Maresca Wins R.R. Bensley Young Investigator Award

Biology Assistant Professor Tom Maresca has been selected by the American Academy of Anatomists (AAA) as the recipient of the 2013 R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology. The award, first given in 1979, recognizes a cell biologist who has made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of anatomy through discovery, ingenuity, and publications in the field of cell biology. Past winners include: John Heuser, Elaine Fuchs, Tim Mitchison, and Ron Vale (2012 Lasker Award Winner). Maresca will present the R.R. Bensley Award Lecture in the Young Investigator Award Symposium at the upcoming AAA Annual Meeting in Boston in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2013.

Riley Named Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Fellow

Biology professor Peg Riley (right) is among the new class of Fellows of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, elected by her peers to its prestigious community of scientists, engineers, research physicians and others who are deeply concerned about science and science education in the Commonwealth.

Riley, president and founder of MAS, announced the academy’s latest fellows:
UMass alumna and astronaut Catherine Coleman, Irving Epstein of Brandeis University, Robert Dorit of Smith College, Ward Watt of Stanford University, Mandana Sassanfar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Junior Academy of Sciences, Megan Rokop of the Broad Institute, and James Hamilton and Paul Trunfio of Boston University.

Riley says, “Each year, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences honors distinguished individuals through its fellowship awards. They join an elite group of professional scientists and science educators who are recognized for extraordinary scientific accomplishments and service to the science community and the public. The academy is thrilled to welcome these stellar individuals to its elite group. They are crucial to the future success of the academy and it is an honor to announce their commitment and involvement.”

Riley’s research interests range from experimental evolution of microbes to developing novel antimicrobials and redefining the microbial species concept.

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Baskin Receives $480,000 NSF Award

Tobias Baskin has received a new, three-year ($480,000) NSF award for a project titled "The nano-mechanics of celluose sythesis". Baskin is the Co-PI on the project, the PI is Lori Golner in Physics. The goal of the project is to use both high resolution imaging of living cells and biochemical analysis of extracts to deepen our understanding of how cellulose, perhaps the most abundant polymer on Earth, is synthesized.

Bio Senior Makes Local News

The August 6, 2012 edition of the Milford Daily News featured a report on Biology major Katelyn Kalutkiewicz and the research that she is working on in the lab of Prof. Wei-lih Lee. Katelyn's work is supported by a $5,000 grant from the American Heart Association, and the news report notes that she says the Heart Association has been "very supportive of my research and promote my development as a young scientist."

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Geckskin Team on YouTube


Biology professor Duncan Irschick, along with colleagues Al Crosby from the Polymer Sciences Department, Andrew Croll and doctoral students Michael Bartlett and Daniel King have posted a video to YouTube

The video can be accessed here