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Climate System Research Center

Climate System Research Center focuses on the climate system, climatic variability and global change issues. Issues span from contemporary climate variations to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes. The center brings together graduate students, post-docs, research scientists and University faculty who are interested in the variability of the climate system in time and space. Faculty are working in more than 24 countries with studies ranging from ancient lake sediments in Siberia to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Community-based Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield

This project aims to identify the needs of minority language children who speak Vietnamese as a home language. We ask (1) What are the first and second language skills of Vietnamese American children living in Springfield? What are their language needs? (2) What school and community programs target Vietnamese American youth? How effective are these programs in promoting language development? Methods include parent surveys, child language screenings, and secondary analysis of state and local education data.

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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.

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CPPA Capstones

All Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) students design and implement a final culminating or “capstone” experience in their final year. The projects address interests relevant to the student’s curricular or career goals, and often involve working with municipalities or community-based organizations, including those in Springfield.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Field School in Heritage Archaeology

The field school recently partnered with the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, an organization in Great Barrington supporting the development of a community wide plan to celebrate the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s project to present the African American history of Franklin County, and with the Pan African History Museum USA of Springfield a community based museum that presents the African American history of the Springfield area. In the past we have also worked with Historic Deerfield, Inc., a regional museum of New England history.

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Fish & Fisheries Public Seminar Series in Gloucester

A series of four seminars organized by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Large Pelagics Research Center at Hodgkins Cove (LPRC) will begin on April 3rd, 2014 at 7 p.m.at Maritime Gloucester. The LPRC is notable for its international research and partnership with fisherman on the study of giant Bluefin tuna, leatherback turtles and other open-ocean wandering species, or pelagics. Four expert speakers will discuss topics based on the latest research of the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fisheries and food webs, ocean ecology and right whale conservation.

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