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UMass Addresses Concerns Over Spraying at Turf Facility
April 8, 2019

Representatives from UMass Amherst attended a Deerfield Selectboard meeting to provide an update on ways staff at the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center plan to quell residents’ concerns about the spraying of chemicals. ( Recorder, Gazette 4/8/19)


Lawn Mowing Frequency Affects Bee Abundance and Diversity
April 7, 2019

Research led by Dr. Susannah Lerman from UMASS Amhert, shows that cutting grass every two weeks helps to grow more pollinating plants that bees need to survive.( 4/7/19)

Head of Food Science at UMass Amherst Elected President of International Industry Group
April 3, 2019

Professor Eric Decker, head of food science at the UMass Amherst, has been elected president of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS). Their goal is to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials. (News Office Release 4/3/19) 

Marine Protected Reserves Do More Than Restore Fish
April 1, 2019

In a new analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas, UMass assistant professor, Brian Cheng, and colleagues in environmental conservation report that reserves not only replenish target fish populations, they also restore ecological functioning. (Nature World News 4/2/19; News Office Release)

Deerfield Selectboard Wants to Hear from UMass About Spraying at Turf Center
March 25, 2019

Mary Dettloff, deputy director for the Office of News and Media Relations at UMass, said they have been working steadily on a response to the questions raised and are nearly finished. She said they plan to reach out to the town to be placed on an upcoming agenda. (Recorder 3/21/19)

Manor house demolished on North Maple Street
March 12, 2019

The Hadley Farm Manor House, came down late last week at the University of Massachusetts-owned property at 111 North Maple St in Hadley. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 3/12/19)

New Sodium and Potassium Guidelines Issued, Eric Decker on NAS Panel
March 11, 2019

Eric Decker, food science, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel that reviewed guidelines for daily sodium and potassium intake and has issued new guidelines for dietary consumption. The NAS has tied overuse of sodium to chronic disease. (Boston Globe, 3/5/19; WWLP, 3/6/19)

UMass Professor Collaborates with MIT on Fertilizer Options
March 11, 2019

Allan Barker, professor in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, collaborated with a research team at MIT to find alternative fertilizer materials that are more readily available all over the world than currently used products. (Science and Technology Research News, 3/7/19)

Trees Bend in the Wind, UMass Professor Explains
March 7, 2019

In response to a reader’s question about what enables trees to bend in the wind without breaking, Brian Kane, environmental conservation, says trees have evolved to manage wind loads. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 3/7/19)

Gardening and Composting Classes offered, Cape Cod Extension Participates
March 5, 2019

Backyard Horticulture is a class offered by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, UMass Extension and the Master Gardeners’ Association of Cape Cod, in locations in Barnstable and Harwich. It’s an eight-week program, and it’s for gardeners of all levels. (Brewster Wicked Local 3/4/19)