Tornado Research & Restoration Work in Springfield Featured on Public Radio

WAMC Northeast Public Radio recently featured a segment on the work of David Bloniarz,  Adjunct Assistant Professor and US Forest Service Research Scientist, on tornado assessment and regreening efforts in Springfield, MA, one of the communities affected by the June 1, 2011 tornado.  The report featured the initial findings from a micro-climate study that was recently completed in the tornado impact zone, as well as introduced a new website – www.regreenspringfield.org – that was developed in order to provide residents with information on how to assist in urban forest restoration in Springfield.  The segment can be heard at http://tinyurl.com/6fj8fyv...
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Professor Curtice Griffin and Keith Nislow among Co-Principal Investigators to lead Northeast Climate Science Center consortium

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the UMass campus has been chosen to lead a consortium of seven universities and host a major new center, the Northeast Climate Science Center through a five-year, $7.5 million grant. It will support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in the region. The campus will receive $1.5 million core funding each year for five years, with more project-specific funds available. The Northeast CSC is one of eight established by the Interior department since Salazar founded the program in 2009. The region includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland. The designation positions the university for a future leadership role in regional and national climate research. The Principal investigator of the new CSC is Richard Palmer, head of civil and environmental engineering, with co-principal investigators Curt Griffin, Keith Nislow and Raymond Bradley leading the team. For more...
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College Day Cookout

Grilled food and science at CNS College Day Cookout The campus is invited to join College of Natural Sciences dean Steve Goodwin, along with the associates deans, faculty and students for a mix of grilled food and science at the College Day Cookout on Thursday, Oct. 13, noon-1:30 p.m. The even takes place in the Computer Science Building courtyard. Those attending the cookout will be able to meet the deans, learn more about CNS's 15 departments, the Stockbridge School, and Center for Agriculture. There will also be an opportunity to pet the animals, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and check out some special guests....
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