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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

New England Science Boot Camp 2017

Main website for information about the 2017 New England Science Boot Camp.

Boot Camp Schedule

Final schedule is now available!

Wed AM Tours ~ 1 hr each

Morrill Greenhouses

Primarily devoted to teaching, housing over 680 genera comprising more than 225 families. Many basal and primitive species, as well as representatives of carnivorous plants, succulents, orchids, ferns, non-vascular plants.  Greenhouse manager Chris Phillips will also tell us about the collection database being developed.

Morril GH photo

Digital Media Lab @ the Du Bois Library

The Digital Media Lab is a multimedia and 3D print production space designed to support students working on video, audio, animation and 3D modeling.

 DML hdr 3DObject

Explore Digital Life, a project that combines technology and science in their mission to "preserve the heritage of life on Earth through creating and sharing high-quality and accurate 3D models of living organisms."

Wednesday, June 14

TBD Dorm Check-in at North Residential Area - North D
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Boot Camp Check-in at Science & Engineering Library
9:30 - 10:30 am Tour Opportunity: either Morrill Greenhouses OR Digital Media Lab
10:45-11:45 am    Tour Opportunity: either Morrill Greenhouses OR Digital Media Lab
11:00 am - 12:45 pm Lunch - Franklin Dining Commons
1:00 - 1:15 pm   Welcome - Dean of Libraries, Simon Neame
1:15 - 4:00 pm

SESSION 1: Mathematics & Statistics

Overview - Adena Calden
UMass Amherst

Research - Julie Blackwood
Williams College
4:00-4:30 pm   Announcements & Logistics
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner - Franklin Dining Commons
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Evening Talk

UMass Dining Services Sustainability Programs

Britt Florio
Senior Sustainability Director, UMass Auxiliary Enterprises


Thursday, June 15

7:00 - 8:45 am    Breakfast - Franklin Dining Commons
8:00 - 9:00 am Thursday-only attendee Check-in at Science & Engineering Library
9:00 - 9:15 am Announcements & Logistics
9:15 - Noon

SESSION 2: Geosciences

Overview - Isla Castañeda
UMass Amherst

Research - Jon Woodruff
UMass Amherst

Noon - 1:15 pm Lunch - Franklin Dining Commons
1:30 - 4:15 pm

SESSION 3: Biomedical Research

Overview - Wilmore Webley
UMass Amherst

Research - Michele Markstein
UMass Amherst

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Buffet Dinner - Amherst Room in Campus Center 

The Amherst Room is on the 10th floor, so we will have a nice view of campus.

There will be a cash bar available from 4:30-7:30. 

7:30 - 11:00 pm

Fun & Games - Science & Engineering Library

Inspired by our Finals Fun activities at the UMass Amherst Libraries, we will have a variety of creative outlets available: button makers, Lego-like blocks, crayons & coloring pages, origami, jigsaw puzzles, and board games.

Feel free to bring a favorite game to share.

8:00 - 10:00 pm

Dessert Buffet - Science & Engineering Library

Petite desserts, fruit salad, hot beverages & water to keep us fueled for fun!

Friday, June 16

7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast - Franklin Dining Commons
9:00 am - Noon


"A Week in the Life of a Scholarly Communications Office"

Marilyn Billings, Erin Jerome, Laura Quilter, Jeremy Smith
UMass Amherst
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch - Franklin Dining Commons
Noon - 2:00 pm Dorm check-out
1:30 pm Meet for Beneski Museum tour
2:00 - 4:00 pm Beneski Museum of Natural History “Bones and Stones" Tour

Friday Afternoon Activity!

We have lined up a guided tour of the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College for Friday afternoon. The tour begins at 2:00pm. We can meet in the dorm parking lot to carpool at 1:30pm. At the Museum, we will need to park in the O'Connell Lot (see map below).

Beneski Museum “Bones and Stones" Tour

Join Beneski Museum Staff for a walk through the Beneski Museum of Natural History, which houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and from around the world since 1825. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Following the formal tour participants will have time to explore the collection independently. Bring your cameras.