Science in Service to Society
The CNS Newsletter
New year brings new Website, new School of Earth & Sustainability, new dean Tricia Serio
For me, 2017 is starting off with a lot of great news. We just launched the new CNS website—I invite you to explore it, and let me know what you think. CNS also welcomes the new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), which brings together diverse academic programs, research, and outreach that share a common focus on earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences (check back in late February for the new SES website). And saving the best for last—I’m delighted to introduce our new CNS Dean, Tricia R. Serio.
Trimble Technology gift expands training, research for Building and Construction Technology Program
A significant in-kind gift from Trimble Technology will establish the 1,300-square-foot Trimble Technology Lab in the new Design Building. A gift to the CNS Building and Construction Technology Program (BCT), the lab will expand leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment. Partnering with Trimble allows the campus to more fully integrate across its curricula the technological tools that are rapidly transforming how building and living environments are designed and constructed.
Hatch and Vogel’s RiverSmart Communities program helps residents and governments prevent floods
The RiverSmart Communities program, run by CNS' Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE), develops strategies for river management that help communities throughout river-rich New England prevent flood devastation. Under the direction of Associate Professor of Geosciences Eve Vogel and UMass Extension Assistant Professor Christine Hatch, researchers work with local residents and governments to address the ever-changing nature of rivers and streams.
Teaching lab updates put the 'fun' in functional
The old-fashioned laboratory classrooms you may have had as a UMass Amherst student are a thing of the past. Updates to teaching labs, ranging from new equipment and furniture to electrical, lighting, and smart classroom features, have been rolling out since summer 2016. For academic year 2016-2017, labs in the departments of Biology, Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Microbiology, and Physics have been updated. More laboratory classrooms will be updated in future, providing high tech, well equipped, and attractive spaces for faculty and students.
Six CNS researchers among 'World's Leading Scientific Minds'
Six CNS faculty members are among "the world's leading scientific minds," whose publications are among the most influential in their fields, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters: food scientists Eric Decker and David Julian McClements, polymer scientist Thomas Russell, soil chemist Baoshan Xing, microbiologist Derek Lovley and astronomer Mauro Giavaliso. All six were on last year’s list as well. They are among more than 3,000 researchers in 21 fields who earned this distinction.