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Baoshan Xing
Baoshan Xing, professor of environmental and soil chemistry in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, gave an invited keynote presentation at the 15th International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances held Nov. 6-11 in Basel, Switzerland. His address was titled “Mechanistic insight into...
Tribexor
In a paper presented at SenSys 2018, the 16th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems Nov. 4-7 in Shenzhen, China, a team of UMass Amherst scientists introduced Tribexor, a fabric-based triboelectric joint sensing system that can be integrated with loose-fitting clothing to sense a...
Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, delivered the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture at the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 4. Her...
Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and associate professor of anthropology, accepted the W.E.B. Du Bois Freedom Award for Community Service from the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP on Nov. 3. She and two other honorees were celebrated for their embodiment of the...
Vincent Rotello
Vincent Rotello, Distinguished Professor of chemistry, delivered the Nov. 2 keynote, “Multidisciplinary Thinking Outside the Box: Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria using Nanomaterials,” at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers in Boxborough....
WeAVES
A design by Carolina Aragón, assistant professor of landscape architecture, was among the top 50 entries in the International Land Art Generator Initiative Competition held in Melbourne, Australia. Aragon’s entry, “WeAVES: Energy Harvesting Textiles in Public Space,”...
Thomas G. Lessie
Thomas Lessie, 81, of Madison, Wisconsin, professor emeritus of microbiology, died May 5. Born Dec. 14, 1936 in New York City, he attended Brooklyn Technical High School and Queens College of the City University of New York, where he majored in chemistry and biology. He received a Ph.D. in...
Samuel Holland
Samuel S. Holland Jr., 90, of Eastham, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Oct. 13. Born June 29, 1928 in Methuen, he received his bachelor’s degree from MIT; his master’s in mathematics from the University of Chicago; and his doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University. He...
Emery Berger, left, and Depak Ganesan
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named computer science professors Emery Berger and Deepak Ganesan 2018 ACM Distinguished Members for their outstanding scientific contributions to computing. The two are among 49 innovators honored for their contributions in a range of technical...
Yanqi “Cookie” Qu
Food science doctoral student Yanqi “Cookie” Qu, an advisee of associate professor Lili He, was awarded first place and a $10,000 prize in the Millipore Sigma Food & Beverage Safety Award competition held Oct. 22-23 in Darmstadt, Germany. To achieve the honor, Qu “...

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