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February 2021

Eco-grief and climate anxiety: managing the crisis

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

We usually focus on the physical impacts of climate change, but ecological disruption is also taking a huge emotional toll. This talk explores the mental health dimensions of climate disruption, and offers strategies for navigating the diverse emotions we feel in response to this crisis: anxiety, grief, guilt, fear, apathy, hope and more. Jennifer Atkinson is an Associate Professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington and host of "Facing It," a podcast exploring the emotional toll of climate disruption. She also…

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March 2021

Environmental Racism: Recognizing Its Impact and Environmental Justice Groups Creating Change

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

This lecture will provide an overview of environmental health and environmental racism with a discussion on the impacts of redlining in Boston as well as an introduction to Pennsylvania based community organization, “Philly Thrive”, and their path towards environmental justice in Philadelphia. Dr. Sheila Tripathy is a Research Fellow at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the Healthy Cities Lab and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center Community Engagement Core (CEC). Her work focuses on collaborating…

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Are We Alone? Searching Exoplanet Atmospheres for Clues

March 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Since the first discovery of an exoplanet in the early nineties, thousands of others have been discovered.  We will look at the methods and space-based and terrestrial platforms used to detect exoplanets.  A real surprise has been that we can make measurements on their atmospheres, which allows an opportunity to look for the biosignatures of life. Robert Gamache, a professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, has been an active researcher during his almost 43 years at UMass Lowell. He has published…

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Leading by Example in State Government: Putting Climate Policy into Action

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join this session to hear how the Massachusetts Leading by Example Program and all of state government are working to help the Commonwealth meet aggressive and far-reaching emissions reduction goals. Learn how state agencies and college campuses are moving forward on building efficiency, renewable energy, and long-term decarbonization planning, while also get an understanding of some of the key challenges facing large institutions as we try to move toward a post-fossil fuel world. Eric Friedman is the Director of the…

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Climate Change as Moral Priority: The Green Patriarch

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Coastal Wetlands in a Changing World: The Future of Salt Marsh Ecosystems

March 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Coastal salt marshes are highly productive systems that provide numerous ecosystems services but are increasingly threatened by climate change and land use change. The fate of tidal wetlands is controlled by geomorphic feedbacks between sea-level rise, plant productivity, organic matter respiration, and sediment availability that together determine rates of mineral and organic matter accretion and, ultimately, whether these systems persist. In this talk, I will present on-going research at the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER assessing consequences of how increased marsh…

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April 2021

Someone in Texas didn’t water their backyard & caused a drought in New England?

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Land surface moisture plays a crucial role in precipitation patterns across the globe. Evapotranspiration (the combination of ground evaporation, canopy evaporation, and transpiration) from the land surface can influence precipitation through local recycling and the propagation of moisture to downwind regions. This talk will provide an overview of how the North American land surface modulates precipitation. The connection between land surface moisture and drought episodes are also examined for different regions of North America. Tyler Harrington is a graduate student…

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End of History: Climate change, security, and political inaction

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

Climate change is increasingly recognized as one of, if not the, paramount challenging confronting humanity. Despite this reality, policy action in the United States and globally has been inadequate. This lecture explores the problem from the standpoint of political logics. Using a sense making approach, the lecture addresses two alternative logics of action--security and sustainable development. Jarrod Hayes is an associate professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science. Before coming to UML he was a tenured associate…

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May 2021

Free Art and Science Training Application Deadline

May 19

Are you or someone you know looking for ways to combine art and science to engage youth? Now’s your chance to become a Cool Science Mentor! Our online workshop is for adults who work with at least ten K-12 youth in Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, Kansas, or Missouri. We provide the art materials and supplies. You get to learn from home. Win-win! Each workshop series consists of three online sessions. You can choose to attend one of the two options…

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July 2021

K-12 Climate Change Professional Development

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 3:00 pm
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