Past News & Announcements

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In Memory of Elizabeth Stuart, Ph.D.

June 2017: AMHERST – Dr. Elizabeth Sutton Stuart passed away June 29, 2017, at Fisher Home in Amherst, which provided a place of comfort and peace for her and her family these last few weeks. 

Dr. Stuart worked at the University of Massachusetts for 40 years and most recently in the Microbiology Department where she held the position of Associate Professor and Director of Chlamydia Vaccine Research. Read more...



Shelley Thibodo Retirement

June 2017: Shelley Thibodo retired from the Department of Microbiology on June 3, after 38 years of service to the University. She served as the undergraduate program director and advisor to Microbiology majors. In addition to these roles she was the instructor for junior year writing and medical microbiology. Congratulations!

Corelle Rokicki Awarded ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

May 2017: Corelle Rokicki, a Microbiology junior, was recently selected to participate in the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (ASM-URF). Under the fellowship program, ASM recognizes rising young scientists who will represent the society and themselves to their full potential. The fellowship includes a summer stipend and travel funds to attend the ASM Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) and ASM Microbe Meeting. Ms. Rokicki is currently working on research in the lab of Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology.

Local Newspaper Features Science Column by Bryan Salas-Santiago

April 2017:  Bryan Salas-Santiago, a graduate student in John Lopes' lab, recently started writing a science column in El Sol Latino, a newspaper geared towards the local latino community.

Vincent Giacalone Selected as Rising Researcher

April 2017: Vincent Giacalone, a Microbiology senior, has been selected to receive the 2016-2017 Rising Researcher student achievement award. The award will be presented at a reception on April 12, 2017. Mr. Giacalone has been working in the laboratory of Dr. Wilmore Webley on research related to infections that cause asthma in children. In Fall of 2017 he will continue on to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology at Emory University.