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  • Senior Adam Salhaney wins national food technology competition (IFT18)

    Senior Adam Salhaney Wins Food Technology Research Competition

    August 8, 2018
    Adam Salhaney, a senior food science major and Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) “summer scholar” from Holliston, won first place honors in the undergraduate research competition at the Institute of Food Technology’s annual meeting (IFT18) in Chicago from July15-18.
  • 4-H campers discuss how to create a phone application

    A Great Idea Ten Years Ago is Still a Great Idea Today

    July 5, 2018
    Climate change, over-fishing, biodiversity, deforestation and declining bee populations. Serious stuff. Perhaps these topics are not what you imagine 12-16 year olds spending their summer time thinking about… but you would be wrong. To mark a decade of their “Summer of Science” program, Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program leaders explored ways in which to make an already-successful program even better.  This June, the result of good planning brought together eager young students from across the state to discuss real issues and make real recommendations for how to address them.
  • Tick held in a tweezer

    Tick Talk Time, 2018

    May 15, 2018
    “One Deer Tick Bite Can Change Your Life…” As spring explodes into bloom in Massachusetts, residents are eager to get outside and reconnect with their yards, great hiking trails or a sweet-smelling meadow. A very timely reminder for all of us: while hikes are inviting, remember what may be lurking in the woods and grasses: those dangerous ticks. Be careful.
  • Kathleen Arcaro, environmental toxicologist in the University’s Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

    Two More Videos Released by CAFE in “Research that Matters” Series

    The work of a UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist and an air quality scientist are featured in two new "Research That Matters" videos released this week by the University’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). CAFE director Jody Jellison says, “Meaningful research being conducted at UMass that impacts our lives in positive ways is of great interest to the public. These short videos, with links to more information, are intended to get the word out.”
  • Used farm equipment for sale from UMass Farms

    Check Out This Tag Sale if You Need a Used Mower or Snow Plow

    February 13, 2018
    CAFE’s enterprising interim farm manager, Bob Skalbite, is actively working on a much-needed project at several of the university farms. He is tackling a task that many of us put off, but would benefit from in our own homes: cleaning house and holding a tag sale.
  • Nicole Foley wins 3rd place poster award at iPiPE conference in NC

    UMass Attends iPiPE Meeting in N.C. and Nets Two Awards

    February 13, 2018
    In early February, Stockbridge School of Agriculture (SSA) and UMass Extension attended the fourth annual meeting of The Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. At this iPiPE Mixer, SSA was represented by graduate student Elizabeth Garofalo and undergraduate intern Nicole Foley. UMass Extension was represented by educators Jon Clements, Katie Campbell-Nelson, and Genevieve Higgins. iPiPE Mixers focus on training researchers, extension agents, and student interns on using this information platform.
  • Rapid bacteria test for spinach developed by Lili He

    Two New Videos on “Research that Matters” Released by CAFE

    January 22, 2018
    The work of a UMass Amherst food scientist and a University tree fruit extension educator are featured in two new videos released this week by the University’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). CAFE director Jody Jellison says, “We want to let the public know about meaningful research being conducted at UMass that impacts our lives in positive ways. These videos are intended to get the word out.”
  • Mass ECAN conference room with speaker and audience

    Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) Begins

    December 5, 2017
    On November 30, the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted a one-day conference for the start of Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN). Participants gathered at the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters in Westborough. Mass ECAN is a new community of practice for climate change adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation.
  • Marvens LaPointe and Guerschon Noel, Brockton High School, identify tree branches

    Kicking Off Envirothon 2018: Students and Coaches Meet Up at UMass

    November 28, 2017
    Your future conservation commissioner may already be an active member of an Envirothon team in your local high school. Your current commissioner may have been one back in high school. For 30 years, enthusiastic students and their coaches throughout Massachusetts have gathered each fall to get ready for the spring Massachusetts Envirothon competition. While Envirothon’s annual topic changes from year to year, the support for these young people to understand the environment around them has not.
  • John Scibak State Representative; Aaron Vega State Representative; Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke; Yanhua Lu UMass Alumnus; Michael DiPasquale Extension Assistant Professor and Co-Founder Make-It-Springfield; Lara Furtado Co-Founder Make-It Springfield; Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development.

    “Make-It Springfield” Receives $50,000 in Grants

    October 31, 2017
    “Make-It Springfield,” the downtown Springfield collaborative design and makerspace co-founded by Michael DiPasquale in June 2016, was awarded $50,000 in funding to support its growth. The funding includes $25,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Collaborative Workspace Program” administered by MassDevelopment and a matching grant of $25,000 provided by the MassMutual Foundation.
  • Sue Scheufele, UMass Extension educator, examines leaf scouting for insects

    UMass Extension Holds Research Tour and Roundtable for Vegetable Growers

    September 18, 2017
    On a perfect late summer evening, farmers from Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire hopped on a hay wagon to catch a ride to the UMass Extension research field plots.  UMass Extension educators and specialists met with over 40 growers on a tour of ongoing research trials at the UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, Mass.  Growers like Maureen Dempsey from Intervale Farm in Westhampton, Mass., and Tom Petcen, owner of Pop’s Farm in Hatfield, Mass., zeroed in on harmful insects. Petcen said, “This twilight meeting is always interesting and some of their trials are very successful.” 
  • David Boutt, awarded top international lectureship

    UMass Amherst Geoscientist Awarded Top International Lectureship

    August 14, 2017
    AMHERST, Mass. – Hydrogeologist David Boutt, an associate professor and geoscientist the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2005, has been named the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for 2018 by the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) hydrogeology division. It is now typical for the lecturer to give 40 or 50 talks, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Boutt says he already has lecture tour stops planned in China, Chile, Argentina and South Korea and he hopes to add many more. (News Office 8/10/17)
  • Hilary Sandler

    UMass Cranberry Station Has New Director

    July 7, 2017
    Hilary A. Sandler, an extension associate professor of cranberry integrated pest management (IPM) and weed science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named director of its Cranberry Station...
  • 4-H camper holds drone

    4-H’ers Explore What UMass Has to Offer

    June 28, 2017
    If you had been looking out across the UMass Amherst campus on a recent late June afternoon, you would have seen young 4-H’ers undertaking some unexpected projects.  Drones lifted off the ground (operated by 8th grade students). DNA was extracted from their own bodies.  Pond organisms were scrutinized beneath the fine lens of a microscope. These were some of the activities on tap during a three-day event called Explore UMass, part of 4-H’s “Summer of Science.”
  • Joe Major, Mass 4-H volunteer and national award-winner with lamb

    Joe Major Selected for National 4-H Award

    May 24, 2017
    National 4-H Council announced that Joe Major of Walpole has been selected as the 2017 National 4-H Salute to Excellence 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer honoree. He is the main leader of the Sunnyrock 4-H Club at Wards Berry Farm in Sharon. 
  • gypsy moth caterpillar-By Materialscientist at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10552862

    Gypsy moths bring unwelcome rash for some: UMass Extension entomologist comments

    May 24, 2017
    The gypsy moth caterpillar’s hairs are typically not an issue for most individuals. Tawny Simisky, entomologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension, comments. She said, "For the majority of the population, gypsy moth caterpillars do not cause allergic reactions. This can be dependent upon an individual’s amount and duration of exposure, as well as their own sensitivities."
  • Field testing at MA Envirothon

    Lexington teens take top honors at 30th annual Mass. Envirothon

    May 22, 2017
    LINCOLN, Mass., May 18, 2017 – The message from teenagers who participated in this year’s Massachusetts Envirothon environmental education program was clear: local agriculture is booming in Massachusetts. For the past school year, they’ve been researching farming in their communities – from urban community gardens to rural orchards and pastures, from row crops to working forests – and assessing its benefits and its effects on local land and water resources, ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • lilacs bloom on UMass Amherst campus

    UMass Amherst Campus Awash in Spring Color

    May 15, 2017
    In mid-May, Professor Amanda Bayer, who specializes in plant materials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, led a campus tour of over 35 ornamental trees and shrubs. The two-hour tour left attendees surprised and amazed at the botanical treasures and landscape beauty the campus offers.
  • Mary Ratnaswamy and Melissa Ocana accept 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

    Award-Winning: Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool Partnership

    May 9, 2017
    The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool partnership was awarded a 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award at the National Adaptation Forum in St, Paul, Minnesota on May 8. University of Massachusetts project manager, Melissa Ocana, accepted the award on behalf of the partnership.   
  • Gypsy moth egg hatch has been observed at a location off US-202 in Belchertown, Mass. as of 4/26/17. Tiny, hairy caterpillars may be seen resting on top of egg masses at this time as shown here with arrows. (Simisky, 2017)

    This Year’s Gypsy Moths Have Started to Hatch in Massachusetts

    April 28, 2017
    Entomologists at UMass Amherst report that some of the first gypsy moth egg masses to hatch in the state in 2017 have been observed on Wednesday, April 26 in Belchertown, Mass.

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