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That's Life [Science] grad student blog publishes their 150th post

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Graduate students in the UMass IDGP programs created That's Life [Science], an interdisciplinary outreach blog, in 2016. Since then, the group has published 150 articles covering interesting topics across life science fields for the general public. "A Day in the Life of a Bird Nerd" is their 150th article!

Black to Discuss Animal African Trypanosomiasis to Open Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

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Samuel Black, professor of veterinary and animal sciences, will speak on “Approaching the Endgame: Seeking Sustainable Control of Animal African Trypanosomiasis” on Monday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of Old Chapel. Black will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the campus, at the conclusion of the lecture. Read more

Elsbeth Walker Named Public Engagement Faculty Fellow 

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Eight faculty members from across seven departments and six colleges have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP). They will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. The fellows, who will receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, will also travel to Beacon Hill to share their research with lawmakers. Read more

Gierasch Wins American Chemical Society Award

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Lila M. Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been named the 2018 recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry. She was honored for “her seminal contributions to peptide structure and function, peptide models for protein folding and function, and roles of peptide and protein aggregation in disease,” according to her award citation. Read more

Sela’s Paper Among Most-Viewed of 2017

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A paper by nutritional microbiologist David Sela, food science, and colleagues at Harvard and Arizona State University was recently named one of the top five most viewed papers of 2017 in the open access journal, PeerJ, in four topic areas: food science and technology, gastroenterology and hepatology, nutrition, and pediatrics. The article, “Handling stress may confound murine gut microbiota studies,” had 1,553 views over the year. Read more

Tyler’s class on dragon genetics featured on blog

The Concord Consortium ran a piece about a course taught by Ludmila Tyler, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, in which students used Geniverse software to study dragon genetics and develop new genes, mutant alleles, and phenotypes based on investigations of scientific literature. Concord Consortium

Joe Torres PhD Dissertation Defense

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221
Dissertation Title:  "Canonical Notch Signaling Positively Regulates MicroRNA-155 Transcription in an NFkB-Dependent Manner"
Advisor: Lisa Minter

Emrah Ilker Ozay PhD Dissertation Defense

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
1:00 PM
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221 
Dissertation Title:  "Defining and manipulating the function of Protein Kinase C-theta in Graft-vs-Host responses"
Advisors:  Lisa Minter and Gregory Tew

UMass Amherst, Peking University Scientists Advance Knowledge of Plant Reproduction

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Two groups of plant molecular biologists, at UMass Amherst and Peking University, China, have long studied how pollen tubes and pistils, the male and female parts of flowers, communicate to achieve fertilization in plants. They report in a Science early release paper that they have identified a pair of receptors essential to these communications as well as molecules that modulate the receptors’ activity. Read more

Tracking Effects of a Food Preservative on the Gut Microbiome

Antimicrobial compounds added to preserve food during storage are believed to be benign and non-toxic to the consumer, but there is “a critical scientific gap in understanding the potential interactions” they may have with the hundreds of species of microbes in our intestines, say David Sela, a nutritional microbiologist, and colleagues. Read more