Neuroscientists Heather Richardson and Andrea Silva-Gotay find clues to adolescent brain development

Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson

Andrea Silva-Gotay

Andrea Silva-Gotay

One of the outstanding questions in neurodevelopment research has been identifying how connections in the brain change to improve neural function during childhood and adolescence. Now, results from a study in rats just reported by Heather Richardson, faculty member in psychological and brain sciences, Geng-Lin Li, biology, and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that as animals transition into adolescence, specific physical changes to axons speed up neural transmission, which may lead to higher cognitive abilities.

Özden Melis Uluğ explores the role of victimhood narratives in achieving justice and peace

ozden melis ulugÖzden Melis Uluğ, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, received a new grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The title of her project is "Turning non-allies into allies: The role of inclusive victimhood narratives in achieving justice and peace." 

Resources, Relationships, and Recognition Encourage Faculty Collaboration and Equity

Nilanjana Dasgupta part of interdisciplinary team building new paths for equity and inclusion in STEM fields.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a coveted ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to UMass Amherst to support the development of an innovative professional advancement model for underrepresented faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

David Moorman on Team of UMass Scientists Exploring New Technology to Record Complex Brain Activity

David MoormanA team of UMass scientists has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time. This new technical capability will allow the researchers to trace the origin of complex brain activity down to cellular levels, they say. 

Lee Science Impact Program Supports Summer Research for PBS Students

The William Lee Science Impact Program (Lee SIP) is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) within the College of Natural Sciences designed to expand and broaden participation in undergraduate research. The program provides students the opportunity to work on fun, novel, and interesting scientific questions by matching them with faculty members with similar research interests.

David Reinhard Awarded New Grants for the Study of International Conflict De-escalation

David Reinhard, a postdoctoral research associate in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program working with faculty member Bernhard Leidner, has received new grants from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48), and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).