Past News & Announcements

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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. 

Lopes Named Associate Dean

September 2015: John Lopes, former Microbiology Department Head, has been named Associate Dean for Operations and Graduate Programs in the College of Natural Sciences effective September 1, 2015. He served as Microbiology Department Head from September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2015.

Researchers to Examine Hydrothermal Venting of Recent Volcanic Eruption

August 2015: Professor James Holden and Ph.D. student Begum Topcuoglu will examine the aftermath of an April 2015 volcanic eruption on Axial Seamount and its hydrothermal venting in the Pacific Ocean August 14-29. The cruise will use the research submarines Jason II and Sentry to map and sample the eruption site at a depth of 1500 m. Details and daily updates can be found at The expedition is funded by grants from theNational Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.