Laurie Agel speaks at a podium
Laurie Agel '18
Marine Sciences & Technology

Software engineer Laurie Agel was looking for a career change in her 40s. Fifteen years later, she has her Ph.D. in marine sciences and technology from UML and is working as a post-doctoral research assistant, studying extreme precipitation and flooding in the Charles and Mystic river basins.

I’ve seen many, many people like me – people doing a second career and coming in from another field. And there’s just so much excitement at UMass Lowell. I don’t really feel like a fish out of water.
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    Researchers Win NSF Grant to Boost Energy Efficiency

    UMass Lowell researchers have teamed up with local organizations in search of effective strategies that will encourage underserved communities to participate in energy efficiency programs.
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    Engineering Alum Works to Protect Boston from Flooding

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    Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Prof. Mathew Barlow led the Storms, Precipitation, Flooding and Groundwater section of a new report that assesses likely climate changes for the Greater Boston area. 
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    Students, Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day with River Cleanup

    UML’s Society of Environmental Scientists teamed up with two local organizations for a cleanup along the riverbank behind LeLacheur Park. Together, they filled more than 30 60-gallon bags with trash.
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    Students, Faculty ‘Spring into Science’

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    The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Asst. Prof. James Heiss a $680,000 faculty early-career development award to understand water and chemical exchanges between groundwater and surface water along the land-sea transition zone.
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    UML Earns ‘Leading by Example’ Award for Decarbonization Efforts

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    Good COP, Bad COP: UML Delegates Reflect on U.N. Climate Summit

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  • An aerial view of the Merrimack River running through the UML campus

    With NSF Award, New Grad Program Focuses on Protecting Water Resources

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    Climate Change Lessons Reach Beyond the Science Classroom

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  • Assoc. Clinical Prof. of Education Sumudu Lewis directs the UTeach program at UMass Lowell

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  • Juliette Rooney-Varga talking to a class

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    Researchers to Study the Impact of Coastal Storms on Beach Aquifers

    Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Asst. Prof. James Heiss and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were awarded a three-year, $784,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how powerful coastal storms affect the fresh water flowing below the ground along the seashore.
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    Asst. Prof. Richard Gaschnig of the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has been awarded a three-year, $222,600 grant by the National Science Foundation to study the chemical exchange that occurs between the ocean crust and the earth’s mantle during a geological process called subduction.
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    Richard Gaschnig received an NSF award from the Petrology and Geochemistry program entitled “Collaborative Research: Tracking novel metal isotope signatures during subduction metamorphism.”
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    The university’s Climate Change Initiative hosted members of the state’s House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change for a roundtable discussion on climate science and policy at which faculty members shared scientific research and expertise to help inform policy decisions.
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    Prof. Daniel Obrist recently led an international group of researchers to conduct a long-term study of the origin of mercury pollution in the Arctic tundra.
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  • Matt Barlow research

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    Assoc. Prof. Mathew Barlow of the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is conducting research to try to understand what causes extreme rainfall events in the Northeast.
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    The second annual Kennedy College of Sciences Block Party at Cumnock Hall gave the school’s new dean, Noureddine Melikechi, a fun and informal way to introduce himself to students, faculty and staff.
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    Readers Hit the Books over Summer

    More than two dozen people from across the campus community share what’s on their summer reading lists. Their responses run the gamut—with authors ranging from the Dalai Lama to Kurt Vonnegut and topics spanning quantum physics to dieting strategies, and everything in between.
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  • Alyssa Soucy receives her statewide honor

    Student Workers Honored for Jobs Well Done

    Environmental science major Alyssa Soucy named Student Employee of the Year — at both the university and state level.
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  • Glaciers are buried under the dry, rocky terrain of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. Photo by David Saul

    UMass Lowell Team Hunts for Cold, Hard Facts in Antarctica

    UMass Lowell professor Kate Swanger and postdoctoral researcher Kelsey Winsor want to learn about past climates, a goal that led them on a six-week study tour of Antarctica, where they researched sediment and glaciers in temperatures as cold as 15 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.
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    Meteorologist Mish Michaels, a former adjunct faculty member in the College of Sciences’ Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences program, returns to campus to share her new children’s book, “Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame.”