40 Under Forty Nominations Open

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nominations are now open for Berkshire Community College's announces the annual 40 Under Forty awards celebration. 
 
40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a deep dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.
 
"40 Under Forty recognizes leadership, innovation, commitment and accomplishment. We are fortunate that this generation is having an impact on our collective quality of life," said Berkshire Community College (BCC) President Ellen Kennedy. "Please take a few minutes to identify individuals who are making a difference in the Berkshires."
 
The event is presented by BCC Foundation, the Berkshire Eagle, and 1Berkshire.
 
Nominees for 40 Under Forty must be 39 years old or younger as of Sept. 30, 2022 and must work in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Nominations can be submitted by anyone who knows of a potential nominee. A panel of judges reviews the nominations and score them according to four criteria:
  • Career path — How fast has the individual risen? How is his or her rising career path unique or unusual?
  • Commitment to the community — Does the individual volunteer? In what capacity?
  • Outside recognition — Has this individual been recognized by any industry or community groups?
  • Overall nomination — Is the nomination complete? Is it thorough and thoughtful?
"40 Under Forty recognizes leadership, innovation, commitment and accomplishment. We are fortunate that this generation is having an impact on our collective quality of life," said BCC President Ellen Kennedy. "Please take a few minutes to identify individuals who are making a difference in the Berkshires."
 
To submit a nomination by March 1, 2022, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/40under40. Awards will be presented at a special ceremony in the fall.
 
For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at (413) 236-2185 or 40under40@berkshirecc.edu.
 
 
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BEAT: Conserving Flowers and their Pollinators

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joan Edwards will speak at the May Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM and give a slideshow presentation about the rapidly decreasing biodiversity that is taking place globally, known as the sixth extinction. 
 
She will specifically focus on flowers and their insect visitors. 
 
This sixth extinction is primarily driven by human actions, from habitat loss to climate change. The impacts of biodiversity loss are far-reaching, resulting in biological communities that are less resilient and with diminished ecosystems services. As part of the discussion, Joan will explore the impact of biodiversity loss in the pollinator-flower world and examine how the surprising dynamics of flower-pollinator networks can help to conserve both flowers and their pollinators.
 
Joan Edwards is a botanist interested in understanding the biomechanics and adaptive significance of ultra-fast plant movements—plant actions that are so quick they occur in milliseconds. Using high-speed video (up to 100,000 fps), she studies the evolutionary significance and biomechanics of fast movements, including the trebuchet catapults of bunchberry dogwood, the vortex rings of Sphagnum moss, the splash cups of liverworts, and the "poppers" of wood sorrel. Her early fieldwork was on the impact of moose on plants in the boreal forests of Isle Royale National Park. 
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