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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)

Seeking New Mother Volunteers for Breast Cancer Study, Professor Arcaro Explains
October 5, 2020

A radio report notes that Kathleen Acaro, veterinary and animal sciences, is looking for volunteers for a study on the impact that a diet of increased fruits and vegetables may have on the breast health of recent mothers, specifically with an eye on breast cancer risk. (WBZ-AM Boston, 10/3/20)

Recent Rainfall is Not Enough for Drought-Stressed Trees to Keep Leaves From Dropping Early
October 1, 2020

Rick Harper, environmental conservation, says this week’s rainfall is not enough to keep drought-stressed trees from dropping leaves early. (WWLP, 9/30/20)

UMass Cranberry Station Receives Boost
October 1, 2020

This year, the work at UMass Cranberry Station got a huge boost in the form of $5.75 million in state support to expand their labs at and modernize the facility. “It’s really momentous. It’s going to be a game-changer for us and for the industry,” said Director of the Cranberry Station Hilary Sandler. (Wareham Weekly 9/30/20)

Massachusetts Will Get Some Drought Relief This Week, Says UMass Professor
September 29, 2020

David Boutt, geosciences, says Massachusetts has a long way to fill the “massive rainfall deficit” from worsening drought conditions. (Boston Herald, 9/28/20)

Fall Foliage in Western Massachusetts Still on Track, UMass Professor Weighs In
September 16, 2020

Rick Harper, environmental conservation, says that despite the warm and dry summer, “If we don’t see a warm, humid, drawn out fall, we should see typical beautiful coloration” as shorter days trigger tree leaves to change color. (WWLP, 9/16/20)

Growers Say Aid to Cranberry Station Will Help Industry Adapt
August 27, 2020

UMass Cranberry Station Director Hilary Sandler comments on recent state funds dedicated to modernize facilities that will help with the growing need for research and support for cranberry growers.  (CapeCodTimes 8/27/20)

State Provides Grant for UMass Cranberry Station
August 27, 2020

The state  of Massachusetts has granted $5.75 million to the UMass Cranberry Station in Wareham in an effort to promote the cranberry industry.  (, 8/27/20; News Office release)