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Casey Brown attended the kick off workshop of "CCRUN: Climate Consortium for a Resilient Urban Northeast", the NOAA sponsored Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) center of which Dr. Brown is a co-PI. The center, which is hosted by Columbia University, focuses on the production of climate information for stakeholders in the Northeast US that will increase societal resilience to climate variability and change.

A team of students from the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has designed a do-it-yourself water pump for the settlement of Divisão in the Brazilian Amazon and taught community members how to put together the device, using indigenous materials. The simple mechanism, which can be easily constructed from inexpensive PVC and rubber, is engineered to pump clean spring water for many of the 280 households in the area. The pump provides the community with a home-made, sustainable technology for creating healthy drinking water.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst held its first annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Luncheon during Homecoming Weekend, on Saturday, October 16, 2010. The luncheon included the presentation of College of Engineering Outstanding Junior/Senior Alumni Awards to individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, epitomize the potential of an education at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering. The event happened from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the 10th floor Amherst Room of the UMass Amherst Campus Center.

Saranthip Rattanaserikiat is a role model for all those students who arrive at the College of Engineering in search of the exact path they might want to take as a professional engineer. Saranthip is like the hiker in Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, who arrives at a fork and studies each one to see which is the right way home. Except, in Saranthip’s case, she has taken several “paths” simultaneously.

Dr. Chul Park and his students presented three research papers at Water Environment Federation Technology Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, AL.

Dr. Park discussed the results of the recent investigations on sludge minimization (graduate research assistant: Dong-Hyun Chon), effects of feeding patterns on activated sludge characteristics (Meng Wang), and effects of pretreatment such as sonication on sludge digestion under anaerobic environment (Philip Teague).

Dr. Richard Palmer attended a research meeting of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) In Washington, D.C. The meeting will Include all of the existing RISA sites, plus the new teams selected as RISA,
Including the new RISA that was awarded to UMASS in August of 2010. This 5th year, $750,000 grant will help provide infrastructure for the study of climate change in New England on our campus.

Professor DeGroot will be giving an invited presentation atthe 4th International Workshop on Soil Parameters from In Situ and Laboratory Tests. The presentation and accompanying paper with Coauthor Prof. Ostendorf) is on laboratory and field methods for measurement of hydraulic conductivity of soils. Prof. DeGroot will also be Chairing the Plenary Session on Soil Parameters from In Situ Tests.

Jeffrey B. Mullan, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), will be the speaker at the first annual William W. Boyer Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at the University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin Street, 33rd floor, in Boston. The cost is $10 per person and space is limited. The evening will end with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., including refreshments and networking. The event is open to the media.