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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. ...

A significant in-kind gift from Trimble to the CNS Building and Construction Technology (BCT) Program will establish the 1,300-square-foot Trimble Technology Lab in the new Design Building. This gift, the largest of its kind to CNS, includes equipment such as Trimble’s laser scanners, advanced...

The UMass Digital Life Initiative has been selected as one of 21 "Intriguing New Ideas and People" by the Boston Globe Magazine. The goal of the initiative is to use the 30-camera "BeastCam" array to create 3D digital models of all living animals. Duncan Irschick, Biology, who created...

Tricia R. Serio, professor and head of the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona, has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences by Provost Katherine S. Newman. Steve Goodwin, who has led the college and one of its predecessors, the College of Natural...

Stewards of the university's plant cell culture library, including Jennifer Normanly, Elizabeth Vierling, Li-Jun Ma, all Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Tristram Seidler, Biology, recently announced a new collaboration with the South Korean biotechnology company PCL, Inc. of Seoul and...

Jane Markarian, CNS Special Projects and Outreach Manager, and other members of Team Eureka! have been selected to receive citations for outstanding performance through the 2016 Commonwealth Annual Performance Recognition Program. Eureka! is a nationally recognized program designed to engage...

Christian Santangelo, Physics, has been awarded the 2017 GSOFT Early Career Award from the American Physical Society's (APS) Topical Group on Soft Matter, for his "seminal theoretical contributions exploiting geometry and topology to understand the elasticity of soft materials." He shares this...

As part of the college's commitment to expanding career services to our students, Nessim Watson '05 PhD, Assistant Director of Career Counseling, has recently moved to the CNS Advising Center full-time--his office is Morrill II 337B. A Certified Professional Resume Writer, Watson provides one-on...

The Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA) has named Patricia Vittum, associate director of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment and professor in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, a 2017 recipient of its Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award, the...

Six CNS faculty members are among "the world's leading scientific minds," whose publications are among the most influential in their fields, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters: food scientists Eric Decker and David Julian McClements, polymer scientist Thomas Russell, soil chemist Baoshan...

Duncan Irschick, Biology, has been honored by the campus to participate in the 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. Irschick will present “Animal Attraction: Bioinspiration and Life in 3-D” on December 6, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building. He will also receive...

The UMass Amherst Natural History Collections showcase 300,000 specimens of mammals, birds, plants, fishes, reptiles and amphibians, with an especially strong representation of local flora and fauna. These resources play a major role in research activities and undergraduate education. A new...

John ("Jack") Duff '18, a triple major in linguistics, classics and psychology; Robert Johnson '17, a double major in physics and chemical engineering; and Randa Kallin '17, an environmental science major, were three of six undergraduate students named as fall 2016 UMass Amherst Rising...

Baoshan Xing, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, has been recognized as a UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. An expert in analyzing the chemical behaviors of soil and soil contaminants, Xing's approach seeks to enhance soil quality by taking advantage of the soil’s chemical and physical properties...

UMass Amherst is 117th among research universities worldwide in 2017 Best Global Universities published by U.S. News & World Report. This year's Best Global Universities ranking included 1,000 institutions in 65 nations. Universities are ranked based on 12 indicators that measure...