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Poster Session Showcases Undergraduate Research and Extension by Summer Scholars
Christine Hatch and Luke McInnis at CAFE  summer scholar poster session
Sep 17, 2018

The thirty-plus well-dressed undergraduates were on their best behavior as they spoke with guests in front of the thirty-plus academic project posters that were pinned to boards throughout the airy room near the top of the UMass Amherst Campus Center late one September afternoon. The academic posters sported images, charts and graphs designed to impart the months of hard work put in by this enthusiastic cohort of “Summer Scholars.” 

 

Senior Adam Salhaney Wins Food Technology Research Competition
Senior Adam Salhaney wins national food technology competition (IFT18)
Aug 8, 2018

Adam Salhaney, a senior food science major and Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) “summer scholar” from Holliston, won first place honors in the undergraduate research competition at the Institute of Food Technology’s annual meeting (IFT18) in Chicago from July15-18.

A Great Idea Ten Years Ago is Still a Great Idea Today
4-H campers discuss how to create a phone application
Jul 5, 2018

Climate change, over-fishing, biodiversity, deforestation and declining bee populations. Serious stuff. Perhaps these topics are not what you imagine 12-16 year olds spending their summer time thinking about… but you would be wrong.

To mark a decade of their “Summer of Science” program, Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program leaders explored ways in which to make an already-successful program even better.  This June, the result of good planning brought together eager young students from across the state to discuss real issues and make real recommendations for how to address them.

Tick Talk Time, 2018
Tick held in a tweezer
May 15, 2018

“One Deer Tick Bite Can Change Your Life…”

As spring explodes into bloom in Massachusetts, residents are eager to get outside and reconnect with their yards, great hiking trails or a sweet-smelling meadow. A very timely reminder for all of us: while hikes are inviting, remember what may be lurking in the woods and grasses: those dangerous ticks. Be careful.

Two More Videos Released by CAFE in “Research that Matters” Series
Kathleen Arcaro, environmental toxicologist in the University’s Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

The work of a UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist and an air quality scientist are featured in two new "Research That Matters" videos released this week by the University’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). CAFE director Jody Jellison says, “Meaningful research being conducted at UMass that impacts our lives in positive ways is of great interest to the public. These short videos, with links to more information, are intended to get the word out.”

Check Out This Tag Sale if You Need a Used Mower or Snow Plow
Used farm equipment for sale from UMass Farms
Feb 13, 2018

CAFE’s enterprising interim farm manager, Bob Skalbite, is actively working on a much-needed project at several of the university farms. He is tackling a task that many of us put off, but would benefit from in our own homes: cleaning house and holding a tag sale.

UMass Attends iPiPE Meeting in N.C. and Nets Two Awards
Nicole Foley wins 3rd place poster award at iPiPE conference in NC
Feb 13, 2018

In early February, Stockbridge School of Agriculture (SSA) and UMass Extension attended the fourth annual meeting of The Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. At this iPiPE Mixer, SSA was represented by graduate student Elizabeth Garofalo and undergraduate intern Nicole Foley. UMass Extension was represented by educators Jon Clements, Katie Campbell-Nelson, and Genevieve Higgins. iPiPE Mixers focus on training researchers, extension agents, and student interns on using this information platform.

Two New Videos on “Research that Matters” Released by CAFE
Rapid bacteria test for spinach developed by Lili He
Jan 22, 2018

The work of a UMass Amherst food scientist and a University tree fruit extension educator are featured in two new videos released this week by the University’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). CAFE director Jody Jellison says, “We want to let the public know about meaningful research being conducted at UMass that impacts our lives in positive ways. These videos are intended to get the word out.”

Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) Begins
Mass ECAN conference room with speaker and audience
Dec 5, 2017

On November 30, the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted a one-day conference for the start of Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN). Participants gathered at the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters in Westborough.

Mass ECAN is a new community of practice for climate change adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation.

Kicking Off Envirothon 2018: Students and Coaches Meet Up at UMass
Marvens LaPointe and Guerschon Noel, Brockton High School, identify tree branches
Nov 28, 2017

Your future conservation commissioner may already be an active member of an Envirothon team in your local high school. Your current commissioner may have been one back in high school. For 30 years, enthusiastic students and their coaches throughout Massachusetts have gathered each fall to get ready for the spring Massachusetts Envirothon competition. While Envirothon’s annual topic changes from year to year, the support for these young people to understand the environment around them has not.

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