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CASA Radar Credited with Saving Lives and Avoiding Injuries During Texas Tornadoes

Brenda Philips

Brenda Philips

Officials in Ellis County, Texas, are crediting the recently installed radar system created by our Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) with being at least partially responsible for saving lives and greatly reducing injuries during the very dangerous tornado that touched down in the Ellis County town of Midlothian, south of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, during the December 26 Tornado outbreak.

Brown’s Co-authored Article in Nature Climate Change Cited by New York Times

Casey Brown

Casey Brown

The New York Times recently cited an influential article in the academic journal Nature Climate Change, co-authored by Casey M. Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. In the Times article, Brown said that bringing engineers early in the planning process for major dams allows them to gauge ecological impacts at a time when changes can still be made.

Practicum Deals with the Critical Science And Engineering of Dam Removal

David Ahlfeld

David Ahlfeld

Professor David Ahlfeld, the Associate Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), is involved in a three-credit independent study practicum that is exposing  five CEE students and five students from the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation (Eco) to some of the technical and policy details of dam removal. This is a two-semester effort to involve the students directly in the dam removal process. 

Perry and Conner Receive Important Grants from the American Chemical Society

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Assistant Professor Sarah Perry and Professor William Curtis Conner of the UMass Amherst Chemical Engineering Department have each been awarded individual grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF). Perry received a two-year, $110,000 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator grant for a research project entitled "Designing the Liquid-to-Solid Transition in Polyelectrolyte Complexes.” Meanwhile, Conner was awarded a two-year, $110,000 ACS PRF New Directions grant for a project about “Understanding and Improving the Direct Conversion of Methane to Ethylene.”

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