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Gene Tool (CRISPR) to Boost Corn Yield
March 1, 2021

Madelaine Bartlett, biology, who, along with researchers at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, are using CRISPR gene editing technology to try to increase the number of kernels on an ear of corn. (TBR News Media [New York], 2/27/21)

When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’
February 22, 2021

Rick Harper, environmental conservation, comments on community wood banks, that, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role. (NY Times 2/19/21)

Earth Matters: Stunning Perspectives now Democratized by Drones
February 9, 2021

Christine Hatch, geosciences, writes about the thrill and discovery she experiences viewing the earth from above, whether from an airplane or from drone imagery. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/8/21)


Is Lyme Disease on the Rise?
February 8, 2021

An article about the Lyme disease outlook for 2021 cites an increase in ticks sent in for testing reported in early 2020 by the UMass Amherst Tick Testing Lab. (Today, 2/5/21)

UMass Extension NEP Success Posted in USDA News
February 4, 2021

The success story of UMass Extension’s SNAP-Ed coalition is featured in a national publication. A four-year old community garden in Plymouth shares ways in which they reinvented their program to meet local nutritional needs by sharing fresh food during a pandemic. (USDA Snap-Ed Connection, 1/28/21)

Shenoy Named Founding Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Energy
February 1, 2021

Prashant Shenoy, Distinguished Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, has been named the founding chair of the new Special Interest Group on Energy of the Association for Computing Machinery. (HPC Wire, 1/29/21; News Office 1/27/21)

Emerald Ash Borer Life Cycle and Biological Control, Simisky Comments
January 26, 2021

UMass Extension entomology specialist Tawny Simisky comments on the life cycle of the invasive emerald ash borer and the use of biological control to fight this destructive insect in recent interview.  (WBUR, 1/28/21; NEPR,1/26/21)


UMass Recruiting Breastfeeding Mothers Who have Tested Positive for Covid-19
January 19, 2021

UMass Amherst scientists led by Kathleen Arcaro, veterinary and animal sciences, are recruiting breastfeeding mothers who have tested positive for COVID-19 for their research looking at COVID antibodies in colostrum, or early breastmilk. (Vox,, 2/3/21; Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/21/21; MassLive, 1/17/21; News Office release)

UMass Amherst Agricultural Sciences in Top Five Global Rankings
January 6, 2021

UMass-Amherst ranked No. 4 in the world for Agricultural Sciences and No. 1 in the U.S.  (U.S. and World News Report 12/6/20)

Cranberries, Massachusetts Largest Food Crop: Video Features UMass Cranberry Director
January 5, 2021

In a video segment about the cranberry industry in Massachusetts, Hilary Sandler director of the UMass Cranberry Station, shows how the station conducts research on fertilizers, pest management, weed control and other areas that help growers. (WCVB [Boston], 1/4/21; News Office assistance)