CNS News Briefs

CNS News Briefs

Noteworthy news from the College of Natural Sciences

September 13, 2021

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


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 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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