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Nov 16 2018 - 4:00pm
OEB Seminar Lillian Fritz-Laylin University of Massachusetts Amherst Host: Jeff Blanchard
Nov 26 2018 - 12:10pm
Heather Richardson, PBS LGRT 1634
Nov 27 2018 - 11:30am
MICRO Seminar Caitlin Howell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemical... 222 Morrill Science Center II
Nov 27 2018 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar Andrew Kruse Harvard Medical School Host: Peter Chien Morrill Science Center South, Room 222CBI Related
Nov 28 2018 - 4:00pm
VASCI Seminar UMass E, H & S UMass Amherst 221 Integrated Sciences Building Speaker: Environmental Health and Safety Notes: Refreshments at 3:45pm

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Overt metastatic tumor

Cancer survivors could benefit from new therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay the formation of metastases, UMass Amherst chemical engineer Jungwoo Lee and his research team, report in a paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Understanding the mechanisms that awaken dormant tumor cells will aid in the development of effective therapies. This work has been sponsored by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. “IALS is the outstanding place for doing biomedical research!”–Lee

Collapsible dog bowls, bendable medical tubes and drinking straws all seem to work on a common principle, snapping into a variety of mechanically stable and useful states. Despite the many applications for such “designer matter” structures, however, the fundamental mechanisms of how they work have until now remained mysterious, say materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by Ryan Hayward, CBD and CPHM.

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves – cabbages destined for sauerkraut – were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources.

The next generation of wearable activity sensors will not be strap-on devices that can be lost or forgotten, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, instead they may be threads or fabric patches sewn into shirts and pants to offer light, care-free, continuous monitoring of movement that could help doctors, therapists and coaches respond to changes that warrant concern or improve performance.

Two scientists at UMass Amherst are building a new class of environmentally friendly polymer materials (or polymer-based fluids) called complex coacervates that will contain solid nanoparticles. Supported by a three-year, $357,694 grant from the National Science Foundation, they also will uncover and chronicle the design rules for these materials creating a road map for further research in the field.

A team of scientists based at UMass Amherst has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time. This new technical capability will allow the researchers to trace the origin of complex brain activity down to cellular levels, they say.

        Richard Pilsner, M2M and Environmental Health Sciences, has received a five-year, $2.7 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences award to support his further research on fathers’ preconception exposure to phthalates and potential effects on reproductive health through methylation of sperm DNA. 

In addition to directing the Human Testing Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), Michael Busa is managing the new class of research relationships emerging for the state’s largest public university campus, with corporate partners in biotech and health care.

Microbial ecologist Kristen DeAngelis, M2M and Microbiology, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year grant that will support her research and teaching on soil microbes and their response to environmental change.

The National Science Foundation announced today that University of Massachusetts Amherst biologist Lillian Fritz-Laylin, M2M and biology, has been named one of 11 scientists in the nation who will share a total $10 million for developing and disseminating genomic tools in diverse species, allowing biologists to address mechanistic questions about how genes affect an organism’s physical and functional characteristics.

Spencer, CPHM and Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior Program, with her former doctoral student Laura Kurdziel, who is now at Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass., and former undergraduate Jessica Kent, report that for children in this study, “Individually, the nap and overnight sleep bouts were not sufficient to induce changes in memory. A significant benefit of napping was observed only when changes across the entire 24-hour period were considered. This supports an interplay between the nap and subsequent overnight sleep in the consolidation of memories in young children.”

Jianhan Chen,  M2M and Department of Chemistry, recently received a four-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study a newly recognized class of proteins with highly flexible three-dimensional (3D) structural properties, in particular some extra-floppy ones called intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs).

A team of researchers including Yubing Sun, CPHM and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has demonstrated that human pluripotent stem cells can be guided to become the precursors of the central nervous system and that mechanical signals play a key role in this process. Sun and his colleagues outlined their findings in a recent paper published in the journal Nature Materials.

During a two-day visit to campus this month, the executive director of the binational Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) gave a presentation to faculty of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) explaining the mutual benefits of Indo-U.S. collaborations.

Catrine Tudor-Locke, kinesiology and CPHM, was interviewed for an article on the health benefits of brisk walking and the confusion in defining “brisk”.  For the new study on the subject, which was published in June in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine devoted to the topic of walking, she and her colleagues decided to see whether there was enough data already available to develop a more precise and useful definition of brisk walking.



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The UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management in the College of Nursing has announced its request for applications for pilot research grants for 2018-19.


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