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Neil S. Forbes of the UMass Amherst Chemical Engineering Department recently commented in a story in the Boston Globe about the use of the bacterium E. coli in a new test that accurately detects liver cancer in urine. He noted that bacteria naturally flourish in tumors. “You could tune them for difference cancer sites, different stages, use them for detection, use them for therapy,” Forbes said. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of...

An inter-university team of researchers that includes Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija and graduate student Arnab Majee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has published a scientific paper in Nano Letters ("Bimodal Phonon Scattering in Graphene Grain Boundaries") examining how heat transfer works in graphene, the one-atom thick sheets of carbon. The team found that as grains of the material become more misaligned, the heat transferring properties decline. Read related article in...

Arianne Bazilio, a doctoral candidate from Guyana studying in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a 2014-15 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW International Fellows are selected for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, business, and science.

“I was astounded and deeply honored when I learnt that I was...

Rising sophomore Shuaib Balogun of the Chemical Engineering Department has been chosen to receive a scholarship by the American Chemical Society. He carried a cumulative GPA of 3.97 during his freshman year at UMass Amherst. Balogun has been educated at Concord College (Shrewsbury, Shropshire) in the United Kingdom for his A levels and at Day Waterman College (Abeokuta, Nigeria) for his GCSES.

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Cutting-edge collaborative work between the research teams of Professors Qiangfei Xia (PI) and Joseph Bardin, both with Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, has resulted in a publication in Nature Communications. The title of the article is “Nanoscale Memristive Radiofrequency Switches,” and the authors are Shuang Pi, Mohammad Ghadiri-Sadrabadi, Joseph Bardin, and Qiangfei Xia. The original article can be viewed here.

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An important article in The Scientist recently quoted Neil Forbes, chemical engineering, commenting on how researchers are using probiotics and microbes to detect, diagnose, and treat cancer, a subject closely associated with Forbes’ own research. The article was about researchers at MIT and the University of California, San Diego, who have programmed a probiotic Escherichia coli strain to detect cancer metastases in the liver. The team used these...

According to the Westford Eagle, the interactive Distractology 101 program for teens and other new drivers visited Westford Academy on June 8 through 12. The Distractology driving simulator, based on research conducted at UMass Amherst, is currently travelling to various communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island during the 2014-15 school year, offering 45 minutes of simulated distracted driving to each participant.

The “Distractology 101” program was originally designed by...

An article triggered by a College of Engineering and UMass News Office release about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s 25th annual Senior Design Day was picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in media across the nation. The Hampshire Gazette published the UMass release, and the AP distributed the resulting Gazette article. Projects ranged from those that help the blind, a “smart kitchen,” digital exercise advice, and an aerial camera for video-taping action sports....

Dan Ezra Aurian-Blajeni, a recent graduate of the Chemical Engineering B.S. program who works with Chemistry Professor Matthew Holden, earned first place in the 2015 International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Boston Area Chapter Student Poster Competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 16th. The winning poster was entitled “Droplet-Interface Bilayers: An Emerging Technology for Screening Human Ion Channel-Drug Interactions.” The poster was based on the independent project that...

While studying abroad last semester, Jennifer Greene of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department took the opportunity to attend the first ever European Conference of the Society of Women Engineers in Amsterdam, Holland. In a letter to the UMass Amherst chapter of SWE, Greene noted that “I just wanted to tell you how amazing the conference was and say thank you a thousand times for allowing me to go.”

In an accompanying write-up, Greene described her SWE experience in Holland. “I had the privilege of being supported by UMass College of Engineering, specifically Paula...

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