Crosby, Irschick co-direct new UMass Center for Evolutionary Materials

Polymer scientist Al Crosby and functional biologist Duncan Irschick, the inventors of the gecko-inspired adhesive, Geckskin, are co-directors of a new, system-wide UMass Center for Evolutionary Materials. It is intended to be a home for researchers from many fields who are interested in pursuing bio-inspired technologies to create new designs and products to benefit people and the environment.

Irschick explains that he and Crosby, inspired by the scientific and intellectual richness of their own collaboration and the success of Geckskin, want to see a center that will “engage people on a deep level of bio-inspiration, not as a buzz word but as a kind of intellectual playground for unstructured creativity. Such centers can be useful to foster collaborations.”

Normark comments on new findings on asexual reproduction

Benjamin Normark, Biology, was interviewed by media about a new study on Diploscapter pachys, a tiny roundworm has developed an asexual way to copy its genes that also leads to enough minute mutations to allow it to adapt but not cause crippling defects.

Podos elected President of the Animal Behavior Society

Jeff Podos was elected to serve as 2017-18 President of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), which is the principal scientific society for this discipline in the Western Hemisphere. The Animal Behavior Society, together with its European sister society, the Association for the Study of Behavior, edits and publishes the discipline’s flagship journal, Animal Behaviour. The main duty of the ABS President is to chair the society’s executive committee, which is responsible for arranging the annual ABS conference, running student research and travel award competitions, selecting distinguished researchers for society awards, and supporting society members across the hemisphere in research, education, and outreach.

Fritz-Laylin Featured in Year in Cell Biology: 2017

Dr. Lillian Fritz-Laylin's paper WASP and SCAR are evolutionarily conserved in actin-filled pseudopod-based motility was highlighted by the Journal of Cell Biology in their Year in Cell Biology:2017. Ten research papers were identified that most captured the attention and interest of readers, based on number of requests for PDFs and full-text HTML versions of an article in the three months after its initial publication.

Assistant Professor in Cell Biology


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CELL BIOLOGY (TT), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications from cell biologists for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are broadly seeking cell biologists who are addressing fundamental questions using quantitative microscopy, molecular, biochemical, structural, computational, and/or genetic approaches. We especially encourage applicants whose research complements existing Departmental strengths in the cytoskeleton or plant cell biology fields. The cell biologist will be able to take full advantage of substantial new investments in campus infrastructure and will have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the light microscopy core facility, which was recently designated a Nikon Center of Excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to establish an externally funded research program. The new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate in strong interdepartmental graduate training programs.

Review of applications will begin on November 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications can be uploaded at the link below and should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, and contact information for three references.

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=90557

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430-acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. The region boasts a rural setting with easy access to Boston, Hartford, and New York City. Amherst is nestled between the Berkshire Mountains, Holyoke Range and Pelham Hills providing many recreational opportunities.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.