Invasive Species App Highlighted in Telegram & Gazette

Spot an Asian longhorned beetle? There's an app for that By Karen Nugent TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF "We’re trying to build a citizen militia." -- Charles Schweik, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST Worcester’s disastrous Asian longhorned beetle infestation four years ago may have been slowed or avoided if the insects, with their distinctive characteristics, had been reported sooner. A new mobile phone app that allows anyone walking outside with a smartphone or iPad to consult a list of invasive plants and insects, snap a photo, and send it directly to a database. Besides preventing future outbreaks such as the one in Worcester, which led to the loss of 30,000 trees, the information can be used to locate and map potential problem areas using volunteers and their phones. “We’re trying to build a citizen militia — much like the Minutemen who mobilized in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War. But today, the enemy is invasive species and citizens can be the Paul Reveres, armed with iPhones or digital cameras,...
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Environmental Conservation Career Workshop

  Thursday, March 29th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Holdsworth Hall Room 308 6:30: Join us for pizza!!   7:00–7:30: Informal conversations with faculty and grad students about volunteer/intern/research opportunities, grad school, and job searches. We are also happy to review resumes, so bring a copy along.   7:30-8:30: Faculty and graduate student led discussions on:   Courses Interviews Online Job Searches Graduate School Cover Letters  Resumes  Research Opportunities     Organized, facilitated, and sponsored by: ECo Graduate Student Council ECo Faculty ECo Department...
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Environmental Conservation Career Workshop

      Thursday, March 29th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Holdsworth Hall Room 308 6:30: Join us for pizza!!   7:00–7:30: Informal conversations with faculty and grad students about volunteer/intern/research opportunities, grad school, and job searches. We are also happy to review resumes, so bring a copy along.   7:30-8:30: Faculty and graduate student led discussions on:   Courses Interviews Online Job Searches Graduate School Cover Letters  Resumes  Research Opportunities     Organized, facilitated, and sponsored by: ECo Graduate Student Council ECo Faculty ECo Department...
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Anita Milman and Craig Nicolson have been selected as 2012-2013 Provost’s Team-Based Learning Fellows

The Selection Committee had the difficult task of choosing from a wide range of nominations and the high quality of these proposals earned Anita and Craig this terrific honor. The Team-Based Learning (TBL) has been developed by the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) on behalf of the Provost's Office. They have developed a unique Team-Based Learning (TBL) program to explore teaching and learning strategies related to team-based learning in technologically-rich classroom environments. As part of the program, faculty fellows are awarded $2,500 to assist in the redesign of a course, and receive regular CTFD consultations on pedagogy and technology; one-on-one and group support during course planning, implementation and assessment; hands-on technological training; and monthly seminar meetings throughout the academic year. Fellows will utilize the two new TBL classrooms, which will serve as a model for the five TBL classrooms planned for UMass Amherst’s new Academic Building. The classrooms feature round tables of nine, designed to support three groups of three...
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