CNS News Briefs

CNS News Briefs

Noteworthy news from the College of Natural Sciences

November 29, 2021

Research, grants, awards, achievements, and other events at the College of Natural Sciences' 13 departments and two schools.

 

November 29, 202: Researchers in CNS' Martin Lab, led by Prof. Craig Martin, will receive funding from the Wellcome Leap R3 (RNA Readiness + Response) initiative. The initiative brings researchers together to develop a global network of "living" biofoundries to enhance RNA-based manufacturing capabilities, with the goal of increasing access to diverse biologics and sustainable pandemic responses. In collaboration with the labs of Sarah Perry and Shelly Peyton in UMass' Chemical Engineering department, the Martin lab will develop dramatically improved approaches to RNA manufacturing. "Our aim is to improve the production of mRNA, the key ingredient in the two most successful vaccines against COVID-19, and in future therapies," says Martin. "Specifically, we will developed increased purity from the outset, reducing or eliminating costly purification steps downstream."

November 23, 2021: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Prof. Lin-Jun Ma and her lab have discovered how plants respond differently to useful and harmful microbes by researching two strains of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum. Their research was published in the journal Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. Read on...

October 18, 2021: Professor Emerita Cynthia Baldwin has been selected as a Fellow of the Conference of Research Workers in Animals Diseases by her colleagues in the field. This CRWAD honor places Baldwin among an elite cadre of scientists in research careers, including academia, industry, and government.

October 4, 2021: David Kessler and Tristan Winick from CNS' Physics department are among 65 recipients of the Department of Energy's Science Graduate Student Research Awards. As part of this honor, each awardee will perform research at one of the DOE’s many facilities: Kessler will be trained at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Winick at Argonne National LaboratoryRead on...

October 1, 2021: Environmental Conservation Associate Professor Ezra Markowitz and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Carolina Arágon have received a Climate Change Communication Award for their art installation in Boston harbor. The award recognizes the best projects dedicated to communicating the greatest challenge of the coming decades. Read on...

October: Natasha M. de la Rosa-Rivera, a fourth-year PhD student in the neuroscience and behavior program and a 2019 CRF Graduate Student Grant Writers Program member, is a recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) dissertation award (R36) to complete and further her research on brain systems. Read on...

September: Markos Katsoulakis and Luc Rey-Bellet, professors in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, have received a 1.1M grant for scientific machine learning from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This grant — part of a $1.95 million  joint award between Katsoulakis, Rey-Bellet and Paul Dupuis of Brown University — focuses on the development of new mathematical, statistical and computational methods to enhance machine learning, predictions, and design of complex physico-chemical systems, such as in materials and energy problems. Read on...AFOSR grant

September 1, 2021: Psychological and Brain Sciences' announced that Shelby Casimir and Patricia Cole are the first recipients of the Feldman-Vorwerk Internship Award. Read on...

August 2021: Two groups of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty and staff were accepted as Inclusive Excellence Fellows for the 2021-2022 academic year. This fellowship provides the support for faculty and staff leaders to implement projects that foster the inclusion of all undergraduate students in the College of Natural Sciences. 

August 12, 2021: Psychological and Brain Sciences' Mélise Edwards and Agnès Lacreuse win a competitive Gilliam Fellowship. Read on... 

August 11, 2021: The Katsumata Research Group in the Polymer Science and Engineering department recently published a paper, "Molecular Design of Polymer Coatings Capable of Photo-Triggered Stress Relaxation via Dynamic Bond Exchange, in the Journal of Polymer Science. Read on...

August 10, 2021: Geosciences Prof. Michael Rawlins was recently interviewed by AMC Northeast Public Radio and MassLive.com on what the most recent IPCC report will mean for the current and future climate of the Northeastern U.S. Listen here...

August 1, 2021: Yulong Lu, from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has won an NSF grant on the mathematical foundation of machine learning. This grant will complement a previously received interdisciplinary TRIPODS grant  devoted to scientific machine learning.

August 2021: Marco Keiluweit, assistant professor, Soils and the Environment, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, has received an NSF Career Grant. The objective of the grant is to develop mechanistic understanding of the dynamics and vulnerability of mineral-organic associations (MOAs) in the rhizosphere and to train diverse, creative, and technically-skilled environmental scientists to meet the most pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century. 

August 2021: Microbiology Associate Prof. Wilmore Webly was recognized by Northern Caribbean University for exemplifying "the ethics and values of NCU in his life and work" and for distinguishing himself "in the field of microbiology where he has demonstrated academic and professional excellence." In June, Webley was appointed Associate Dean for Office of Inclusion and Engagement at the Graduate School

July 19, 2021: Romain Vasseur, a condensed matter theorist working on strongly correlated quantum systems in the Physics department, has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor

July 21, 2021: Kudos to Food Science PhD candidate Cassandra Suther, who received a prestigious predoctoral fellowship of $180,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to study the effect of norovirus on the development and severity of food allergies. Read on...

July 2021: Microbiology Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director Heather Reed was promoted  to Senior Lecturer effective Sept. 1.

 

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