IGERT News

Date Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017
A group of seniors from Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield, MA visited with IGERT Fellows on Wednesday morning. The students are preparing a pitch for a class project on the Block Island offshore wind farm. If the group's project is selected, the entire class will be making a documentary film... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017
IGERT Faculty member Ezra Markowitz and IGERT Fellow Becky Sokoloski, along with David Bidwell from the University of Rhode Island, have pulbished new research on public perceptions of offshore wind in the journal Energy Policy. An abstract and the full article are available on the journal website... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Recent graduate of the IGERT program Pam Loring was featured this week on Rhode Island Public Radio discussing work she is doing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track bird and bat migrations around the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm. Read and listen to the full story here: http://ripr.... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
IGERT Fellow Destinie Nock recently published an article, "Unintended consequences of Northern Ireland's renewable obligation policy," in The Electricity Journal. The article will be free to read until Nov 22, 2017. Nock has also created a 5 minute slide show on her findings, which is available at... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017
On July 26, 2017, the students in the summer REU (Research and Education for Undergraduates) program as well as 10 IGERT students plus Curt Griffin, ECO Department Chair and Jody Lally, IGERT Coordinator, went on a field trip to Rhode Island.  The first stop was at the US fish and Wildlife Service... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
IGERT faculty member Andy Danylchuk recently received the 2017 Excellence in Public Outreach award from the American Fisheries Society for "going the extra mile" in communicating the value of fisheries science and research. Read more here: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/american-fisheries-... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017
For the third year in a row, we have a group of REU (Research for Undergraduates) students here at UMass Amherst for the summer working on offshore wind research projects with IGERT faculty advisors Arwade, Baker, Lackner, Schmidt, Griffin and Modarres-Sadeghi and IGERT student mentors Rodrigo,... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017
IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock, along with two other UMass graduate students, published an OP-Ed for the Boston Globe titled "Budget cuts threaten the community work of graduate students." This article highlights how budget cuts will impacts graduate students ability to do outreach and public... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
IGERT Fellow Kate McClellan was among this year's recipients of a WRISE fellowship to attend the AWEA WINDPOWER conference.   From Windpower Engineering & Development: "Each year, WRISE awards fellowships to women college students or recent graduates to attend the annual American Wind Energy... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017
Lone Star Analysis has announced Destenie Nock as the winner of the Student Analytics Glossary Competition. The competition was to define an industrial engineering and operations research term to the general audience in a clear and concise manner. Her entry was as follows: Robustness: Robustness... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017
Destenie Nock, a 2nd year PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst has recently co-authored a chapter in the book "Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change." The chapter Nock coauthored is titled " Crafting Community and Change through Books and Pads: The... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A new article from IGERT Fellows Pam Loring and Jennifer Smetzer, titled "The Motus Wildlife Tracking System: a collaborative research network to enhance the understanding of wildlife movement" has now been published in the current issue of Avian Conservation and Ecology. The abstract and full... Read More
Date Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Dear Friends of the IGERT Community, Please join us for the 2017 UMass Offshore Wind Energy IGERT poster session, to be held on Tuesday, April 4th in the Hadley Room (Campus Center - 10th floor) at UMass Amherst. This will be an opportunity to see the latest research and network with UMass... Read More
Date Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017
IGERT Fellow Kate McClellan took first place in the recent Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Fellow Destenie Nock took home the People's Choice award. This is the first year that this competition was held at UMass Amherst. In the final round of the competition 10 students each had to explain... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Two IGERT Students, Destenie Nock and Kate McClellan have advanced to the final round of Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This is the first year that this competition will be held at UMass Amherst. In the final round of the competition 10 students will each have to explain their research to a... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017
From February 16-20th, 2017 IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock attended the AAAS conference in Boston. Destenie wrote the following about her experience at the conference: "While attending the conference I was able to hear from John Holdren who was the senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017
Ezra Markowitz, assistant professor of environmental decision-making in the department of environmental conservation, has been selected to receive the 2017 Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017
Congratulations to Erin Baker, professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and IGERT principal investigator, who has been named one of this year's Public Engagement Faculty Fellows at UMass. To read more about the work Dr. Baker will do as a fellow, click here for the full article:http://... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
IGERT program graduate and UMass PhD Pam Loring sent us this new photo of one of her bird tracking stations that is sited adjacent to the Block Island Wind Farm. The Southeast Lighthouse Foundation has been hosting the tracking station for the past 3 years. Pam successfully defended her... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, October 14, 2016
IGERT fellows Destenie Nock, Rebecca Sokoloski, and Bob Darrow met Friday at the UMass Wind Energy Center with several groups of students from Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The students are completing a semester-long, multidisciplinary project on the future of... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
IGERT Fellow Casey Fontana is continuing her research on floating offshore wind turbines at Vryhof Anchors Global Maritime in Rotterdam, Netherlands for 3 months this fall.  The need for for the development of floating technology is born out of the offshore wind energy industry's transition into... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, October 3, 2016
IGERT Fellow and Industrial Engineering PhD student Zana Cranmer has received an NSF Supplement grant to run a series of workshops at UMass related to science and technology policy.  The proposal was written in collaboration with Professors Erin Baker of MIE and Charlie Schweik, the interim... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, October 3, 2016
IGERT fellows and faculty attended the first meeting of the Massachusetts Research Partnership (MRP) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) for a two-day workshop on offshore wind energy resource characterization.  Representatives from the offshore wind industry, government agencies and... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Carson Pete has recently taken a lecturer position in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona in the mechanical engineering department at Northern Arizona University. NAU is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and is located in northern Arizona. Carson is... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, September 9, 2016
Congratulations to IGERT Fellow Bill LaCava who just completed his PhD!  His dissertation was on “Automatic Development and Adaptation of Concise Nonlinear Models for System Identification”.   Bill is now a PostDoctoral researcher in the Epistasis Laboratory in the Institute for Biomedial... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016
This year’s wind energy REU program started off in June with a 3-day fieldtrip to Cape Cod. 12 students attended along with IGERT faculty member Curt Griffin and IGERT project coordinator Jody Lally.  First stop on Monday, June 8th was at the Aeronautica Windpower turbine manufacturing facility in... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, August 1, 2016
The Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences are hosting an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in exploring research in a wide range of wind energy topics, including engineering, wildlife ecology, and policy. Students... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016
On April 15, 2016 four IGERT Students (Destenie Nock, Rodrigo Mercado, Franklyn Kanyako, and Moijue Kaikai) hosted the first STEM Slam competition on the UMass campus. STEM Slam is a speaking where students from science, engineering, technology, and mathematics backgrounds have to explain a topic... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
On behalf of the UMass Wind Energy Center and the Offshore Wind IGERT program, you are invited to attend an important panel discussion on the future of Offshore Wind in MA . Panelists will include key industry representatives Thomas Brostrøm from DONG Energy, Jeffrey Grybowski from Deepwater Wind,... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016
IGERT Fellow Pam Loring's research on Piping Plovers was featured in a recent article in Audubon magazine. Read the story here: https://www.audubon.org/news/why-counting-piping-plovers-bahamas-harder-it-sounds

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