Now Hiring - Director of Computer Systems Administration

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for a Director of Computer Systems Administration.

The Director of Computer Systems Administration (DCSA) is responsible for computer support of research, teaching and administrative work in the Biology department. The DCSA supervises up to three (3) computer support staff responsible for the maintenance of computer hardware, software, and networking for Biology staff and faculty members. This includes supporting computers, UNIX servers, and software needed for staff, for faculty research programs, and for computer-intensive Biology teaching labs in the Morrill Sciences Center, Integrated Science building and other locations. The DCSA advises and supports the Biology department in computing/networking policy decisions and policy implementation, and represents the department in appropriate meetings/projects with college and university IT staff. The DCSA is responsible for overseeing the resolution of client (Biology staff and faculty) issues with Windows, Macintosh and Linux systems.

For more information and to submit an application, here.

Where Science Meets Business

Hailey Charest, a student in the Riley Lab pitched her idea for a business in the campus’s 2020 Innovation Challenge. Her team won the top prize of $41,000, and she credited their triumph to guidance and support from the lab of Professor of Biology Margaret Riley and from the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, host of the Innovation Challenge.

Read more HERE.

The Genetics of Flower Power

Madelaine Bartlett's Lab recently announced that they have discovered the genetic linkages governing the formation of flowers. The revelation solves a long-standing mystery—how are there so many different types of flowers in the world?—and shines a bright light into a dark corner of evolution. The research also demonstrates the power of a technique called “forward genetics” in uncovering the mysteries of nature.

Read more HERE.

Healey to Join UMass Amherst Leadership Team in the Bay View Alliance

Biology senior lecturer Christiane Healey has been invited to join the UMass Amherst leadership team in the Bay View Alliance: a network of AAU/leading public research universities in the U.S. and Canada studying culture change and leadership for teaching and learning, particularly in STEM fields.

Join us in congratulating her!

Katz Lab Members Present at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting

Four individuals in the Katz Lab gave presentations in person at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual meeting in Phoenix Arizona.

It's the first national conference any of these lab members have attended since the beginning of the pandemic. Two more members of this lab are presenting in the upcoming virtual component of the meeting.

In the picture are (L to R), Cheyenne Tait (post-doc), Kate Otter (NSB PhD student), Kelsi Watkins (NSB MS student), and Saida Gamidova (Undergraduate Biology major and former Lee-SIP recipient)