Past News & Announcements

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Xu and Rich Discover New Genus and Two Species of Beetles

October 2015: Zootaxa recently reported on the discovery made by Microbiology faculty members, Guang Xu and Stephen Rich, of a new genus and two new species of beetles. Read more... 

5th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

October 2015: On Friday, November 20th, the 5th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 610 of the Life Sciences Laboratory. The symposium will feature student talks, a poster session and awards. Read more...

Tovar Recipient American Society for Microbiology Award

October 2015: Recent Microbiology graduate, Dorothy Tovar, has been selected as a 2015 award recipient of the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Capstone Program. The capstone program's goal is to fulfill the later stages of undergraduate professional development for underrepresented minority students. The awardees must demonstrate superior research project involvement and knowledge, commitment to research, and academic achievement. Dr. Wilmore Webley mentored Ms. Tovar on her research project, "Delta-Tocotrienol Reduces Susceptibility to Chlamydial Infection in Macrophages and Lung Epithelial Cells." Read more...

Lovley Among "World's Leading Scientific Minds"

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.

New Microbiology Department Head

September 2015: Steven Sandler has been named Microbiology Department Head effective September 1, 2015.