AMHERST, Mass. - A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts has demonstrated that a gene, known to play a pivotal role in suppressing cancer cells, is compromised in normal breast cells. The findings were released in a recent issue of the journal Cancer Research. Although the relative inactivity of the protein in breast cells may trigger susceptibility to breast cancer, the researchers also demonstrate that the p53 protein can be activated by hormonal stimulation. The finding could spur the development of chemoprevention therapies for breast cancer. Members of the research team were UMass cancer biologist Joseph Jerry, graduate student Charlotte Kuperwasser and Bay State Medical Center pathologist Stephen Naber. The study was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the National Institutes of Health.
AMHERST, Mass. - Derek Lovley, head of the department of microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, has devised a unique and relatively inexpensive method to clean up some of the dangerous contaminants contained in gasoline by encouraging microorganisms already in the ground or water to degrade them. The project is outlined in a recent issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
AMHERST, Mass. - The department of food science of the University of Massachusetts has been awarded $238,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish its Safe Seafood Project. This project will develop research models to examine a representative sample of seafood consumed in the U.S. Data collected and analyzed by the UMass research team will be given to government agencies involved in developing science-based seafood standards. The grant will partially fund the first year of a proposed five-year project.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia is tightly scripted for, and viewed through the filter of the national media, but it still will reveal some important things about the party and presidential nominee Gov. George W. Bush, says Michael T. Hannahan, assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - Cleve Willis, chair of the department of resource economics at the University of Massachusetts, has been named dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources (CFNR). Cora B. Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, announced Willis''s appointment, which became effective July 1.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Center for Economic Development (CED) based in the University of Massachusetts department of landscape architecture and regional planning, has been awarded $152,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce''s Economic Development Administration. The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts epidemiologist is conducting research into the relationship between physical activity and the risk of gestational diabetes in more than 2,200 Hispanic women in western Massachusetts. The work is funded by a $400,000 four-year grant from the American Diabetes Association.
AMHERST, Mass. - Mary Musgrave, a space researcher and associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, will be among the members of a panel that will speak to the press tomorrow, Tues., July 25, at the Kennedy Space Center, regarding the docking of the International Space Station''s service module. The docking is slated to take place Tuesday evening.
AMHERST, Mass. - Amateur stargazers and high-level astronomers alike are now able to view a half-million galaxies and 162 million stars on their home computers, thanks to a massive release of images from an infrared sky survey. University of Massachusetts astronomer Michael Skrutskie is lead investigator for the project, which is sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
AMHERST, Mass. - Linda Slakey, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed interim dean of Commonwealth College. Cora B. Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement. Slakey''s appointment is for three years and takes effect Sept. 1.