Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation that authorizes the borrowing of $1.9 billion for environmental projects statewide, including $20 million to transform the 58-acre site Waltham site to focus on urban agriculture, food safety, and sustainability. Also included is $5 million for technology and space upgrades for the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and $5.5 million for the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham, where the funds will be used for design, construction, retrofitting and outfitting laboratory space and equipment to reduce the environmental impact and increase sustainability. News release

An article on the “maker” movement at UMass Amherst describes how students and faculty are involved in the movement revitalizing the America tradition of invention and innovation, including Steven Brewer, Biology, Charles Schweik, Environmental Conservation, and Physics graduate students Don Blair and Ben Gamari. Research Next

Megan Hsia '17, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is one of five inaugural recipients of James J. Karam Scholarships, named in honor of the South Coast business and civic leader, who is also a former chairman of the Board of Trustees. Hsia is the only UMass Amherst student to win the award, which is renewable for up to four years. News release

Three CNS students have been awarded grants from the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Gregory de Wet, Geosciences, who will study in Norway; Eric LeFlore, Environmental Conservation, Botswana; and Clara Wool, Environmental Studies, to study in Israel. A record 14 students from UMass Amherst were awarded the prestigious grants. News release

Khaja Muneeruddin, Chemistry doctoral candidate, is one of three scientists to receive a $30,000 early-career global fellowship award from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.