Whitbourne featured in IBT story about why people believe in UFOs
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is quoted extensively in an article about why people believe in UFOs. International Business Times
Norepinephrine has unexpected affect on auditory processing, report Ikeda and Remage-Healey
Maaya Ikeda, doctoral candidate, and her advisor, neuroscientist Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences, reported finding that the neuromodulator norepinephrine has an unexpected, direct action on auditory processing of complex signals, specifically bird songs in the zebra finch, giving insight into treatments of disorders such as schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism, as published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Health.am, Hearingreview.com, News release
McDonald featured in film segment about 2015 hurricane season
Geosciences visiting scholar Dana McDonald was featured in a film segment about the 2015 hurricane season on NECN, starting at 4:10 of the clip.
Agricultural Field Day featured research presentations at Crop and Animal Research Center
Faculty and graduate students offered presentations on a variety of research topics including growing malt barley, cover crops in potato production, hardwood biochar in agricultural soils, effects of bee disease on hedgerow plantings, dual-purpose cover crops, and much more at the UMass Crop and Animal Research Center in South Deerfield on June 24. The 358-acre agronomy and vegetable farm conducts research on vegetable crops, agronomic and bioenergy crops, organic agriculture and pasture. WWLP-TV 22, News release
Hazen and Harrington receive two grants to develop crop biotechnology venture
Samuel Hazen and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Michael J. Harrington, both in Biology, have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The NSF Innovation Corp program award of $50,000 is designed to extend the basic laboratory research to entrepreneurial ventures. The MassCEC provided a $40,000 catalyst award to test what they have learned in their laboratory model, the small grass Brachypodium distachyon, in energy crop species. Boston Business Journal
Audubon features Ralston's boreal bird count research
The recent research of Joel Ralston, Environmental Conservation, that combined data from several local point counts to offer a new picture of how birds in hard-to-reach habitats are faring was featured on Audubon.org. Their research was published in Biological Conservation. News release
Whitbourne featured in article about emotions as portrayed in "Inside Out"
Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about emotions in an article about the new animated movie Inside Out where the emotions of an 11-year-old girl are personified into characters. Fusion
Lau and Chien report that CpdR helps regulate selective protein destruction in bacteria at specific times
Joanne Lau, a microbiology doctoral student, and her advisor, Peter Chien, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have reported how two molecular pathways, protein degradation and phosphorylation, work together to ensure normal bacterial growth, as published in Molecular Cell. The finding, that a protein called CpdR is specifically phosphorylated at different times in the cell cycle, points the way toward the development of new antibiotics. News-medical.net, Science Newsline, Phys.org, Infection Control Today, R&D magazine, News release
Appreciation of the late Troll's contributions to turf grass research published by the Republican
Joseph Troll, professor of turf management at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture for 40 years and well-known pioneer in turf grass research, died on June 14. The Republican published an appreciate of his many contributions. Our sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues. News release
Rich interviewed about tick research by Barnstable Patriot
Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology and director, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, was interviewed about his research on tick-borne diseases by the Barnstable Patriot.
McMillan named director of administrative services
Maura McMillan has been named director of administrative services at CNS, effective July 1, 2015. She replaces Ceil Thompson, who retired on May 16. McMillan has spent most of her career working for the Commonwealth, most recently as budget director for financial analysis at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She has also worked for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. She holds an MPA from Ohio State University and a BA from Syracuse University.
Bradley is subject of WAMC story about Pope Francis' global warming warning
Raymond S. Bradley, Geosciences, and director, the Climate System Research Center, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about Pope Francis addressing global warming as a moral and ethical issue. Voice of America
Anika Therapeutics to collaborate with IALS to treat rheumatoid arthritis
Anika Therapeutics, Inc., of Bedford, Mass., has signed an agreement with the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) to collaborate on research to develop a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis with the goal of moving to clinical development by 2017. Sankaran (Thai) Thayumanavan, Chemistry, and Lisa M. Minter, Veterinary and Animal Aciences, are lead researchers.
McClements suggests that nanoscale delivery systems show promise but must be carefully formulated
Writing in the Journal of Food Science, David Julian McClements, Food Science, suggests that nanoscale delivery systems have numerous potential applications in the food industry but “they must be carefully formulated to ensure that they are safe, economically viable and effective.” FoodNavigator.com
Sunwheel celebration highlighted in Gazette article
The upcoming celebration by astronomers including Stephen Schneider of the longest day of the year, June 21, at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel, was featured in an article in the Hampshire Daily Gazette. Weather permitting, the hour-long gatherings will be held at 5:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium just off Rocky Hill Road in Hadley, the Sunwheel is made up of large stones arranged in a circle. News release
Lickel and Chapman find that linking climate change to natural disasters influences charitable aid
Michael Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate Systems Research Center, is quoted in a news report on WWLP-TV about the potential impacts of an El Nino weather system in the coming months.
Pantazis wins $50,000 bronze medal in DARPA competition
Postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Pantazis, Mathematics and Statistics, won a $50,000 bronze medal in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) competition to identify predictive models for use in new infectious disease forecasting methods. Pantazis, who works in the Markos Katsoulakis lab, entered the competition in his spare time. The Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) Challenge, DARPA's first health-related challenge, was launched in September, with 38 teams worldwide competing to develop the most accurate prediction model; 11 winners were chosen. There are about 1.4 million cases of the virus, which first appeared in the Americas in December 2013.
Starr's study about how Massachusetts citizens dispose of trash featured on NEPR
A recent survey of how people recycle and dispose of their trash in Massachusetts, by Jared Starr, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate, was the subject of a recent NEPR story.
3rd annual Hack for Western Mass. creates tech solutions for local nonprofits
About 100 people with a variety of computer-technology skills participated in the Hack for Western Mass. (H4WMA) held at the UMass Center at Springfield and co-run by Steven Brewer, director of the Biology Computer Resource Center. They solved tech problems for nine local profits. BusinessWest, Steve Brewer's blog
Escaped inmates probably conned the prison worker who helped them, says Whitbourne
The prison worker accused of helping two convicted murderers escape from an upstate New York prison probably got conned into helping them, says Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, who was featured in the Republican about the escape.
Ma wins $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award
Li-Jun Ma, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has received a five-year, $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award to develop new treatment options for opportunistic fungal infections. These infections claim over 1.5 million lives each year and pose an increasing threat to public health. Ma studies the genetic mechanisms that underlie the aggressive pathogenicity and genome evolution at the fungus-human interface in the model fungus Fusarium oxysporum. She will combine experimental and computational approaches to investigate pathogen virulence and host defense.
Proposed pipeline could affect more fragile landscape than elsewhere, says Jackson
A new report from the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment notes that proposed natural gas pipeline across 35 miles of Franklin County could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state, says Scott Jackson, Environmental Conservation and principal researcher, as reported in the Hampshire Daily Gazette.
Cheung and Wu discover new mechanisms for receptor proteins in plants
Alice Cheung, Hen-Ming Wu, both in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department, and colleagues report in eLife that for cell surface regulator FERONIA to function, it requires collaboration with another protein, a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein called LORELEI, or its relative LLG1. This new understanding of how FERONIA functions may open many research avenues, not only in basic plant biology, but in new methods of improving plant growth, especially in plants under stress, and improving seed yields and crop production. SeedQuest, Science Newsline, Phys.org, TerraDaily, News release