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A group of brilliant undergraduate researchers, working on cutting-edge summer projects, will present a poster session on Friday, July 31, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. All the students are participating in various programs under the umbrella of the Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The poster session is free and open to the public.

Examples of the exciting and topical research on display will include: a habitat-use analysis of breeding bald eagles near...

Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the Geotechnical Engineering Program within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) are overseeing research being funded by GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company. GeoEngineers awarded the CEE department a $10,000 unrestricted grant and $20,000 in fellowship money, both supporting coastal research to be conducted by the department.

DeGroot noted that the main person at GeoEngineers to take the initiative for the fellowship donation is David S....

In June 2015 at Yale University, New Haven, CT, Dr. John Tobiason attended the biennial Research and Education Conference of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) for which he just completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors, finally serving as President of AEESP. Dr. Tobiason (along with Dr. David Reckhow) participated in a NSF sponsored workshop on the Grand Challenges for Environmental Engineering in the 21st Century, directed a Sunday Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Research in developing countries, presided over AEESP award and...

Dr. Caitlyn Butler has been awarded a Student Centered Teaching and Learning Fellowship by the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) for the upcoming academic year. Out of a pool of very strong candidates, Butler's proposal was selected for the impact it will have on efforts to expand student-centered practices.

Butler's course, Environmental Microbiology, will explore fundamental and applied aspects microbiology as related to environmental engineering. Students will learn the basics of microbiology in order to design robust systems that can remediate...

Radhameris (Radha) Gómez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Transportation Engineering group in the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was recently awarded the 2015 Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Boston Chapter. The competitive Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman enrolled in a transportation-related graduate program with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.

Gómez was selected for this award based on her research interests in vulnerable road users, her mentoring and leadership...