Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
All lectures begin at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall, Old Chapel. The lectures are free and open to the public. A reception follows each lecture.
Professor Samuel Black
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
February 5, 2018
Approaching the End Game: Seeking Sustainable Control of Animal African Trypanosomiasis
For more than a century, scientists have attempted to sustainably control animal African trypanosomiasis—protozoan parasites that can be fatal to people and domestic livestock. The development of effective vaccines has been blocked by the parasites’ ability to vary the surface structures with which the immune system reacts and to mask the conserved surface components the parasites need to acquire nutrients. At UMass Amherst and elsewhere, research is unlocking the mechanisms of innate immune control and trypanosomiasis pathology, giving new hope of developing trypanosomiasis-resistant cattle through selective breeding and genetic engineering.
Professor Maria Santore
Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
March 6, 2018
Professor Léonce Ndikumana
Department of Economics
April 9, 2018