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.

Piper Gaubatz, Geosciences, and Gerome Miklau, Computer Science, have been chosen by the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) as fellows for its 2015-16 seminar on “Secrecy, Publicity, Privacy, Security.” Each fellow will receive a $1,500 research allowance and participate in a yearlong faculty seminar. In the coming year ISI will receive additional funding from the dean of the College of Natural Sciences. News release

The research of Heather N. Richardson, Psychological and Brain Sciences, about the dangers of adolescent drinking was featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Kathryn Cooney and Michael Roberts, both Environmental Science, have won second place UMass Amherst Libraries Undergraduate Sustainability Research awards. Cooney's paper was “Longitudinal Differences in Brook Trout Density and Mean Length in Headwater Streams of Western Massachusetts”. Roberts' paper, a team effort, was "Coastal Erosion in Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Finding Sustainable Solutions”.

The new modeling and analyses of fault geometry in the Earth’s crust using kaolin that is being done by Michele Cooke, master's student Alex Hatem, and postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth Madden, all Geosciences, is featured on Research Next.

Patricia Brennan, Psychological and Brain Sciences, comments in a story about new video footage of the secretive black tinamou, a bird found in the foothills of the eastern Andes. Science World Report,, eScience News, Science Daily,