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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.