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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

CNS researchers receive CVIP funds from UMass to help commercialize their inventions

CNS researchers will share $100,000 in technology grants from the university system’s Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) Technology Development Fund to assist in accelerating the commercialization of their inventions. Amy Biddle, postdoctoral associate, and Jeffrey Blanchard, both Biology were awarded a grant for their project, “Probiotics for Equine Digestive Health.”
 Dhandapani Venkataraman, Chemistry,
 received a grant for his study of "Organic Photovoltaic Devices Based on Water-based Nanoparticle Dispersions."
 Igor Kaltashov, Chemistry, received a grant for his work on “Protein Conjugates Based on Bacteriostatic Proteins as Antimicrobial Drugs for Treating Infections in the Central Nervous System.” News release

McClements and Wu comment on their research showing how to reduce fat without losing flavor

D. Julian McClements and BIcheng Wu, doctoral candidate, both Food Science, commented in a story about their study for the American Chemical Society showing a way to reduce fat without losing the flavor or affecting the appearance and texture of these foods. NDTV

Dodge and Lutcavage profiled about their unique satellite tagging study of turtles

Kara Dodge, doctoral candidate, and Molly Lutcavage, both Environmental Conservation, were profiled about their unique satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles. Lutcavage also directs UMass Amherst’s Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) in Gloucester, Mass. Phys.org, Science Codex, Science Newsline, Science Daily, Biology News, Space Daily, Red Dot, News release

CRF names Arnold, Sanders, and Downes as 2014-15 Family Research Scholars

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) has announced the selection of six faculty members from across campus as the 2014-2015 Family Research Scholars, including three CNS professors: David Arnold and Lisa Sanders, Psychology, and Gerald Downes, Biology. News release

Baskin awarded Marie Curie Fellowship by EU for research in UK

Tobias Baskin, Biology, has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Union to support his sabbatical leave at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for the 2014-15 academic year. News release

Gierach wins Mildred Cohen Award from ASBMB

Lila Gierasch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2014 Mildred Cohn Award for her work in protein folding, structure, and function from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). News release

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