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ADVANCE Collaborative Research Grant deadlines
UMass ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grants foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research among UMass Amherst faculty. Funded projects contribute to the mission the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program, which advances gender equity for STEM faculty...
Task Force Examines Role of Mobile Health Technology in COVID-19 Pandemic
An international task force, including UMass two computer scientists, concludes in new research that mobile health (mHealth) technologies are a viable option to monitor COVID-19 patients at home and predict which ones will need medical intervention.
The technologies – including wearable...
Rachel Walker (CPHM), Lisa Wolf Selected as American Academy of Nursing Fellows
Rachel Walker (CPHM), associate professor and Ph.D. program director and Lisa Wolf, director of emergency nursing research at the Emergency Nurses Association and part-time CON professor, who have been selected by the American Academy of Nursing as members of the 2020 Class of New Fellows....
Study Shows Detailed Molecular Workings of a Key System in Learning and Memory Formation
One of the new realities in biomedical research is that it’s increasingly difficult to use a general approach to score advances. Now, investigations into disease mechanisms, for example, are often conducted at the molecular level by specialists who dedicate years to interrogating a single...
UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Offer WiFi-Based Contact Tracing Software for National Campus Use
Researchers at the Center for Smart and Connected Society recently released a new digital contact-tracing technique that is based on widely-deployed Wi-Fi technology. They intend the open-source software tool to help universities and colleges deploy campus contact tracing as students return...
How Cells Keep Growing Even When Under Attack: New findings on how stress leads to pathway diversion, putting resources into growth
In an unexpected new finding, UMass biochemists report observing that a damage-containment system in stressed bacteria can become overrun and blocked, but that this leads to cells responding by turning on very different pathways to make sure that normal growth continues.
Rilee Zeinert, a...
Developing a Quicker, Safer Method of Cleaning Peanut Butter Factories
From home bakers to commercial food producers, everyone knows that cleaning peanut butter off utensils and out of bowls is a tricky, sticky proposition. That’s because of the high-fat content of peanuts and the chemical reality that water and oil don’t mix.
To address the more serious...
Ana Caicedo (M2M) Receives an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
Evolutionary biologist Ana Caicedo (M2M), associate professor of biology, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award to support her collaboration with Detlef Weigel, head of the molecular biology department and executive director of the Max Plank Institute for Developmental Biology in...
Biologists Zero in on Cells’ Environmental Sensing Mechanism: A new collaboration advances the fields of evolution and development
Evolutionary and developmental biologist Craig Albertson (M2M) and colleagues report that they have identified a molecular mechanism that allows an organism to change the way it looks depending on the environment it is exposed to, a process known as phenotypic plasticity.
In addition to...
UMass Microbiologists Clarify Relationship Between Microbial Diversity and Soil Carbon Storage
In what they believe is the first study of its kind, researchers led by postdoctoral researcher Luiz A. Domeignoz-Horta and senior author Kristen DeAngelis (M2M) report that shifts in the diversity of soil microbial communities can change the soil’s ability to sequester carbon, where it usually...
Researcher Jessica Schiffman (CBD) and UMaine Collaborators Receive NSF Grant to Collect and Analyze COVID-19 Droplets
Jessica Schiffman (CBD), associate professor of chemical engineering, is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to develop a novel bio-inspired membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets.
Schiffman and her UMaine counterparts received grants totaling more than...
Food Science Department Receives USDA Education and Workforce Development Grant
The UMass Department of Food Science has been awarded a five-year, $482,549 grant to fund an experiential learning program for undergraduates, including independent research opportunities with faculty mentors and paid summer internships with industrial partners in the greater Boston area....
UMass Team Makes Artificial Energy Source for Muscle
A chemist and kinesiologist got on a bus, but this isn’t the set-up to a joke. Instead, kinesiologist and lead author Ned Debold (M2M) and chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman, “DV,” began talking on their bus commute to the UMass and discovered their mutual interest in how energy is converted from...
Study Underway to Estimate Coronavirus Exposure on Campus and Across State
A team of researchers has launched a study to explore the rate of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) exposure on campus and throughout Massachusetts, inviting faculty, staff and students to voluntarily participate.
“The goal of our study is to increase understanding of coronavirus exposures with the...
A New Role for a Tiny Linker in Transmembrane Ion Channels
In the molecular-level world of ion channels – passageways through membranes that carry signals in a cell’s environment and allow it to respond – researchers have debated about the role of a small piece of the channel called a linker, says computational biophysicist Jianhan Chen (M2M).