CNS Women in Science Initiative

The CNS Women in Science Initiative (WISI) focuses on increasing the success of women scientists at all stages of their academic careers. WISI offers special programs and events, and connects women scientists through campus organizations and community outreach, and provides helpful off-campus resources for women scientists.

Margaret Riley, Biology, announced that she is partnering with a Chinese scientist to develop a new drug platform, pheromonicins. The Chinese government is committing $400 million per year to support the newly created Pheromonicin Institute of Beijing. Riley plans to open a sister institute in the Amherst area. WGGB-TV 40, News-Medical.net, Infection Control Today, Business West, New England Public Radio, News release

Caren M. Rotello, Psychological and Brain Sciences, discussed research on factors involved in the public’s ability to recognize and recall vehicle license plates, including the use of symbols in addition to numbers and letters on New England Public Radio, News release

Margaret A. Riley, Biology, was interviewed about bacteria that are becoming more resistant to treatment because they are developing immunity to common antibiotics. She says the government has cut funding in this area and private companies have backed off because they thought the problems were solved. International Business Times

Margaret A. Riley, Biology, and graduate students in her laboratory were interviewed about bacteria that are becoming more resistant to treatment because they are developing immunity to common antibiotics. WGGB-TV 40

Lynn Adler, Biology, along with former Darwin Scholar Anne Leonard, undergraduates Karly Regan and Winston Anthony, and colleagues from Dartmouth College studying the interaction between plants, pollinators, and parasites have found that bees infected with a common intestinal parasite had reduced parasite levels in their guts after seven days if the bees also consumed natural toxins present in plant nectar, as reported in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The Independent, Phys.org, ChinaTopix.com, Science Newsline, Entomology Today, UPI.com, Pioneer News, International Business Times, Mother Nature Network, News release