Kevin McGarigal has been awarded a $750,000 NSF grant to develop a system of tracking wildlife using digital photography

Excerpted from UMass News Office AMHERST, Mass. - The ability to identify and monitor individual animals in their environment can be critical for studying things like migration patterns or habitat use, but traditional tracking devices can be invasive and some populations are just too large to track easily. Now University of Massachusetts Amherst scientists are developing computer vision technology that will allow for quick identification of individual animals using digital photographs. Much like facial pattern-recognition programs used by the FBI, the software will use complex algorithms to identify each individual's unique features and automatically catalog them. The work could provide a valuable tool for managing endangered species and for basic ecological research. The National Science Foundation has awarded UMass Amherst's Kevin McGarigal $750,000 to develop the technology with former UMass Amherst graduate student Sai Ravela, who is now a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. McGarigal discovered the need for this technology through his study of threatened...
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Student surveys rank us second on campus in student satisfaction!

Every year graduating seniors complete an exit survey about their satisfaction with their educational experience at UMass Amherst. Across not one, but three years of graduating classes, 82% of students majoring in Building Materials, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, and Natural Resource Studies reported being very satisfied overall with their experience in their major – NRC ranked 3rd out of 52 departments on campus. When accounting for the other components of the survey – questions on satisfaction related to quality of teaching, faculty accessibility, academic advising, faculty concern for student progress, and writing preparation – NRC moved up to 2nd place in the department rankings for the entire university. To see the full survey results, visit http://www.umass.edu/oapa/reports/senior_survey/ ....
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David Kittredge has been elected Fellow to the Society of American Foresters

The New England section of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has announced that David B. Kittredge, Jr. has been elected Fellow to the Society for 2007. SAF recognizes members who have provided outstanding contributions to the Society over a sustained period and have distinguished themselves in the forestry profession with the title Fellow. Candidates are determined by a District Fellow Committee within each SAF Voting District and are then elected by their peers in their respective regions. SAF Fellow Committee member and UMass NRC graduate student Bob Ricard explained that the award is one of the most prestigious in the Society (less than five percent of the SAF national membership are Fellows). There are only 38 Fellows in New England (out of a membership of 1,100) and this includes notably David Kittredge's major professor at Yale University, Dr. David M. Smith. Dr. Kittredge joins Dr. William Bentley, Connecticut resident and Professor Emeritus at the State University...
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David Kittredge has been elected Fellow to the Society of American Foresters

The New England section of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has announced that David B. Kittredge, Jr. has been elected Fellow to the Society for 2007.  SAF recognizes members who have provided outstanding contributions to the Society over a sustained period and have distinguished themselves in the forestry profession with the title Fellow.  Candidates are determined by a District Fellow Committee within each SAF Voting District and are then elected by their peers in their respective regions.  SAF Fellow Committee member and UMass NRC graduate student Bob Ricard explained that the award is one of the most prestigious in the Society (less than five percent of the SAF national membership are Fellows).  There are only 38 Fellows in New England (out of a membership of 1,100) and this includes notably David Kittredge's major professor at Yale University, Dr. David M. Smith.  Dr. Kittredge joins Dr. William Bentley, Connecticut resident and Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York...
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New Professional (Non-thesis) Masters Degree Option in Green Building Pending Approval

This new, non-thesis degree concentration in the Forest Resources graduate program will focus on professional training in environmentally responsible building practices. Students will be required to think critically about the environmental impact of building in relation to many disciplines, integrating concepts of resource stewardship, economic vitality, and social equity. Students will master skills that are necessary for advanced practice; for example, in energy conservation methods, in LEED-certified building requirements, in structural design with sustainable building materials, or in green initiatives on infrastructure, roads and bridges. The degree will be of direct benefit to those currently studying or practicing Architecture, Engineering, Construction Technology, or Public Policy who will make important decisions in our future building industry. The degree will arm students with the latest knowledge in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship to help lead the way in sustainable building and construction. Seehttp://www.umass.edu/bmatwt/academics/greenbuilding/ for more....
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