1. Articles in category: Life Sciences

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    1. Pioneer Valley educators gather at Westfield State University to prep for STEM week emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math

      Pioneer Valley educators gather at Westfield State University to prep for STEM week emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math

      For Evelyn Humphries, now entering her junior year at Longmeadow High School, playing dress-up as a little girl meant the usual sparkly tiara and frilly tutu. And her mother's lab coat. Humphries, 15, described Tuesday how her desire to become a doctor brought her into the Eureka! Girls Inc. of the Valley program and has seen here already participating in cancer research at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences institute in Springfield.

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    2. People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      A professor at the College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a Google computer science research grant for $145,400 to lead research designed to broaden high school students’ participation in computer science and programming courses, especially among underrepresented populations in the field, such as women and minorities.

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    3. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers startup money for new tech companies

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers startup money for new tech companies

      Life sciences startups in Springfield, Amherst, Pittsfield, Lowell and Worcester can now get as much as $250,000 in early investment money through a new program announced Monday by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center said its new Seed Fund will have $1 million available in its first year.

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    4. UMass, MassBio partner up to get biotech companies needed lab equipment

      UMass, MassBio partner up to get biotech companies needed lab equipment

      The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, known as MassBio, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are partnering on an incubator so that local companies have more and cheaper access to research equipment. "They can use them as they need them, rent them," said Robert K. Coughlin, president and CEO of MassBIO. "This is really putting life sciences in Western Massachusetts on the map."

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    5. Gov. Baker Celebrates Opening of New Physical Sciences Building at UMass Amherst

      Gov. Baker Celebrates Opening of New Physical Sciences Building at UMass Amherst

      On Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker celebrated the opening of the new Physical Sciences Building (PSB) at UMass Amherst, a facility funded by the state that fosters and expands cutting-edge collaborative learning and research at the Commonwealth’s flagship campus. “We were pleased to invest in the new Physical Sciences Building, which will serve as a hub for the natural sciences at UMass Amherst,” Baker said. “The facility’s expansion will help foster new research and career opportunities, which will help support the STEM workforce pipeline here in Massachusetts.”

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    6. UMass Amherst Looks to Be a World Leader in Water-technology Innovation

      UMass Amherst Looks to Be a World Leader in Water-technology Innovation

      When the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center released a study last fall examining potential locations for water-technology demonstration centers in Massachusetts — thus raising the Bay State’s profile and potential in the increasingly critical field of water supply, treatment, and sustainability — UMass Amherst was a natural choice, because it’s been making connections between water research and industry for some time. A host of key stakeholders believe it can become even more so in the decades to come.

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    7. UMass Amherst Engineer Jun Yao Receives Nsf Career Grant to Develop Nanoscale Sensors to Measure Mechanical and Electrical Properties in Cells

      UMass Amherst Engineer Jun Yao Receives Nsf Career Grant to Develop Nanoscale Sensors to Measure Mechanical and Electrical Properties in Cells

      Jun Yao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop nanoscale sensors that can measure both the mechanical and electrical properties of a cell at the same time. The grant is from NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

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    8. EduCare Springfield prepares to open state-of-the-art early childhood center

      EduCare Springfield prepares to open state-of-the-art early childhood center

      Educare Springfield - a $14 million, nationally recognized early childhood center under construction in the Old Hill neighborhood, one of the poorest in the city - will open this fall, serving 141 children and their families who will be selected from the region's Head Start program. The Davis Foundation, an early childhood education advocate, is the lead partner in pushing for the new center, which will be one of 25 Educare centers operating in 15 states - plus one in Washington, D.C. and another in the Winnebago nation - supported by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

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    9. Bay Path University awarded $1.6 million grant for technology programs

      Bay Path University awarded $1.6 million grant for technology programs

      Bay Path University received a $1.58 million grant from the nonprofit Strada Education Network for a three-year project titled “Closing the Gaps: Building Pathways for Adult Women in a Technology-Driven Workforce.” Bay Path said in a news release Tuesday that it will use the money to research and engage with employers and to build up its The American Women’s College program to enroll more adult women. The courses offer cybersecurity and information technology studies.

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    10. Hampshire College Seeks Partner, Grapples with Future

      Hampshire College Seeks Partner, Grapples with Future

      Citing financial strain, Hampshire College on Tuesday outlined its desire to merge with another educational institution. The school is also evaluating whether to admit a freshman class for the fall. The news came in an e-mail from President Miriam Nelson. “I’m announcing today our intent to find a long-term partner that can help us achieve a thriving and sustainable future for Hampshire,” she wrote. “With the guidance and passion of Hampshire’s trustees we’ve begun a process to seek a strategic partnership to address the challenges we’ve faced as an underendowed institution, really from our very first ...

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    11. Creating value in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth

      Creating value in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth

      Governor Charlie Baker often says our economy is firing on all cylinders. Massachusetts currently has more people working than at any time in our history. Businesses continue to relocate, expand, and start up in the Commonwealth. And, we've benefitted from sustained job growth by adding more than 200,000 jobs since 2015.  Nearly every week, we are approached by an advanced manufacturer, a life sciences company, or tech firm who are eager to make Massachusetts their home, and in need of the space and talent to do it. The latter of which we have in abundance.

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    12. American International College Awarded Matching Grant from Alden Trust

      American International College Awarded Matching Grant from Alden Trust

      American International College (AIC) has been awarded a $150,000 matching grant from the George I. Alden Trust in Worcester to be applied to the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences building project. George Alden established the George I. Alden Trust in 1912 for the purpose of maintenance of charitable or philanthropic enterprises, with specific interest in the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions. This grant is the largest ever given to AIC by Alden Trust and offers a unique and inspiring challenge: the funds will be realized only if the college’s alumni match the pledge ...

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    13. Holyoke Community College Opens New Center for Life Sciences

      Holyoke Community College Opens New Center for Life Sciences

      As she walked BusinessWest through one of the brand-new labs in Holyoke Community College’s Center for Life Sciences, Professor Emily Rabinsky said there’s plenty for students to appreciate. “Our old lab space was very outdated and not very conducive to learning,” said Rabinsky, who coordinates the Biotechnology program at HCC. “There were two long bays with a tall shelf in between that made it very difficult for the students to see what the lecturer was referring to, and the equipment was very outdated.” Not so today. “At our recent open house, some students happened to walk by, peeked ...

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    14. American Women’s College at Bay Path Named Among Best Online Colleges

      American Women’s College at Bay Path Named Among Best Online Colleges

      Women have been completing their bachelor’s degrees at rates significantly higher than the national average since the inception of the American Women’s College at Bay Path University in 2013, thanks to its digitally enhanced learning model, SOUL (Social Online Universal Learning). This innovative approach to education has earned it recognition among the 2019 Best Online Colleges in America, as ranked by Niche.com.  “With the American Women’s College’s fully online, accelerated schedule, credit for prior experiences, and generous transfer policy, many students are able to finally obtain an undergraduate degree that may have been in progress ...

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    15. Boston, Springfield land on top 10 list of best cities for STEM professionals

      Boston, Springfield land on top 10 list of best cities for STEM professionals

      Boston and Springfield were among the "Top 10 best metro areas for STEM professionals" in 2018, according to statistics compiled by WalletHub, a personal finance website. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Boston was ranked second and Springfield eighth on the list. Worcester came in at 18th.  "We made another good list," Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said. "Glad to see our educational and workforce development are starting to pay off - this is all about a good four-letter word - jobs!"

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    16. HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55 Center for Life Sciences

      HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55 Center for Life Sciences

      Holyoke Community College officially opened the $4.55 million Center for Life Science Tuesday. The center features a cleanroom training facility, a first for a Massachusetts Community College. A $3.8 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grant and $750,000 from HCC Foundation's Building Healthy Communities Campaign funded the center located in the Marieb Building.

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    17. HCC Center for Life Sciences Hosting Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Today

      HCC Center for Life Sciences Hosting Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Today

      Holyoke Community College is hosting a grand-opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the 13,000-square-foot, $4.55 million Center for Life Sciences today, Oct. 24. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and state Secretary of Education James Peyser will be the featured speakers at the event, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Life Sciences, located on the lower level of HCC’s Marieb Building. The facility features a suite of biotechnology labs and classrooms and what is believed to be the only ISO-certified cleanroom at any Massachusetts community college and one of very few ...

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    18. UMass Amherst Selected as National Innovation Corps Site | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Selected as National Innovation Corps Site | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The National Science Foundation has announced that it has selected the University of Massachusetts Amherst to be one of its national network of Innovation Corps Sites (I-Corps).  Kenneth Carter, professor of polymer science and engineering and a faculty inventor, leads the site as its principal investigator. He says, “This is tremendous news for our students in STEM fields, their faculty advisors, industry partners and our alumni who want to give back to the campus through mentoring and other support. We are extremely excited about it.”

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    19. AIC to Celebrate Grand Opening of Colaccino Center for Health Sciences

      AIC to Celebrate Grand Opening of Colaccino Center for Health Sciences

      American International College (AIC) announced the grand opening of the new Colaccino Center for Health Sciences will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Dignitaries scheduled to attend include U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, state Sens. Eric Lesser and James Welch, and Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos. Located at 1020 State St., the newly built center offers spacious classrooms and hands-on labs for undergraduate and graduate students in exercise science, nursing, physical therapy, public health, and occupational therapy. The 20,000-square-foot facility provides AIC students with simulation, rehabilitation, and human performance ...

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    20. UMass Amherst Launches New Biomedical Engineering Department

      UMass Amherst Launches New Biomedical Engineering Department

      The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst has established a new department of Biomedical Engineering, which will offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is the fifth department within the college. Biomedical engineering (BME) integrates engineering science, biology, and medicine into a cross-disciplinary field focused on improving human health and solving problems in the delivery of healthcare. Its key principle is that, by looking at the human body through the lens of engineering, one can apply the concepts of design, optimization, and programming to complex biological systems in order to detect, repair, and treat disease and to create ...

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    21. HCC to Hold Grand Opening for Center for Life Sciences on Oct. 24

      HCC to Hold Grand Opening for Center for Life Sciences on Oct. 24

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser will be the featured speakers at a ribbon cutting and grand-opening celebration for the new $4.55 million Center for Life Sciences at Holyoke Community College (HCC) on Wednesday, Oct. 24, during Mass STEM Week.  The celebration will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Life Sciences, located on the lower level of HCC’s Marieb Building. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend. The 13,000-square-foot facility features a suite of biotechnology labs and classrooms and what is ...

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    22. UMass professor receives grant to educate Springfield community college students

      UMass professor receives grant to educate Springfield community college students

      An educator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a grant that she will use to help local community college students gain experience conducting scientific research.  Trisha L. Andrew, an associate professor of chemistry at UMass, has been given a $2,500 L'Oreal USA Changing the Face of STEM grant. Andrew, whose lab specializes in wearable technology and textile electronics, will train ten students from the Springfield Technical Community College as interns in a program to create garment-integrated sensors. The students will be provided with a stipend for their work with the program.

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    23. Holyoke STEM Academy awarded $175,000 state grant; open house Thursday

      Holyoke STEM Academy awarded $175,000 state grant; open house Thursday

      The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded the Holyoke STEM Academy a $175,000 21st Century Learning Center grant. The recently opened academy caters to middle school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.  The academy shares space with the newly named Holyoke High School Dean Campus, formerly the William J. Dean Technical High School. It will host an open house Thursday. The federally funded grants support out-of-school learning and programs, aids in closing proficiency/opportunity gaps, bolster student engagement, promote social and emotional learning, and strengthen career and college readiness, according to the state.

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