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.

Hanna M. Wallach, Computer Science, was among the "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry," according to Glamour magazine.

Magdalena Bezanilla and doctoral candidate Shu-Zon Bezanilla, both Biology, present a detailed new model that for the first time proposes how plant cells precisely position a “dynamic and complex” structure called a phragmoplast at the cell center during every division and how the plant directs cytokinesis, as reported in the journal eLife., Bio-Medicine, Science Codex, Nanowerk,, Science Daily, Science Newsline, News release

Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Dumont, Biology, and colleagues have received a five-year, $1.91 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how bats sense their environment and other individuals, including potential mates, in order to ensure survival and reproduction. News release

The late Judith Young, Astronomy, speaking in 2011, was quoted in a National Geographic story about the autumnal equinox.

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, is profiled for her new position as chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board and for being chief U.S. scientist for the International Lake El’gygytgyn Drilling Project in Siberia. The article also mentioned other UMass Amherst scientists involved with the study: Isla Castenada, Rob DeConto, and Stephen Burns, all Geosciences. Daily Hampshire Gazette, News release