Kevrekidis wins Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
Professor Panayotis Kevrekidis, Mathematics and Statistics, recently received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany for his outstanding research accomplishments. He is one of only 20 researchers worldwide to receive the honor this year. News Release
Santangelo's work featured in Physics World: Physics and Origami
Professor Christian Santangelo, Physics, has work on physics and origami featured in Physics World.
Sam Black receives Gates Foundation grant for research on deadly African cattle disease
Professor Samuel Black, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, has been awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation a three-year, $478,000 grant for his research on deadly African cattle disease. News Release
Chemist Receives NSF Grant to Enhance 'Grass to Gas' Biofuel Technology
Professor Scott Auerbach, Chemistry, has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 NSF grant to improve basic understanding and optimize the process of producing fuels such as gasoline from plant biomass instead of petroleum. Auerbach, who studies zeolites, wonders if these minerals may also be used to convert plant biomass such as cellulose into gasoline. News Release
Lili He awarded $473,628 USDA grant to study how chemical pesticides may affect food safety
Professor Lili He, Food Science, recently received a three-year, $473,628 grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study mechanisms of how chemical pesticides, applied both systemically and to the surface, penetrate fresh produce and move into plant tissues, and how this may affect food safety for consumers. News Release
Seven Receive Family Forest Education Award
Seven faculty and staff members of the Family Forest Research Center (FFRC) recently won the 2015 Family Forests Education Award from the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, for their comprehensive family forest education program. News Release
Wang lab identifies a key molecule in nitrogen-fixing bacteria
Professor Dong Wang, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department and members of his lab, including lead author and postdoctoral researcher Minsoo Kim, and former undergraduate student Chris Waters, have a key molecule in nitrogen-fixing bacteria, a "double agent" peptide in an alfalfa that may hold promise for improving crop yields without increasing fertilizer use. News Release
Michael Maroney named AAAS Fellow
Michael J. Maroney, professor of chemistry, was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Maroney, whose research uses biophysical, molecular biological and synthetic model approaches to investigate the structure of transition metal sites in proteins and enzymes, was recognized for "pioneering work in understanding nickel bioinorganic chemistry, with applications to bioenergy science, bacterial pathogenesis and transition metal homeostasis." AAAS Fellows are selected annually for "their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished."
Calzetti awarded Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship by Swedish Research Council
Daniela Calzetti, Astronomy, was recently awarded the 2016 Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship by the Swedish Research Council, awarded annually to an internationally prominent researcher in natural and engineering sciences. A specialist in how galaxies are formed, Calzetti is known worldwide for "Calzetti’s Law," a tool she developed in the mid-1990s that, among other things, allows astronomers to estimate how much information they are missing due to dust obscuring probes of very distant galaxies.
Thayumanavan lead PI on $6.25M grant to develop molecular signals
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a grant expected to total $6.25 million over five years to a research team led by Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan, Chemistry, to develop new algorithms and identify pathways involved in a molecular detection and signaling process. Additional research team members include physicists Jenny Ross and Anthony Dinsmore, and three others from the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, San Diego.
Joseph Elkinton says it's likely that New England will see an overall increase in the number of winter moths
Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says there is likely going to be an overall increase in the number of winter moths that are showing up in parts of New England this year. Elkinton has been trying to control the winter moths by releasing a type of fly that eats them. He says at a release site in Wellesley the number of winters moths appears to be down so far this year. Better results will be available later this winter, Elkinton says in the Boston Globe.
Andrew Whiteley co-author on Brook Trout Study that identifies top climate change pressure factor
Andrew Whiteley, Environmental Conservation, and postdoctoral researcher Jason Coombs, along with the Forest Service and USGS scientists, have tracked more than 15,000 brook trout for a 15-year study that should help nonprofit watershed conservation groups and state and federal wildlife managers identify, prioritize and protect habitat at sites most likely to have fish in the future. News Office Release
Petersen STEM Mentoring Award featured in Report on Research
Sandra Petersen, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was featured in the annual Report on Research for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama.
The new Design Building is featured in Report on Research
The new Design Building, was featured in the annual Report on Research; the article included interviews with Peggi Clouston and Alex Schreyer, Building and Construction Technology in Environmental Science.
Riley's targeted bacteriocin research is featured in Report on Research
The targeted bacteriocin research of Margaret Riley, Biology, was featured in the annual Report on Research. Sandra Roy '09 and Veterinary and Animal Sciences doctoral candidate was also featured.
Armstrong Fund winners Yun, Hardy, and Ross are featured in Report on Research
The Armstrong Fund including the present CNS awardee Jun Yun, Chemistry, and past winners Jeanne Hardy, Chemistry, and Jenny Ross, Physics, was featured in the annual Report on Research. In addition, an image from Hardy's lab was featured on the back cover.
Rotello and Le nanoparticle sensor system featured in Report on Research
The nanoparticle sensor system invented by Vincent Rotello and doctoral candidate Le Ngoc, both Chemistry, was reported in the annual Report on Research.
Research of Pocar, Cadonati, and Otis on the Borexino experiment featured in Report on Research
The research of Andrea Pocar and Laura Cadonati, and doctoral student Keith Otis, all Physics, on the Borexino experiment was reported in the annual Report on Research.
CAREER awards to Kittilstved, Oblomkov, Starns featured in Report on Research
The 2014-2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards to CNS faculty Kevin R. Kittilstved, Chemistry, Alexei Oblomkov, Mathematics and Statistics, and Jeffrey Starns, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was reported in the annual Report on Research.
USDA grants to He, Goddard, Mangan, and Barros featured in Report on Research
The award of four U.S. Department of Agriculture grants totaling $1.75 million to CNS researchers Lili He and Julie Goddard, both in Food Science, and Frank Mangan and Zoraia Barros, both in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was reported in the annual Report on Research.
Faculty start-ups, licenses, and patents featured in Report on Research
Faculty start-up companies, licenses, and patents including many by CNS faculty were reported in the annual Report on Research.
Whitbourne interviewed and Feldman cited in article on politicians lying
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for an article on Observer.com about why politicians lie and why many voters forgive them. Research on lying by Robert Feldman, also Psychological and Brain Sciences, was also cited.
Kim, Waters, and Wang identify a key molecule in nitrogen-fixing bacteria
Molecular biologists who study nitrogen-fixing bacteria in plants have discovered a “double agent” peptide in an alfalfa that may hold promise for improving crop yields without increasing fertilizer use. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lead author and postdoctoral researcher Minsoo Kim, former undergraduate student Chris Waters, and Dong Wang, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department, with colleagues at the Noble Foundation in Oklahoma, have reported that alfalfa appears to use an advanced process for putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria, rhizobia, to work more effectively after they are recruited from soil to fix nitrogen in special nodules on plant roots. News release
Staudinger and Morelli report from NECSC noted in UMass Amherst magazine
A report from the Northeast Climate Science Center, written by Michelle Staudinger '10 PhD and Toni Lynn Morelli, both Environmental Science and ecologists with the US Geological Survey, was featured in the Research Notebook section of the fall 2015 issue of UMass Amherst magazine.