Fall 2009 Seminar Series Schedule Announced

Fridays from 12:20 to 1:10 in Holdsworth Hall Room 305 October 2 – An Individual-based Model of Striped Bass: Do They Learn? Jack Finn, University of Massachusetts, Department of Natural Resources Conservation October 9 – Seasonal Interactions and the Relevance of Understanding Migratory Connectivity Peter Marra, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center October 16 – TurtleNet Mark Corner, University of Massachusetts, Department of Computer Sciences October 23 - Translating Science into English Laurie Sanders, WFCR, Field Notes October 30 - Open Government: Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration, Beth Noveck, Chief Technology Officer for the United States November 6 - Ephemeral Waters in Northern Forests Robert Brooks, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station November 13 - The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Developing Research Based Metrics for LEED Certification Robert Ryan, University of Massachusetts, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning November 20 - CAPS: A Landscape Ecological Approach to the Conservation of Biodiversity Kevin McGarigal, University of Massachusetts, Department of Natural Resources Conservation November 27 - No seminar – Thanksgiving Recess   For additional information, contact Brett Butler (bbutler; 413-545-1387) ...
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UMass in 3D on YouTube

Google just published a video on the topic "Why do people model for Google Earth?". UMass and Amherst are featured prominently in it. All of the three-dimensional models of the UMass campus buildings were made by students from BMATWT/BCT in NRC, LARP and Architecture at UMass. The models were created as part of Alexander Schreyer's course BMATWT 420 "Advanced topics in CAD". You can watch the video below:  ...
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New Adjunct Faculty member, Bethany Bradley, has received $1.5 million grant

Our newest member of NRC, Bethany Bradley, is sure getting off to a fast start! She and 3 collaborators from Northern Arizona University just landed a $1.5 million grant that runs from 2010-2013. The project is Funded by the Department of Defense, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and titled: Integrated spatial models of non-native plant invasion, fire risk, and wildlife habitat to support conservation of military lands in the arid Southwest.   The study looks at interactions between plant invasion and increases in fire frequency and magnitude in the Sonoran Desert. The individual and synergistic impacts of invasive plants, fire, and climate change on native habitat are likely to affect the endangered Sonoran pronghorn and other threatened, sensitive, or at-risk species in complex ways. The objective of this research is to integrate empirically-based models of non-native plant invasion, fire, and sensitive wildlife habitat in a spatially explicit decision-support package that informs sustainable resource management and recovery of native habitats...
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American Forest Foundation announces 2009 Research Grant recipient for comprehensive study on tax policy and family forests

In the United States, about 35% of the forestland is owned by 10 million family forest owners. Most of these owners hold relatively small tracts of land; however, their collective management behavior has an enormous impact on the sustainability of the nation’s forests. A variety of policies and programs have been developed to inspire conservation on private lands. Prominent among these are tax incentives (e.g., reduced property, estate and inheritance taxes), favorable tax credits and deductions, favorable capital gains treatment of timber income, as well as incentives linked to specific stewardship practices such as wildlife protection, recreation, and reforestation.  The American Forest Foundation ( http://www.affoundation.org/ ) is providing researchers from the Family Forest Research Center ...
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