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Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy addressed faculty and staff with a keynote presentation, honoring eight nationally acclaimed faculty members as they received the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creativity at the 13th Annual Faculty Convocation on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Campus Center Auditorium.

Of the eight being honored, four were IALS faculty which include Susan Hankinson (M2M and biostatistics and epidemiology), Lili He (CBD and food science), Michael Maroney (M2M and chemistry) and John Staudenmayer (CPHM and mathematics and statistics).

Polymer scientist James Watkins (CPHM) received a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support work by researchers led by in Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE).

The grant is part of a package of $6.98 million in state funds awarded to seven advanced manufacturing projects that were announced by Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash at an event at UMass Amherst.

This collaboration provides UMass Amherst nursing students access to new technologies to supplement their education, and it expands clinical simulations at the university. In addition, UMass Amherst and Spacelabs will share resources for targeted initiatives supporting research, learning and healthcare advancements.

Join us to:

Meet with Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Tour UMass Amherst Core Facilities


Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3rd Floor Life Science Laboratories, 240 Thatcher Road
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

Trisha Andrew, chemistry and CPHM, and colleagues describe, in a new paper in Applied Materials & Interfaces, how they use a vapor deposition method for nano-coating fabric to create sewable, weavable, electrically heated material. The demonstration glove they made can keep fingers toasty for up to eight hours.

The authors point out, “Lightweight, breathable and body-conformable electrical heaters have the potential to change traditional approaches to personal thermal management, medical heat therapy, joint pain relief and athletic rehabilitation.”

Neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer, psychology and brain sciences and CPHM, received a five-year, $2.64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore, in a series of laboratory and preschool-based studies, whether mid-day napping benefits learning in young children and helps them cope with emotions. Stating that improving early education can enhance child development and school readiness, factors that are known to have lifelong effects on physical and mental health.

Rosie Cowell and David Huber, CPHM and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, have been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a mathematical model of the blood-oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD) signal measured with fMRI. The project includes collaborators from UC San Diego and MIT. The funded research seeks to bridge across different scales of neurobiological mechanism, by providing a tool that neuroscientists can use to understand more about neural-level mechanisms from fMRI data than is currently possible.

In new results reported in The Plant Cell, molecular biologist Elizabeth Vierling (M2M) and colleagues in India and China report finding a crucial mechanism that plants need to recover from heat stress.

She points out that high temperature damage to crops is increasing with climate change, and uncovering mechanisms of heat tolerance are important not only as basic knowledge, but for possible future attempts to enhance plants’ ability to survive high temperatures.

Chemist Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan (CBD & M2M) has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a multi-university Center for Autonomous Chemistry, where he and colleagues, including chemist Vince Rotello (M2M, CBD, CPHM), will seek to design artificial self-activating systems, or “automatic control as nature does it,” in Thayumanavan’s words.

Evolutionary biologist Craig Albertson, M2M and biology, found that the rate at which larval fish exercise their jaw muscles in a gaping behavior influences how the skull develops. The more vigorously it exercises the more response is seen in bone development, particularly a critical bone used in opening the jaw. Results appear in the current early online issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

University of Massachusetts engineer Jae-Hwang Lee (M2M) has co-authored a research article on cold spray additive manufacturing that seeks to provide a fundamental understanding of the process. Cold spray takes micron-sized particles and accelerates them at supersonic velocities through a specially designed rocket nozzle to strike the surface of a receiving material. The impacting particles undergo extreme plastic deformation and then consolidate, thus forming a dense coating with a near net-shaped quality. The findings are published in the journal Nature Scientific Report.

Molecular biologists Alice Cheung (M2M) and Hen-Ming Wu, both of biochemistry and molecular biology, recently were awarded a combined $1.35 million from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems and Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences to support their continued work in plant male-female interactions, which lead to fertilization and seed production, and in exploring basic mechanisms in plant signal transduction pathways.

Li-Jun Ma, biochemistry and molecular biology and M2M, an expert in fungal comparative genomics, has received a five-year, $880,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to address Pathogenic fungi, the kind that cause wilt diseases in more than 100 plants species, can pose serious threats to agricultural productivity. The Fusarium oxysporum fungus causes wilt in plant species including tomato, cotton, watermelon and banana, costing farmers billions of dollars in losses worldwide each year. The disease is difficult to control.

David Julian McClements, food science, CBD and M2M, has joined the scientific advisory council of the Nature’s Bounty Company. Members are chosen for their expertise in different areas of science and nutrition. McClements specializes in developing food-based delivery systems for bioactive components, such as vitamins and neutraceuticals.


Funding Opportunities


The UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management in the College of Nursing has announced its request for applications for pilot research grants for 2018-19.


IALS and its three Centers are proud to present joint Seed Grant Programs for 2017. Eligible applicants must be a current member of IALS and one of the three Centers and/or an active Research...

The Office of Research and Engagement proudly supports ongoing scientific and academic research and is committed to supporting faculty
in their search for sponsors who will fund research and...