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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)

UMass Cranberry Station Scientists Featured in National Geographic Article
December 1, 2020

Katherine Ghantous and Peter Jeranyama from UMass Amherst Cranberry Station are interviewed. Ghantous says because winters are becoming less cold, a time is approaching when the cold temperatures needed each winter to successfully grow cranberries “may be hard to hit.” (National Geographic, 11/25/20)

Climate Change is Complicating a Thanksgiving Staple-Cranberries
November 23, 2020

Katherine Ghantous, a research associate at the UMass Amherst Cranberry Station, is quoted in an article exploring the effects climate change is having on the Massachusetts cranberry crop. She says, "It’s more than just the money or the fruit. It’s part of who Massachusetts is.” (The Washington Post, 11/18/20)

Jim Holden Receives NASA Grant to Explore Deep-Sea Vents
November 16, 2020

Microbiology professor Jim Holden, a researcher in the School of Earth and Sustainability, recently received a three-year, $441,219 grant from NASA’s Exobiology Program to study competition between different types of heat-loving, microbes that live in deep-sea volcanoes. (News Office 11/10/20)

Charting the Year by UMass Garden Calendar
November 10, 2020

An invaluable aid to New England gardeners of all types, the calendar has been produced by the Extension Service for more than 25 years. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 11/8/20)

Design Ideas Propose New Life for Old New England Bridges
October 29, 2020

UMass professor Robert Ryan and his students in landscape architecture and regional planning recently presented ideas for what do with two old bridges spanning the Connecticut River between Brattleboro, Vermont and Hindsdale, New Hampshire. (Construction Equipment Guide, 10/28/20)

Helping Growers Care for the Apple Crop – They’re Working on an App for That
October 29, 2020

Dan Cooley, Stockbridge School, and UMass Extension fruit tree specialist Jon Clements have received about $430,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a smartphone app that will let apple growers more quickly and accurately measure and thin fruit. (Environmental News Network, 10/28/20; News Office release)

First Pygmy Hippo Born At Franklin Park Zoo, UMass Professor Assisted
October 14, 2020

Carlos Gradil, veterinary and animal sciences, assisted during the pregnancy and birth last week of the first-ever Pygmy hippo born at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The baby hippo weighed 13 pounds. (WJARThe Boston Globe, 10/13/20)

UMass Entomologist Offers Help To Deal With Stink Bugs
October 13, 2020

Tawny Simisky, Extension entomologist, gives advice on how to deal with stink bugs, a non-native insect that feeds on 300 species of plants. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/12/20)

New England Needs More Tree Doctors, Catanzaro Discusses
October 8, 2020

Paul Catanzaro, extension associate professor, is quoted in article about the health of New England forests. He discusses large shifts in land ownership with heightened awareness of climate change impacts and the role of their land in mitigating changes.  (Christian Science Monitor, 10/13/20; NY Times 10/7/20)