Past News & Announcements

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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. 

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...