1. Articles in category: Life Sciences

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    1. MCLA to Receive $1.9 Million in ARP Funding to Distribute to Students

      MCLA to Receive $1.9 Million in ARP Funding to Distribute to Students

      MCLA will receive $1.9 million to distribute directly to enrolled students from Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) that are part of the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP). One of the largest investments ever made in American higher education, ARP allocates $40 billion to colleges in order to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A third round of pandemic relief for higher-education institutions, the ARP funds are more than double the first two COVID recovery packages combined. HEERF funding, which exists under the umbrella of ARP, is meant specifically for students.

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    2. Aviation STEM Program Available to Holyoke Students

      Aviation STEM Program Available to Holyoke Students

      Vet Air, Northampton Airport Wright Flight, Holyoke Public Schools, and the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club have partnered to bring the world of aviation to Holyoke Public Schools students. The Northampton Airport Wright Flight (Holyoke) program is currently accepting applications from Holyoke students in grades 7 and 8 to participate in the fall Wright Flight Program. Wright Flight introduces students to the world of aviation through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Program organizers believe that exposing students to the world of aviation will greatly impact their future and expose them to career opportunities not typically discussed in their everyday lives.

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    3. UMass ADVANCE Announces Mutual Mentoring Grant Recipients

      UMass ADVANCE Announces Mutual Mentoring Grant Recipients

      UMass ADVANCE is pleased to announce the selection of four new teams for mutual mentoring grants, which support UMass faculty who come together to build inclusive communities over the 2021-22 year. UMass ADVANCE mutual mentoring groups are funded up to $6,000 a year.  Priority mentoring areas for these competitive grants include projects aimed at helping faculty build inclusive mentoring communities, engage in collaborative research teams and participate in shared decision-making. ADVANCE evaluated proposals in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, which also offers a mutual mentoring grant program.

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    4. MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

      MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

      Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which recently announced a slate of $1.7 million in grants for the state’s public colleges. These grants fund initiatives that help colleges work toward racial equity in Massachusetts public higher education.

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    5. National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Western New England University (WNEU) $649,111 for a five-year grant to offer scholarships to students. The target populations are students who are high achievers in high school whose family demonstrates they will benefit from financial aid. The grant will create a community-outreach program to increase the number of high-school and middle-school students entering and succeeding in STEM fields.

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    6. UMass Amherst Researchers Develop Technique to Replicate Bone Remodeling Processes

      UMass Amherst Researchers Develop Technique to Replicate Bone Remodeling Processes

      A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) have developed a technique to replicate bone tissue complexity and bone remodeling processes. This breakthrough could help researchers further their study of bone biology and assist in improving development of drugs for osteoporosis.

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    7. STCC Announces Events for Massachusetts STEM Week

      STCC Announces Events for Massachusetts STEM Week

      To celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week, Oct. 19-23, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) announced a week-long series of events. STEM Week 2020 is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s nine regional STEM networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and employment opportunities. The theme for the third annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM,” with a particular focus on the power of mentoring.

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    8. The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst

      The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst

      In mid-March, when much of the U.S. was starting to hunker down, Peter Reinhart had a feeling he wouldn’t be — and neither would many of the people he works with. “We didn’t want to be sitting at home watching this pandemic unfold without doing something,” said Reinhart, director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, a facility launched in 2013 with the goal of accelerating life-science research and advancing collaboration with industry to shorten the gap between scientific innovation and technological advancement.

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    9. Mass Life Sciences Awards $2 Million in Capital Funds to IALS Research

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) this week announced an award of $2 million in capital grants to be shared by four of the campus’s Core Facilities managed by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). The funds are for the purchase of hardware and software, analytical and other equipment, as well as research supplies and reagents.

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    10. Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst Joins Digital Health Sandbox Network

      Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst Joins Digital Health Sandbox Network

      The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) selected six new healthcare research and development (R&D) hubs to join the Digital Health Sandbox Network, including UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). The Sandbox Network program connects digital-health startups to cutting-edge R&D facilities in the Commonwealth and allows Massachusetts startups to apply for funding to test their innovations at one of the networks’ labs, now including IALS. Sandbox R&D facilities provide a range of services supporting validation and testing for digital health companies throughout their life cycles.

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    11. UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences Joins Massachusetts Digital Health R&D Sandbox Program

      UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences Joins Massachusetts Digital Health R&D Sandbox Program

      The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) has selected six new healthcare research and development (R&D) hubs to join the Digital Health Sandbox Network including the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), the state program announced this week. The Sandbox Program connects digital health startups to cutting-edge R&D facilities in the Commonwealth and allows Massachusetts startups to apply for funding to test their innovations at one of the networks’ labs, now including IALS. Sandbox R&D facilities provide a range of services supporting validation and testing for digital health companies throughout their life ...

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    12. STCC Names Darcey Kemp Vice President of Student Affairs

      STCC Names Darcey Kemp Vice President of Student Affairs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) has named a higher-education administrator from New York as vice president of Student Affairs. Darcey Kemp began her new post on April 27. She had served as the assistant vice president for Student Development, Leadership, and Completion Initiatives at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. since 2015. In her leadership role, Kemp will oversee the division at STCC charged with providing support that extends the classroom experience, including student governance and clubs, athletics, tutoring, advising, and student health and wellness.

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    13. UMass Amherst Engineer Sarah Perry Gets Nsf Career Grant To Stabilize Proteins to Increase Access to Vaccines

      UMass Amherst Engineer Sarah Perry Gets Nsf Career Grant To Stabilize Proteins to Increase Access to Vaccines

      Sarah Perry, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is studying a new approach to protein stabilization based on how cells work at body temperature. The research is aimed at boosting the accessibility of vaccines and other therapeutics, especially in developing countries, and extending the reach of temperature-stable proteins to sensing and catalysis applications. The research is funded with a five-year, $657,920 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Perry’s Research Group is based at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst.

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    14. Isenberg Ranks First for MBA Online Education in U.S. for Fourth Straight Year

      Isenberg Ranks First for MBA Online Education in U.S. for Fourth Straight Year

      For the fourth year in a row, the online MBA offered by the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst topped the rankings of U.S. programs — and came out number three in the world — in the Financial Times survey. Isenberg has offered an AACSB-accredited MBA degree program entirely online since 2001, making it one of the most well-established and robust online degrees in the country. Currently, more than 1,100 students are enrolled in the program.

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    15. Core Facilities at UMass-Amherst takes giant step for research

      Core Facilities at UMass-Amherst takes giant step for research

      Walking through the corridors of the University of Massachusetts Institute for Applied Life Sciences is like a journey through time travel. The present blends into the future. This ship’s captain is proud of not only what the institute’s ultra-modern systems can offer business or government services, but about the ongoing discovery by potential partners that it’s there.

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    16. Colleges, Organizations Strive to Advance Women in STEM - BusinessWest

      Colleges, Organizations Strive to Advance Women in STEM - BusinessWest

      Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs have historically been labeled careers for men. Those stereotypes, along with unfair treatment of women in STEM, have dissuaded many from beginning or furthering such careers. Luckily, women in STEM are becoming less of an exception, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of many colleges and organizations, women now have more resources than ever to follow their STEM dreams.

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    17. UMass Amherst Announces Six Winners of Inaugural Manning/IALS Seed Grants

      UMass Amherst Announces Six Winners of Inaugural Manning/IALS Seed Grants

      Peter Reinhart, director of the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, announced that six campus research teams have been named recipients of the first Manning/IALS Seed Grants. The awards will support next steps in their research, such as proof-of-concept studies, business development, and fundamental research into new products, technologies, and services to benefit human health and well-being. Earlier this year, alumnus Paul Manning and his wife, Diane, committed $1 million through their family foundation to establish the Manning Innovation Program, which provides three years of support in advancing a robust and sustainable pipeline of applied and ...

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    18. UMass Amherst Startup a Winner in Massachusetts Tech Transfer Contest

      UMass Amherst Startup a Winner in Massachusetts Tech Transfer Contest

      Ernest Pharmaceuticals, a startup venture based at UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), is one of four companies to win $2,500 from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) in a business-pitch poster competition in Boston. This recognizes the groundbreaking young biotech firm as it brings its research on programmed bacteria that deliver anti-cancer treatment to tumors from lab to market. Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel presented the poster at MTTC’s 12th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day; the company was one among 30 vying for four prizes. She said she and co-founder ...

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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