Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences and CNS Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, and her research identifying remedies to prevent attrition of girls and women from STEM, are featured. Read more

Dong Wang and Li-Jun Ma, both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, were recognized for their research at the 17th International Congress of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions held July 17-21 in Portland, Ore. Wang received the inaugural MPMI Young Investigator Award and Ma presented a plenary talk at the meeting. Read more

The new Design Building under construction at UMass Amherst will be featured in September as part of the "Timber City" exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Architect

A business story in Forbes about Anika Therapeutics, a small biotech company in Bedford and its expected earning potential for investors, mentions that the company entered into an agreement with the Institute for Applied Life Sciences last year to develop a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. The new drug being developed could be commercialized by 2017, the story says. Forbes

John Gartner, a postdoc in the Geosciences department, has received a $50,000 renewable grant from NSF's National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCESD) to study the effects of large floods on rivers and the processes at work when such stresses hit. The investigation should show how to help land, ecosystems and communities recover from disturbances such as floods and humans re-arranging streams. Using the Chickley River in the northwest Massachusetts town of Hawley and stretches of the Connecticut River in Vermont as natural laboratories, postdoctoral geosciences researcher Gartner will investigate how floods reverse human efforts to straighten, or channelize, rivers, and what controls a river’s process of returning to a naturally more sinuous and complex state. Christine Hatch and Isaac Larson, Geosciences, are mentors for Gartner’s fellowship. Read more