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.
Graduate students Marsha Allen and Sarah McKnight are representing U-Mass Geosciences this week at the annual meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists in Malaga, Spain. Marsha will be presenting her research on groundwater storage assessment and flow path identification in large-scale fractured bedrock aquifer systems, with Sarah presenting her research on hydrologic and stratigraphic impacts to density-driven flo
Several students and faculty from the department are presenting their research at this years annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Phoenix, AZ. A schedule of U-Mass Geosciences presentations are listed below. Be sure to pop by these talks to hear about some great research!
Dr. Mike Jercinovic accepted the Microanalysis Society’s (MAS) Fellow Award at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 5. The honor recognizes “eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the field of microanalysis of materials and related phenomena who have distinguished themselves through outstanding research and service to the microanalysis community,” MAS states.
Professor Sheila Seaman passed away at home in Leverett on Saturday, July 27 after a long heroic battle with cancer. A beloved teacher and researcher in the department, she was a volcanologist who studied active and extinct volcanoes in Iceland, Maine, Arizona, New Mexico, and Canada. She was an avid runner, gardener, protector of land, plants, and animals, and a serious Bruce Springsteen fan. Read more...
We are pleased to announce the donation of the MOVE software package to the Department of Geosciences by the Scotland-based Petroleum Experts Limited. This industry-standard software package is valued at $2,542,604.95 USD and provides tools for 3D analysis and geophysical and structural modeling of deformation of the Earth's crust.
This week several faculty and students are presenting at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC. If you're there, check out these great talks by Kevin Bean, Dr. Forrest Bowlick, Xin Li, Dr. Eve Vogel, and Dr. Piper Gaubatz:
A 1:24,000-scale geologic map and database of surficial materials has been released by the USGS for Massachusetts. This has been a major effort by State Geologist Steve Mabee and the Massachusetts Geological Survey, in collaboration with the USGS, since 2002. The database and map represents the culmination of nearly 80 years of state-federal cooperation and research.
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