Professor Black selected for the Chancellor's Medal

The campus community is invited to attend the first 2017-2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Great Hall, Old Chapel, at 4:00 p.m.

Professor Samuel Black, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, will present his talk, “Approaching the End Game: Seeking Sustainable Control of Animal African Trypanosomiasis”.

For more than a century, scientists have attempted to sustainably control animal African trypanosomiasis-protozoan parasites that can be fatal to people and domestic livestock. The development of effective vaccines has been blocked by the parasites’ ability to vary the surface structures with which the immune system reacts and to mask the conserved surface components the parasites need to acquire nutrients. At UMass Amherst and elsewhere, research is unlocking the mechanisms of innate immune control and trypanosomiasis pathology, giving new hope of developing trypanosomiasis-resistant cattle through selective breeding and genetic engineering.

At the conclusion of the lecture, Professor Black will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed to faculty by the campus.

This lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception immediately following the lecture.

Additional information about the 2017-2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series is available at