In April, UMass Amherst celebrates its 150th anniversary—and as Dean of the college that proudly holds the legacy of the university's land-grant mission, I can't help feeling a bit of personal satisfaction. The College of Natural Sciences carries forward the national land-grant university tradition of agricultural research and education that began with the creation of Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863.
Zoeller co-authors UN report on global danger of hormone disruptors
Biologist Thomas Zoeller coauthored a report that shows evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed.
Study uses regional models to predict future NE climate trends
Raymond Bradley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center, and Center Manager Michael Rawlins have applied regional climate models to examine likely temperature and precipitation changes in the Northeast. This new high-resolution climate study, the first to apply regional climate models, suggests temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter. Also, they project that winters will be wetter, with more rain likely than snow.