Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2021!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2021!

https://youtu.be/lKE5YaUdW7Y Congratulations to our graduating seniors in BCT’s class of 2021! We are tremendously proud of you all and we wish you all the best for your upcoming professional lives. You may be entering a changed world, but you are well prepared for it. All the best from the BCT faculty! Everyone in BCT’s class of 2021 is of course now part of the ever-growing BCT Alumni community! Due to the still-ongoing pandemic situation and related gathering limitations, we weren’t able to take our traditional group photo at the CNS celebration (or hold our traditional CNS and departmental receptions and celebrations). Instead, we organized a commencement and awards celebration event on Zoom, which you can re-watch in the video above. We also had seven graduate students completing their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Sustainable Building Systems and our first student completing the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction. Congratulations also to them! Your BCT Faculty Reposted from: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/news/congratulations-to-bcts-class-of-2021/...
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Register now for BCT’s Summer 2021 Online Professional Education Courses

Register now for BCT’s Summer 2021 Online Professional Education Courses

With an increasing number of our courses now online, we are announcing the immediate availability of the following professional education courses for the upcoming Summer Terms (Summer 1: 5/17 - 6/25; Summer 2: 7/6 - 8/13). There is no need to be a matriculated UMass student to take these courses. Anyone with a professional interest in our field can take them on a per-credit fee basis through University Without Walls (UWW). Register Now! Learn more about these courses and register now on the UMass UWW website at the following link: Find Courses and Enroll   (filter by “Subject” and look for “Building and Construction Technology” or “Environmental Conservation”) Want More? Many of these courses can be taken to fulfill requirements of our Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction or our Professional Masters in Sustainable Building Systems. Contact us anytime if you would like to learn more about those options. Summer 1 Upcoming Courses International Construction The main objective of this course is to prepare the students to try to adjust to...
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2021 Outstanding Achievement Awards

Each year, the College of Natural Sciences honors its faculty, staff, and student leaders who have made important contributions to their discipline, department, college, and university by presenting them with the Outstanding Achievement Awards.     Recipients are nominated by colleagues within the college and chosen by committees chaired by designees appointed by Dean Tricia Serio, who may include past awardees. Of this year’s recipients, Dean Serio remarked, “These leaders continue to enrich our college community with their exceptional work. I am tremendously grateful for their efforts to demonstrate academic excellence, enhance the student experience, and create a more inclusive and accessible learning environment.”  Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards Karine Fénelon, Assistant Professor, Biology "I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award. I also truly appreciate the continued support of UMass and CNS in creating a space for diversity and social justice. But most important, I hope that my efforts have contributed to the University's mission and willingness to engage in conversations and self-reflections toward concrete tangible changes...
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Bethany Bradley wins Prestigious Mercer Award

Bethany Bradley wins Prestigious Mercer Award

George Mercer Award: Bethany A. Bradley, Brit B. Laginhas, Raj Whitlock, Jenica M. Allen, Amanda E. Bates, Genevieve Bernatchez, Jeff Diez, Regan Early, Jonathan Lenoir, Montserrat Vilà, Cascade J. B. Sorte The Mercer Award recognizes an outstanding, recently published, ecological research paper by young scientists. This year’s Mercer Award goes to the authors of “Disentangling the abundance–impact relationship for invasive species.” This paper is the first meta-analysis to win the Mercer Award. Meta-analyses have become an important ecological research tool since their introduction into ecology in the early 1990s, and the work by Bethany A. Bradley and colleagues identified a novel general pattern that likely could not have been discovered or confirmed except via meta-analysis. Their comprehensive global meta-analysis of 1258 studies addresses how the impacts of invasive species scale with their abundances. The analysis revealed striking general pattern across trophic levels: invasive species’ impacts on lower trophic levels increase steeply but nonlinearly with their abundances, so that per-capita impact declines with increasing...
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Environmental Conservation Graduate Students Organized Successful 2021 EcoGSS Symposium

Environmental Conservation Graduate Students Organized Successful 2021 EcoGSS Symposium

Environmental Conservation Graduate Student Symposium 2021 offered a full day of talks and a panel discussion focused on diverse fields of study within the Department of Environmental Conservation. The symposium was held on March 19th, 2021 and brought together 140 registered participants. Sessions included traditional talks, lightning talks, and one panel discussion. The invited keynote speaker, J. Casey Clapp, who received his Masters of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at UMass Amherst and is the Forester for the city of Portland, Oregon, addressed “The Urban Tree and Me”. The symposium co-organizers included UMass Amherst faculty advisor Timothy Randhir and graduate students, Patricia Levasseur, Alexia Perides, Amanda Suzzi, Ayodele O’uhuru, Samantha Myers, and Grace Casselberry. The panel discussion was co-organized by three UMass Amherst Ph.D. students, Mahsa Farid Mohajer, Hossam Mahmoud, Suncica Milosevic, focusing on the importance of energy efficiency considerations, built environment, and climate change. Farid Mohajer moderated the session, and the panelists were, Ajla Aksamija (Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture...
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