Thanks to the efforts of Dr.'s Ray Bradley and Micheal Rawlins, UMass Amherst has joined 116 other North American colleges and universities in the UCAR consortium, which focuses on research and training in Earth system science.UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Toby Applegate, a lecturer in the Geography program, has been awarded a year-long fellowship from Smith College’s Kahn Liberal Arts Institute to contribute to an interdisciplinary project on refugees and forced migration. The fellowship provides both support for ongoing research and an opportunity to participate in a year-long faculty seminar.
Dr. David Boutt has been named the 2018 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer by the Geological Society of America's Hydrogeology Division.
More information about the lectureship / series, and the talks Dr. Boutt will be giving, can be found here.
Dr. Isaac Larsen will receive the 2017 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. The award recognizes a young scientist for “a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes.”
The UMass Amherst Geography Club was the top-scoring team for the fourth consecutive year in the World Geography Bowl held at the 2017 New England-St Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) divisional meeting of the American Association of Geographers. The highest scoring team, geography students Kevin Bean, Carson Caraluzzi, Becca Feidelson, Will Kostick, Simon Perreira, and Le Tran, traveled to Central Connecticut State University for the October 20th competition.
Several of our faculty and students are presenting their research at the GSA annual meeting in Seattle this week. Below is a schedule of presentations, sessions chaired, and events hosted by members of our department:
The Department of Geosciences was invited to create five exhibits showcasing various subjects in earth science, which is currently on display in the Integrated Science Building until the Fall of 2018. A webpage with a link to each exhibit can be found 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.
The UMass Amherst Libraries host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action Around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
From Source to Sink: Exploring the impact of climate and landscapes on water's journey
Where does water go when it rains? Where does your drinking water come from? Where does it go after you wash the dishes or take a shower?
Michael Rawlins has received a five-year, $370,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a multi-institution effort to better understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of coastal lagoons in northern Alaska. Read the full story here and here.
Michael A. Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center, says in an interview with the Daily Hampshire Gazette that research is inconclusive on whether climate change is leading to more tornadoes such as the one that hit Conway last weekend. But he does say warmer weather helps create conditions that make tornadoes possible.
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