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Upcoming Events

Aug 27 2019 - 12:00pm
OEB Defense Lauren Alteio PhD Candidate Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology           French Hall, Room 209
Sep 3 2019 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar Peter Freddolino University of Michigan Location:  Morrill 2, Room 222 Host:  Peter Chien Seminar Location: Morrill 2, Room 222
Sep 4 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Old Chapel, Great Hall (2nd floor)
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Sep 4 2019 - 4:00pm
Caroline Robertson Dartmouth College Location:  Morrill 2, Room 222
Sep 5 2019 - 11:30am
CHEM Seminar Tim Lodge Univ. of Minnesota LEDERLE GRADUATE RESEARCH TOWER 1634 Reception and light refreshments at 11:00 a.m.
Sep 5 2019 - 4:00pm
PB Seminar Laura Katz, Sibongile Mafu, Li-Jun Ma,
Sep 9 2019 - 12:10pm
Sarah Pallas  Biology   LGRT 1634

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News & Events

UMass startup, Aclarity, an award-winning cleantech company focused on tackling global water crises through innovative water purification technologies, has exceeded $1M in pre-seed funding after their latest Venture Capital round. This financing is instrumental in developing core direct-to-market product, which uses electricity to destroy harmful pathogens, metals, bacteria and other impurities from water.

College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) researchers led by Prashant Shenoy (CPHM faculty) and Subhransu Maji, To automate the process at present requires expensive three-dimensional aerial maps using LIDAR technology not available for many areas. Now their team is proposing a new, data-driven approach that uses machine learning techniques and widely available satellite images to identify roofs that have the most potential to produce cost-effective solar power.

Two teachers looking at new growing facilities

Supported by a grant from the NSF, Elizabeth Vierling and Amherst Regional High School science teachers are designing new curriculum involving hands-on experiments with plants.

Wilmore Webley receives Manning Teaching Award

Wilmore Webley, associate professor of microbiology, director of pre-med advising and M2M faculty member, is one of five UMass faculty awarded the 2019 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the university. The faculty members—one from each UMass campus—will receive $10,000 awards in recognition of their commitment to academic excellence.

UMass Lowell alumni Rob and Donna Manning established the Manning Prize in 2016 to honor UMass professors who excel in teaching and service.

Rebecca Spencer

CPHM faculty member and Director of the Sleep Lab, Rebecca Spencer's on going sleep research looks into the impacts of TV on young children.

Seed Funding

New Manning/IALS Innovation Grants – IALS/CNS/Berthiaume/Isenberg are collaborating on a new translational seed fund program, funded in part by the Manning Family Foundation. All IALS Faculty and UMass Amherst Start-Up companies are eligible to apply. The objective is to advance significant translational research projects, startups, or pre-startups. Full Applications due July 17, 2019.

Jinglei Ping

Assistant Professor Jinglei Ping of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and CPHM faculty member has received a Discovery Award of over $270,000 from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. The goal of Ping’s research is to develop a miniaturized device for precise quantification of heavy metals in a drop of human blood at the point of care.

Chancellor Subbaswammy, Thai Thayumanavan, and Robert Mahoney

Thayumanavan, professor of chemistry and director of CBD is recognized for his paper “Shrink-Wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics,” published in Journal of the American Chemical Society. At the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase held in the Life Sciences Laboratories Conference Center on April 29, Thayumanavan was formally presented the award, and gave a talk explaining his research, followed by a lively round of questions from the audience.

Lila Gierasch

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences announced this week the election of 100 new members to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, which includes Lila M. Gierasch, distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry and member of the Models to Medicine Center (M2M).

Paul Manning

University of Massachusetts alumnus Paul Manning ’77 and his wife, Diane Manning, have committed $1 million through their family foundation to
establish the Manning Innovation Program. The program provides three years of support in advancing a robust and sustainable pipeline of applied and translational research projects from UMass Amherst.


The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council announced a new office at UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), MassBioWest. The office will provide MassBio members in the western part of the state easier access to MassBio benefits and will support further growth of the life sciences cluster across the state.

Sarah L. Perry, M2M, CBD, and assistant professor of engineering has received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award for 2019. The awards, $45,000 over three years, are given to young faculty members across the country who are conducting promising research but have not yet been awarded tenure.

UMass Amherst environmental engineering doctoral student Julie Bliss Mullen, co-founder/CEO of Aclarity LLC, has been awarded a 2019 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize from The Lemelson Foundation. The prize serves as a catalyst for young inventors in the fields of healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture and consumer devices.

Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan,member of CBD and professor of Chemistry, has been chosen to receive the campus’s 2019 Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for his paper, “Shrink-wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics.”

Cancer T cells

Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 pm, LSL S330

CBD Special Seminar with Prof. Michael Green, Vice Provost for Strategic Research Initiatives; Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology; Director, Cancer Center; Co-Director, The Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School


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