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Jan 27 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Jan 27 2020 - 12:10pm
Nathan Kuhlmann Advisor:  Peter Chien, BMB French 209
Jan 28 2020 - 11:30am
MICRO Seminar Bryan Monesson-Olson, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Professional Develop... 222 Morrill Science Center II
Jan 28 2020 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar Jason MacGurn Vanderbilt University  ISB, Room 221 Host: Eric Strieter ISB, Room 221
Jan 28 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:50pm
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Intellectual property (IP) resulting from faculty and student works is an important source of knowledge and inventions that enable solutions to societal challenges, improve health and well-being, a
Jan 29 2020 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
LSL S485
Startup Law Office Hours: January 29, 10am to noon, LSL S485
Jan 29 2020 - 4:00pm
NSB Colloquium Naoshige Uchida Distinguished Lecturer Harvard University  222 Morrill Science Center II Host: Joseph Bergan 222 Morrill Science Center II

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Johanna Copeland working in Ch2P.

The Core Summer Internship (CSI) Program provides hands-on experiential research & technical training to UMass undergraduate students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a real world lab setting. We are now accepting applications from January 1 through February 1, for Summer 2020.

All of the descriptions and details of the internships, important deadlines, and application forms can be found at

IALS will be hosting a showcase event in the Science and Engineering Library throughout the 2020 spring semester!

Brian Whitcomb

Brian Whitcomb, associate professor of epidemiology at UMass Amherst, and Ashley Naimi of the University of Pittsburgh, will lead a new section of the “American Journal of Epidemiology” (AJE) titled the “Methods Corner.” AJE recently announced the addition of the Methods Corner as a regular section of the journal to be contributed by these two Associate Editors.

Susan Sturgeon

Susan Sturgeon, M2M and cancer epidemiologist, has received a $462,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand her research into the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the breast density of college-age women. High breast density is a strong risk factor for breast cancer.

Human Magnetic Resonance Center (hMRC) physicist Dr. Rajakumar Nagarajan's abstracts have been selected in the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 8-13, 2020. This work was in collaboration with the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM) and Kinesiology faculty members in the Institute of Applied Life Sciences.

D. Joesph Jerry

A new approach to studying the effects of two common chemicals used in cosmetics and sunscreens found they can cause DNA damage in breast cells at surprisingly low concentrations, while the same dose did not harm cells without estrogen receptors.


Zeolites crystals, used among other things for refining petroleum to gasoline and biomass into biofuels, are the most-used catalysts by weight on the planet, and discovering mechanisms of how they form has been of intense interest to the chemical industry and related researchers, say chemist Scott Auerbach and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They hope their advance on a new way to understand zeolite structure and vibrations leads to new, tailor-made zeolites for use in sophisticated new applications.

Lillian Fritz-Laylin

Evolutionary cell biologist Lillian Fritz-Laylin, (M2M), biology, was recently granted a three-year, $300,000 Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research to support her research on the pathogenesis of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri. The amoeba gets inside swimmers’ noses and crawls up the olfactory nerve and into the brain, where they destroy tissue.

Happy Holidays! We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped IALS. (Images are from Light Microscopy NCoE acquired on our X1 spinning disk with Bruker FRAP module. Bleaching with simultaneous imaging performed by the core summer interns.) Applications for the 2020 Core Summer Interns will go live on January 2!

Berger, Shenoy, and Sitaraman

Professors Prashant Shenoy (mHealth), Emery Berger, and Ramesh Sitaraman of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) have been named Fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

Richard Pilsner

Richard Pilsner, M2M and associate professor of environmental health sciences, was recently interviewed for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ podcast series “Environmental Health Chats.” The series explores how environmental exposures affect our health, with each episode highlighting ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.

Laura Vandenberg

Laura Vandenberg, M2M and associate professor of environmental health sciences, who was recently recognized as among the world’s most highly cited scientists, gave a talk explaining her research on harmful chemicals found in plastic at the first annual Plastic Health Summit held in Amsterdam earlier this fall. Her presentation focused on how early life exposure to chemicals and chemical mixtures can predispose individuals to diseases that manifest later in life.

4D digital heart anatomy image

Join AET Labs, Stratasys’ local EDU partner, on December 12th for an informative Additive Manufacturing Lunch & Learn presentation.
AET Labs Technical Applications Specialist, Judah Sher, will expound on Designing for Additive Manufacturing, showcase the capabilities of the Connex 350 so you can get the most from your design prototyping, and share some exciting AM trends and technologies including:

- The new Stratasys Digital Anatomy Printer
- GrabCAD Print advanced software features
- Innovative new materials from Stratasys

Shelly Peyton (photo credit: John Solem)

Shelly Peyton, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The college is made up of 2,000 members, the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community, who are outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry, clinical practice and government.

graph shows how AI-PRS is used to determine drug dosage

An international team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and universities in China and Singapore, is using artificial intelligence to develop a system that minimizes the dosage of drugs used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a way to reduce side effects. The findings are published in the journal Advanced Therapeutics.


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