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Jun
8:30 am - 2:10 pm ET
2024 Partnership Tax Seminar
Jamie Mullins

Computer Science Meets Behavioral Sciences: Interdisciplinary Research Focuses on Heat Resilience in the Age of Climate Change

As high temperatures become more frequent and intense due to climate change, UMass Amherst scientists are developing interdisciplinary research aimed at helping communities increase resilience to extreme heat by monitoring physiological, mental, and behavioral health factors.

Tauhidur Rahman, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, and social scientist Jamie Mullins, assistant professor of resource economics, received a $75,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities program to fund their project.

Christine Crago

Now Recruiting Graduate Students for NSF-Funded Program Focused on Equitable Energy Transition

Resource Economics associate professor Christine L. Crago is co-PI on two grants totaling $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation. The grants will fund a new graduate training program, ELevating Equity VAlues in the Transition of the Energy System (ELEVATE) which aims to ensure that the transformation of the electric grid is both sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably, an aspect of energy transition not often considered in policymaking or public discourse. “I’m really excited to be looking at equity and distributional impacts of the renewable energy transition,” says Dr. Crago. “As we promote an energy system dominated by renewable energy, we want to carefully consider the impact of more renewables on energy prices and control of energy assets, and their subsequent impacts on equity.”