DeAngelis Lab Studies Climate Change and Its Affects on Soil Microbial Communities
Holden Studies Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in Northeastern Pacific
Derek Lovley Named AAAS Fellow
Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites
Morita lab investigates mechanisms of mycobacterial pathogenesis
News & Announcements
September 2015: Derek Lovley, Distinguished University Professor, was one of seven faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences at UMass identified by Thomson Reuters as Highly Cited Researchers for 2015 for authoring publications that are among the most influential in their fields. Thomson Reuters compilers sought to identify "some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time." The other CNS researchers from CNS were food scientists Eric Decker and David Julian McClements, chemist Vincent Rotello, polymer scientist Thomas Russell, soil chemist Baoshan Xing of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and astronomer Mauro Giavaliso.
September 2015: Steven Sandler has been named Microbiology Department Head effective September 1, 2015.
September 2015: John Lopes, former Microbiology Department Head, has been named Associate Dean for Operations and Graduate Programs in the College of Natural Sciences effective September 1, 2015. He served as Microbiology Department Head from September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2015.
August 2015: Professor James Holden and Ph.D. student Begum Topcuoglu will examine the aftermath of an April 2015 volcanic eruption on Axial Seamount and its hydrothermal venting in the Pacific Ocean August 14-29. The cruise will use the research submarines Jason II and Sentry to map and sample the eruption site at a depth of 1500 m. Details and daily updates can be found at axial2015.blogspot.com. The expedition is funded by grants from theNational Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
August 2015: Samantha Giffen, a senior Microbiology and Public Health major, travelled to tne Limpopo Province of South Africa where she participatied in a National Science Foundation program for undergraduates. Many people in this region drink untreated groundwater. Fluoride, present as a natural material in geologic formations, is released from sediment into the groundwater, resulting in levels too high for human health simply from the geochemistry of the aquifers. As part of the program Ms. Giffen and her colleagues tested ceramic filters created by local potters with fluoride meters to gauge their effectiveness in taking fluoride out of groundwater. The objective of the project was to create something that people in the community will adopt and use. Read more...