The International Association for Geoscience Diversity recently named Dr Michele Cooke, geosciences, as the recipient of its 2020 International Association for Geoscience Diversity Inclusive Geoscience Education and Research Award for her work as a “foundational leader in accessible and inclusive geoscience teaching in both the classroom and field for over 20 years, all while maintaining a successful research career in geomechanics and structural geology.
A little over a year ago our beloved faculty member, Dr Sheila Seaman, lost her long and valiant battle with cancer— To honor her dedication to education, research, and the betterment of students, we are launching the Sheila Seaman Student Research Fund. This endowed fund, administered by the UMass Foundation, will, in future years, provide monetary support for Geosciences student research. Although preference will go to students in the fields of mineralogy and petrology, other students will be able to benefit from
In a new paper this week in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, geographer Dr Forrest Bowlick and colleagues at Texas A&M offer first-hand accounts of what is required for GIS instructors and IT administrators to set up virtual computing specifically for providing state-of-the-art geographic information systems (GIS) instruction. Read more
The Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Continental Scientific Drilling Division (CSD) has named Dr Julie Brigham-Grette as one of its two Distinguished Lecturers for 2020, which means she will be available to give online seminars on her Arctic drilling research to geologists anywhere in the world by request this fall and into spring 2021.
A team of climate scientists and geologists including Dr Robert DeConto recently received a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to drill through the Greenland Ice Sheet and into the bedrock below, where they will be able to evaluate how long it has been since the last ice sheet retreated from the continent. Read more...
Dr.'s Brian Yellen, Christine Hatch, and post-doc Dr. Will Daniels are involved with the formation of the Fort River Watershed Association in Amherst, MA. The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently featured water quality testing they are performing along the river in coordination with the Connecticut River Conservancy in response to high nutrient levels within the watershed. Read more...
Dr Stan Stevens retired this month after a 33 year-long career of teaching, 25 of them at U-Mass Amherst— Dr Stevens research and teaching explores society/nature interaction via political and culture ecological approaches and collaborative fieldwork with indigenous peoples. Find out more about Dr. Stevens, his teaching, and his work here...
Dr Julie Brigham-Grette is one of several Arctic scientists who recently colllaborated with Artist Blane De St Croix on his current exhibition How to Move a Landscape, currently at MassMOCA. This exhibition involves years of research-intensive pieces involving years of fieldwork and collaboration with scientists, and includes large-scale installations that incorporate recetn research about the effect
Recent alum Dr Jessica McBeck and professor Dr Michele Cooke are senior authors on a recent paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters studying how the mechanical energy budget in accretionary prisms, a fundamental geological structure at tectonic plate margins, scales from analog models in the lab to real-world examples and its implicat
Recent alum Dr Benjamin Keisling and professor Dr Rob DeConto are senior authors on a new paper discussing the results of Benjamin's work at U-Mass, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Ice and Climate, on new mechanisms for how and when a network of canyons under the Greenland Ice Sheet formed, especially one that is so deep and long it’s ca
The Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is offering several online courses for the 2nd session of the Summer 2020 term. These courses begin July 6th and end August 14th.
If you are interested in these courses, please register by June 19th to guarantee that they will have enough students to be run.
"Urban forests have long been forgotten by ecosystem scientists and biogeochemists..." Dr Justin Richardson and co-authors recently published a paper in Science of the Total Environment. The paper highlights research conducted by U-Mass undergraduates, graduate student Jonah Jordan, and himself on mercu
UMass Amherst graduate students, including Geosciences alum Dr Benjamin Keisling and PhD Student Raquel Bryant, published a piece in the American Geophysical Union's Eos on how they created the U-Mass BRiDGE Program to increase the diversity of invited speakers to campus and create opportunities for students from marginalized groups to network with those prof
A new episode of PhD student Laura Fattaruso's podcast, Labtalk with Laura, talks with alumni of the STEMSEAS program (Student Experiences Aboard Ships) started by Sharon Cooper and Jon Lewis. She's joined in the studio by Emma Robertson, a UMass undergrad who sailed last summer from Woods Hole, MA to Reykjavik, Iceland.
“Dinosaurs sit at an evolutionary point between birds, which are warm-blooded, and reptiles, which are cold-blooded. Our results suggest that all major groups of dinosaurs had warmer body temperatures than their environment” - post-doctoral fellow Dr. Robin Dawson on her research she performed while a doctoral student at Yale University. Read More...
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