The Biology Department Welcomes New Faculty - Alex Gerson

Alex is an Integrative Ecological-physiologist who studies the physiological
mechanisms and ecological interactions that allow and affect bird migration, as
well as the eco-physiological constraints that affect the ability of different bird
species to survive major environmental challenges associated with climate change.
You can visit Alex’s website here.

Alex’s lab is currently located in Morrill 3 room 409, with his new lab being renovated
in the space formerly occupied by Lynn Margulis (3rd floor of Morrill 3).

Riley to give Distinguished Faculty Lecture; Receive Chancellor's Medal

Margaret Riley, Biology, has been chosen to deliver the fourth 2014-15 Distinguished Faculty Lecture and be presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest recognition given for service to the campus on Monday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building.

Riley, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, is founder and former president of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences and the UMass STEM Ambassadors Program. Winner of numerous honors, Riley is also co-founder of the Institute for Drug Resistance, Bacteriotix, and the Pheromonicin Institute. Free and open to all. Reception follows the lecture.

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/biologist-margaret-riley-present

Nature's Medicine Cabinet Helps Reduce Disease Load

A study by evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler and other researchers found that bees infected with a common intestinal parasite had reduced parasite levels in their guts after seven days if the bees also consumed natural toxins present in plant nectar. Their study appears in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The UMass News & Media article, is available here.