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iCons is frequently in the news. Here you can view news highlights from our program, press clips from media coverage, upcoming iCons events, and musings in our blog.

News Highlights

iCons Workshop: Future of aquaculture and its impact on food and energy source

Justin Fermann and  Krish Thaigarajan Sharman prompting students to discuss issues in aquacultu

With the human population growing at a steep incline, scientists are putting energy towards developing new ways of maximizing food production for this increasing population. University of Massachusetts Professor and Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy Krish Thaigarajan Sharman presented this issue to the iCons Fall Workshop on October 29th, 2018, focusing on the future of aquaculture and its impact on food and energy sources. And despite the large scale and complexity of these issues, the UMass students provided innovative solutions.

Fresh Voice Enhances Multidisciplinary Teaching

Christiane Healey, UMass Biology, Mahoney iCons Teaching Award Recipient

Christiane Healey, biology, is the first recipient of the newly established Mahoney Teaching Award for the UMass iCons Program, made possible by a gift from the Mahoney family. The award brings in new faculty members who haven’t yet taught in the iCons Program, relying on student nominations to bring great candidates forward.   Read More

iCons Faculty Selected as 2018-19 Sustainability Curriculum Fellow

Jared Starr

UMass iCons Faculty, Jared Starr, was named a 2018-19 UMass Sustainability Curriculum Fellow.  Fellows will meet once a month during the academic year to share knowledge and learn about available resources on campus related to sustainability. They will offer feedback to each other on integrating sustainability into lesson plans.  Jared's primary interest in applying was to meet more faculty on campus that work on sustainability research in order to connect a  broader network of faculty collaborators to iCons 1 students working on case studies that align with faculty interests.

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iCons Blog

Decoupage and Pizza: What a combo!

iCons does Decoupage

Tuesday 3/21, iCons students proved there is no craft they can't tackle.  Check Decoupage off the list.  Students and faculty (Ally Hunter) gathered in ISB 145 armed with nothing more than scissors, craft paper, e6000 apoxy, mod podge, and some creativity.  Some beautiful work was created and some fun had.  At the end of the time, the pizza box was empty and many were peeling the glue off of their fingers with a look of accomplishment on their faces.  A small break from the stresses of academic life.  

Come join us next time if you can make it :)

Beyond the Classroom—iCons Fall Integrative Experiences

Ceramics Coffee Hour

The iCons Community joins together for many events outside the classroom.  Here are a few from last semester!

Faculty Profile: i2 Instructor Stephanie Purington

Stephanie Purington

Meet Stephanie Purington, iCons 2 Instructor!