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A new study by Nilanjana Dasgupta and her PhD student Tara C. Dennehy, both Psychological and Brain Sciences, found that early in college, young women in engineering majors felt more confident about their ability, a greater sense of belonging in engineering, more motivated and less anxious if...

Robert M. DeConto, Geosciences, comments in multiple stories about signs of climate change in Antarctica. He says the increased presence of moss on some islands and on the northern part of the peninsula along with more visible plant life shows that rising CO2 levels are moving the region back in...

The Center for Autonomous Chemistry, an initiative led by chemistry professor S. "Thai" Thayumanvanan, with partners at UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School, has received a $140,000 grant. The project will develop the molecular design fundamentals for autonomous chemical systems, inspired by...

Paul O’Connor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture received a 2017 Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award. News Office release

A feature story looks at Georg Jamieson, 86, of Maine, who finished his degree in sustainable horticulture at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture this spring after a 66-year break. Jamieson was enrolled in the school but dropped out just six credits shy of graduation in 1951 and joined the...

Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, says preventing tick bites is the best way to battle Lyme disease. The laboratory tests ticks for a variety of diseases including Lyme disease....

Ambarish Karmalkar, a postdoctoral research at the Northeast Climate Science Center, is co-author of a report that predicts the effects of climate change will have an impact on New England about 20 years earlier than other parts of the country....

CNS and the College of Engineering recently held the third annual two-day, spring training workshop for 26 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers accepted into the Teaching Fellows program. The training is overseen by Elizabeth Jakob, Psychology and associate dean of the graduate school...

Paul Barten, Environmental Conservation, gave the 2017 Commonwealth Honors College Daffodil Lecture, presenting a talk titled "Taking the Road Less Traveled to a Sustainable Future." Commonwealth...

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences and its director, Peter Reinhart, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, are featured in an article in Commonwealth Magazine about how UMass Amherst is investing in innovation. Reinhart says outside companies have discovered the facilities and research...

Paula Pietromonaco, Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of the Close Relationships, Emotion and Health Lab, was recently appointed editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association....

Toni Lyn Morelli, Environmental Conservation and a U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist with the Northeast Climate Science Center, and colleagues present some of the first maps of climate change refugia – areas buffered from climate change that can be managed for species conservation –...

Sandra Petersen, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, recently received a two-year, $438,000 exploratory grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to further her studies of a little-known gene, CUG RNA-binding protein 2, which affects sex-specific development processes in the...

Five Public Engagement Project fellows, including included Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, and Scott Garman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, visited the State House May 9 to share their research and explore synergies in meetings with 16 state representatives, senators and other policy...

Five CNS students, Chaia Flegenheimer, Rachel Herman, Shirley Plucinski, Durga Kolla, and Albert Lo, are among the 10 recipients of the 2017 Student Research Grants and Awards from the Center for Research on Families.

Dissertation Fellowship - $10,000
Chaia...

The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool was selected to receive the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the “broad partnership” category from the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy working group. The team that developed the online...

Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, says using nanomaterials to deliver drugs to could be a way to help prevent bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs. Rotello and his team of researchers is looking at ways to use nanomaterials to target specific bacteria and get around their defenses....

Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, says they are getting more requests to test ticks for diseases such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis and Powassan virus. That may reflect an increase in the number of ticks, or it may show that people are...

Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says rather than spraying to kill gypsy moths in the region, officials should allow a fungus that kills the insects to naturally do its work. “States in New England should not be involved in aerial spraying of gypsy moths. It makes no sense...

Peter Tao ’18, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, has created a new app he named Spotlight, an anonymous photo-sharing platform that allows users anywhere to embed captions onto a photo feed that deletes after 24 hours. He began developing it last fall when he attended UMass Hack IV...

Corelle Rokicki ‘18, a Microbiology major, was recently selected to participate in the American Society’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (ASM-URF). Under the fellowship program, ASM recognizes rising young scientists who will represent the society and themselves to their full...

Four CNS seniors are among the 10 honored as 21st Century Leaders at the 2017 Undergraduate Commencement: Ryan Boyden, a double major in physics and astronomy; Bailey Ingalls, a double major in chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology; Heather MacLean, a psychology major; and Rebecca Kim...

An article by John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and colleagues in the May 2016 issue of Journal of Medical Entomology has been listed among the journal’s most cited for the year. ...

Geng-Lin Li, Biology, recently was awarded a five-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to study auditory signal processing in the inner ear. His findings will expand basic understanding of hearing and could lead to better hearing protection....

Michael A. Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center, says a rainy spring has all but eradicated the drought in most of Massachusetts. He says a rainy April has been a big help and but a few areas remain with drought status. ...