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Hydrogeologist and UMass Amherst associate professor of geosciences David Boutt worked with an investigative team to determine whether Nestlé’s Poland Spring bottled water lived up to its name.
His findings settled a class action lawsuit against Nestlé when—after testing all eight Poland Spring...

Ecologist Susannah Lerman at UMass Amherst and the USDA Forest Service has published new research in which she and colleagues suggest that homeowners can help support bee habitat in suburban yards, specifically their lawns, by changing lawn-mowing habits. The researchers found that taking a "lazy...
Brandon Hedrick, Biology postdoc, has been working with the Hitchcock Center to find out how many salamanders actually use the tunnels under Henry Street in North Amherst. Data suggests that there are at least 300 of the animals in that area and that the population is relatively stable. (photo by...
College of Natural Sciences graduates enter the world with a rare perspective
2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards Honor Diversity, Passion
Jeanne Hardy, Chemistry, whose research focuses on a key protein linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, is being recognized with the inaugural Mahoney Life Sciences Prize at UMass Amherst. A panel of expert judges from the life sciences sector observed that the “biomedical...
Mark Heyer, Astronomy, has collaborated with UCSB postdoctoral fellow Greg Salvesen to produce a piece of music called “Milky Way Blues” based on astronomical data about our galaxy. For the composition, Heyer developed an algorithm that transforms astronomical data about galactic gases into musical...
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy presented the Rising Researcher awards to some of UMass' most promising undergraduate students to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. They include these CNS students: Shelby Cox ‘18, Mathematics & Statistics and Linguistics double major with...
Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, Psychological & Brain Sciences, director of the Institute of Diversity Sciences, and College of Natural Sciences director of faculty equity and inclusion, along with the institute steering committee, recently announced the first six multidisciplinary teams that have...
Kathleen Arcaro, an environmental toxicologist at CAFE, discusses her research in this latest installment in the Research that Matters video series.
Ryan Hayward, Polymer Science and Engineering, is lead investigator for a five-year, $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Office of Naval Research to support fundamental research needed to design molecules and material architectures that efficiently...
The CNS community both near and far are feeling the excitement of the UMassGives campaign which is taking place April 26 and 27th. Will you join in with a donation to the CNS Student Success Fund? UMassGives is a wonderful opportunity to chip in.
At CNS, we are committed to ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed. Nearly 1 in 3 incoming CNS students is a first-generation student. Programs have shown that we can counteract gaps between experience and ability with intensive advising, skill development and other support programs...
Will Daniels, Geosciences postdoctoral researcher at UMass Amherst’s Climate System Research Center, is set to embark on the trip of a lifetime this month as part of an experiment for NASA, spending 45 days away from Earth as he knows it, without ever leaving the ground. Daniels is one of just four...
Duncan Irschick, Biology, and the Digital Life team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, creators of an online catalog of high-resolution, full-color 3D models of living organisms, announce today that they have released two new, online full-color animated models of a loggerhead and a green...
Alice Cheung, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, is part of an international collaboration of plant researchers that reported yet another newly discovered role for the versatile receptor kinase, FERONIA, in the model plant Arabidopsis. The researchers say it acts as a sensor in the...
Jeff Podos, Biology, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant that will not only support his teaching next fall at Brazil’s National Institute for Amazon Research and the Federal University of Amazonas, but will also take him deep into the Amazon rain forest to study birds that communicate...
For the sixty scholars, practitioners, and students who recently gathered for the 2017 Topol Summit on Transforming the Research and Practice of Nonviolent Activism, the day was an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration across fields—and to strategize about how to use their individual perspectives and expertise to find new, creative approaches to conflict resolution.
Lili He, Food Science, is the latest CNS faculty member featured in the UMass Women in Science video series.
In her video profile, Prof. He talks about her innovative research to improve food safety and quality, describes the many opportunities in the field of food science, and offers advice for...
The new Physical Sciences Building (PSB) and its partner, the relocated and renovated West Experiment Station, as well as the new Horse Barn, are scheduled to be completed in the spring semester.
The 82,500-square-foot PSB, scheduled to be ready for occupancy in April, will house Physics Department...
The work of Lili He, Food Science, and Jon Clements, UMass Extension, are featured in new videos from the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE), part of CAFÉ’s new “Research That Matters” series.
 “We want to let the public know about meaningful research being conducted at UMass...
Linda Isbell, Psychological & Brain Sciences, has received a five-year, $1.71 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the influence of emotions on medical decision-making and diagnosis among emergency medicine...
The Department of Food Science began the celebration of its 100th anniversary this year at an international conference, “Foods for Health: Meeting the needs of future generations,” in Thailand on Jan. 10-12.
Of the 85 participants registered from the United States, Canada, Australia, southeast Asia...
Alexandra Pope, Astronomy, is the latest CNS faculty member featured in the UMass Amherst Women in Science video series.
In her profile, Pope talks about the importance of mentoring students; the exciting opportunity to conduct research, alongside her graduate and undergraduate students, at the...
Timothy Randhir, Environmental Conservation, and Elsbeth Walker, Biology, have been named faculty fellows in the UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project (PEP). They and the six other 2018 PEP fellows will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners, and...