Eve Vogel, Geosciences, and Christine Hatch, Environmental Conservation, direct the RiverSmart Communities program, which develops strategies for river management that help communities throughout river-rich New England prevent flood devastation. Through this program, sponsored by the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE), researchers work with local residents and governments to address the ever-changing nature of rivers and streams. Research Next

William V. Deluca, Environmental Conservation, comments in an article in Nature about how researcher have found that common swifts can fly continuously for 10 months without landing. He says advances in tracking devices were the key to the new findings. “As the technology continues to decrease in size, it’s allowing us to measure smaller species and revealing more of these astounding migratory feats,” he says. Nature

The Northeast Climate Science Center will host a two-day training event on campus, the first of its kind, for as many as 70 graduate students and early career professionals who are part of the U.S. Department of Interior’s climate science center research network on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2-3 in the Campus Center. Read more

Murugappan Muthukumar, Polymer Science and Engineering, has derived a solution to a 40-year dilemma, proposing a new theory that allows polymer chemists, engineers and biochemists for the first time to successfully apply the Stokes-Einstein law governing situations that involve charged macromolecules. Details appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more

Joseph S. Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, says the browntail moth, which causes a painful, itchy rash caused by the hairs of its larvae, isn’t found in Massachusetts except on Cape Cod. The moths are an invasive insect that is increasing its territory in Maine and is expected to become even more widespread. Berkshire Eagle