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Grace Jung is the 2020 Student Speaker at Commencement AND Daniela Molina Palacios is a 21st Century Leader?! We're alwa...
05/06/2020
UMass Amherst Student Speaker Grace Jung to Help Lead Virtual Celebration for Class of 2020; 21st Century Leaders Selected

Grace Jung is the 2020 Student Speaker at Commencement AND Daniela Molina Palacios is a 21st Century Leader?! We're always blown away by what our majors achieve, but this is a whole new level. Congratulations Grace and Daniela! We couldn't be prouder 🤩🎓 #UMass2020 #UMassTogether https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-student-speaker-grace-jung

Student Speaker Grace Jung of UMass Amherst will play a leading role Friday during a virtual celebration of the university’s Class of 2020.

This is great news! We think all BMB majors are fantastic, but it's still exciting to see them recognized for achievemen...
05/06/2020

This is great news! We think all BMB majors are fantastic, but it's still exciting to see them recognized for achievements across UMass. Congratulations Arianna!

Congratulations to Jacob Bashista and Arianna Kazemi, two of the winners of our 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement Awards!

“The informatics students chosen for this award represent a talented and ambitious first class of graduates from our new BS in informatics program,” said Michelle Trim, senior teaching faculty and informatics program associate director. “Their passion for using computing to explore interdisciplinary pathways for innovation helped us build this program, and we celebrate and honor their achievements.”

Check-out this news report from NBC10 Boston featuring BMB alum Gregory Chiklis '86! Greg is doing his part to fight COV...
04/30/2020
Local Chemist Helps Develop Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test

Check-out this news report from NBC10 Boston featuring BMB alum Gregory Chiklis '86! Greg is doing his part to fight COVID-19 by developing a rapid antibody test 👨‍🔬
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/local-chemist-helps-develop-rapid-covid-19-antibody-test/2114162/

Dr. Greg Chiklis and his team got emergency FDA approval last week for a tool that could be key in the coronavirus crisis. Rapid COVID-19 antibody tests were developed in a Franklin, Massachusetts, lab and can determine whether you’ve been exposed to the virus and how much immunity you may have. D...

04/29/2020
BMB 2020 Award Ceremony

We couldn't let COVID-19 stop us from celebrating the achievements of our students! Check-out this year's virtual BMB Award Ceremony🏅🙌
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLcCMRJSOlc

In lieu of our annual in-person Academic Awards Ceremony, the UMass BMB Department scheduled a Zoom Awards Ceremony for the Spring 2020 semester. Congratulat...

Great to see BMB senior Vincent Clark featured in this year's #UMassSeniorSeries! Congratulations Vincent #UMass2020 🎓🎉
04/27/2020

Great to see BMB senior Vincent Clark featured in this year's #UMassSeniorSeries! Congratulations Vincent #UMass2020 🎓🎉

"In the high school I went to, I didn’t really take a lot of science classes. During the summer going into senior year of high school, I went to see “Interstellar.” It was right around the time I had to start applying to colleges, and after watching that movie, I was really fascinated by science. I had never heard of physics before, never taken physics, and I thought the movie was really cool. Going into college, I thought I would be a physics major, but physics seemed a little too scary because I had never taken it before. So I thought, cool, let’s try chemistry, but then again, I had never really taken chemistry besides generic chemistry in high school where all you really do is find the temperature of something. I didn’t really want to do biology, but landed on biochem because it was a mix of everything. I thought, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” and wanted to figure out more.

Initially, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college. I knew that I liked research and that research was interesting. One of the CNS advisors, Tracie Gibson, who was in charge of the research program I’m a part of — LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) — was telling me about how I should look at doing research in the future if I liked it so much. There’s the private route of working in a biotech company, or you could stay in academia and pursue a PhD. She told me about her upbringing, and we discovered we had very similar childhoods, and how she wanted to pursue a PhD because she had always wanted to teach one day, and enjoyed doing research. I started looking into it more, and started talking to people in my lab about why they wanted to get their PhD. A lot of them had similar aspirations to me: they wanted to teach, and really liked doing their research, so I decided I wanted to pursue a PhD, too.

I went through that whole process of getting input from different professors and different mentors, discussing where would be a good fit for me and where I could push myself. I stumbled upon the research at Johns Hopkins, which is pretty groundbreaking in its field, and involves a lot of clinical applications. I found out I got in a few weeks ago, and was deciding between there and another school. It came down to knowing that at Johns Hopkins I could do applied research that would one day end up in the clinic, where I could have a tangible effect on people."

🎓 Vincent Clark
🎓 Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Vincent is a member of Club Lacrosse, the UMass Powerlifting Team, and a research assistant in the Rotello Lab in the Chemistry department.

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
04/21/2020

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

What advice would you give the class of 2020?
Let our #CNSSeniors know by contributing a short video or photo to our virtual Senior Celebration!

Everyone is welcome to participate— just direct message us here or email [email protected] with your pics or videos by noon on May 4th.
Your content will then be featured on our Senior Celebration webpage going live on May 8th! Send our seniors off into the world armed with information! And use #CNSCelebrates in all your senior-related posts 🎓
#UMassNaturallyInspiring #UmassAmherst #amherst #graduation #classof2020 #commencement #graduation2020 #virtualgraduation #seniors2020 #seniors #congratulations #seniorcelebration #graduate #umassgraduation #massachusetts #seniorpictures #umassgrad #umassalumni #advice #science #naturalscience #lablife #sciencemajor #sciencegrad #stem #sciencegraduate #naturalsciencegrad UMass Amherst

It was great to connect with BMB alum Michael Chen '19, who is currently a student at the Harvard School of Dental Medic...
03/30/2020

It was great to connect with BMB alum Michael Chen '19, who is currently a student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine! He says, "My UMass experience demonstrated how meaningful a strong community is. At UMass, I felt at home with my peers, within my department, and around campus. This motivated me to help build and strengthen communities wherever I go, because anyone with some spirit and energy, can make an impact in their community." #UMassProud

BMB alum Lexi Walls '14 (now a postdoc at the University of Washington) is doing her part to help us understand COVID-19...
03/27/2020
COVID-19 coronavirus spike holds infectivity details

BMB alum Lexi Walls '14 (now a postdoc at the University of Washington) is doing her part to help us understand COVID-19 by determining the structure and function of SARS-CoV-2. Learn more: https://newsroom.uw.edu/news/covid-19-coronavirus-spike-holds-infectivity-details

The spikes crowning the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 atypical pneumonia are divulging how they attach, fuse and gain entry to cells. Analysis of the spike architecture and its mechanics is locating the virus’ vulnerabilities, and revealing other information that could prompt the discovery ...

Working from home can be tough, so here are some tips for students who are trying to adjust to online learning. Do you h...
03/23/2020

Working from home can be tough, so here are some tips for students who are trying to adjust to online learning. Do you have any tips to share? #MondayMotivation #UMassStrong

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03/11/2020
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Starting Monday, March 23 and continuing through Friday, April 3, UMass Amherst will transition to remote course delivery in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We understand this decision will lead to many questions, and we are working on addressing these concerns as soon as we can. In the meantime, we encourage you to refer to our website dedicated to updates surrounding the Coronavirus: https://bit.ly/2W2fyrA

UPDATE: We've included answers to some of your questions in a new post, which can be found here: http://bit.ly/2Q7HAy3

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Northeast Regional C...
03/09/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Northeast Regional Catalyst Conversations, and shout-out to the UMass Biochemistry Club for all their hard work! #networkinginSTEM

It's always so cool to see the things BMB majors go on to do once they leave our program. Congrats on the amazing intern...
03/09/2020
School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

It's always so cool to see the things BMB majors go on to do once they leave our program. Congrats on the amazing internship, Gina!

As an intern in the office of Senate President Karen E. Spilka, School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst student Gina Vitale saw up close how policy is developed on the state level.
Internships are a key part of the SPP curriculum, giving students a chance to gain invaluable professional experience while pursuing their interests in depth.
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02/26/2020
College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Another Bac-Be-Gone win!
Hadley Beauregard and Hailey Charest of the UMass Amherst Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept and Bryanna Lexus Freitas of UMass Amherst Chemistry and Psychological and Brain Sciences - UMASS Amherst recently won 1st place at the Amherst Pitch Night, taking home the grand prize of $600 for their startup, Bac-Be-Gone!

These young scientist entrepreneurs continue to win startup competitions for their antimicrobial cleaning agent with the power to kill pathogens on contact. They'll be competing tomorrow for the Semifinal of Isenberg School of Management's Innovation Challenge— with the chance of making it the Finals where $65,000 in seed money will be awarded to the best of the best!

Wish these winners luck!

#UMassNaturallyInspiring #UMassNaturallyCurious #UMassBMB #UMassPBS #microbial #startups #Entrepreneur

We are blown-away by all the awesome workshops the UMass Amherst Libraries are holding this Spring! They've got everythi...
02/18/2020
Libraries Workshop Series Spring 2020 | UMass Amherst Libraries

We are blown-away by all the awesome workshops the UMass Amherst Libraries are holding this Spring! They've got everything from "Designing Poster Presentations" to "Cardboard Robotics" #lovelibraries
https://www.library.umass.edu/news/libraries-workshop-series-spring-2020/

Friday, Jan. 31, 10-11 a.m.W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari RoomInstructor: Ellen LutzAudience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, StaffThursday, Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m. Register here.W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari RoomInstructor: E...

If you’re in a College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst major and want to work within a research team over the summe...
02/13/2020
William Lee Science Impact Program (Lee SIP)

If you’re in a College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst major and want to work within a research team over the summer, check out the William Lee Science Impact Program (Lee SIP)! Applications are due this Sunday, Feb 16th https://www.cns.umass.edu/students/undergraduate-research/lee-science-impact-program

On this page: Overview The William Lee Science Impact Program (Lee SIP) is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program designed to expand and broaden participation in undergraduate research. The program provides students the opportunity to work on fun, novel, and interesting scientific qu...

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
02/06/2020
College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Three UMass Amherst undergrads (two of whom are CNS!) have advanced to the regional finals for the Hult Prize, the largest student start-up program in the world for early stage social start-up ventures!

Mathew Mitchell and alum Griffin O'Driscoll of the UMass Amherst Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept and Thomas White of the Isenberg School of Management are the principals of the start-up venture, Organicin Scientific, aspiring to "combat the 'slow-motion tsunami' of increasing microbial resistance to antibiotics."

If they win, their start-up will be awarded a million-dollar prize and the opportunity to present their project to the United Nations!

Wish them luck!

#UMassNaturallyInspiring #UMassBMB #UMass #Hult #antibiotics #antibioticresistance

Any BMB majors interested in working at Bristol-Myers Squibb? Check out their info session tomorrow, Feb 5th at 5:30pm i...
02/04/2020

Any BMB majors interested in working at Bristol-Myers Squibb? Check out their info session tomorrow, Feb 5th at 5:30pm in ILC S131 to hear about their openings and enjoy some pizza 🍕💼

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
01/30/2020
College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Four UMass Amherst undergrads (3 of which are CNS students😎) have received the Pfizer Award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT)!

This award funds their attendance at SOT's annual meeting in March in Anaheim, California, where they will present their honors thesis research!

Only 21 students were awarded this prestigious honor, and the fact that four out of the 21 are UMass students really puts us on the world toxicological map!

Read about each awardee and learn more about SOT through the link below 👇

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College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
01/13/2020

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Did you know that the UMass Amherst Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept's B.S. degree was just accredited by American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?!
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UMass Amherst is now the ONLY public school in Massachusetts with an ASBMB accredited program- entirely because of our “excellent faculty and outstanding teaching and research”
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Get the full story here: https://Umass.science/asbmb
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