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  • Make It, Springfield: DiPasquale Reports

    February 4, 2020

    Spearheaded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a collaborative workspace is breathing new life into a Massachusetts legacy city. (Planning Magazine 10/19)

  • Full STEAM Ahead for Springfield's 4-H Program, Dubois Reports

    January 9, 2020

    Springfields's 4-H program at Robinson Gardens is thriving under the leadership of Lauren Dubois, UMass extension 4-H youth development program (The Republican -go to page C3  1/9/20)

  • Future Apple Markets, Clements Comments

    January 9, 2020

    Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, comments about what he expects to happen to the apple markets in the future. He says there will be continued struggles but local markets and U-pick will be strong if the fall weather cooperates. (Growing Produce, 1/8/20)

  • Designing Healthier Foods — Particle by Particle: McClements Discusses Food Science

    January 7, 2020

     David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor in food science, is profiled in an article that describes his research into plant-based food, 3D food printing and nano-enabled nutraceuticals. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/8/10) 

  • UMass Research Team Traces Evolution of the Domesticated Tomato

    January 7, 2020

    Biology faculty member Ana Caicedo and postdoctoral researcher Hamid Razifard report they have identified missing links in the evolution of the tomato from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato. (Conversation1/30/20; Boston Globe,  Albany Herald [GA], 1/14/20; Science Blog,, 1/13/20; 1/9/20; Science Codex, Morning Ag Clips, Technology Networks, 1/8/20; Science Daily, 1/7/20; News Office release)

  • California Cities Turn To Goats To Help Prevent Massive Wildfires, Bradley Quoted

    January 6, 2020

    Bethany Bradley, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the city of Anaheim, California using goats to eat invasive grasses and dried brush in an attempt at preventing wildfires. ( Nature World News, 1/10/20KUOW [NPR], 1/5/20; RFD TV [Nashville], 1/6/20 WGBH, 1/5/20)

  • Massachusetts Bees Threatened by Parasites, UMass Extension Reports

    January 2, 2020

    Varroa mites are the most significant problem facing bee colonies in Massachusetts, says  Hannah Whitehead, honeybee extension educator at UMass Amherst. (MetroWest Daily News, 12/26/19; Worcester Telegram, 12/25/19)

  • Falmouth American Elm Trees Removed and Replaced

    December 23, 2019

    Nicholas Brazee, Extension plant pathologist, worked with the town of Falmouth to assess the health of an American elm tree. The tree was found to be 64 percent internally decayed and will be removed. (The Falmouth Enterprise, 12/20/19)

  • ‘Alarming’ Rate of Cold-Stranded Sea Turtles in Cape Cod Bay, UMass Investigates

    Lucas Griffin, postdoctoral researcher in environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the increase in stranding of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles on Cape Cod. Griffin explains that warming sea water has led the turtles to migrate further north in the summer but the animals are not prepared for the cold winter that follows. (New York Times, 12/19/19; News Office release)

  • Massachusetts A Top Market For Food And Beverage Products Using Scientific Innovations

    December 12, 2019

    Eric Decker, food science, is quoted in an article about how Massachusetts is becoming one of the top markets for food and beverage products created using scientific innovations.  (Boston Business Journal, 12/6/19)  

  • Invasive Grasses Fueling Wildfires Across US: Fusco Reports On Her Research

    December 4, 2019

    Emily J. Fusco, environmental conservation, writes in The Conversation about her research on how nonnative invasive grasses are changing, and in some cases intensifying the dangers from wildfires. Fusco says research suggests there are eight species of grass that are increasing fires in different ecosystems across the country. (KESQ [Palm Springs] 12/6/19; Midland Daily News, The Register Citizen [Connecticut], The National Interest, The Conversation, 12/3/19) 

  • Homeowners Associations Can Promote Environmentally Friendly Lawns

    December 3, 2019

    Susannah B. Lerman, environmental conservation, is mentioned in a story about how housing associations can promote environmentally friendly lawns. She has conducted research that shows lawns that are mowed less frequently support larger bee populations. (Scientific American, 12/3/19)

  • Saving the Striped Bass in Massachuestts

    November 29, 2019

    Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about proposed options to preserve the striped bass population in Massachusetts. Danylchuk says more research is needed on the issue of post-release death rates for fish caught and released by recreational anglers. (Vineyard Gazette, 11/27/29)

  • Bill to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators Advances, UMass comments

    November 25, 2019

    Legislation designed to restrict the use of a popular pesticide that is harming the state’s bee population is moving forward after a successful Statehouse hearing. Joan Milam, UMass environmental conservation, says chemicals are not the only threat the bill addresses, noting that it also looks at land conservation and forage space for native pollinators. (MetroWest Daily News, 11/22/19)

  • UMass Amherst Food Scientist Receives Nils Foss Award in Denmark

    November 19, 2019

    University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Professor David Julian McClements was honored Monday in Hillerød, Denmark, with the 2019 Nils Foss Excellence Prize for his pioneering work in food design and nanotechnology.

    The annual award was established to recognize a globally respected scientist for innovative research that leads to “remarkable improvements” in the quality, safety, nutrition and sustainability of food. (News Medical Life Sciences, 11/18/19; News Office release)

  • Small Businesses Put Food Safety First

    November 18, 2019

    Amanda Kinchla, University of Massachusetts associate extension professor, led a USDA pilot program in New York entitled, "Food Safety First!" for small business entrepreneurs about how to prevent food safety problems. (Lancaster Farming 11/7/19)  

  • Researchers Dicovering New Ways to Improve Food Using Nanoparticles

    November 14, 2019

    D. Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor in food science, comments that researchers have found new ways to improve food using nanoparticles. “There has been a revolution in the design of food-grade microparticle and nanoparticle delivery systems,” he says. (Chemical & Engineering News, 11/13/19)

  • Climate Change May Make Massachusetts More Hospitable to Pests

    November 12, 2019

    Stephen M. Rich, microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, comments in a news story about climate change and how it has an impact on pests, including ticks.  (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/10/19)

  • Plants Get Creative to Fend off Foraging Insects

    November 12, 2019

    Jennifer Van Wyk, post-doctoral research associate, biology, is lead author of an article reporting that some plants may trap pollen in their fuzzy leaves as a way of luring pollen-loving insects that then defend the plant against other predators. (Inside Science, 11/7/19)

  • UMass Study: Invasive Grassess Contributing to Wildfires Across U.S.

    November 6, 2019

    There is widespread news coverage of a first national-scale analysis where ecologists at the UMass Amherst, (lead author, post-doctoral student, Emily Fusco, along with colleagues at the University of Colorado-Boulder), report that across the United States, invasive grasses can double the number of fires. ( SierraClub 11/18/19; KTSA (San Antoino) 11/6/19; NOVA, Voice of America, New York Times, The Boston Globe Jackson Hole News and Guide, KSBY-TV 6 [Calif.], 11/4/19; News Office release)