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Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department had her research on breast cancer and metastasis featured in an article by Mike Fillon in the news section of the March 14 website posting of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. As the article noted, “A chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst believes a different approach is needed for understanding breast cancer and metastasis, one based more on engineering than traditional medical research disciplines.

UMass chemical engineering major Chris Inglis of Mashpee, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod recently won the gold medal in the 200-yard freestyle at the Atlantic 10 Championships by bettering his own A-10 and UMass records with what was called “a blistering 1:36.80” time. Even more importantly, Inglis was also named to the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Academic All-Conference Team, made up of student-athletes who have a GPA of 3.0 or better for their entire academic career.

The cover article in the January 18 edition of the American Chemical Society journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering features groundbreaking research conducted by UMass Amherst faculty members Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and five other researchers.

Stephanie Polgar, a senior in the Chemical Engineering Department and president of the UMass Amherst student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), has been chosen as the AIChE national Student of the Month for March. She was featured in a long interview for the AIChE ChEnected website (“where chemical engineers mix it up”).

This winter three young researchers at the College of Engineering have scored a collective hat trick by pulling in a trio of $400,000 awards from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The much sought-after grants were received by Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department, and David Irwin and Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Nearly one-third of all faculty members at the college have won the esteemed NSF awards.

Professor Susan Roberts will assume the half-time position of associate dean of the Graduate School on July 1, according to John McCarthy, vice provost for Graduate Education and dean of the Graduate School. Roberts is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE).

The Web of Science notes that a landmark paper written by H. Henning Winter, the Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Experimental Rheology in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, has reached the celebrated 1,000-citation mark. As ChE Department Head T.J. Lakis Mountziaris notes, “This is a remarkable achievement.” Henning’s milestone paper is entitled “Analysis of Linear Viscoelasticity of a Crosslinking Polymer at the Gel Point” and was published in 1986 in the Journal of Rheology.

The $400,000 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Program received by Paul Dauenhauer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the UMass Amherst is attracting media coverage from many scientific magazines and websites, including Biofuels Journal, Biofuels Digest, Azocleantech.com,

Nathan P. Birch, a Ph.D. candidate in the research lab of Professor Jessica D. Schiffman from the Chemical Engineering Department, was one of four recipients nationally to receive a Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry. The award is sponsored by the Ciba Green Chemistry Student Endowment to expand student education in the field of green chemistry. Funding provides students the opportunity to travel to a national meeting in the green chemistry field and present their research. The Award Committee felt that Mr. Birch has “strong potential for a career in green chemistry.”

A $400,000 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Program will support the pioneering research of Paul Dauenhauer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dauenhauer’s project will resolve the top challenge for converting sustainable biomass such as trees, grasses, and non-food plants into green gasoline and hundreds of key products in the chemical industry. The NSF funding will support Dauenhauer’s groundbreaking research into his novel experimental technique known as “Pulsed-Film Pyrolysis.”

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