IGERT News

Date Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
On May 16 - 18th IGERT Fellows Destenie Nock, Bob Darrow, and Casey Fontana traveled to Washington DC to engage with governmental agencies and policymakers. The purpose of these meetings was to understand how scientific information and mathematical modeling efforts are used to inform governance... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
IGERT Principal Investigator Erin Baker and affiliated faculty member Matt Lackner have published an article in the magazine The Conversation, in which they draw on their research and recent policy developments to explain "why offshore wind is about to take off in the United States." Read the full... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, April 30, 2018
IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock mentored two students who participated in an interdisciplinary program on Electricity, Flexibility, and Sustainability. The program was led by Eve Vogel, faculty in Geosciences, and focused on the role of hydroelectricity in New England. Tristan Koopman, senior electrical... Read More
Date Posted: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  Last weekend IGERT Student, and Graduate Women in STEM Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Destenie Nock, hosted an event for 20 girl scouts in the 3rd and 4th grade. While on campus the girls worked with graduate students to go through a series of engineering projects which included designing paper... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Summer REU student Tyler Sim received an Honorable Mention Award at the recent Pacific Seabird Group Meeting in La Paz Mexico, Feb 21-24, 2018. He worked with another REU student, Rachel Tham, recently graduated IGERT Fellow Pam Loring, and Professor Curt Griffin on a project EVALUATING THE... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
On March 1st students from Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield showed their film "Blades of Change" at the IGERT seminar and talked about how they made it.  Their film is about why the Block Island offshore wind farm succeeded while the Cape Wind project failed, and what the future is... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
IGERT Fellow Robert Darrow presented in-progress research at the 2018 meeting of the Western Political Science Association in San Francisco, California on March 31. Robert's paper, "Renewable Power in Sight: The Politics of Visibility in Danish Wind Energy Development," was part of a panel on "... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Former REU student Bridget Brenner was named Mechanical Engineering Student of the Year at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Annual Banquet on March 29th. Bridget  was selected to participate in the Wind Energy REU Summer Program at the University of Massachusetts in 2016. She... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
IGERT PhD Wystan Carswell was recently featured as one of five "pioneering" women in STEM at her current employer, Boston engineering firm Haley & Aldrich. You can read the full interview with Wystan on the company's blog: http://blog.haleyaldrich.com/meet-five-of-haley-aldrichs-pioneering-... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
IGERT Fellow Zana Cranmer and IGERT Director Erin Baker, with two co-authors, published a paper titled “A portfolio model for siting offshore wind farms with economic and environmental objectives” in  the European Journal of Operations Research. Siting offshore wind farms is a complex problem due... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018
Wind  Energy IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock and Industrial Engineering Professor Erin Baker both gave invited presentations at the Distributed Energy Resources Workshop held at University of Auckland in New Zealand: https://distributedenergyw.wixsite.com/workshop .  The workshop was sponsored by... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017
IGERT students Destenie Nock and Evan Gaertner were interviewed by high school students from the Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield. The Four Rivers project is focused on creating a documentary film highlighting offshore wind. During their interview Destenie and Evan gave their perspectives ... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017
Greg Guannell of  the University of the Virgin Islands spoke at a meeting at UMass Amherst organized by IGERT  faculty member Matt Lackner to discuss reliable and sustainable infrastructure in Small Island Developing States. 
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
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: 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: 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

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