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CNS celebrates the start of the new academic year with its College Day Cookout, a special, zero-waste event featuring grilled local food; live music; and a chance to connect with other students, faculty, and staff.

Robert DeConto, Geosciences, has received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program. DeConto...

Todd Emrick, Polymer Science & Engineering, has been awarded a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support a multi-university Center for Chemo-...

Richard Vachet, Chemistry, received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his group’s study of the aggregation by βeta-2-microglobulin (β2m), the...

Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan, Chemistry, has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a multi-university Center for Autonomous Chemistry,...

Margaret “Peg” Riley, Biology, and Elizabeth “Betsy” McEneaney of the College of Education, have received a three-year, $987,000 grant from the National Science...

David Boutt, Geosciences, has been named the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for 2018 by the Geological Society of America’s Hydrogeology Division, in recognition of “outstanding...

New CNS Dean Tricia Serio was profiled in article in ASBMB Today about Speak Your Story, a project she launched that documents subtle sexism at scientific institutions as a way to begin designing ways to prevent it. The project invites academics to share their experiences with sexist...

Neal Katz, Astronomy, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to collaborate with colleagues in South Africa to study, teach, and help guide observations on a new radio telescope by...

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; and Helen Root ’17, Psychology major, were among the six seniors whose research accomplishments are inspiring and notable received the...

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...