle school youth in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. News release

STEM Diversity Institute hosts all-day symposium for the Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP)

The STEM Diversity Institute hosted an all-day symposium for members of the Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP). News release

LMZ partnering with Winchester, Mass., to test the town's ticks

The number of cases of Lyme disease is increasing in Winchester, Mass., so the town has joined a partnership with Stephen Rich, Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, to test ticks found in the community. Wicked Local Winchester

The iCons focus on helping students land jobs in the pharmaceutical industry is highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News

How the iCons Program focuses on helping learn the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to land pharmaceutical jobs is highlighted in an article in Chemical & Engineering News, the main periodical of the American Chemical Society. Chemical & Engineering News

Danylchuk and Hatch win 2014 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Andrew John Danylchuk (left), Environmental Conservation, and Heath Hatch, Physics, have been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. The university's highest teaching accolade, the award includes a $3,500 honorarium. Nominations are completely student driven—only students or former students may submit them—and faculty members may only win once. The award was established in 1961.

Overtree gives parenting workshop at Minnechaug Regional High School

Christopher Overtree, Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of Psychological Services, told a group parents at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Mass., that they have to empathize with their children before they can help them solve problems. The Republican

UMass Amherst scientists collaborating to study how fish move in Virgin Island reefs

Scientists from UMass Amherst are working with the National Park Service and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of the Virgin Islands, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to study of how fish move in reefs of the Virgin Islands. Virgin Island Daily News

Whitbourne interviewed by NBC about the World Cup

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about the World Cup by NBC News.

Scientific American describes delivery and set-up of LMT atomic clock

The delivery and set-up of an atomic clock at the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) in Mexico was described in a Scientific American blog, which also mentioned Gopal Narayanan, Astronomy. Scientific American

New UMass Amherst endowed professorship honors food science pioneer Fergus Clydesdale

The Food Science department recently completed a five-year, $1.8 million fundraising campaign to establish the Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Professorship in Food Science, honoring one of the campus’s most influential scholars. Clydesdale, a Distinguished Professor and founder/director of the UMass Amherst Food Science Policy Alliance, is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in food science. He was among the first to integrate food science, nutrition, and public policy. Clydesdale ran the Food Science department—ranked among the top three university food science departments in the country for research at the time of his retirement—for two decades.

Cashman featured in Globe story about Mass. high schoolers who go to community colleges and transfer to a four-year program

Miranda Cashman, entering Geology undergraduate, is featured in a Boston Globe story about students who choose public over private colleges and who go to community college for two years and then transfer to a four-year program. Boston Globe

UMass Amherst to Receive Second Nature 2014 Climate Leadership Award

UMass Amherst has been selected to receive a 2014 Climate Leadership Award by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, and presented annually to the signatory institutions of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The nomination was based in part on the climate-related research at UMass Amherst, and its efforts to infuse sustainability across the curriculum and foster sustainability in the community.

Nugen receives $500,000 grant from USDA to improve food safety

Sam Nugen, Food Science, has received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve food safety. Nugen has designed new techniques with Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, both Food Science, and Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, that should help food manufacturers avoid costly waiting for safety tests before products can be sold.,, Nanowerk, Food Engineering,,, Republican, News release

UMass Amherst named state champion in the 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Recognition Program

UMass Amherst has been named state champion in the 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Recognition Program. The award, given by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), honors one institutional energy customer from each state in the Northeast for its commitment to sustainable innovation and for contributions in keeping the region a national leader in accelerating energy efficiency. Republican, News release

Croft wins IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award

W. Bruce Croft, Computer Science, has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. He was one of 13 scientists given the award.,

Bezanilla's research on how cells grow in moss featured on

Magdalena Bezanilla, Biology, looks at how cells grow in moss as a way to understand the general process of cell growth, as featured on