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Sep 23 2019 - 12:10pm
Kirk MacKinnon Advisor:  Sam Hazen, Biology Shu Zhao Advisor:  John Gibbons, Food Science LGRT 1634
Sep 24 2019 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar Amanda Woerman Biology Department, UMass Morrill 2, Room 222 Seminar Location: Morrill 2, Room 222
Sep 24 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Sep 25 2019 - 4:00pm
Roger Colbran Vanderbilt University Morrill 2, Room 222 Host:  Meg Stratton
Sep 25 2019 - 4:00pm
VASCI Seminar KATERINA RAGKOUSI, PhD Amherst College 221 Integrated Sciences Building Speaker: KATERINA RAGKOUSI, PhD, Amherst College
Sep 26 2019 (All day)
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Sep 26 2019 - 11:30am
CHEM Seminar Jessica Rouge Univ. of Connecticut Lederle Graduate Research Tower 1634 Reception and light refreshments at 11:00 a.m.

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News & Events

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Please mark Tuesday, October 15, in your calendars for the first UMass Amherst Core Facility Showcase in the LSL Conference Center from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There is no formal program, please feel free to stop by when you can for as long as you can. Registration is requested.

Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel presented the poster at MTTC’s 12th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation
Day; the company was one among 30 vying for four prizes. She says she and co-founder Neil Forbes, a professor of chemical engineering at UMass
Amherst, believe the company’s association with IALS at UMass Amherst has been a crucial factor in its steady success.

Participant wearing smart eyeglasses.

Deepak Ganesan, computer science professor and director of the Center for Pesonalized Health Monitoring (CPHM), leads the center’s work on the computer science aspects of wearable technologies for mobile health – pervasive sensing and improving data capture and analysis from both novel and standard, off-the-shelf devices.

Along with his CPHM colleagues, Benjamin Marlin (CISC) and Trisha Andrew (Chemistry), they are laser-focused on finding solutions to society’s most vexing health problems.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor Sunghoon Ivan Lee (center) was looking for ways to make smaller, lighter, more energy-efficient wearable sensors. His team's research revolves around a novel concept of wirelessly transferring current through human skin to power battery-less wearable sensors.

Smartwatches were big breakthroughs when they hit the market in the early 2000s. Even nascent versions got consumers excited with their ability to play games and access newsfeeds. Two decades later, that Fitbit® or Apple Watch® on your wrist can actually collect, store and transmit data. Wearable devices like these have amazing capacity within their tiny computers. But they have capacity limits, too. The culprit? The very thing that powers them – batteries.

soft strechable electronic device

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and construct soft stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security and communications applications. The scientists plan to use conductive protein nanowires and mechanically soft nanomaterials to create a new nanocomposite that is strong, flexible and highly conductive.

Xian Du

Xian Du, mechanical and industrial engineering and CPHM, has received a two-year $498,764 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research into a new sensing and control technology for roll-to-roll (R2R) printing.

This research project is meant to establish a technological base for the development of a multiscale in-line measurement, or metrology platform, that, according to Du, could promote “both the invention and manufacturing of revolutionary new flexible electronics products, giving the U.S. a competitive edge in the global economy.”

Tingyi “Leo” Liu

A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a new, simple method of manipulating small droplets on a hydrophilic surface. This new strategy is described in a paper published in the journal “Nature.”

The team includes Tingyi “Leo” Liu, IALS affiliate and assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at UMass Amherst. Liu is head of the Interdisciplinary Interface Engineering Laboratory (Inter²EngrLAB) in the College of Engineering.

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.


IALS Conference Center

IALS Conference Center is located in the south side of the Life Science Laboratories (LSL2). Please find room details and access to the reservation request form.

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