Schreyer Authors New Edition of ‘Fundamentals of Residential Construction’

Schreyer Authors New Edition of ‘Fundamentals of Residential Construction’

Alexander Schreyer, director of the building and construction technology (BCT) program, has revised and expanded “Fundamentals of Residential Construction” to produce the fourth edition of the guide to professional construction of single-family and multifamily homes. Schreyer joins Edward Allen, formerly of MIT, Yale University and the University of Oregon, and Robert Thallon of the University of Oregon, who wrote the book’s previous editions. The new edition, which is being published by John Wiley & Sons, promises to be essential to the process of learning about residential construction, according to the publisher. “Construction is a slow-changing industry, but it changes, and keeping up with that is really important,” said Schreyer. “It was really exciting to be able to join this book as one of the authors so we can keep pushing the envelope and teach about residential construction. There are lots of people that need to know about it, want to know about it, and want to be builders or build their own...
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ECo PhD Student, Katherine McClellan Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition!

ECo PhD Student, Katherine McClellan Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition!

Courtesy of UMass News and Media http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/graduate-student-katherine-mcclellan-wins Graduate Student Katherine McClellan Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition Katherine McClellan, a graduate student in environmental conservation, is the $1,000 first-place winner of the university’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. In her presentation, “Shark Sense: Navigating shark interactions with offshore renewable energy developments,” McClellan outlined her research methods and contributions. In selecting her as the 3MT winner, the judges praised her ability to explain technical scientific concepts in an accessible and engaging manner. Shirin Montazeri, electrical and computer engineering, was runner-up. Destenie Nock, mechanical and industrial engineering, won the people’s choice vote as best speaker. Each won $500. Founded by the University of Queensland, Australia, 3MT competitions challenge graduate students to explain their research for a general audience in three minutes or less. Based on the success of this year's 3MT, the Graduate School hopes to make the 3MT an annual tradition. “Advanced academic training largely focuses on the production of new knowledge rather than the process of communicating that...
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US Fish and Wildlife Urban Wildlife Conservation Program announces Springfield as its newest Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) City

US Fish and Wildlife Urban Wildlife Conservation Program announces Springfield as its newest Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) City

The USFWS has awarded UMass ECO project partner, ReGreen Springfield, $49,000 to carry out the first phase of the UBT program in the city.  Dave Bloniarz, ECO Adjunct Faculty and US Forest Service Researcher, was interviewed by WAMC/Northeast Public Radio to talk about bird conservation work in Springfield - the country’s newest UBT city.  ECO has been working with Regreen Springfield on urban research and community engagement programming for many years, and this project represents another component this ongoing partnership.   Listen to the Interview here --  http://wamc.org/post/springfield-designated-urban-bird-treaty-city...
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