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Faculty & Staff Newsletter

Funding & Grants
November 2017
Issue: 
22

David Julian McClements, professor, food sciences To the Department of Food Science, a three-year grant to study the possibility that eating food nanoemulsions found in dressings, dips or sauces might increase the amount of pesticides absorbed from co-ingested fruits and vegetables, thus increasing risk of adverse health effects.  David Julian McClements, $444,550 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.



Elizabeth Vierling, distinguished professor, biochemersty and molecular biology To the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a one-year grant to research the mTERF function in the control of plant respiration and stress tolerance. Elizabeth Vierling, P.I., $200,000 from the National Science Foundation.

 

 

Madelaine Bartlett, assistant professor, biology To the Department of Biology, a five-year grant to research protein-protein interactions driving the evolution of gene regulation. Madelaine Bartlett, P.I., $200,000 from the National Science Foundation.

 

 

Curice Griffin, Head of Department, environmental conservation To the Department of Environmental Conservation, one-year grant to examine the mechanisms of species responses to climate change to determine if there biological thresholds. Curtice Griffin, P.I., $204,665 from the Geological Survey, US Department of the Interior.

 

 

Paul Catanzaro, extension, associate professor To the Department of Environmental Conservation, a four-year outreach grant to help landowners make decisions about the future of their land. Paul Catanzaro, $425,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

 

 

Hang Xaio, associate professor, food sciences To the Department of Food Science, funding to establish prediciton of Vitamins B1 and K degradation inspaceflight foods. Hang Xiao, $107,000 from the National Aero and Space Administration (NASA).
 

 

Michelle DaCosta, associate professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture To the Stockbridge School, a one-year study for yield 10 greenhouse growth. Michelle DaCosta, P.I., $102,618 from Yield10 Bioscience Inc.
 

 

 

David Sela, assistant professor, food sciences To the Department of Food Science, a one-year grant to research cranberry polyphenols in conjunction with dietary oligosaccharides to promote beneficial gut microbes. David Sela, $98,226 from  Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

 

 

Christine Hatch, associate professor, extension To the Department of Geosciences, a six-month study to predict rates of geomorphic and habitat response to river channelization and flood events. Christine Hatch, $50,000 from the University of Minnesota.

 

 

David Boutt, professor of geosciencesTo the Department of Geosciences, a to study water samples and build a database to understand the impact of drought and to help document its movement. David Boutt, P.I., $94,375 from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

 

 

Joe Elkinton, professor, environmental conservation To the Department of Environmental Conservation, a one-year grant for the development of monitoring and control methods for exotic invasive forest pests. Joseph Elkinton, Co-P.I., $150,499 from the  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA.

 

 

Bethany Bradley, associate professor, environmental conservation To the Department of Environmental Conservation a three-and-one-half year study to quantify the invasive grass-fire cycle and implications for carbon storage in the continental US.  Bethany Bradley, P.I., $ 389,967 from the National Science Foundation.

 

 

Lisa McKeag, extension vegetable educator To UMass Extension a grant to offer education program for comprehensive crop insurance/risk management. Lisa McKeag, $226, 918 from US Department of Agriculture (USDA).