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Li-Jun Ma, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, has been awarded a five-year, $880,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation to fund her research...

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize, an annual competition for CNS scientists engaged in high-impact applied life sciences research.  

This notable prize is made possible through the generosity of the Mahoney...

NASA has named a rippled linear dune of dark Martian sand “Nathan Bridges Dune” after planetary scientist and Geosciences alumnus Nathan Bridges (PhD ’97), who died in April. Bridges was a planetary research scientist at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory....

Alexander Gerson, Biology, has received a $756,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate the phenomenon by which migrating birds produce energy...

Madelaine Bartlett, Biology, has received a five-year, $837,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant, NSF’s highest...

Genoverde Biosciences Inc., cofounded by Sam Hazen, Biology, received the top prize of $25,000 in a Valley Venture Mentors program for start-up companies, for...

Isaac Larsen, Geosciences, has received the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group’s 2017 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award. The award recognizes...

Katherine Dorfman, Biology; Richard Leibe, UMass Cranberry Station, and Kamal Souccar, Astronomy were among the 10 UMass Amherst staff members who received a 2017 Chancellor’s Citation Award Recipients

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Two CNS alumni were among honored with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards in a ceremony on April 24 presided over by UMass Amherst Alumni Association President Michaella Morzuch. Danielle O’Connor Dean ’10 received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and  Michael Wessells ’73 MA, ’74 PhD...

Vincent Giacalone ’17, Microbiology major; Saba Karimeddiny ’17, Physics major; Johanna L’Heureux ’17, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Helen Root ’17 Psychology major, were among the six seniors whose...

Congratulations to our 2017 Outstanding Award winners!

Outstanding Teaching: Christiane Healey, Biology and Susan Han, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Outstanding Advisor: Christina Metevier, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Outstanding Service/Outreach: Scott Auerbach,...

Nearly 200 people attended the official launch of the new School of Earth and Sustainability on April 19 in the atrium of the Design Building, where founding director Curt Griffin thanked Provost Katherine S. Newman, Steve Goodwin, CNS dean, and other administrators, faculty and staff who worked...

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) recently named mathematics Distinguished Professor Panayotis “Panos” Kevrekidis to its 2017 Class of SIAM Fellows, recognizing him for “fundamental contributions to the existence, stability, and dynamics of nonlinear waves with...

UMass Extension’s Keystone Project received the 2017 Environmental Service Award for Outstanding Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions. The award cites Keystone for “its exemplary work with landowners, conservation commissioners and many others to...

CNS undergraduate students were well represented on all of the UMass Amherst Libraries 2017 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards. First-place and $1,000 scholarship recipients include Cameron Lane ’18, Physics; Matthew “Donnie” Rollings ’18, Chemistry and Mathematics; Cameron Smith-...

The sophisticated work undertaken by students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Programs’s “Fourth Dimension” is on view in the iCons Student Showcase, a video gallery of student research. Creating nanowires to improve memory storage in everyday devices, looking at the...

Joonkoo Park, Psychological and Brain Sciences, received a five-year, $751,000 NSF faculty early career development (CAREER) to address basic research questions about how our brains process numbers and magnitude and how such processes give rise to more complex mathematical thinking. He recently...

Isaac Larsen, Geosciences, has received a five-year, $542,000 NSF faculty early career development (CAREER) grant to address basic research questions about soil production, soil erosion, agricultural landscape evolution and human impact in these areas. Larsen and colleagues will study Midwest...

Nilanjana Dasgupta, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of CNS faculty equity and inclusion, has won the 2016 Application of Personality and Social Psychology Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Dasgupta was recognized for her “groundbreaking...

Ezra Markowitz, Environmental Conservation, has been selected to receive the 2017 Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, also known as Division 34. Markowitz’s research focuses on the...

Stella Offner, Astronomy, has received a five-year, $429,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from National Science Foundation (NSF), and plans to use it not only to study how stars are born, but also to develop interactive online astronomy “tours” to enhance K-12 science...

Design Building

The new Design Building, with its structure and mechanical systems purposefully exposed, is open as both a showcase of integrated design and a model of integrative learning. The $52 million, 82,000-square-foot structure demonstrates state-of-the-art wood...

Raymond Bradley, distinguished professor in Geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, was recently elected to the European Academy, Academia Europaea, joining 21 other U.S. members in its Earth and Cosmic Sciences section. Before this latest honor, which was...

For a second straight year, UMass Amherst is included in “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” released Jan. 31 by The Princeton Review. ...