Pallas appointed as ADVANCE Fellow


Sarah Pallas is teaching a course on Developmental Neurobiology for the first time at UMass this semester.

Dr. Pallas has also been appointed as an ADVANCE fellow this year. A UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellowship provides faculty members with a unique opportunity to participate in ADVANCE’s program of institutional transformation. Fellows will partner with the ADVANCE Leadership Team, which will provide the resources, recognition and relationship building necessary to help faculty collaborate successfully and feel valued and included. Fellows provide recommendations and feedback to the team about ADVANCE programming, and they liaise with their departments, and promote our efforts.

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, UMass ADVANCE focuses on equity for women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, nationality, and other statuses. Read more HERE!

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Healey Receives Chancellor's Leadership Fellowship


The Office of Faculty Development has announced that Dr. Healey, Senior Lecturer of Biology, has received a 2020 Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship.

John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, says, “With this latest cohort of Chancellor's Leadership Fellows, our campus continues the important work of preparing the next generation of academic leaders. In keeping with the program's goals, this year's cohort brings very great diversity of disciplines, backgrounds and career paths.”

Healey’s research expertise is in evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. Healey has taught writing classes as a Quin-Morton Fellow in the Princeton Writing Program at Princeton University and was a faculty member at UCLA before joining the UMass faculty in 2010. She has taught topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and writing to introductory biology, ecology and evolution. She has employed numerous pedagogical approaches depending on class size and learning objectives, including community engagement, team-based learning and flipped classroom approaches. Healey has served as chair of the biology curriculum committee and has been elected chair of the UMass Undergraduate Education Council. Healey was awarded the College of Natural Science Outstanding Teaching Award in 2017. More recently, she was the first recipient of the Mahoney Teaching Award to join the team of faculty in the iCons program.

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Saltating Roots in the Baskin Lab

The Baskin Lab has published a paper in iScience revealing surprisingly dynamic behavior in the growth zone of plant roots. Two of the authors were or are undergraduate students at UMass.

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Ana Caicedo Receives an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award

Evolutionary biologist Ana Caicedo, associate professor of biology, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award to support her collaboration with Detlef Weigel, head of the molecular biology department and executive director of the Max Plank Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany.

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NSF XSEDE Award to Jeff Blanchard

An award from the NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program will support advanced computing for Jeff Blanchard's Evolutionary Genomics & Bioinformatics (BIO597/697) course!

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