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UMass Extension NEP Success Posted in USDA News
February 4, 2021

The success story of UMass Extension’s SNAP-Ed coalition is featured in a national publication. A four-year old community garden in Plymouth shares ways in which they reinvented their program to meet local nutritional needs by sharing fresh food during a pandemic. (USDA Snap-Ed Connection, 1/28/21)

Shenoy Named Founding Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Energy
February 1, 2021

Prashant Shenoy, Distinguished Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, has been named the founding chair of the new Special Interest Group on Energy of the Association for Computing Machinery. (HPC Wire, 1/29/21; News Office 1/27/21)

Emerald Ash Borer Life Cycle and Biological Control, Simisky Comments
January 26, 2021

UMass Extension entomology specialist Tawny Simisky comments on the life cycle of the invasive emerald ash borer and the use of biological control to fight this destructive insect in recent interview.  (WBUR, 1/28/21; NEPR,1/26/21)


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. (Vox,, 2/3/21; Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/21/21; 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)