AMHERST, Mass. - Andrew Pazmany, the University of Massachusetts researcher and tornado chaser, will be on the trail of the swirling storms in tornado alley again this year now that tornado season has begun once again. Pazmany, along with colleagues at the University of Oklahoma, tracked last year''s "monster" tornado on May 3, resulting in the highest resolution radar image ever recorded from a tornado.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts is the first academic institution ever to receive the Award of Merit from the National Arborists Association (NAA), according to Cynthia Mills, executive vice president of the NAA. The award is the highest honor awarded by the NAA to an individual or organization that has "positively influenced the practice of arboriculture."
AMHERST, Mass. - William Israel has joined the University of Massachusetts journalism department as an assistant professor. Israel received his bachelor''s degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1972. From 1975-76 he was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow studying European institutions and international business at the University of Strasbourg in France. In 1979, Israel studied history at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. Returning to academia in the 1990s, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his master''s and doctorate in journalism in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts students studying herbs, spices and medicinal plants in the department of plant and soil sciences will share their knowledge with the University community and the community at large at next week''s Herbfest 2000. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tues. May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the UMass campus.
AMHERST, Mass. - Statistics class has a reputation for tripping up even the brightest students. But a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling University of Massachusetts researchers to develop software that helps middle-school students get a grip on stats before math anxiety grips them. And that''s important, says team leader Cliff Konold, because statistics and data analysis are becoming a bigger part of the world, not just for academic pursuits, but for everyday decision making. The group is working on the project under the auspices of the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI), an interdisciplinary research organization devoted to the study of learning and instruction in the sciences and mathematics.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts department of Afro-American studies will host a talk by Cuban dignitary and scholar Clinton Adlum, Wed. April 26 at 7 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts DEFA Film Library of East German cinema will present four films examining life in Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War in a series called "Look to the East."