Past News & Announcements

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Population of Lone Star Ticks Growing in the Northeast

April 2016: In a recent article in the Sentinel and Enterprise News, it was reported that Lone Star ticks have been traveling north possibly due to climate change. Lone Star ticks have been found primarily in Southern states up until the past few years. In 2014, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology noticed an increase in the numbers of Lone Star ticks that were identified. The Lone Star ticks were predomoninantly found on Cape Cod but were found as far west as Amherst, Massachusetts. While the Lone Star tick does not carry lyme disease, it is agressive, moves in groups and gives a nasty bite that can cause allergies to red mead and cats and can cause fever, headaches, nausea, weakness and fatigue in both dogs and humans. Read more...

DeAngeles Receives Grant for Earth Steward Intern

April 2016:  Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has received a long-range planning grant from the Ecological Society of America (ESA) to promote awareness of the role that microbes play in composting organic materials. One undergraduate from the Five Colleges will be selected and funded as an Earth Stewardship Intern during spring and summer months to develop a composter curriculum for the Society. Read more...

Kamlarz Selected as Rising Researcher

March 2016: Samuel Kamlarz, a Microbiology senior, has been selected as one of eight students to receive the spring 2016 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. The award is given to recognize exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduates who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Mr. Kamalarz is currently working on his research project in the lab of Microbiology Professor, Michele Klingbeil. Read more...

Are You a Valley Microbe?

December 2015: The Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Integrated Sciences Building at UMass Amherst. Come and present your research to the microbial community in the Valley! The deadline for abstracts is October 30. The Symposium is cosponsored by the UMass College of Natural Sciences and Departments of Biology, Food Science, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Veterinary & Animal Sciences; Smith College; Mt. Holyoke College; NE Biolabs; Illumina; Thermo Fisher Scientific and the American Society for Microbiology.  Read more...

DeAngelis Discovers New Species of Bacteria
November 2015: Kristen DeAngelis and former Microbiology graduate student, Andrew Billings, discovered and characterized a new species of Tolumonas, named Tolumonas lignolytica sp. nov. Also the type strain for this new species, this bacteria is of interest due to its ability to degrade lignin under anaerobic conditions. Research into this and other related strains is ongiong to improve the efficiency of lignocelulosic biofuels in collaboration with the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Department of Energy. The findings were recently reported in Standards in Genomic Sciences.

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