Public education

Treehouse Foundation of Easthampton

The Rudd Adoption Research Program has been involved with the Treehouse community on many levels. Treehouse is an inter-generational community in which elders and families with youth, who are or were in foster care, live together in an effort to support the youth.

Treehouse Foundation of Easthampton

The Rudd Adoption Research Program has been involved with the Treehouse community on many levels. Treehouse is an inter-generational community in which elders and families with youth, who are or were in foster care, live together in an effort to support the youth.

Master of Science in Design & Historic Preservation

The Design & Historic Preservation Master of Science program uses Hancock Shaker Village, one of the largest and best preserved Shaker sites in the nation, as a primary study site. The Shaker’s deep-seated commitment to sustainability in building, living and farming is the philosophical ground for the program’s curriculum. Students learn and expand their skills in architectural design, historic preservation, construction, restoration, town planning, as well as their understanding of historic site management while working closely with leading preservationists in the state and region.

A Rapid Response System For Prediction And Management Of Phytophthora Diseases In Massachusetts Farms Using Risk Mapping And Real Time PCR

Phytophthora species rank as some of the most devastating disease agents in Massachusetts farms. Current disease forecasting models for Phytophthora were developed for use over large areas and cannot provide the resolution to adequately predict disease outbreaks at the farm-scale in Massachusetts. The most fundamental component of effective risk maps is accurate data on the current distribution of the targeted pathogen, without which they cannot accurately predict where and how a pathogen may spread. This project will develop a system for gathering data at a farm-scale level.

Optimizing Food Storage Systems For Quality, Safety And Energy Efficiency

Food banks are major consumers of energy related to food handling and storage as well as major customers for local food producers. Energy efficiency and cost reduction in food banks could have synergistic benefits for both types of enterprise. This project will develop a process map to integrate energy and food handling audits to help identify key nodes for effective energy efficiency and food safety interventions. By evaluating technological innovation in the context of the local post-harvest food system the food banks can optimize energy efficiency and food safety.

Understanding The Factors That Influence Outdoor Residential Water Conservation: A Case Study In Suburban Boston

This study will examine the influence of policy and outreach efforts on residents' adoption of water conservation and storm water strategies in the residential landscapes of the Ipswich and Parker River watershed north of Boston. It will trace watershed conservation measures from policy incentives to impact so as to develop a clearer picture of the relationship between local policy and outreach efforts, and actual decisions to engage and install residential landscape water conservation practices.

Riversmart Communities: Supporting Ecologically Restorative Flood Prevention And Remediation In New England

This project links fluvial geomorphology to New England-specific climate, landscape, ecology, population, and infrastructure to develop best management practices for flood prevention. It will uncover challenges and constraints caused by distinct jurisdictional and institutional fragmentation, highlighting successful strategies for overcoming these. The extension aspect will take this much-needed scientific and institutional knowledge and disseminate it to towns, government officials, landowners, businesses, environmental organizations, road crews, and others.

Women in Computing Research

Computer Science Professor Lori Clarke is leading an alliance of the Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) to implement and evaluate programs to increase the participation of women and minorities in computing research.

Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms. ECEP works closely with many national organizations, relies on and deploys experts in computing education, promotes state-level computer science education reform, trains educators to provide professional development in computing, supports summer computing camps, and offers advice and tools in higher education transfer and program evaluation.

Ventures In Science Using Art Laboratory (VISUAL)

Captivating Images of MRSEC-supported research serve as an effective means to educate and stimulate the general public, as well as students of all ages, on the importance of scientific research in our everyday lives. Each fascinating image is a direct experimental result from research conducted in the MRSEC. Accompanying each image is a description, in non-technical terms, that explains the science behind the picture. Venues for exhibits range from galleries, schools, libraries, hospitals and cafés.

Ethnohistory of Ethnic Whalemen and their Communities in the New Bedford Area

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NHP), which commemorates and interprets the era when New Bedford was a world-renowned whaling port, will generate a series of ethnohistories that highlight the relationships of particular groups or peoples to the city’s waterfront and whaling history. This study will develop an ethnohistorical and ethnographic report describing these groups’ involvement in whaling, the development of their communities, and the sense of heritage with this history in contemporary communities. This project may include the development of a database.

Ethnographic Study of the Peddocks Island Cottages

"Ethnographic Study of the Peddocks Island Cottages" is a research program which will work toward a community history of the Peddocks Island cottages and cottagers in Boston Harbor to provide information for park management and interpretation and for public education about the island’s history and attachment to the cottages. Data collected from interviews, archival and genealogical research, participant-observation, photographs and maps will contribute to a park website on the community.

Making Memories Matter

The project, an initiative of the Public History program, developed and offered a series of programs at area senior centers in which participants had hands-on encounters with artifacts from area museums, in guided presentations led by public historians. The program combined artifacts, lectures, and discussions to extend museum services to older adults unable to travel to museums, while also enriching the lives of elderly participants by providing opportunities to relate personal experiences to the changes in society and technology that they had witnessed over the course of their lives.

History Institute

Since 1994, the UMass Amherst History Department has hosted events, workshops and in-service trainings for K-12 teachers in Western Massachusetts. The Department’s signature offering is “The History Institute”. A joint endeavor with the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts, The History Institute is an annual series of workshops organized around a central theme. At each workshop, a faculty member presents on a specific historical topic. Following the lecture, teachers and scholars work together to develop strategies for applying the content to the classroom.

Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series

Every two years, the UMass Amherst History Department hosts the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. This year-long series allows students, faculty and visiting scholars to explore a particular theme in depth. The Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass History Department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg (1967) and associates.

UMass Extension Building Energy

The Building Energy Extension Program conveys current energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building science information to stakeholders, including those in the building trades, design professionals, state government agencies, building owners and occupants through workshops, web publication, and consulting. Applied research in building energy systems is conducted to respond to perceived stakeholder need.

UMass Extension Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management

The overall objective of the Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management project is to develop and promote practical, innovative, and affordable solutions to issues related to soil fertility and nutrient management in the Commonwealth and beyond. This is accomplished through applied laboratory and field research used to support ongoing extension and outreach activities. The primary outreach vehicle for the project is the Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory which offers affordable analytical testing of soil, plant tissue, compost, and soilless greenhouse media.

UMass Extension Sustainable Fruit Production

UMass Extension provides farmers with access to current research on new and alternative species and varieties, horticultural management techniques, marketing and business management strategies, pest-ecology, and pest-management procedures. Research on pest ecology and management informs approaches that optimize control, reduce chemical use and increase fruit quality. The resources provided by Extension forge successful partnerships with Massachusetts’s fruit producers that in turn foster a more secure, diverse and healthful food supply for the Commonwealth.

Wildlife Conservation

The Wildlife Conservation project engages in applied research and provides information, educational materials and programs based on current research to promote wildlife conservation including efforts to better understand the impacts of roads and highways on wildlife and ecosystems and to develop and evaluate techniques for mitigating those impacts.

Wetlands Conservation

Wetlands Regulations and Protection is part of a broader effort to provide training and information to municipal officials. This initiative provides workshops and materials for conservation commissions in the implementation of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

River and Stream Continuity

The River & Stream Continuity Project focuses on the impact of road-stream crossings (culverts, bridges, fords) on fish and other aquatic organism passage by providing technical guidance and standards, field surveys, and other tools and approaches for setting priorities for culvert upgrade or replacement. A number of groups use methods developed as part of the Project to assess bridges and culverts and set priorities for restoring river and stream continuity in targeted watersheds in five of the six New England states.

Conservation Assessment & Prioritization System

The Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) is a computer software program and an approach to prioritizing land for conservation that provides an objective, dynamic, and flexible tool to support decision-making for land conservation, land management, project review and permitting to protect habitat and biodiversity. CAPS serves as the centerpiece of the state’s comprehensive wetlands monitoring and assessment program and a potential model for use at the regional scale.