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McLaughlin Keynotes Undergraduate Research Conference

Associate Dean David J. McLaughlin, the director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), was the keynote speaker at the statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, held April 23 on campus. His topic was “Chasing Interdisciplinarity While Chasing Tornadoes.” While describing in dramatic fashion the deployment and functions of the CASA Distributed Collaborative Adaptive Sensing test bed in Oklahoma, Mclaughlin addressed “the challenges, the pleasures, and the opportunities inherent in a cross-discipliary, systems-level, research environment.”   

Now in its 16th year, the Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference took place in the Lincoln Campus Center, where more than 600 undergraduates from across the state’s public higher education system presented the results of their original work in oral and poster presentations. The program also kicked off a weekend celebration of the 10th anniversary of Commonwealth Honors College, the sponsor of the conference. The annual conference is an opportunity for students, including talented UMass Amherst students, to share their work related to thesis research, visual and performing arts, independent study, community service, and study abroad to their peers, faculty, and the public. (April 2010)