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Katie Campbell-Nelson weighs in on severe drought on NPR
August 8, 2016

Farmers in Massachusetts have been scrambling to get water to their crops. More than half the state is in severe drought. "There are farmers whose irrigation ponds are drying up. And so they have to lay a lot more irrigation pipe," says Katie Campbell-Nelson, vegetable extension educator, UMass Amherst. (npr.org 8/6/16)

UMass Amherst Design Building to be featured as part of “Timber City" exhibit
August 8, 2016

The new Design Building under construction at UMass Amherst will be featured in September as part of the “Timber City” exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (Architect, 8/4/16)

"Your Future Starts Now" program graduates eight students with UMass 4-H collaboration
August 8, 2016

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Center for Human Development in collaboration with the UMass extension of 4-H and Student Bridges, graduated all eight of the "Your Future Starts Now" participants. (Masslive.com 8/6/16)

Benjamin Weil, UMass assistant professor, weighs in on renewable energy partnerships
August 4, 2016

While energy policy debates continue in the Massachusetts House and Senate, many city and town governments are charging ahead with local efforts to boost the use of renewable power sources.

“In Massachusetts, we can get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center. (Wicked Local Needham 8/2/16)

Drought hits NE hard, could last months
July 25, 2016

UMass Extension vegetable specialist Katie Campbell-Nelson comments on how drought is affecting vegetable farmers, in story about effect in New England. (The Sun Chronicle, 7/25/16)

UMASS Food Science Group teams with Kayon to develop new technologies
July 19, 2016

D. Julian McClements, food science, is teaming up with Kayon Partners, an investment group and business development firm, to commercialize foods that enhance the body’s ability to absorb drugs and vitamins. (CNBC.com, 7/18/16)

UMass Amherst research will study climate change effects on northeast birds, trees, moose, lynx
July 19, 2016

Wildlife ecologist Curt Griffin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a three-year, $469,513 grant from the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) to study the mechanisms by which species respond to climate change. “Changes in climate are causing animals to either adapt, move or die,” says Griffin, an expert in biodiversity and endangered species management who is chair of the environmental conservation department and head of the campus’ new School of Earth and Sustainability.  (UMass News Office 7/18/16)

Springfield community makerspace makes a permanent home on Worthington Street
July 14, 2016

Make-It Springfield, Springfield's downtown community makerspace, is establishing more permanent roots in the City. Make-It Springfield began as a temporary pop-up project on June 1, 2016, a collaboration between MassDevelopment, the University of Massachusetts Design Center in Springfield, and the Springfield Business Improvement District. "We are excited to see a broad array of UMass faculty and students participate in Make-It Springfield next semester." said Michael DiPasquale, an assistant professor in the University of Massachusetts Extension and Program Director of the UMass Design Center in Springfield. facebook.com/MakeItSpringfield/

Creative ways to celebrate national ice cream month: UMass invents new flavor
July 12, 2016

Maple Valley Creamery in Hadley, Massachusetts, has joined forces with University of Massachusetts Amherst to have a contest every April for inventing a new ice cream flavor. This year's winning flavor was brown-butter, salted caramel with chocolate flakes. (BizBash 7/11/16)

For this massive caterpillar invasion, it’s crunch time
June 30, 2016

Massachusetts is in the midst of the worst plague of gypsy moth caterpillars since 1981, said Joseph Elkinton, an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “It’s everywhere,” Elkinton said. “You can hear the frass falling,” he added, using the scientific term for caterpillar droppings. “And you can hear the chewing; it’s quite a dramatic phenomenon.” (Boston Globe 6/30/16)

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