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A fledgling peregrine falcon that left its nesting box atop the 27-story Du Bois library on July 13 has been found safe on the roof of the Campus Center, where its parents continue to care for it. University and state wildlife officials had asked all on campus to be on the lookout for the bird,...
Members of the turfgrass science and management program went back to basics last week to honor iconic teacher and mentor Joseph Troll, who died June 14 at age 95. Troll, professor emeritus of plant, soil and insect sciences, alumnus and a pioneer in modern turfgrass research, is credited with...
UMass turf research center
The state Legislature has passed a $38.1 billion budget for fiscal 2016 that includes $531.8 million for the University of Massachusetts system, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year but less than the $578 million requested. The budget also allows the five UMass campuses to retain tuition...
GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company, has given the College of Engineering $10,000 for an unrestricted grant along with a $20,000 fellowship to fund coastal research. Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the geotechnical engineering project within the civil...
Don DeGroot and Guoping Zhang
The College of Education’s Center for Youth Engagement sponsored the Third International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education on June 26-27 at the UMass Center in Springfield. The conference brought together researchers from Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands and the U.S. to address...
Michael Krezmien
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Jim Sheehan is leaving to assume the same post at UMass Dartmouth, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy announced June 30. Sheehan’s departure is effective Sept. 1, the chancellor said in a broadcast email. “Jim has served in his position with...
Jim Sheehan
Two peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in the nest high atop the W.E.B. Du Bois Library earlier this month were banded June 29 by Tom French, assistant director of natural heritage and endangered species at the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. Though the chicks were hatched later than...
A newly banded falcon chick.
UMass Medical School’s new partnership with Baystate Health will serve as an important complement to ongoing, community-based health initiatives by UMass Amherst in the Springfield area, particularly activities of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, says Dean C. Marjorie Aelion.
Carol Booth, a senior staff attorney at the Student Legal Services Office, has been appointed campus ombudsperson, effective July 26. “We are delighted to welcome Carol to the Ombuds Office,” says Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman. “Her vast legal experience; expertise in...
Carol Booth
In a White House ceremony on June 17, President Barack Obama saluted professor Sandra Petersen, with 14 others and one organization, who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for 2012 and 2013. In addition to being personally...
President Obama Meets with Sandra Petersen and other honorees

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