Position Available: Postdoctoral Research Associate

A postdoctoral fellowship in comparative endocrinology is available at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst beginning April 1, 2016. The fellowship is supported by an NSF grant with funding for 4 years and will examine the hormonal control of osmoregulation in lamprey.

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R. THOMAS ZOELLER NAMED PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FELLOW

R. Thomas Zoeller, professor in the department of biology is one of seven faculty members from across five colleges and schools that have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP). They will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. The fellows, who will receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, will also travel to Beacon Hill to share their research with lawmakers.

“Last spring’s inaugural fellows were very successful in getting their research into the hands of the media, policymakers and practitioner groups” said Amy Schalet, director of the Public Engagement Project. “And we are excited to be working with another accomplished group of scholars this year.”.

Zoeller studies the role of thyroid hormone and brain development and the ability of environmental chemicals to interfere with thyroid hormones to produce cognitive deficits in children. During his fellowship, Zoeller will develop tools and strategies to better communicate with non-science audiences including policymakers, health care professionals and the public.

The Public Engagement Project is a faculty-driven initiative building on a collaboration of the Center for Research on Families (CRF), Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA), and Institute for Social Science Research, (ISSR). The Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship has been made possible with funding from the College of Natural Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Provost’s Office and University Relations, as well as the collaborating centers and institutes.

VIDEO AND STORY: SHARK RESEARCH LEADS BIOLOGISTS to CREATE BEASTCAM

When biologist Duncan J. Irschick worked with sharks in Florida last spring, he longed for a simple, quick tool for creating 3-dimensional models of them, as well as the geckos he studies. So, he and colleagues developed a multi-armed platform that integrates several cameras plus a computer system to produce 3-D images. They call it the “Beastcam.”

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JIPB WORKSHOP ON SCIENTIFIC WRITING LED BY TOBIAS BASKIN

Tobias Baskin led the eighth Workshop on Scientific Writing sponsored by the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, and held this year on Dec. 8-9, 2015 at the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Guangzhou, China.

Scientific papers, which act as the central means of communication for researchers in connection with their community, are essential for the progress of scientific development. Indeed, the value of clear and effective communication within the scientific community through the dialogue of scientific journals has never been more apparent as local Chinese research and publications are increasingly cited on an international scale. However, in considering research aimed at international journals, reviewers are also becoming more and more concerned with not only the high quality of the submission's scientific content, but also the quality of its writing. As the competition increases, to secure publication in a high-ranking journal only the most succinct, language-sufficient, and logically crafted articles will suffice.

To match the demand, the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB) and Agro-biological Gene Research Center of Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDAAS) jointly held a workshop on scientific writing as a part of a series of workshops held by JIPB. Baskin outlined the guidelines for scientific writing and helped the audience to gain insight into the lengthy process of scientific paper writing, and help teach students how to plan and prepare accordingly.

The workshop was attended by more than 100 young scientists, from all over China.

ORETT BURKE, JR, BIOLOGY STUDENT FEATURED IN UMASS PROFILE SERIES

A talented basketball player at his former college, Orett transferred to study biological sciences in hope of one day becoming a doctor.
Even if you're not a science major, there's so many things out here for you. There's probably one class that would change your mind, just like me in high school. I'm not sure how many schools in America where you're able to do research on what you want to do and be with someone you want to be inspired to be in 10 years. And I think that's one of the greatest advantages about UMass. My name is Orett Burke Jr, class of 2017. I stand for dream-chasing and I stand for UMass.

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