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A Chemical Engineering (ChE) undergraduate student, Cameron Johnston, who works under the supervision of  ChE Professor Sarah Perry, won a best poster award at the 2015 American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Undergraduate Research Symposium. The title of the winning poster was “Effect of polymer architecture and zwitterionic moieties on complex coacervation.” Johnston’s research is a collaborative effort between Dr. Perry's lab and Todd Emrick’s lab, with one of his graduate students, Rachel Letteri.

As the poster abstract stated, “Complex coacervation is an...

The retirement reception for College of Engineering Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration Kathy Rubin will take place on May 12 in the Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to: lrobidou@ecs.umass.edu (545-6390) by Wednesday, May 6. Contributions are being accepted toward a gift – cash or check made payable to Lorraine Robidoux, Marcus Hall room 130.

Associate Dean Rubin will be retiring at the end of the spring semester after 32 years of invaluable service to...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a $250,000 grant, augmented by $62,500 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, to a team led by researchers at UMass Amherst to develop a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle on wind turbines to deter and protect bat species. As air flows over the wind turbine blade, the device will produce a deterrence signal. The project will address the challenge of deterring bats across the entire wind-turbine rotor and test whether a pulsed noise, similar to a bat call, can act as an effective warning. The project, entitled “A Biomimetic Ultrasonic...

Chemical Engineering junior Katharine Greco has won a highly selective scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program (https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2015.php). Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, room, and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Greco’s scholarship was one of only 260 awarded nationally this year.

The purpose of the Goldwater program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified...

Katrina Rieger, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, has been chosen to receive a highly selective and very prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award in conjunction with the Germanistic Society of America Award. Rieger will serve as a Fulbright researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. 

As Rieger’s acceptance letter from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board said, “You will...