Science in Service to Society
The CNS Newsletter
It's been a pleasure serving as Dean
Since 2002, I’ve had the pleasure to serve both the College of Natural Resources and the Environment and the College of Natural Sciences. One of the best things about being Dean is having the opportunity to work with all of our talented, innovative, and capable faculty, staff, students, and alumni. It’s been a privilege to work with you to strengthen the mission, impact, and stature of the college and the campus. Even as we look ahead to new goals and ideas, we should all be proud of everything we’ve achieved.
Seniors Hannon and Keezer win new Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Philanthropy and Leadership
A new prize established with a gift from alumna Peg Crowley-Nowick ’86 recognizes student leaders in the CNS Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program. The inaugural Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Philanthropy and Leadership was awarded to rising seniors Phoebe Hannon, a Psychology major, and Andrew Keezer, a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major, during the program’s senior celebration in May. The two were chosen by their classmates for the award in recognition of their leadership and commitment to community. Each student received a cash award and a plaque.
Trisha Andrew lab develops technology for power-generating clothes
A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientist Trisha Andrew, Chemistry, could make one today. In a new paper in Advanced Functional Materials, Andrew and colleagues outline how they have invented a way to apply breathable, pliable, metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the-shelf clothing so it feels good to the touch and also transports enough electricity to power small electronics.
DeConto's Nature paper chosen as top publication of 2017
As part of a celebration of Earth Day, a paper written by Robert M. DeConto, Geosciences, and David Pollard, Pennsylvania State University, on how global warming and the melting of ice sheets on Antarctica would significantly increase sea-level rise was chosen as one of the top publications of the year by the editors from the journals Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience, and Nature Communications.
Mass. Wildlife Climate Action Tool receives 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award
The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool was selected to receive the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the “broad partnership” category from the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy working group. The team that developed the online climate action tool included Scott Jackson, Michelle Staudinger, Environmental Conservation and science coordinator of the Northeast Climate Science Center, and project manager Melissa Ocana, and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife biologist John O’Leary.