News & Announcements

Kathleen Arcaro's research featured in ‘Research that Matters’ video

This week the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) released two new videos that highlight the work of an environmental toxicologist and an air quality scientist. CAFE director Jody Jellison says, “Meaningful research being conducted at UMass that impacts our lives in positive ways is of great interest to the public. These short videos, with links to more information, are intended to get the word out.” Read more

Hardy Wins Inaugural Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for High-Impact, Applied Research 

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Jeanne Hardy, associate professor of 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. Read more

Science in Our Community:  Antibiotic Resistance Edition

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Dr. Sloan Siegrist and Dr. Peter Chien talk about antibiotic resistance at the inaugural Science in Our Community Event on April 17th at 7pm in Room 101 at the Bangs Community Center. The event was organized by graduate students at UMass Amherst who are looking to engage the greater local and student community on research taking place at the university.

Wang Awarded Support as Visiting Scholar at Arnold Arboretum 

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Dong Wang, biochemistry and molecular biology, has been honored with one of Harvard University’s two 2018 Sargent Award for Visiting Scholars at the Arnold Arboretum. The award will support his further research on bacteria known as rhizobia. They live in nodules on the roots of legumes to fix nitrogen from the soil, which nurtures the host plant. Read more

Six Faculty Awarded Technology Development Grants by President’s Office 

Six Amherst campus faculty are among the recipients of $200,000 in seed funding from the UMass system’s Technology Development Fund. Announced April 18 by President Marty Meehan, the $25,000 awards will support the development of new technologies aimed at protecting premature infants from heart problems, producing hydrogen for use in electric vehicles, treating Alzheimer’s disease and helping to diagnose chronic medical conditions. Read more

TEFD Announces Mutual Mentoring Grants for 2018-19 

The Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) has awarded six faculty team grants along with 11 individual pre-tenure faculty micro grants as part of its Mutual Mentoring Program. Originally funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mutual Mentoring Team and Micro Grants, now supported by TEFD funds, encourage faculty to develop robust professional networks that support their growth as researchers, teachers and leaders in their fields. Read more

Outreach and Public Engagement Summit: Wednesday, April 11

Are you interested in finding a larger audience for your research or pursuing a career in outreach and public engagement? If so,then please attend the April 11th Outreach and Public Engagement Summit, which will help you make the connections and provide you with information necessary to achieve your goals.  Pre-registration is requested: https://tinyurl.com/OPESummit.

Graduate Students Attend AAAS Workshop on Federal Issues, Science Communication 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren with (from left) Evan Kuras, Christina Chisholm, Avelino Amado and Archit Rastogi.

Four graduate students learned about Congress, the federal budget process and effective science communication during the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop hosted March 18-20 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington D.C. Evan Kuras, a master’s student in environmental conservation, and doctoral students Avelino Amado, kinesiology, and Christina Chisholm and Archit Rastogi, both of molecular and cellular biology, were chosen for the workshop based on applications they submitted to the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. Read more

TEFD Announces 2018-19 Lilly Fellows

The Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) has announced the selection of the 2018-19 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.

The eight fellows are:

Melissa Baker, hospitality and tourism management
Dania Francis, economics and Afro-American studies
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, music and dance
Michele Markstein, biology
Ofer Sharone, sociology
Alena Vasilyeva, communication
Dong Wang, biochemistry and molecular biology
Garrett Washington, history

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UMass Amherst Biologist Will Study Plants’ Iron Regulating System

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A decade or so ago, scientists discovered genes they thought could be turned on to make plants take up more iron from the soil, enriching cereals, grains and other staple foods that feed millions of people around the world an iron-poor diet leading to iron deficiency anemia, says molecular biologist Elsbeth Walker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “But it didn’t work,” she adds. “Somehow the plants downregulated our efforts, and we don’t understand how.” Read more

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