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Commencement 2021 : UMass Amherst
03/31/2021
Commencement 2021 : UMass Amherst

Commencement 2021 : UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes and greatly appreciates our graduates who have reached this milestone in their lives and persevered through unprecedented circumstances this year.

UMass Amherst Chemistry participates in the ACS Bridge Program.
03/11/2021
ACS Bridge Program makes an impact

UMass Amherst Chemistry participates in the ACS Bridge Program.

Mentorship is key to the program’s success in diversifying the chemical sciences

Black History Month at UMass Amherst
02/03/2021
Black History Month at UMass Amherst

Black History Month at UMass Amherst

The campus is immersed in these efforts 12 months a year, while the month of February presents special opportunities to learn, be inspired by, share, and celebrate Black history, heritage, and culture. See the links below for some of this month’s campus events, including lectures, dialogs, and pod...

How Cell Processes Round Up and Dump Damaged Proteins
11/13/2020
How Cell Processes Round Up and Dump Damaged Proteins

How Cell Processes Round Up and Dump Damaged Proteins

In a new paper with results that senior author Eric Strieter at UMass Amherst calls “incredibly surprising,” he and his chemistry lab group report that they have discovered how an enzyme known as UCH37 regulates a cell’s waste management system.

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09/24/2020
Campus Group Wins NSF Support for National Energy Workshops

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Five researchers from campus have been selected to receive a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s “10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments” series to conduct a series of national workshops to identify research challenges associated with transitioning to an equitable ...

Finalist for ACS President Has Ties to UMass ChemistryProfessor Mary K. Carroll of Union College is one of two finalists...
09/22/2020

Finalist for ACS President Has Ties to UMass Chemistry

Professor Mary K. Carroll of Union College is one of two finalists in the fall election for 2021 president-elect of the American Chemical Society(ACS), the world’s largest scientific society with 152,000 members in more than 140 countries. Carroll has local ties to the UMass Chemistry department, having been a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Julian Tyson (1991-92).

Virtual Student Life | Student Life | UMass Amherst
08/19/2020
Virtual Student Life | Student Life | UMass Amherst

Virtual Student Life | Student Life | UMass Amherst

Additional Resources Campus Recreation Livestream Power Yoga, Boot Camp, and Meditation classes. Join eSports Tournaments, daily workouts and weekly recipes. Check out fitness apps and online workouts. Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) CCPH is operating with temporary service cha...

COVID-19 Testing Programs | UMass Amherst Reopening
08/19/2020
COVID-19 Testing Programs | UMass Amherst Reopening

COVID-19 Testing Programs | UMass Amherst Reopening

COVID-19 Testing Programs Updated Aug. 18, 2020 Asymptomatic Testing ALSO SEE:Symptomatic Testing | FAQs The UMass Amherst asymptomatic testing program for COVID-19 is designed to mitigate community spread through early detection of infection. Our asymptomatic program includes the following. For Stu...

Michelle Farkas Named Scialog Fellow
08/07/2020
Michelle Farkas Named Scialog Fellow

Michelle Farkas Named Scialog Fellow

Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named Michelle Farkas, chemistry, one of 13 new Fellows for its Scialog: Chemical Machinery of the Cell initiative.

UMass Amherst Team Makes Artificial Energy Source for Muscle
07/20/2020
UMass Amherst Team Makes Artificial Energy Source for Muscle

UMass Amherst Team Makes Artificial Energy Source for Muscle

A chemist and kinesiologist got on a bus, but this isn’t the set-up to a joke. Instead, kinesiologist and lead author Ned Debold and chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman, “DV,” began talking on their bus commute to UMass Amherst and discovered their mutual interest in how energy is converted from o...

A New Role for a Tiny Linker in Transmembrane Ion Channels
07/11/2020
A New Role for a Tiny Linker in Transmembrane Ion Channels

A New Role for a Tiny Linker in Transmembrane Ion Channels

In the molecular-level world of ion channels – passageways through membranes that carry signals in a cell’s environment and allow it to respond – researchers have debated about the role of a small piece of the channel called a linker, says computational biophysicist Jianhan Chen at UMass Amher...

Congratulations, Prof. Lara Al-Hariri, of UMass Chemistry, for being awarded the CNS Outstanding Achievement Award for E...
07/10/2020
CNS Outstanding Achievement Awards Honor Inclusion and Excellence

Congratulations, Prof. Lara Al-Hariri, of UMass Chemistry, for being awarded the CNS Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching!!

Dean Tricia Serio of the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) recently announced this year’s recipients of the college’s Outstanding Achievement Awards, which recognize faculty, staff and students who have made important contributions to their discipline, department, college and university.

UMass Amherst Reopening : UMass Amherst
07/09/2020
UMass Amherst Reopening : UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Reopening : UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Reopens for the Fall Chancellor Subbaswamy has released the university’s Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Classes will begin August 24. Chancellor’s Letter to the Community Frequently Asked Questions about the Fall Extensive Public Health and Behavioral Restrictions Adopted CENTRAL ASPECT...

Steve Acquah Awarded Second Place in Nobel Laureates Online Science Days
07/09/2020
Steve Acquah Awarded Second Place in Nobel Laureates Online Science Days

Steve Acquah Awarded Second Place in Nobel Laureates Online Science Days

During the first 48-hour Sciathon hosted by the Council for the Nobel Laureate Meetings, Steve Acquah, the UMass Amherst Libraries Digital Media Lab coordinator and associate research professor of chemistry, worked as part of a team to develop a science news verification tool, authentiSci.

Congratulations, Graduates!! UMass has great Chemistry!!
05/04/2020

Congratulations, Graduates!! UMass has great Chemistry!!

This event has been CANCELLED:Chemistry’s 2nd Annual Ski/Snowboard Night at Berkshire East on Saturday, March 14th, at 4...
03/03/2020

This event has been CANCELLED:
Chemistry’s 2nd Annual Ski/Snowboard Night at Berkshire East on Saturday, March 14th, at 4 pm (rain date March 21). All members of the UMass Chemistry Department (Faculty, Staff, Grad Students, Undergraduates, Alumni) and their friends and families are warmly invited to come. Whether you ski or not, we would love to have you join us!

We have negotiated the following discount pricing:
Ticket: $13 + Access Card ($5 if you don't already have one)
Ski/Snowboard Rentals: $20; Helmet Rentals: $10
Ski/Snowboard Lessons: $15
Souvenir Beanie $10

Registration/pricing/payment information https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJFPPR3

Please feel free to bring your favorite snack to share. There is also a fabulous restaurant/bar at the lodge with a toasty fire for après ski.

We hope to see you on the slopes!

Prof. Scott Auerbach, UMass Chemistry, and Swiss collaborator's article "A New Kind of Atlas Zeolite Building Blocks" in...
03/02/2020
A new kind of atlas of zeolite building blocks

Prof. Scott Auerbach, UMass Chemistry, and Swiss collaborator's article "A New Kind of Atlas Zeolite Building Blocks" in The Journal of Chemical Physics (Sept 2019) was announced as an “Editors-choice" article.

We have analyzed structural motifs in the Deem database of hypothetical zeolites to investigate whether the structural diversity found in this database can be well-represented by classical descript...

UMass Amherst Chemistry alumnae, Joelle Labastide, addresses global poverty at her fellowship with Millennium Challenge ...
02/18/2020
Lessons learned from a year in Washington

UMass Amherst Chemistry alumnae, Joelle Labastide, addresses global poverty at her fellowship with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Washington, DC.

A half-dozen PhDs jumped from science into a fellowship to find out how the US government works. What they learned can help guide scientists nationwide

Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World
02/18/2020
Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World

Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World

This week Reactions is celebrating Black History Month with some amazing black scientists. These people have changed the world through chemistry. 0:23 - Perc...

Congrats on 70 years at UMass! In February 1950, Prof. Richard (Dick) Stein joined the UMass Amherst Chemistry faculty a...
02/07/2020

Congrats on 70 years at UMass! In February 1950, Prof. Richard (Dick) Stein joined the UMass Amherst Chemistry faculty as an Associate Professor. He carried out pioneering studies developing and using rheo-optical techniques to study orientation and phase transitions in amorphous, crystalline and liquid crystalline polymers. He also developed the university’s first advanced physical chemistry courses in quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and polymer science. In 1961, Stein founded both the Polymer Research Institute and the Research Computing Center.

Scott Auerbach, UMass Chemistry, and collaborators from UMass Amherst and WPI, Discover New Building Blocks of Zeolite N...
01/03/2020
Critical Role of Tricyclic Bridges Including Neighboring Rings for Understanding Raman Spectra of Zeolites

Scott Auerbach, UMass Chemistry, and collaborators from UMass Amherst and WPI, Discover New Building Blocks of Zeolite Nanopores

Raman spectroscopy of network solids such as zeolites is critical for shedding light on collective vibrations of medium-range structures such as rings that exist in crystals and that form during crystallization processes. Despite this importance, assignments of Raman spectra are not completely under...

Steve Acquah, adjunct research professor of chemistry and Digital Media Lab coordinator at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, s...
10/18/2019
Acquah Speaks at Dedication of Florida State University's Chemical Sciences Laboratory Auditorium in Honor of Nobel Prize Winner Sir Harold Kroto

Steve Acquah, adjunct research professor of chemistry and Digital Media Lab coordinator at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, spoke at the dedication of the Florida State University (FSU) Chemical Sciences Laboratory Auditorium in honor of Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto.

Steve Acquah, adjunct research professor of chemistry and Digital Media Lab coordinator at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, spoke at the dedication of the Florida State University Chemical Sciences Laboratory Auditorium in honor of Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto on Oct. 4. Acquah, the former manager...

Chemistry’s winning team leaders and their projects for the inaugural Manning/IALS Seed Grants• Jeanne Hardy, chemistry,...
10/18/2019
UMass Amherst Institute of Applied Life Sciences Announces Six Winners of the Inaugural Manning/IALS Prize

Chemistry’s winning team leaders and their projects for the inaugural Manning/IALS Seed Grants

• Jeanne Hardy, chemistry, “Development of Potent Zika Virus Protease Inhibitors”

• S. “Thai” Thayumanavan, chemistry, and Steve Faraci, “Pre-Clinical efficacy evaluation of liver-targeted, thyromimetic-encapsulated IntelliGels for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)”

Peter Reinhart, director of UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), has announced that six campus research teams have been named recipients of the first Manning/IALS Seed Grants. The awards will support next steps in their research such as proof-of-concept studies and business d...

Mahoney Seminar Series LectureThursday, September 19th, at 11:30 in LGRT 1634Prof. George M. Church, Professor of Geneti...
09/18/2019

Mahoney Seminar Series Lecture
Thursday, September 19th, at 11:30 in LGRT 1634

Prof. George M. Church, Professor of Genetics Department of Genetics, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School.

“Synthesis & Analysis of Biopolymers"

09/13/2019

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The UMass Amherst's Environmental Conservation Graduate Student Symposium (ECoGSS) organizing committee is excited to announce ECoGSS 2021! Inviting all Graduate Students involved in environmental conservation-related research! Whether you are from ECo, MS3, OEB, or anywhere else, we want you to be involved! ECoGSS is a great space to present your conservation science research to friendly faces, whether you are just starting out in your graduate career or seasoned at attending conferences! The symposium, hosted by the Environmental Conservation Department, will be held via Zoom on Friday, March 19, 2021. Abstracts for talks, posters, and discussion panels are due Friday, January 22nd at 11:59 pm.
To my colleagues at UMass Amherst Chemistry: PPG will be on campus at the end of August recruiting talented PhDs. I currently work at PPG after graduating form the Rotello Research Group in 2015, and it's been two years full of amazing science, new challenges, and innovative projects. Follow the link to apply! (deadline August 21st)