Five College Consortium

'Tropical Cyclone Intensification under Moderate Vertical Wind Shear'

Tue, Apr 24 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: S211

"Tropical Cyclone Intensification under Moderate Vertical Wind Shear" will be discussed by Rosimar Rios-Berrios of the National Center for Atmospheric Researchin Boulder, Colorado.

Abstract: Tropical cyclones, also known as hurricanes or typhoons, are amongst the most powerful atmospheric phenomena.  Accurate forecasts of where a tropical cyclone will move towards (i.e., track), how strong the accompanying winds will be (i.e., intensity), and how much precipitation will accumulate are crucial to minimize the loss of lives and property. These forecasts, however, become particularly uncertain when a tropical cyclone moves through a region of vertical wind shear.  Although vertical wind shear is generally negative for tropical cyclones, many tropical cyclones can intensify under moderate shear—the range of shear magnitudes that are neither too weak nor too strong (5–10 m s−1).  Explaining why and how tropical cyclones can intensify when conditions are seemingly unfavorable is a necessary step towards understanding and predicting tropical cyclone impacts. 

BRIDGE is supported by a Campus Climate Improvement Grant. Learn more: http://blogs.umass.edu/bridge

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UMass Amherst
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'Keeping it Real with EUREKA! A Smart STEM-Ed Partnership'

Tue, Apr 24 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Hasbrouck Hall Room: 138

Christine Hatch, EUREKA! Program faculty liaison and Extension associate professor in the Geosciences Department, will describe the EUREKA! program, highlight how this program makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of the scholars who join, discuss its importance for underrepresented groups at a key life stage, translate that knowledge into quantifiable broader impacts, and of course, show you just how much fun it is.

Have you found yourself wondering how to channel your science into meaningful broader impacts that really make a difference?  Are you curious about the dynamic group of 8th - 12th grade girls in bright red t-shirts who occupy UMass every July?  Do you know a colleague, or are you one of the CNS faculty who have been teaching STEM workshops in this exciting outreach program for middle and high school girls from Girls Inc. Holyoke?

The UMass-Holyoke Girls Inc. EUREKA! program is entering its sixth year on campus and is only one of 20 such programs connected to just under a hundred girls in. programs around the country.  This presentation will describe the program, highlight how this program makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of the scholars who join, discuss its importance for underrepresented groups at a key life stage, translate that knowledge into quantifiable broader impacts, and of course, show you just how much fun it is.

 For more information, visit: https://www.cns.umass.edu/outreach/eureka-umass-amherst  Or email: eureka@umass.edu

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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413-575-0030
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holly@hollyhargraves.com

'A Road to Damascus' - in words and music

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Building Room: 157

An evening with Lebanese novelist and filmmaker Meedo Taha reading from his just-published novel A Road to Damascus and Layaali Arabic Music Trio: Jamal Sinno (qanun), Said Khoury (oud), and Michel Moushabeck (percussion).

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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413-545-3478
Contact email: 
jhicks@complit.umass.edu

'What Makes a Great City' by Alexander Garvin

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
Olver Design Building Room: 170

Alexander Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service. He is currently president and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., a planning and design firm in New York City that is responsible for initial master plans for the Atlanta BeltLine; Tessera (a 700-acre new community outside Austin); and Hinton Park in Collierville, Tennessee. Between 1996 and 2005 he was managing director for planning at NYC2012, the committee established to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. During 2002-2003, as Vice President for Planning, Design and Development, he was responsible for planning the rebuilding of the World Trade Center for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Over the last 46 years he has held prominent positions in five New York City administrations, including Deputy Commissioner of Housing and City Planning Commissioner.

Garvin has won numerous awards, including the Municipal Art Society ‘s New York City Masterwork Award for Best Planning and Urban Design, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Merit Award, and the American Planning Association New York City Chapter, Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to his professional work, for the past 50 years Garvin has taught at Yale University, his alma mater, where, as Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management, he has taught a wide range of courses in architecture, city planning, and real estate development. Garvin has also taught workshops on basic real estate development for the Urban Land Institute.

Garvin is the author of "The American City: What Works and What Doesn’t," now in its third edition; "The Planning Game," "Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities" and his newest book, "What Makes a Great City," published in 2017 by Island Press.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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'At Night' by Catie Newell

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Olver Design Building

Catie Newell is the founding principal of the architecture and art practice *Alibi Studio. Her creative practice has been widely recognized for reworking existing spaces using material aggregations and the effects of light and darkness. Newell’s work explores design construction and materiality in relationship to location, geography, and cultural contingencies; she is known for her iterative process of site-specific fabrication. 

Newell won the 2011 ArtPrize Best Use of Urban Space Juried Award and the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. Newell exhibited at the 2012 Architecture Venice Biennale and the 2015 Lille3000 Art Triennial. In 2017 the University of Michigan Museum of Art hosted Newell’s museum solo show, Overnight. She is a Lucas Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a Kresge Arts Fellow.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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'The Original Sin of Europe’s Dark Twentieth Century', talk by Stefan Ihrig

Tue, Apr 24 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Room: event hall 758 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Our knowledge of the Armenian Genocide and of what it meant for the world at the time has been expanding rapidly in recent years. Stefan Ihrig shows that it also provoked intense debates in Germany after World War I – to such an extent that we can clearly identify a larger and true genocide debate taking place there over the course of a few years.

Many Germans came to the wrong conclusions though: for German nationalists and the Nazis the Armenian Genocide presented core lessons on ethnic policies and the international order. By virtue of its reception and the debates it provoked the Armenian Genocide thus was part of the prehistory of the Shoah. What does this mean for our understanding of the twentieth century? In this lecture Ihrig will develop some ideas on how we must rethink some core notions of the history of the last century.

Stefan Ihrig is a Professor of History at the University of Haifa, in the Department of General History and the Haifa Center for German and European Studies. His books include Justifying Genocide—Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler (Harvard University Press, 2016), Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2014) and Wer sind die Moldawier? (“Who are the Moldovans?”, Ibidem, 2008).

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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413-835-0221
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dnoto@umass.edu

BRIDGE2Impacts Luncheon

Tue, Apr 24 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Building Room: 160 West

Rios-Berrios received her B.S. in theoretical physics from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez in 2012 and her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University at Albany in 2017. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her work centers on the physical processes that govern the evolution of high-impact weather, especially tropical cyclones.

Buffet lunch will be served. RSVPs are encouraged: https://tinyurl.com/BRIDGE2Impacts

BRIDGE is supported by a Campus Climate Improvement Grant.

For more information: https://blogs.umass.edu/bridge/

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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bridge@umass.edu

2018 Neurodiversity Symposium

Sat, Apr 21 2018 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: N151 ILC

The 2018 Neurodiversity Symposium, focusing on the theme of "Intersectionality and Spectrum Identities," will feature a keynote talk by John Elder Robison, a Neurodiversity town hall and multiple workshop opportunities for educators, students, parents and members of the community.

Schedule:

Keynote talk and Q&A: John Elder Robison, 10-11:30 in N151 ILC-- Robison is a New York Times best-selling author, advocate and Aspergian.

Breakout sessions (on spectrum identities, student success, oral histories, service animals and expressive arts therapies), 12:30-1:30 in ILC (rooms TBD)

Town Hall Forum (facilitated open mic session; opportunity to share local resources, experiences, and post-symposium reflections), 2-3 p.m. in N151 ILC

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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ciecko@comm.umass.edu

Lecture: Uncovering Insight from Patent Data using Text Mining

Fri, Apr 20 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: 131

In 1790 President George Washington signed a bill launching a framework which over decades evolved into the modern patent system in the United States. Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) receives more than half a million patent applications every year. Significant amount of patent data are available to researchers and can be obtained from various sources such as the official website of the USPTO, Google Patents, Clarivate Analytics, and Orbit Intelligence, to name a few. To a quantitative professional that translates into big data, which can be mined using statistical and machine learning tools. My work relates to mining of patent data to uncover insights that can be valuable to entrepreneurs, inventors, and patent examiners. In this talk, I will provide a background on patenting, and discuss one of my ongoing projects that involves text mining of patents related to cybersecurity. I will discuss how topic modeling and in particular Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) can be used to define a measure for assessing the alignment between the claims of a patent and its specification.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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413-378-0365
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adeliali@umass.edu

Exhibit: 'Impressions on Paper: 20th Century American Printmakers'

Fri, Apr 20 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Building Room: Louis and Hilda Greenbaum Gallery

Opening of Impressions on Paper: 20th Century American Printmakers. This exhibition, curated by art history undergraduates, explores the variety and depth of printed works of art by American artists. 

Stop by to enjoy classic American snack foods and lively conversation.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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