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.

The Board of Trustees voted June 15 to award and appoint tenure. The newly tenured CNS faculty members are: Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation; Krista Gile, Mathematics and Statistics; Simi T. Hoque, Environmental Conservation; Thomas Maresca, Biology; Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Jeffrey Starns, Psychological and Brain Sciences. Appointed as professors with tenure were Kirby Deater-Deckard, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Jody Jellison, Biology. Read more

CNS faculty are among 14 Amherst campus faculty and staff members sharing more than $349,000 in grants from the President's Office for science and technology research and arts and humanities/social sciences projects. Funded projects with CNS faculty include "Bio-mechanics for Disease Diagnosis and Cell," led by Alfred Crosby, polymer science and engineering, and Jae-Hwang Lee, mechanical and industrial engineering, which will create an interdisciplinary research program to establish the university's bio-mechanical capabilities at the level of individual cells and organs. Jennifer Ross and Anthony Dinsmore, Physics, are PIs for "Soft Quantum Bio-Interface Center," a project to develop a new center that will be the first in the world to focus on research and technology at the interface between soft, biological materials and quantum-mechanical, electronic materials. "High Quality Environmental Data for Scientific Applications and Natural Resource Management" is led by Paula Rees, Water Resources Center, State Geologist Steve Mabee, Geosciences, and Charlie Schweik, Environmental Conservation. "Using 3D Modeling to Digitally Preserve the Architectural Heritage of Massachusetts," led by Duncan Irschick, Biology, Copper Giloth, Art, and Marla Miller, History, proposes to digitally preserve a series of endangered historic architectural landmarks in Massachusetts using a modified form of the Irschick's Beastcam technology. Read more

Beginning in September, a number of Holyoke high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to get a jump start on earning college credits from UMass Amherst at a very affordable cost, thanks to a new program announced by Holyoke Public Schools receiver Stephen Zrike and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. Under the new UMass Holyoke High School Scholars Program, about 50 qualified students per year from Holyoke High and Dean Technical High School will be able to take one of three reduced-cost UMass Amherst courses, including "Introduction to Psychology." Holyoke students will pay only $20 per class plus materials, while the university will pick up the balance of the cost, estimated to be about $1,400 per student. Read more

Sarah Zuraw, graduate student in Astronomy, will be the keynote speaker at the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center in Cummington in September on "Discovering Gravity Waves." Springfield Republican

Hélène Cousin, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was awarded an RO3 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant. Read more