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Burand describes reasons for honeybee decline

John Burand, Microbiology, described some reasons for declines in the honeybee population. WUSA-TV 9

Rich interviewed on WGGB-TV about West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis

Stephen Rich, Mircobiology, and director, Laboratory of Medical Zoology, described how mosquitoes acquire West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis and what steps should be taken to avoid being bitten by the insects. WGGB-TV 40

Brennan subject of NPR story about the value of basic science research

Patricia L.R. Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was the subject of a story about basic science and why critics of research such as hers in duck reproduction are off-base. NPR, NHPR-New Hampshire Public Radio

Chemists Richason and Stein honored with Congressional Citations

Richard S. Stein (right) and George R. Richason, Jr., both Chemistry, have been awarded Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman James McGovern for their more than 60 years each of “distinguished, outstanding and invaluable service” to the department and the university. They are "founding fathers of the modern University of Massachusetts Amherst," said Chemistry chair Craig Martin.

Lovley named to advisory board of LanzaTech

Derek Lovley, Microbiology and director, Environmental Biotechnology, has been named to the advisory board of LanzaTech, an Illinois-based company that develops carbon capture and reuse technology., Biofuels Digest

Irschick responds to new study about how static electricity helps geckos adhere

Duncan J. Irschick, Biology, commented on a new study that suggests static electricity may help geckos stick to various surfaces, saying that electrostatic forces can play an additional role in the process but questioning their relevancy on natural surfaces such as leaves. Physics World

Whitbourne interviewed by Chicago Tribune about couples where one is an early riser and the other is a night owl

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says couples where one is an early riser and the other a night owl have to learn how to negotiate to compensate for the differing sleep and work routines. Chicago Tribune,, Modesto Bee, News & Observer

Katz says scientists question an apparent lack of sources of light in the universe; light could be coming from dark matter

Neal Katz, Astronomy, said scientists are puzzled by an apparent lack of sources of light found in the universe and that raised the possibility the light could be coming from an exotic source such as dark matter. Telegraph, Red Orbit, Science Codex,, Nanowerk, Space Daily, Universe Today,, Science Newsline, Science Daily, International Business Times, Forbes, Sky & Telescope,

The LMZ is the subject of a Recorder feature story

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed Stephen Rich, Microbiology, is the subject of a feature story in the Recorder.

Sela featured on in article about barbeque in the Boston area

David Sela, Food Science, is featured in a story about the popularity of barbeque in the Boston area.

Brennan describes in The Scientist methods that ducks and other animals use to promote reproduction outcomes

Patricia L.R. Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote an article published in The Scientist that describes various methods ducks and other animals use to promote their reproduction outcomes.

The development of Crosby and Irschick's Geckskin adhesive is outlined in article

The development of Geckskin, the synthetic adhesive created by UMass Amherst researchers Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, is cited as a milestone in creating a man-made adhesive modeled on the gecko’s ability to stick to surfaces.

Spencer comments extensively on new study linking sleep apnea to hearing loss

Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences, commented extensively on a new study that links sleep apnoea with hearing loss, noting that the sleeping disorder and the hearing loss may actually be linked by an unknown third factor and more study is needed.

Success of the new Applied Molecular Biotechnology program is featured

The Applied Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) concentration, which placed 100 percent of its first class of eight students in paid internships or laboratory positions at biotech firms this summer, and Jeffrey Kane, Microbiology and lead instructor for the new program, are featured. News release

Bradley receives Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award

Raymond Bradley, Geosciences, director, Climate System Research Center, and codirector, Northeast Climate Science Center has received the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award for his "courage, conviction and selflessness in devoting his time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals.” Winners are chosen by representatives from the five UMass campuses and the president’s office for making an impact as a leader in research, teaching, or service on a local, national, or international level. Bradley has led his colleagues in research to understand how the climate system operates and has changed.

Burand's discovery that iridovirus in lab crickets increased sexual activity in the diseased insects featured in The Scientist

John Burand, Microbiology, and his discovery that an iridovirus outbreak in a colony of laboratory crickets increased sexual activity in the diseased insects, was featured in an article in The Scientist

Uricchio and 4-H youth featured on WGGB-TV 40 as part of UMass Extension's three-day 4-H Science Days

Cassie Uricchio, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and 4-H youth participating in the Equine First Aid and Working with Horses workshop were featured on WGGB-TV 40 as part of UMass Extension's three-day 4-H Science Days. WGGB-TV 40

Rich and LMZ find a recently discovered tick-borne illness in tick samples

Stephen Rich, Microbiology, and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, reported that the LMZ has detected a recently discovered tick-borne disease he called "Lymelike" in 12 tick samples the lab has tested. Cape Cod Times

Whitbourne interviewed on CNN about the bystander effect

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed on the CNN show Legal View about the bystander effect in the context of a New Jersey woman who was beaten and no one intervened. CNN

Lutcavage wins Sarah Fraser Robbins Environmental Award

Molly Lutcavage, Environmental Conservation and director, Large Pelagics Research Center, Gloucester, Mass., has been honored as the first recipient of the Sarah Fraser Robbins Environmental Award, given by the Board of Maritime Gloucester. In the presentation, Lutcavage was praised for her world-class large pelagics research—she works to protect endangered and threatened species including sea turtles and bluefin tuna—and her efforts with commercial fishermen to help Gloucester sustain its history and build its future as a legendary fishing port. Lutcavage has directed the Large Pelagics Research Center since 2003.

Milman's transboundary water research profiled by Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The research of Anita Milman, Environmental Conservation, on the governance of water resources in the context of global change, is profiled by the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Venkataramani says the world will migrate to the next-generation Internet with little fanfare

Arun Venkataramani, Computer Science, says the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the change has occurred. Electronic Component News, EETimes Europe, News release

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology is subject of Daily Hampshire Gazette feature story

A feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, headed by Stephen Rich, Microbiology, where researchers test ticks to see if they carry a variety of diseases. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Gierasch appointed to NIH's Council of Councils

Lila Gierasch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils. The council was established to advise the NIH director on policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) and is composed of 27 members nominated by the NIH institutes and centers and from the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory committee to the NIH Office of the Director. Gierasch is one of nine new members who will serve through Oct. 31, 2016.

Malvankar wins $500,000 career award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Biophysicist Nikhil S. Malvankar, a postdoctoral researcher who works with Mark Tuominen, Physics, and Derek Lovley, Microbiology, has received a five-year, $500,000 career award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He is the first UMass Amherst scientist to receive this award. News release