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During the EMI 2010 conference held August 8 - 11, 2010, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA., there were symposia on micro mechanics for granular materials and geomaterials organized by the Granular Materials Committee of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute to honor the pioneer contribution of Ching S. Chang. There were 24 papers presented by researchers from international community including Japan, Australia, Canada, France, China and the United States.

Recent chemical engineering graduate Matthew Coggon won a 2010 Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for, among other accomplishments, his research on acid mine drainage. As his two faculty advisors, former Associate Professor Sarina Ergas of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Professor David Ford (shown) of the Chemical Engineering Department, said about Coggon: “Matt is capable of working at the interface between chemical engineering, environmental engineering, geosciences, and microbiology to make a contribution to our understanding of the worldwide environmental problem of acid mine drainage.”

Professor John Tobiason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will be gathering no moss on his sabbatical this fall. His itinerary includes two professional stops at Montana State University and the University of New South Wales (Australia) for collaborative research related to drinking water and wastewater treatment. Then he will top off those trips with a volunteer stint in Haiti at a hospital and community development organization, where he will help improve healthcare, drinking water, and sanitation.

David Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department received the 2010 Lester Gaynor Award at the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers awards dinner on September 16. This award is "presented to a BSCES member or registered Professional Engineer for his or her part-time elected or appointed service as a city or town official, whose reimbursement for service has not been more than an honorarium."

Brian Post, an undergraduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was the recipient of the 2010 Steve L. and Pamela C. Massie Undergraduate Scholarship through the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Post, who will be a senior in the fall, was one of only two students from Massachusetts who received an award from the AGC Education and Research Foundation. Scholarships were awarded to 120 students from across the country enrolled in civil engineering or construction management programs.

What if we could cure diabetes, save the Great Lakes, relieve sleep deprivation in surgeons, and figure out a faster way to rescue disaster victims, all in one summer? In fact, those goals were only part of the agenda when 25 undergraduate students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst presented posters and talked about their summer research projects on July 30 in the Gunness Engineering Student Center.

“Transportation” was the name of the game at the fourth annual Summer Transportation Institute, held on campus for middle and high school students from July 6 through July 30. The program, held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., was run by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. CEE faculty, staff, and graduate students provided lectures and led discussions throughout the program on all modes of transportation, sustainability in transportation, and careers in transportation.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have announced an upcoming graduate engineering degree option in ecohydrology – the first in the nation. This master’s degree in civil engineering will prepare students for a career in the specialized field of fish-passage engineering. The collaboration between the USFWS and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department begins with a $50,000 research grant to support a graduate student and other research activities.

The Associated Press interviewed Dr. Casey Brown, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, for an international story about a new Dutch study, which shows that shrinking glaciers in the Himalayas could lead to food shortages and crop failures in Asia. The Himalayas are the source for most of the major rivers in China and South Asia. Dr. Brown observed that climate variability in that region has the potential to make a serious impact on the lives of millions of people.