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.

Five CNS seniors have been named 21st Century Leaders for their exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership and will be honored at Undergraduate Commencement on May 6, 2016. Gregory Barysky majored in Psychology with a mathematics minor. Samantha Giffen double majored in Microbiology and Public Health. Kevin Harrington double majored in Astronomy and Psychology, with a minor in Afro-American studies. Soun Heang Lee majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Abdifatah Omar majored in Biology and Psychology major. Read more

Katherine Beltaire, lecturer in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, received one of four 2016 University Distinguished Teaching Awards, the campus' highest honor for classroom excellence. Read more

As the daffodil blooming season draws to a close, John Stoffolano, School of Agriculture, John Burand, Microbiology, and undergraduate plant, soil and insect sciences major Jennifer Schaler, are investigating a possible bio-control remedy, a naturally occurring virus, that might help to stop a pest known as the large narcissus bulb fly. Its larvae feed on and destroy many thousands of narcissus bulbs nationwide every year, and it has few natural enemies. Read more

The UMass student chapter of the Society of American Foresters' quiz bowl team of Monika Sowinska, Eric Brown, Collin Oliver, and Kevin Surdam won the 2016 quiz bowl at the recent New England Society of American Foresters annual conference. Categories for the Jeopardy style quiz included forest ecology, insects and disease, policy, tree identification, silviculture, and timber harvesting. Read more

Ashley McElhinney '16 and Benjamin Green '16, Environmental Conservation, have received Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Awards from the Civic Engagement and Service Learning Office. The ACT Award recognizes their leadership, academic excellence, and contribution to a community through a service-learning course or community engaged research project. Read more