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  • UMass Tick Testing on the RIse

    April 28, 2020

    The number of ticks being submitted for testing at the UMass Amherst Laboratory of Medical Zoology is on the rise, says Stephen Rich, microbiology. This is because people are enjoying the outdoors more since many are working and schooling from home. (WWLP – Mass Appeal, 4/27/20; News Office assistance)

  • MassINC Awards First Prize for Springfield Transit Design to UMass Team

    April 28, 2020

    UMass Springfield urban design studio (LARP) won first prize in the state's "MassInc Transformational TOD" competition. The winning plan called "In the Loop" proposes a new bike park and bike path network that is accessible to all. (MassInc 4/27/20)

  • Most Worrisome Invasive Plants That May Arrive Soon in the Northeast

    April 22, 2020

    University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologists are concerned about a new climate change challenge.  Lead by Bethany Bradley, they are offering a new analysis that narrows a large list down to five priority species with the greatest potential impacts of more than 100 new invasive plant species that could expand into the area. (News Office release 4/17/20)

  • Is it Safe to Spin-dry Leafy Greens in a Washing Machine? UMass Food Scientists Research This Practice

    April 22, 2020

    It probably comes as a surprise to consumers, but many New England small farms dry their tasty fresh vegetables in your average, ordinary washing machine. But is it safe? Food science researchers at the University of Massachusetts plan to find out. (MassLive 4/22/20; 4/21/20, News Release)

  • Waltham City Council: Vote Approves Purchase and Sale of UMass Field Station and Farmland

    April 15, 2020

    The Waltham city council has agreed to the purchase and sale of the formerly active UMass Field Station and Farm. UMass will use some of the sales proceeds to establish a permanent endowment for scholarships for Waltham students attending UMass Amherst. (Wicked Local Waltham, 4/14/20)

  • Soundscape for Birdsong During COVID19, UMass Professor Comments

    April 14, 2020

    One thing the coronavirus can’t stop is the arrival of spring — early signs like the calls of frogs, or spring peepers. Another is the chorus of songbirds. But this year, even longtime listeners are hearing something different. (NEPR 3/31/20)

  • Barnstable County Entomologist Reminds Residents About Ticks in the Midst of COVID19

    April 13, 2020

    During the coronavirus outbreak, people are looking at outdoor activities as a way to manage stress. That’s prompting Barnstable County Entomologist Larry Dapsis to remind the public to be mindful of ticks.  “Ticks have not read the book on social distancing,” Dapsis said. ( 4/13/20)

  • Nursing Home Toll From COVID19 Rises in Massachusetts, UMass Virologist Comments

    April 8, 2020

    Matthew D. Moore, assistant professor, food science and virologist, says testing for the coronavirus has not caught up to the reality that the disease can be spread before people are aware of the symptoms. (Bennington Banner 4/7/20)

  • Good News, Good Riddance to Gypsy Moth Caterpillars This Year

    April 8, 2020

    We can expect to see little or no evidence of gypsy moth caterpillars this year. According to Tawny Simisky, an extension entomologist, the decline in the gypsy moth population is mostly due to the recent surge in Entomophaga maimaiga, an airborne fungus that kills gypsy moth caterpillars. (Hampshire Gazette 4/5/20)

  • COVID-19: Staying Connected In This Time of Social Distancing

    April 8, 2020

    Michael DiPasquale, landscape and archtiecture, discusses the importance of staying connected during this time of social distancing. (Mass Live, 4/06/20)

  • UMass-Amherst Professor Researches Expanded Plant-based Food Choices

    April 8, 2020

    David Julian McClements, food science, discusses his life as a vegan, going from meat, to veggie, retreating back to animal products and finally, settled on a vegetarian diet. He is working on research to expand the variety of tasty, nutritious plant-based products that provide protein and other ingredients necessary for a healthy diet. (Mass Live, 4/6/20)

  • Trapping Fruit Pests

    April 7, 2020

    Jaime Pinero, UMass Extension, is exploring  the cost of low-cost trapping techniques for some impacts that can damage fruits. (Good Fruit Grower 3/24/20)

  • Rebuilding Fly Fishing in Bahamas, Danylchuck Quoted

    March 3, 2020

    Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the return of  fly-fishing to the Bahamas after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. (Fly Fisherman, 2/27/20)

  • Restoring the American Elm, Harper Reports

    February 25, 2020

    Research to restore the American Elm tree to the landscape through monitoring of host plant resistance to Dutch elm disease is underway at UMass Amherst led by Rick Harper and Nicholas Brazee (Arborist News 02/20).

  • Franklin County 4-H Launches Stand-up Comedy Club

    February 24, 2020

    The Franklin County 4-H program is teaming up with the Bear Country radio station to start a Stand-Up Comedy 4-H Club, says Educator Tom Waskiewicz of UMass Amherst 4-H Extension (Recorder 2/21/20).

  • Four Apps for Fruit Growers: Clements Reports

    February 20, 2020

    Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, writes about four cell phone apps that are useful to fruit growers. (Growing Produce, 2/19/20)

  • Warmer Winters Could Impact Local Fruit Crops

    February 11, 2020

    Jon Clements, UMass Extension, says apples need to have some chilling hours in order to thrive. (Western Mass News, 2/10/20)

  • Industry-UMass Partnership to Optimize Plant-Based Foods

    February 5, 2020

    Animal-free ingredients innovator (Boston-based Motif FoodWorks) and top UMass food scientists (Decker, McClements and Xiao), aim to help bring new proteins to the market. (Food & Drink International, Food Ingredients, 2/4/20; News Office release)

  • Warming Weather May Cause Early Bloom, Harper Comments

    February 4, 2020

    Richard W. Harper, UMass environmental conservation, is interviewed in two related television news stories: how warming weather may cause trees to bloom earlier than usual; and with a visit to a UMass Amherst class by 22 News meteorologist Kelly Reardon. (WWLP-TV 22  2/8/20;  WWLP-TV 22, WWLP-TV 22, 2/3/20)

  • Make It, Springfield: DiPasquale Reports

    February 4, 2020

    Spearheaded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a collaborative workspace is breathing new life into a Massachusetts legacy city. (Planning Magazine 10/19)