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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...

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,...

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...

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 ’...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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-...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...