Chemical Engineering (ChE) graduate student Miaomin Zhang and his advisor ChE Professor Neil S. Forbes recently published the cover article of the Journal of Controlled Release (vol 199, February 10th), which has an impact factor of 7.8. The title of the article is "Trg-deficient Salmonella colonize quiescent tumor regions by exclusively penetrating or proliferating."
Senior chemical engineering major Ezra Aurian-Blajeni has won a scholarship from the local chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE). Nine Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarships were recently presented by the Boston Area Chapter of ISPE, a non-profit, professional society serving the life sciences industry, including college and university students preparing to enter related fields.
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T.J. Lakis Mountziaris, a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, will be the Distinguished Seminar Speaker for the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern University in Boston on January 28. Mountziaris will be speaking on “Synthesis, Functionalization and Biological Sensing Applications of ZnSe Nanocrystals” at 312 Ell Hall on the Northeastern campus from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 28. Read seminar announcement.
Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department was recently featured in a long article, written by Amanda Drane of Research Next, about several UMass researchers studying the biological mechanisms that impact the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Research Next “is the campus's official window into the research, scholarship, and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top research university. Our story is told through the voices of the faculty, students and staff who, through their work, are creating a brighter future for us all.”
The WebsEdge company has produced a video (You Tube link) for Materials Research Society (MRS) TV that showcases the Materials Engineering Program at UMass Amherst. The video was featured as part of a group of about 15 such videos for materials science and engineering programs/departments that were invited by MRS TV to produce films for the 2014 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston.
Chemical Engineering junior Shayna Nolan has been honored as a 2014-15 “Rising Researcher” by Research Next, the UMass Amherst website that recognizes the outstanding research, scholarship, and creativity of the students and faculty on campus. The Rising Researcher student acknowledgement program is designed to raise the profile of our most promising undergraduate students on campus and publicly acknowledge their excellent work.
Undergraduate Shayna Nolan of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is one of five students who have been selected to receive the fall 2014 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This new award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. ChE Professor Shelly Peyton nominated Nolan for the award in recognition of her research on cell migration on biomaterial surfaces, conducted under Peyton’s direction.
ExxonMobil has made a generous contribution of $3,000 to support the UMass Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Chem-E-Car team, which is constructing a chemically powered model car to compete at the 2014 Northeast Regional AIChE Conference at MIT. Every year, a team of approximately 20 dedicated UMass chemical engineering undergraduate students competes in the AIChE-sponsored event.
Professors David Ford, Wei Fan, and Peter Monson of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department are involved in new collaborative research grants totaling $866,522 awarded to UMass Amherst from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The first grant of $327,038, involving Ford, Fan, and Monson, started on July 1 and is entitled “Developing New Theoretical Tools and Materials to Improve the Separation Performance of Inorganic Mesoporous Membranes.”
Neil Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1.56-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to engineer what he calls “super-safe Salmonella bacteria” to act as Trojan Horses and deliver cancer-killing agents directly into tumors. His Salmonella vectors – armed with special cancer-ravaging peptides and a gene-disrupting ribonucleic acid (RNA) called shRNA – are designed to steal into cancer tumors, interrupt essential cell processes there, destroy cancer cells, eliminate cancer stems cells, reduce tumor volume, and block the formation of metastases.