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Patrick's administration funds $6 million Energy Extension Initiative

Governor Deval Patrick's administration has announced a four-year, $6 million grant to form a new UMass Amherst Energy Extension Initiative. David Damery, Environmental Conservation, is a PI for the new initiative, which will serve as a resource on renewable and clean energy for communities, industry, and organizations statewide.

Brown, DePiano, and Randhir win Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants from the UMass Amherst Libraries

Amanda Brown and Lisa DePiano, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Tim Randhir, Environmental Conservation, have been awarded Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants of $1,000 each from the UMass Amherst Libraries to support revising existing courses to include or augment sustainability topics. CNS faculty won three of the nine grants awarded. News release

Warr and Eres win Goldwater Scholarships; Manteiga wins honorable mention

Two of three Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to CNS juniors (pictured): Alyson Warr, Microbiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Marco Eres, Chemistry. John Manteiga, also Microbiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, won honorable mention. "This is a tribute to the great research being carried out by our faculty," says Susan K. Whitbourne, Office of National Scholarship Advisement director, "and to their dedication to advising and mentoring undergrads."

Brown, Calapa, Beckford named Rising Researchers by UMass Amherst

Three of the four 2014 Rising Researchers were from CNS (from left): Walter Everett Brown ’16, Computer Systems Engineering and Computer Science; Marie Calapa ’14, Astronomy; and John Beckford ’15, Microbiology. Among their many other achievements, Brown has coauthored several pending papers and one published, Calapa was a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, and Beckford is an NSF LSAMP Scholar.

Smiarowski takes over the family farm after graduating from Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Teddy Smiarowski '13, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, is taking over the running of his family’s farm stand and creamery. Daily Hampshire Gazette

CNS students to be honored as 21st Century Leaders at Commencement

Four of the ten 21st Century Leaders honored for their exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership at the UMass Amherst undergraduate commencement on May 9 will be students from the College of Natural Sciences: Emily Crain, Psychology; Lila Grallert, Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Veronica Ann Pace, Biology; and Kurt Schultz, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. News release

LaClair and Stein honored by the Center for Research on Families for their research

Two College of Natural Sciences students were among the 13 recipients of Center for Research on Families (CRF) grants and awards supporting research on family issues. Matthew LaClair, doctoral candidate, Neuroscience and Behavior Program, received a $10,000 CRF Family Research Graduate Student Grant. Jarrod Stein '14, Psychology, who works in Rebecca Spencer's Cognition and Action Lab, received a $500 CRF Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Award. News release

Whitbourne elected chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences Section (BSS) of Gerontological Society of America

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychology, and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, has been elected chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section (BSS) of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) for the 2015-16 term. News release

The LMZ's tick-testing services continues to receive coverage

Coverage of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) tick-testing services continues. Residents of 32 Massachusetts towns can receive free, expert identification of ticks and the disease-causing pathogens they carry from the LMZ, which identifies, tests, and reports ticks and associated diseases to residents, local boards of health, and the state Department of Public Health. Republican, Wicked Local Wayland, Wicked Local Concord, Boston Globe

Clark's research that most head lice are resistant to over-the counter treatments continues to be reported

The research of John Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, that found that as many as 99.6 percent of head lice are now at least somewhat resistant to traditional over-the counter treatments, continued to be covered by the press after being published in the Journal of the Entomological Society of America. News & Observer,,

Meyer and colleagues find that oxytocin appears to increase social behaviors in newborn monkeys

Jerrold Meyer, Psychology, and colleagues have found that the hormone oxytocin appears to increase social behaviors in newborn rhesus monkeys. Meyers's lab conducted the chemical analyses of oxytocin and cortisol in the infant monkeys’ saliva for this joint National Institutes of Health study, quantifying how much of the hormone got into the animals’ systems via inhalation. The research appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.,,,, Science Codex, Science Newsline,,, Daily Mail, Free Press, Medical Daily,, Science Daily,, News release

Sitaraman quoted in Huff Post about the impatience of Internet users

Ramesh Sitaraman, Computer Science, is quoted at some length about his research on the impatience of Internet users accessing online videos. Huffington Post

Cox Fernandes discovers new electric knifefish in Brazil’s Rio Negro

Cristina Cox Fernandes, Biology, and colleagues have discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish in several tributaries of the Negro River in the Amazonia state of Brazil. Their research was published in Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. ScienceDaily, Voice of America, Nature World News, Toronto Telegraph, News release

Editorial calls for expansion of local funding for area residents to have ticks tested at LMZ

An editorial called for expansion of local funding for area residents to have ticks tested at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology, run by Stephen Rich, Microbiology. Daily Hampshire Gazette,

UMass Amherst named a Top Green College by Princeton Review

UMass Amherst has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to the just-released Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. News release

de Wet selected for Norwegian Fulbright

Gregory De Wet, doctoral candidate, Geosciences, has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Norway, continuing the department's long tradition of collaboration with geoscience departments in Norway.

Dennis, Ronzio, and Archila win $5,250 at 9th annual Innovation Challenge

Morgan Dennis, Clarissa Ronzio, and Marjorie Archila, all Microbiology undergraduates, won $5,250 at the ninth annual Innovation Challenge final business plan competition for their product Acne Free, Naturally. Their faculty mentor was Margaret Riley, Biology. News release

King finds that wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated

David King, Environmental Conservation, and colleagues have found that songbird species shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both. Previous studies of potential climate change impacts on wildlife that looked only at one factor have likely underestimated the effects of environmental warming, therefore. Their research appeared in Global Ecology and Biogeography. TerraDaily,, News release

Figueroa interviewed about the Children’s Garden Project on Mass Appeal, WWLP-TV 22

Leigh-Ellen Figueroa, Stockbridge School of Agriculture undergraduate, was a guest on the local television program Mass Appeal discussing her involvement in the Children’s Garden Project. WWLP-TV 22

iCons launches new digital showcase of student research

The theses of seniors in the iCons program are now on display in a new digital showcase, an interactive gallery that features students explaining their original research in videos they produced. iCons, a unique, four-year integrated science program featuring multi-disciplinary team-based learning on current societal problems, began in fall 2010. These students are the first cohort and their showcase comprises a dynamic archive of their accomplishments.

Lutcavage featured on National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna"

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, was featured on National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna." Department announcement

Permaculture efforts on campus featured in Daily Meal

The permaculture efforts at UMass Amherst were profiled in a roundup of case studies describing how communities around the world are re-imagining how to live and eat to promote self-sufficiency. The Daily Meal

Lutcavage and Dodge turtle migration studies profiled in Boston Globe

The research of Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation, and the Large Pelagics Research Center, and her advisee, Kara Dodge, focusing on first-of-its-kind satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles, was profiled in the Boston Globe. News release

Fifty-year-old School of Computer Science profiled in UMass Amherst magazine

The School of Computer Science, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the subject of a lengthy feature in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

The newly opened LMT is profiled in UMass Amherst magazine

A profile of the new Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), the world's biggest millimeter-wave telescope ever built, was the subject of a feature in the spring 2014 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.