1. Articles in category: Life Sciences

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields

      UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to implement new diversity and equity policies.  The large grant comes from the National Science Foundation, whose ADVANCE project seeks to fund inclusive policies that encourage larger amounts of women and minorities to join the scientific fields and industries.

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    18. Life Sciences Center at Holyoke Community College aims to develop biotech workforce

      Life Sciences Center at Holyoke Community College aims to develop biotech workforce

      Holyoke Community College's new $4.55 million Center for Life Sciences will feature a cleanroom training facility, a first for Massachusetts two-year institutions. The 13,000-square-foot Center for Life Sciences, part of the Marieb Building, is set to open Sept. 4. The college plans to use the center for courses in biotechnology, genetics and microbiology, in keeping with the growing demand for biotech workers. The project was funded through a $3.8 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grant and $750,000 from the HCC Foundation's Building Healthy Communities Campaign.

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    19. South Hadley High's culinary arts program receives state certification

      South Hadley High's culinary arts program receives state certification

      South Hadley High School's culinary arts program has received state Chapter 70 vocational certification, according to Superintendent Nicholas Young. The district continues to introduce vocational offerings and improve the educational experience for all grades, Young said. The high school also added a carpentry component in recent years, which is awaiting state certification. Young described the culinary arts certification as the state's "gold seal" for curriculum, letting students pursue a career or academic tracks in the discipline. "It allows our graduates to be more employable and be more prepared for post-secondary education," he said.

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    20. 'We want to be the Harry Potter of STEM education': Springfield Technical Community...

      'We want to be the Harry Potter of STEM education': Springfield Technical Community...

      With thousands of science, technology, engineering and math-related jobs going unfilled across New England and the country, Springfield Technical Community College plans to use a new federal grant to enhance K-12 STEM education and encourage more students to enter such fields.  The $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the college, in partnership with Smith College, to launch a four-year project with Springfield Public Schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year that takes an "imaginative education" approach to bringing engineering into classrooms.

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    21. Investment in the life sciences sector is critical to Massachusetts' future (Viewpoint)

      Investment in the life sciences sector is critical to Massachusetts' future (Viewpoint)

      Ten years ago, Massachusetts took a risk. With a 10-year, $1 billion initiative proposed by then-Gov. Deval Patrick, we chose to breathe life into a budding biotech and life sciences sector with the bold hope that funding new research would transform our state's economy. That investment has paid off. Students at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, Springfield High School of Science and Technology -- and 146 other middle and high schools in the state -- have brand-new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) equipment in their classrooms because of that investment.

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    22. New Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Named at American International College

      New Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Named at American International College

      Effective July 30, 2018, Mika Nash, Ed.D. will join American International College (AIC) as the executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Nash comes to AIC from Champlain College in Vermont where she served as the dean of Continuing Professional Studies. Dr. Nash has more than 20 years of experience in the field of higher education with the majority of her career spent in senior leadership. In her most recent role, Nash was tasked with the development and administration of all academic and operational responsibilities associated with running the Continuing Professional Studies academic unit with management oversight for all ...

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    23. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project

      Westfield State University is among the Massachusetts public higher education institutions set to benefit from nearly $4 billion in state investments, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.  The governor and other Massachusetts officials touted the $3.9 billion bond package, which includes funding to help address statewide capital needs, during an afternoon ceremonial bill signing at the Westfield campus. They noted that the legislation, among other things, will provide state colleges and universities a total of $950 million for capital projects over five years, including $190 million in Fiscal Year 2019 alone.

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