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UMass Recruiting Breastfeeding Mothers Who have Tested Positive for Covid-19
January 19, 2021

UMass Amherst scientists led by Kathleen Arcaro, veterinary and animal sciences, are recruiting breastfeeding mothers who have tested positive for COVID-19 for their research looking at COVID antibodies in colostrum, or early breastmilk. (MassLive, 1/17/21; News Office release)

UMass Amherst Agricultural Sciences in Top Five Global Rankings
January 6, 2021

UMass-Amherst ranked No. 4 in the world for Agricultural Sciences and No. 1 in the U.S.  (U.S. and World News Report 12/6/20)

Cranberries, Massachusetts Largest Food Crop: Video Features UMass Cranberry Director
January 5, 2021

In a video segment about the cranberry industry in Massachusetts, Hilary Sandler director of the UMass Cranberry Station, shows how the station conducts research on fertilizers, pest management, weed control and other areas that help growers. (WCVB [Boston], 1/4/21; News Office assistance)

W.D. Cowls Forest Protected in N. Amherst, UMass Professor Jackson Comments
January 4, 2021

Scott Jackson, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the purchase for purposes of protection of over 2,000 acres of W.D. Cowls forestland between North Amherst and the Quabbin Reservoir.  (Gazette, 1/1/21)

Talking About Catastrophe and Crisis, Markowitz Calls for Revaluation
January 4, 2021

Ezra Markowitz, environmental conservation, has co-authored an opinion piece calling for a re-evaluation of how we should discuss crises and catastrophes. “Simply put,” he writes, “narratives of catastrophe and crisis can create nasty feedback loops that make it harder to achieve the compromise, hard work and sustained engagement necessary for meaningful action, especially in a deeply divided society.”  (The Washington Post, 12/30/20)

Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination, UMass Professor Weighs In
January 4, 2021

Charles Schweik, environmental conservation, has co-authored a piece about the infrastructure problems preventing the equitable distribution of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines, such as the lack of cold supply capabilities in underserved and hard-to-reach communities. (The Conversation, 1/4/21)

UMass Amherst Food Science Students Create New Ice Cream Flavors
December 8, 2020

AMHERST, Mass. – All seven original ice cream flavors concocted by University of Massachusetts Amherst food science students in a popular annual competition are now being scooped up for sale at Herrell’s Ice Cream & Bakery in Northampton (News Office 12.8.20)

Study Reveals Rare Spawning Behavior of Shallow-water Fish, UMass on Research Team
December 9, 2020

Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is part of a team reporting the first detailed documentation of a shallow-water fish diving 450 feet deep to spawn. The multi-insititution team uncovered this unprecedent behavior among bonefish studied in the Bahamas. (News-Medical Life Sciences, 12/8/20)

UMass Amherst Study Will Assess Impact of Dual-use Solar-agriculture Installations in Massachusetts
December 3, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office announced that a team led by extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a three-year, $1.8 million award to study the effects of co-locating solar energy panels and agriculture operations at up to eight different farms across the Commonwealth. (News Office 12/2/20)

Restoring a Wetland Despite a Drought: UMass Associate Professor Hatch Reports
December 1, 2020

Christine Hatch, geosciences, writes about her work restoring a wetland in Plymouth. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/28/20)