AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 500 educators, librarians, writers, illustrators, parents, students, and teachers will meet at the University of Massachusetts later this week to discuss the latest trends and topics in children’s literature. The 31st annual Perspectives in Children’s Literature conference will be held 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat. March 31, at the Isenberg School of Management on the UMass campus.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 80 experts on paleoclimateology will meet at the University of Massachusetts Thurs., March 22-Sat., March 24, to discuss the latest research related to the Arctic and global warming. The 31st Annual Arctic Workshop will be hosted by the UMass Geosciences Department and the Climate System Research Center, said acting department head Julie Brigham-Grette. Arctic warming already has had dramatic effects on the area, causing glacial retreats, and the melting of permafrost and sea ice, as well as changing the terrestrial and lake ecosystems, UMass climatologist Raymond Bradley has noted.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Strategic Information Technology Center (SITEC) at the University of Massachusetts will host a talk about the state’s new $93-million e-Government initiative by David Lewis, director of information technology and chief information officer for Massachusetts. Lewis’s talk, titled "Massachusetts Government Comes to the Home," will be Wed., March 21, from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center and is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - With the assistance of a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM), a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Massachusetts is testing ways to use common pond plants to stabilize and decontaminate seriously polluted areas of the historic Blackstone River Watershed. Extending from south central Massachusetts to Pawtucket, R.I., the Blackstone has been designated an American Heritage River by Congress, and its surrounding area, the Blackstone River Valley, is a National Heritage Corridor.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts geologist is among researchers hoping that science can help bring peace to war-torn Africa. Stephen Haggerty, an expert in the geology of diamonds, is part of a group of scientists who met at the White House earlier this year to begin discussing how to "fingerprint" diamonds. The effort is aimed at stamping out a lucrative – and bloody – guns-for-gems trade that is reportedly financing brutal civil wars in Africa.
AMHERST, Mass. - John R. Mullin, professor of urban planning at the University of Massachusetts, will give a Distinguished Faculty Lecture titled, “The Once and Future New England Mill Town,” Tues., April 24 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
AMHERST, Mass. - Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor in the department of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, was recently awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. Roger Hull, Union president, conferred the degree during Founders Day ceremonies at the college Feb. 22. Margulis delivered the keynote address at the event titled, "Slanted Truths and the Wisdom of the Biosphere."
AMHERST, Mass. - John R. Mullin, professor of urban planning at the University of Massachusetts, will give a Distinguished Faculty Lecture titled, "The Once and Future New England Mill Town," Tues., March 6 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows.
AMHERST, Mass. - The glaciers atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the African continent, are melting much more rapidly than scientists previously believed, according to University of Massachusetts climatology researchers. More than one meter of surface lowering occurred within the past year, and projections by Ohio State University scientists indicate that if the glacier continues to melt at its current rate, there will be no ice atop the famed Tanzanian mountain within decades.
AMHERST, Mass. - After scanning the entire sky and capturing breathtaking and scientifically important images of galaxies, stars, and other celestial objects, a pair of infrared telescopes has finished its survey work. For the past three and a half years, the twin telescopes of the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS), located in Arizona and Chile, have conducted the first high-resolution digital survey of the complete sky, in a project led by University of Massachusetts astronomer Michael Skrutskie. The successful completion of observations using the telescopes marks a milestone in modern astronomy, according to researchers.