Past News & Announcements

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UMass Launches the School of Earth & Sustainability

April 2017: On April 19th, the University will launch the new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES). This cross-discipline partnership includes the Departments of Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Environmental Microbiologists from the Department of Microbiology. The partnership includes over 100 faculty that share a common focus on sustainability, the environment and earth sciences. Read more...

Srishti Kashyap Wins Travel Award to Present a Talk at Astrobiology Science Conference
March 2017: Srishti Kashyap, a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of James Holden, received a travel award to present her biogenic mineral transformation research in an oral presentation at the 2017 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon 2017) in Mesa, Arizona.
Begüm Topcuoglu Receives Graduate Student Award

February 2017: Begüm Topcuoglu, Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Curtis B. Thorne "Carry On" Award on February 25, 2017. The award was established in 2008 to honor former Microbiology Faculty member Curt Thorne. The graduate student is chosen based on contributions to the Department and their discipline and for serving as a role model to other students.

Yasu Morita Receives Faculty Award

February 2017: Dr. Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, received the 2017 James F. Holden Distinguished Teaching Award on February 25. The award is presented annually to a member of the Microbiology graduate faculty who has made a positive impact on the educational experience of students in the Microbiology graduate program.

Marie Kroeger Wins Travel Award to present a talk at the Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics in Germany

January 2017: Marie Kroeger, a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Prof. Klaus Nüsslein, was selected to receive a travel award to present her recent rainforest genome analyses in a oral presentation at the 3rd Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics sponsored by the international TerraGenome group in Braunschweig, Germany. This is the most specialized meeting in the area of soil genomics and Marie’s results were extremely well received.