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Scott Auerbach (M2M) to Deliver 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Plenary Lecture
Scott Auerbach (M2M) of UMass' chemistry and chemical engineering departments will deliver the 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Plenary Lecture on September 21 at 6:30 p.m. The lecture – “Is Racism a Science Problem?” will be presented on the Honors College website. Auerbach is also the Mahoney...
Heuck’s Lab Honored with NIH Small Business Technology Transfer Award
Associate professor Alejandro Heuck’s (M2M) biochemistry lab, in collaboration with Worcester-based Microbiotix, Inc., has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 NIH Small Business Technology Transfer award to develop a high-throughput screening method to identify inhibitors of a bacterial secretion...
Early Detection of Soil-Surface Ozone Can Help Prevent Damage to Grape Vines and Apple Trees
Farmers and fruit growers are reporting that climate change is leading to increased ozone concentrations on the soil surface in their fields and orchards – an exposure that can cause irreversible plant damage, reduce crop yields and threaten the food supply, say materials chemists led by Trisha...
Mass Life Sciences Awards $2 Million in Capital Funds to IALS Research
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) this week announced an award of $2 million in capital grants to be shared by four of the campus’s Core Facilities managed by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). The funds are for the purchase of hardware and software, analytical and other...
NSF Awards Aclarity $1M Phase II SBIR
UMass Amherst technology spin-off, Alacrity, has been awared a $1M by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding is part of phase II of NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).
The Aclarity Device is an electrochemical water purifier. This funding will help the...
Research Will Test Finger-worn Sensor That Tracks Stroke Survivors’ Arm Movements
A UMass health informatician is developing a mobile health (mHealth) system, leveraging a wearable sensor that slips on a finger like a ring, to monitor and encourage movement and activity in the weak upper limb of stroke survivors.
Sunghoon Ivan Lee (CPHM), assistant professor in the...
Giuliano (CPHM) Honored for Publication Excellence
Karen Giuliano (CPHM), associate professor, has been honored with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s (APIC) 2020 award for publication excellence for her research on the epidemiology of nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia in the U.S.
UMass Scientists Invent New Sensing Eye Mask
From the team that invented physiology-sensing pajamas, now comes a new, lightweight eye mask that can unobtrusively capture pulse, eye movement and sleep signals, for example, when worn in an everyday environment.
Senior authors writing this week in the journal Matter are materials...
AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer Explores her Role as Nurse Scientist
In her role as the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) 2020 Distinguished Research Lecturer, Karen Giuliano (CPHM), a UMass associate professor, has examined her “unconventional journey” from caring for patients at the bedside to challenging precedent in critical care to medical...
ADVANCE Collaborative Research Grant deadlines
UMass ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grants foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research among UMass Amherst faculty. Funded projects contribute to the mission the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program, which advances gender equity for STEM faculty...
Task Force Examines Role of Mobile Health Technology in COVID-19 Pandemic
An international task force, including UMass two computer scientists, concludes in new research that mobile health (mHealth) technologies are a viable option to monitor COVID-19 patients at home and predict which ones will need medical intervention.
The technologies – including wearable...
Rachel Walker (CPHM), Lisa Wolf Selected as American Academy of Nursing Fellows
Rachel Walker (CPHM), associate professor and Ph.D. program director and Lisa Wolf, director of emergency nursing research at the Emergency Nurses Association and part-time CON professor, who have been selected by the American Academy of Nursing as members of the 2020 Class of New Fellows....
Study Shows Detailed Molecular Workings of a Key System in Learning and Memory Formation
One of the new realities in biomedical research is that it’s increasingly difficult to use a general approach to score advances. Now, investigations into disease mechanisms, for example, are often conducted at the molecular level by specialists who dedicate years to interrogating a single...
UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Offer WiFi-Based Contact Tracing Software for National Campus Use
Researchers at the Center for Smart and Connected Society recently released a new digital contact-tracing technique that is based on widely-deployed Wi-Fi technology. They intend the open-source software tool to help universities and colleges deploy campus contact tracing as students return...
How Cells Keep Growing Even When Under Attack: New findings on how stress leads to pathway diversion, putting resources into growth
In an unexpected new finding, UMass biochemists report observing that a damage-containment system in stressed bacteria can become overrun and blocked, but that this leads to cells responding by turning on very different pathways to make sure that normal growth continues.
Rilee Zeinert, a...