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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:

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

photo of Elsbeth Walker

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

Cheung, Hankinson, Page Named 2018-19 Conti Fellows

Alice Y. Cheung, biochemistry and molecular biology; Susan E. Hankinson, biostatistics and epidemiology; and Max Page, architecture, are the recipients of the 2018-19 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards. Conti Fellowships provide faculty members with a unique opportunity to focus on their research or creative activities. These fellowships, managed by the office of the vice chancellor for research and engagement, provide a one-year release from teaching and service duties in addition to a $3,500 cash award. Read more

2017 MCB Retreat at Stratton Mountain

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Barbara Mann PhD Dissertation Defense

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Friday, March 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221 
Dissertation Title:  Motor Protein Regulation in Mammalian Mitosis
Advisor:  Pat Wadsworth

Yili Zhu PhD Dissertation Defense

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
11:00 AM
Life Science Laboratories Building, Room N410
Dissertation Title:  "Identifying She1 spindle role using cellular, biochemical, and biophysical methods"
Advisor:  Pat Wadsworth


Yuzhou Tang PhD Dissertation Defense

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
2:00 PM
Life Science Laboratories Building, Room N610
Dissertation Title:  "Studies on the P. aeruginosa T3S translocon assembly: interaction of PopD with membranes"         
Advisor:  Alejandro Heuck


Amrita Palaria PhD Dissertation Defense

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
10:00 AM
Life Science Laboratories Building, Room N610
Dissertation Title:  "Extrinsic and intrinsic factors in liver development"
Advisor:  Kim Tremblay