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
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...
July 2015: Dr. John Burand, Professor of Microbiology, testified on Beacon Hill before the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The meeting, held on Tuesday, July 28, was a bee oversight hearing focusing mainly on colony collapse disorder and related legislation that has been proposed. Dr. Burand gave a presentation on the impact of the bee colony collapse. Read more...
July 2015: Microbiology faculty member, Dr. James Holden, has been promoted to the rank of Professor effective September 1, 2015.
May 2015: Dorothy Tovar, Microbiology Class of 2015, was recognized at the UMass Undergraduate Commencement as one of 10 students chosen to be 21st Century Leaders. This award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative and social awareness and are made possible by the generous financial support of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.