UMass Amherst Decarbonization Collaboration Wins “Leading by Example” Award

UMass Amherst Decarbonization Collaboration Wins “Leading by Example” Award

The Department of Energy Resources recognized efforts to promote sustainability A collaboration among the University of Massachusetts Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, and Salem State University to work together to decarbonize each campus has been recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources with a “Leading by Example” (LBE) Award. The award was presented to representatives from each campus at a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 9.   The LBE Awards recognize commonwealth agencies, public colleges and universities and municipalities, as well as public sector staff or volunteers, for outstanding efforts related to clean energy and the environment that have resulted in measurable impacts. The four-campus collaboration began during fiscal year 2020-21 when all four campuses decided to undertake a collaborative strategic planning process to decarbonize their campuses. Representatives from each held a series of meetings to allow for a free exchange of ideas, challenges, and lessons learned so that others might get a better result. The group kept various state agencies abreast of...
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Tropical Bee Species Prefers Meat

Tropical Bee Species Prefers Meat

UMass Amherst research shows "vulture bees" feast on non-plant protein Springtime: bees buzz from flower to flower, searching for nectar. But not these bees. The “vulture bee,” a little-known tropical species, has evolved an extra tooth for biting flesh and a gut that more closely resembles that of carrion-loving birds.    “We know very little about these fascinating creatures. These bees have ditched flowers and now rely exclusively on fresh carcasses for their protein” said Laura Figueroa, a UMass Pathways Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Conservation. In a paper recently published in mBio, lead author Figueroa and her co-authors from the University of California, Riverside, traveled to Costa Rica, set up baits — fresh pieces of raw chicken hung from branches — and then examined the bees drawn by the raw animal flesh. Normally, stingless bees have baskets on their hind legs for collecting pollen. However, the team observed carrion-feeding bees using those same structures to collect the bait. “They had little chicken baskets,” said Quinn McFrederick,...
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Creating a Bridge to the Future with BCT and Digital Ready

Creating a Bridge to the Future with BCT and Digital Ready

CNS faculty Dr. Paul J. Wolff III (center) shown here during one of his interactive learning activities as part of the BCT Immersion Event for Digital Ready students. Prospective students learned about building science concepts and technologies such as infrared cameras, air quality testing devices, power meters, and met with current students to learn about coursework, internships and career paths. On December 1, 2021 BCT faculty and students hosted Digital Ready (DR), a Boston-based non-profit that provides talented, young Black and Latinx students from Boston Public Schools a no-cost, head-start to a STEM degree from UMass. The DR cohort of 27 students participated in a unique peer-to-peer learning exchange program developed by CSN faculty Dr. Paul J. Wolff III and students in the new communication course required for all BCT majors (Communicating Building Science and Sustainability). The Immersion Event featured live presentations, hands-on demonstrations, building/lab tours and one-on-one time with current BCT students. The event began with ice-breaker activities and was followed...
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Student Team Places Third in ASC Region 1 Competition

Student Team Places Third in ASC Region 1 Competition

BCT participated in the 2021 Annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition in Albany, NY with three teams this November. Under Prof. Romero’s mentoring and with several months of hard work behind them, Team “Amherst Construction” (shown in the image above) placed third in the pre-construction category. This was only the second year in which our students competed in this competition. We congratulate the team members for this superb effort! The team consisted of: Olivia Josias (Project Manager), Patrick Koenen (Superintendent), Emma Kelly (Senior Estimator), Jocey Krooks (Risk Manager), Eric Lee (Senior Scheduler), Michael Ayles (Safety & Quality Manager). Links: ASC Region 1 website Pictures from the competition The post Student Team Places Third in ASC Region 1 Competition appeared first on Building and Construction Technology....
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