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May 22 2019 - 10:00am
MCB Seminar Martin Roop II East Carolina University  Faculty Hosts: Cynthia Baldwin and Peter ChienMONDAY SEMINAR Location: LSL S330 Time: 10AM
May 29 2019 (All day) to May 30 2019 (All day)
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Jun 21 2019 - 12:00pm
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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. Letter of Intent due June 3, 2019, and Full Applications due July 10, 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.

Lila Gierasch

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences announced this week the election of 100 new members to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, which includes Lila M. Gierasch, distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry and member of the Models to Medicine Center (M2M).


The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council announced a new office at UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), MassBioWest. The office will provide MassBio members in the western part of the state easier access to MassBio benefits and will support further growth of the life sciences cluster across the state.

Sarah L. Perry, M2M, CBD, and assistant professor of engineering has received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award for 2019. The awards, $45,000 over three years, are given to young faculty members across the country who are conducting promising research but have not yet been awarded tenure.

UMass Amherst environmental engineering doctoral student Julie Bliss Mullen, co-founder/CEO of Aclarity LLC, has been awarded a 2019 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize from The Lemelson Foundation. The prize serves as a catalyst for young inventors in the fields of healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture and consumer devices.

Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan,member of CBD and professor of Chemistry, has been chosen to receive the campus’s 2019 Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for his paper, “Shrink-wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics.”

Cancer T cells

Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 pm, LSL S330

CBD Special Seminar with Prof. Michael Green, Vice Provost for Strategic Research Initiatives; Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology; Director, Cancer Center; Co-Director, The Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Researchers at the UMass Amherst, including assistant professor Jungwoo Lee, M2M and chemical engineering, have received a five-year, $1.76 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study how, in some people, cancer cells in the human body that have left the original site of the cancer change from dormant to active due to chemotherapy.

Stephen S. Nonnenmann, M2M and assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study energy conversion and storage applications using highly sensitive microscopes. The grant is from the NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

Professor Eric Decker, Director of Nutriceutical Formulation Core Facility and head of food science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been elected president of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), a century-old group that aims to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials. He has served as vice president of the organization over the past year.

Lumme, an Amherst-based company led by two recent UMass Amherst doctoral recipients, is among 20 startup companies chosen for The University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase on April 10 in Washington, D.C.


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