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UMass Amherst Receives $600,000 Grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for W.E.B. Du Bois Center

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center

July 7, 2016

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries a three-year, $600,000 grant to support a program for faculty fellows, graduate fellows and undergraduates from UMass Amherst and community colleges to engage deeply with the W.E.B. Du Bois archives through the W.E.B. Du Bois Center.

UMass Amherst Biochemist Named a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator

June 11, 2015
Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – Li-Jun Ma, a University of Massachusetts Amherst biochemist and genomics expert, has received a coveted five-year, $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award to develop new treatment options for opportunistic fungal infections.

UMass climatologist Raymond Bradley wins Zuckerberg Leadership Award

July 06, 2014
By Mary Serreze | Special to The Republican 

AMHERST — UMass Amherst climatologist Dr. Raymond S. Bradley has been awarded the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award "in recognition of his courage, conviction and selflessness in devoting his time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals."

The Distinguished Professor is director of the Climate System Research Center and co-director of the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass Amherst Biophysicist Receives $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Early Career Award

June 23, 2014
Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – Biophysicist Nikhil S. Malvankar, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a coveted five-year, $500,000 career award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) to assist him in moving from advanced postdoctoral training into a faculty position.

Google, Intel Founders Support Undersea Research by UMass Amherst Microbiologist


James Holden in his lab. Photo Credit - Jim Gipe

For the first time in James Holden's 25-year career in deep-sea research, his research will not be funded by a government source. Instead, Holden will be funded by philanthropists committed to supporting oceanographic research. His new studies examine microbes living deep in the cracks and thermal vents around an undersea volcano.

Gates Foundation Funds Microbial Fuel Cell Latrine

UMass Amherst Professor Caitlyn Shea Butler, Civil Engineering, has designed and is now field-testing a new “green latrine” that purifies human waste, turning it into compost for farming and generating electricity. Her multipurpose invention is called a “Microbial Fuel Cell Latrine.”
Butler believes her inexpensive green latrine can be deployed throughout places such as rural Africa, transforming the way human waste is treated in areas where sanitation facilities are poor or nonexistent. At the same time, the device can play a key role in preventing waterborne diseases, including diarrhea. “You get a lot out of this system,” says Butler. “The latrine produces electricity. It makes compost. And you protect the ground water source. So you get a lot back for a small investment.”