Computer Scientist to Discuss Environmental Monitoring at UMass Amherst Lecture Series on April 30

AMHERST, Mass. – The Environmental Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue its spring lecture series on emerging technologies and the environment on Wednesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union building. John A. Stankovic of the University of Virginia will give a talk titled, “Wireless Sensor Networks: Global Scale Environmental Monitoring from Arctic to Zebras.” The talks are free and open to the public.

This year’s guest speakers are drawn from backgrounds in computer and biological sciences and civil and environmental engineering. They address the effects new technologies are having on the environment.

Stankovic is a BP America Professor and chair of the department of computer science at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His research looks at real-time computing, embedded computing, operating systems, and ad hoc wireless sensor networks. Stankovic previously served as a faculty member at UMass Amherst before going to Virginia in 1997.

The series will also feature James K. Fredrickson, laboratory fellow and chief scientist in the biological sciences division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s fundamental science directorate. He will speak on “The Role of the Genome Science in Bioenergy, Carbon Cycling, and Environmental Remediation,” on Monday, May 5.

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