Several of our undergraduate are giving presentations this Friday, April 28, at the 23rd Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. More information about the conference can be found here. A list of students and the research they are presenting can be found in the photo.
The Department of Geosciences is participating in #UMassGives to upgrade our introductory laboratory instruction classroom and outfit it with polished rock tabletops. This will give our students essential, tangible tools for their explorations as part of our introductory courses.
Dr. David Boutt published a recent research in the journal Hydrological Processes showing that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till – a jumbled, unsorted material deposited by glaciers – make up about 70 percent of the active and dynamic groundwater storage for the region.Read more about the research here.
Graduate students Serena Dameron, Raquel Bryant and Adriane Lam, with Dr. Kinuyo Kanamaru, have been featured in portraits by The Bearded Lady Project this past month. Participants in the project aim to celebrate the critical contirbutions of women scientists to their fields, in addition to educating the public on the gender, race, and class-based inequalities and prejudices that exist in the sciences, with special emphasis on paleontology.
The School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) announces a Call for Submissions for the Student Showcase that is part of the SES Launch on Wednesday, April 19th
Submissions accepted until April 12 at 5 pm. Submit here.
"Computer Science and Programming Courses in Geography Departments in the United States", by new faculty member Dr. Forrest Bowlick and colleagues, was published this past month in The Professional Geographer. The paper summarizes research into how professionally-required computer science and programming skills are integrated into the degree requirements of over 50 GIST and Geography programs in the United States.Read the paper here.
Raymond Bradley, distinguished professor in geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, was recently elected to the European Academy, Academia Europaea, joining 21 other U.S. members in its Earth and Cosmic Sciences section.
New paper in Hydrological Processes by David Boutt & recent alum Lilly Corenthal about freshwater recharge to econmically important lithium-bearing aquifer in hyper-arid Salar de Atacama. Abstract at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.10994/full
Find out how New England communities can become more resilient to river floods!Our three-year long University of Massachusetts RiverSmart Communities project announces the release of five target policy recommendations to help New England communities thrive despite river floods. These recommendations will make federal and state programs significantly more effective and helpful to New England towns and cities as they strive to become resilient to future river floods, with relatively limited cost or regulatory change.
Hatch and Gartner were awarded this grant from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The money will be used to help recreate a regionally consistent assessment of river corridors across the North Atlantic states. Read the whole article here.
Toby Applegate is one of ten faculty remembers to receive a $1,000 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. This award will be used to develop or expand upon sustainability related courses.
John Gartner, a post-doc in the department who works with Christine Hatch, recently had his research featured on the UMass website. He studies the impacts of large floods on rivers, and he recently received a $50,000 from NSF to study the Chickley River. He is interested in examining how large floods have affected human modifications to the river channel.
Mike Jercinovic was honored with the Microanalysis Society's Presidential Science Award, which recognizes "outstanding technical contributions to the field of microanalysis over a sustained period of time." This award recognizes his pioneering work in the field of geochronology with electron microprobe. For more details, see the UMass press release.
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