UMass Forestry Students Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

UMass Forestry Students Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Xi Sigma Pi —the International Forestry Honor Society with 45 Chapters across the United States and Canada —recently announced that Brendan Kelly (Class of 2020) was awarded the Northeast Region Scholarship for 2020. This prestigious award recognizes Brendan’s leadership, professional activities, and academic achievement. This is the second year in a row that a graduating senior from the UMass Forestry program won this highly competitive scholarship—Jacob Seidel was the 2019 winner. Jacob is working for the USDA Forest Service on the Manchester District of the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. His silviculture team leader, Jessie Prucnal, is also a UMass Forestry graduate (Class of 2014). Professors Barten (University of Minnesota, 1984), Catanzaro (UMass Amherst, 2018), Fletcher (UMass Amherst, 2008), and Patterson (University of Minnesota, 1969) are also members of Xi Sigma Pi.  The UMass Department of Environmental Conservation is proud to train such high-quality professionals to conserve our forests and the many essential benefits they provide. Congratulations to Brendan,...
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Getting to the root of the problem of invasive plant species

Ecologists analyze invasive plants spreading in the Northeast to develop a “watch list” of the five most threatening species  UMass Amherst ecologists are helping resource managers in the Northeast meet a climate change challenge they face as more than 100 new invasive plant species could expand into the area. They are offering a new analysis that narrows the large list down to five priority species with the greatest potential impacts.    Senior author and invasive plant ecologist Bethany Bradley says, “A hundred new species is a lot for natural resource managers to watch for, especially since these plants are totally unknown in the area now. Watch lists are critical, but really long watch lists can be overwhelming.”  “We assessed the reported ecological and socio-economic impacts of 100 species and narrowed the list down to five invasive plants that have major impacts and are known to have invaded ecosystems similar to those found in the Northeast,” she adds. “This information should help natural resource managers develop more proactive monitoring to defend our...
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Supporting gender equity in STEM

Four interdisciplinary teams of scientists receive UMass ADVANCE grants to fund research and support collaboration and equity in science The UMass ADVANCE team has announced the selection of four new teams for mutual mentoring grants, funded up to $6000 a year, over the 2020-21 year.    “We were delighted to receive so many superb proposals this year, focused on supporting collaborations among faculty that contribute to equity and inclusion at the University,” said Joya Misra, Principal Investigator for the UMass ADVANCE grant funded program.   The UMass ADVANCE program is a five-year (2018-23) National Science Foundation (NSF) funded $3 million grant to support gender equity for faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a focus on collaboration. Specifically, the program aims to support collaboration and equity among faculty by gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and nationality.  Priority mentoring areas include projects aimed at helping faculty build inclusive communities, engage in research collaboration and participate in shared decision-making. ADVANCE evaluated proposals in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development,...
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