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iCons is frequently in the news. Here you can view news highlights from our program, press clips from media coverage, upcoming iCons events, and musings in our blog.

News Highlights

iCons Alum, Eres, Published in Nature for Work Designing Synthetic Proteins

Marco Eres

"Researchers, led by UC Berkeley engineers, have created a synthetic material that is as effective as naturally occurring proteins in transporting molecules through membranes, a major milestone that could transform such fields as medicine, life sciences, alternative energy and environmental science."  Read more 

 

 

Auerbach and Team Discover Tricyclic Bridges

Auerbach and team published in JACS

In an article featured on the Dec 26, 2019 journal cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, UMass iCons Executive Director Scott Auerbach and collaborators in the Chemical Engineering departments at UMass and WPI have discovered new building blocks that they call "tricyclic bridges," which help to explain the structures and vibrations of zeolites. 

Using Computer Science to solve Cancer

Dr. Woody Sherman, CSO, Silicon Therapeutics

Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) students don’t shy away from big problems.  They use the strength of the team and the broad range of skill sets across disciplines to take risks and think boldly.   

 

So, it is fitting that a like-minded, world-famous expert in computational drug design, Dr. Woody Sherman, was the guest-speaker facilitating the program’s Fall 2019 Integrative Science Workshop.  Dr. Sherman’s company, Silicon Therapeutics, does cancer research using an integrative approach combining physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology -- all starting with high-performance computing of protein-drug interactions to design more effective drugs. 

iCons Blog

Why We Teach iCons

UMass iCons in session

This editorial by H. Holden Thorp captures why.  

Science Magazine article, "Drop the Chalk"

Decoupage and Pizza: What a combo!

iCons does Decoupage

Tuesday 3/21, iCons students proved there is no craft they can't tackle.  Check Decoupage off the list.  Students and faculty (Ally Hunter) gathered in ISB 145 armed with nothing more than scissors, craft paper, e6000 apoxy, mod podge, and some creativity.  Some beautiful work was created and some fun had.  At the end of the time, the pizza box was empty and many were peeling the glue off of their fingers with a look of accomplishment on their faces.  A small break from the stresses of academic life.  

Come join us next time if you can make it :)

Beyond the Classroom—iCons Fall Integrative Experiences

Ceramics Coffee Hour

The iCons Community joins together for many events outside the classroom.  Here are a few from last semester!