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Two local newspapers have highlighted the findings of a recent report by the Northeast Climate Science Center, an on-campus institute headed by CEE Department Chair Dr. Richard Palmer. The report, Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans, details the threat posed by climate change to species and ecosystems in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

The second annual New England Graduate Student Water Symposium will take place on the Amherst Campus starting Friday September 11 and concluding on Sunday September 13.  All graduate students, post docs and advanced undergraduates working on research pertaining to potable water, wastewater, stormwater, natural water, water resources, hydrology, water chemistry and water microbiology are invited to submit abstracts.  For more see the conference website.

Arianne Bazilio, a doctoral candidate from Guyana studying in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a 2014-15 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW International Fellows are selected for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, business, and science.

Dr. Sanjay Arwade organized a SEM alumni gathering on Wedneday, June 3rd in New York City. All were able to share the professional successes they have enjoyed following their time at UMass.

From left to right:

Meghan Krupka, Emre Kalayci, Onur Ihtiyur, Tomer Soran, Kevin Norton, Marc Fernandez, Sean Kelton, Rebecca Freed

Dr. John Tobiason will attend and present a paper at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) June 7-10 in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Tobiason is presenting a talk on treatment strategies in a special session on control of manganese. In addition, Dr. Tobiason is a co-author on a poster lead by PhD student Joseph Goodwill and a paper presented by PhD student Yanjun Jiang, both based on results from a US EPA funded study of the use of ferrate in drinking water treatment; Dr. David Reckhow is co-director of the project and co-author on the presentations.

David Ahlfeld recently presented two papers at the bi-annual MODFLOW and MORE Conference in Golden, Colorado (May 31- June 3).  The theme of the conference was “Modeling a Complex World”.  Dr. Ahlfeld presented work related to groundwater management modeling.  This included recent work on inclusion of parallel processing and version-independent capabilities for his MODFLOW Groundwater Management Process and applications of a model reduction technique for solving very large management problems over multi-decadal time scales. 

Civil Engineering alumna Ruth Bonsignore (B.S. ’83) was one of five people named by Governor Charlie Baker to the State Transportation Board of Directors. The new board will oversee operations at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other transportation departments.

Bonsignore has three decades of consulting experience in transportation planning and design and most recently served as senior vice president at the Massachusetts-based consulting firm VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.

The College of Engineering Women’s Faculty Mentoring Group has just launched a new website called the “Engineering Women's Faculty Forum” (e-WFF): The group consists of Erin Baker, Caitlin Butler, Eleni Christofa, Aura Ganz, Lixin Gao, Song Gao, Chaitra Gopalappa, Friederike Jentoft, Maureen Lynch, Jenna Marquard, Ana Muriel, Mi-Hyun Park, Sarah Perry, Shelly Peyton, Sue Roberts, and Jessica Schiffman.