Hepler Named Honorary Fellow of Royal Microscopial Society

Peter Hepler, professor emeritus of biology has been named an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, the highest award offered by the organization. Hepler is being recognized for his contributions to the applications of light and electron microscopy to the plant sciences. “Throughout his career he has remained at the forefront of new developments and has produced a number of cutting-edge papers detailing his novel and inspiring research,” said the RMS announcement.

Helper was one of the first scientists to apply the new glutaraldehyde fixation to plant cells, revealing for the first time, bundles of microtubules under the plasma membrane of developing tracheary elements. He was also the first plant scientist to employ microinjection techniques to study the incorporation of fluorescent tubulin into microtubules in cells.

Hepler and the two other new honorary fellows were announced at the Botanical Microscopy Meeting held this week at Exeter University in the U.K..

Read the News & Media Relations article here.

Irschick Featured in Nature.com

Duncan Irschick, Biology and Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, co-inventors of Geckskin, were featured in a Nature.com article about synthetic coatings and textures adapted from lizards, ivy, and other natural materials, to enhance everyday materials.

Hazen Wins Whiting Foundation Grant

Samuel Hazen, Biology, has received a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The Whiting Foundation awards fellowships to present and prospective teachers, particularly those on the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at a location away from their primary one in order to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction.

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.