Biology Department Seeks Lecturer

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applicants for a full-time (9-month academic year), non-tenure track lecturer for classroom instruction in introductory physiology.

Primary responsibilities will include classroom instruction in Introductory Physiology (Biol 288) that is one of the ‘core’ second year courses in the Biology Department, as well as teaching 1-2 other core courses in the undergraduate biology curriculum. This person will also perform service in support of the mission and goals of the Department and College.

Please apply at:
https://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/507574/lecturer-biology-depa...

Seanne Clemente Wins Fellowship

Lynn Adler's graduate student, Seanne Clemente, received the National Garden Club of America Centennial Pollinator Fellowship for his research to study self-medication in bumble bees and the use of potentially medicinal floral volatiles from basil plants.

Read more HERE.


Adler Receives Two Grants

Lynn Adler was awarded a $99K Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE SARE) grant to study the role of cut flowers on farms for pollinator health.

She also received a $500K subcontract to Cornell as part of a 5-year, $2.5-million USDA Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease to understand temporal dynamics in parasite spillover in bee communities.


Shannon Silva to Receive 2020-2021 Rising Researcher Award


Biology student Shannon Silva was one of a small group of students who was selected to receive the 2020-2021 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishments of UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, and creative activity.
In recognition of this honor, Shannon will be invited to an event hosted by Chancellor Subbaswamy in the spring, where she will receive her award.

Read about some of Shannon's research, which won her a Goldwater Scholarship, HERE.


Hazen Named Gilgut Professor of Plant Biology


Samuel P. Hazen, biology, was awarded the Dr. Constantine J. Gilgut Professorship in Plant Biology for a term of three years following approval by the Board of Trustees at its Thursday, Dec. 10 meeting.

The conditions of the Gilgut Professorship specify that the recipient will be a full professor in the biology department and act as the director of the plant biology program. The incumbent of the Gilgut Professorship will be an outstanding, active scholar in the field who can lead by the example of his or her teaching as well as scholarship and administrative skills.

Hazen came to the UMass Amherst department of biology in 2008 as an assistant professor, became an associate professor and was awarded tenure in 2014 and was promoted to full professor in 2020.

Hazen’s area of research is the thickening of the secondary cell wall and the regulation of this process in the grass Brachypodium distachyon and a variety of other plants. He has received substantial external funding to support his research from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. He also received several awards to support small business innovation and community science projects. Hazen has published 47 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and his work has been cited over 5,200 times according to Google Scholar.

In their letter of nomination, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost John McCarthy wrote: “Dr. Hazen has contributed to the teaching mission of the university in many ways. He taught highly rated courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level. In his lab, he worked with, trained, and mentored over 50 graduate and undergraduate students. His administrative service has contributed to both the department and the university.”

Hazen earned his B.S. in plant sciences from the University of Arizona, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from Michigan State University. He was a Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute in California from 2003 through 2007.