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LSGRC 7th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Friday, November 17!

LSGRC 7th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

The 7th annual UMass Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 17. The event brings together graduate students from all areas of life sciences research at UMass to present their work in both talks (9:00am - 5:00pm, Life Sciences Laboratories Building, Room S340) and a poster session/lunch (12:30pm - 2:00 pm). This event is open to everyone who wants to learn about the fantastic life sciences work going on at UMass! The schedule for presentations is available on the LSGRC facebook page.

Edwin Murenzi receives Best Graduate Poster Award at the NACSETAC 2017 annual meeting

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Edwin Murenzi's poster, "PYRETHROIDS INCREASE TETRODOTOXIN-SENSITIVE SODIUM CURRENTS EXPRESSED IN RAT BRAIN TISSUE MICROTRANSPLANTED INTO XENOPUS LAEVIS OOCYTES" was recognized as the Best Graduate Poster at the 23rd annual North Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Meeting. Edwin's bio / Meeting abstracts

Timme-Laragy Investigating Pollutant Effects on Embryos in Three Model Species

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Environmental health scientist Alicia Timme-Laragy recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the health effects of two environmental pollutants, perfluoro-octanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and its recent replacement chemical, perfluoro-butanesulfonic (PFBS). Read more

Microbiologists Contribute a Step Toward Possible New Anti-TB Treatment Path

As part of the long effort to improve treatment of tuberculosis (TB), microbiologists led by Yasu Morita report that they have for the first time characterized a protein involved in making a glycolipid compound found in the TB cell wall, which is critical for the disease-causing Mycobacterium to become infectious. Read more

Researchers Receive $2.4 Million to Study Exercise Responses in Older Men and Women

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Kinesiologist Mark Miller and colleagues have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine two distinct exercise training regimes designed to improve skeletal muscle function in older men and women, and in particular to determine whether the neuromuscular systems in each sex may respond differently to the training programs. Read more

Siegrist receives $2.3 million NIH grant for TB research

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Sloan Siegrist, Microbiology, has received a five-year, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award, which supports “unusually innovative research from early career investigators.” She will use the award to study the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), with a focus on understanding the behavior of antibiotics that kill the disease to shorten TB therapy. Read more.

Burand interviewed about insect-related death

John P. Burand, Microbiology, was interviewed by the Rhode Island Public Radio about a recent incident where a Massachusetts man died after being stung by a swarm of insects identified as bees, and then suffered a heart attack. Burand suggested the death may not have been caused by honeybees, noting that they are often confused with yellow jackets, which are more aggressive. Read more

MCB faculty participate in the Open Classroom Experience (OCX)

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Faculty and staff are invited to join the Open Classroom Experience (OCX), a unique event Nov. 6-10 during which faculty “hosts” will open their classrooms to colleagues who will observe a range of pedagogical approaches, teaching strategies, and instructional tools in different disciplinary areas. The OCX faculty participating in the year's theme, “Common Thread: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” will be weaving ideas from multiple disciplines into a single course. MCB participants include Madelaine Bartlett and Craig Albertson. Read more

Soft Materials for Life Sciences NSF NRT program in the news

Highly creative research advances come not only from individual effort but from collaboration across different disciplines. This calls for young scientists to have more team-oriented skills, especially in industry and government labs where work is often done by groups of scientists and engineers trained in fundamentally different ways, says polymer science researcher Gregory N. Tew. Read more

Zoeller speaks about risks posed by flame retardants

Thomas Zoeller, Biology, was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun about efforts to ban toxic fire-resistant chemicals in children’s products such as furniture, mattresses, and household electronics, noting that the chemicals interfere with hormones during early brain development. Read more