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UMass Amherst Professor Awarded Fellowship to Study Arsenic Contamination in U.S. and Overseas

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Amherst chemistry professor Julian Tyson has been awarded a $200,000 Discovery Corps Fellowship by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research and educational efforts on the toxic contaminant arsenic.

Tyson will spend part of his fellowship period collaborating with life sciences faculty at UMass Amherst to develop plants and microorganisms as systems to remove arsenic from contaminated soils and waters. Arsenic is considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be the contaminant that poses the most significant threat to human health.