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Professor John Tobiason of our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was a prime interviewee for an August 16 Smithsonian magazine article commenting about The Drinkable Book, a remarkable publication made of pages that can purify water in developing countries using silver nanoparticles implanted in the paper. Researcher Theresa Dankovich of Carnegie Mellon University is the creative mind behind the technology, which she began researching as a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

Research Assistant Professor Patrick Ray is part of a team of researchers in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department building a knowledge base about the Brahmaputra River in South Asia that will help scientists and water managers in the region. The project is aimed at alleviating poverty, improving hydroelectric and agricultural potential, and improving the overall lives of more than one billion people living near the river basin. Read related article at »

From July 12 through 24, the College of Engineering held its third annual Summer ENGineering Institute (SENGI), this year running well-planned science and engineering learning activities for 43 high school students from around New England and beyond. The director of SENGI was Paula Rees, who is also the director of the Diversity Programs Office at the college.

Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has received a $1,500 grant from the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) to serve as a Student Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Fellow for the coming academic year.

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.