1. Articles in category: Life Sciences

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    1. 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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    2. '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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. UMass Amherst Receives $1 Million to Enhance STEM Learning, Inclusive Excellence

      UMass Amherst Receives $1 Million to Enhance STEM Learning, Inclusive Excellence

      The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. CNS researchers say the UMass Inclusive Excellence program in CNS will enhance the learning experience for life science students by transforming the learning environment and developing students professionally during their undergraduate years, with a focus particularly on the critical time period of entry into an undergraduate major and on sustained reinforcement of inclusive, high-impact teaching practices in later semesters.

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    7. Gov. Charlie Baker signs $623 million life sciences bill

      Gov. Charlie Baker signs $623 million life sciences bill

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed into law a $623 million life sciences bill. The bill authorizes the state to borrow and spend up to $473 million over five years and provide tax credits of up to $150 million. "This bill demonstrates the Legislature's commitment to economic development and workforce training by providing the tools and resources to allow for the continued investment in our people, our infrastructure, and our Massachusetts-based companies," said Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, House chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, in a statement.

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    8. UMass Amherst Lauds $47 Million in Capital Authorization For New Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing Initiative

      UMass Amherst Lauds $47 Million in Capital Authorization For New Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing Initiative

      Legislation signed today by Governor Charlie Baker will provide nearly $463 million in capital and reauthorize a tax incentive program to continue to grow Massachusetts’ life sciences industry. Included in the capital authorizations is $47 million for UMass Amherst to build and equip a Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing (BPM) research and training facility. “This legislation will greatly benefit the Massachusetts economy and provide exciting new opportunities for our students to prepare for successful careers in the life sciences,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This is yet another aspect of partnership with the state to position the Commonwealth and ...

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    9. Life sciences bill envisions $445 million commitment

      Life sciences bill envisions $445 million commitment

      A legislative committee is preparing to release a $445 million life sciences bond bill. "This bill will provide the state with the tools to deploy capital investments in cutting edge equipment and infrastructure, promote innovative research and development, and strengthen existing resources and regional assets through workforce development and strategic partnerships," state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, said in a statement. "This bill will unlock federal monies and private investments as Massachusetts continues (to) maintain its economic competitiveness on the global level in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, and ...

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    10. Massachusetts Is Fertile Ground for Biotechnology Careers

      Massachusetts Is Fertile Ground for Biotechnology Careers

      For college students — or career changers — seeking a career path with plenty of opportunity close to home, biotechnology in Massachusetts is certainly enjoying an enviable wave. For example, drug research and development — one key field in the broad world of biotech — has been surging in Massachusetts for well over a decade, and isn’t slowing down, according to the annual report released in November by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, or MassBio. According to that report, Massachusetts has more jobs classified as biotechnology R&D than any other state (see table below), with 34,366 currently employed — a 40% increase since ...

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    11. Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into...

      Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into...

      At a time when biotechnology jobs are hitting an all-time high in Massachusetts, Springfield Technical Community College has begun offering one of the few degree-granting programs in Western Massachusetts that can train students for careers in the booming industry. To raise awareness about the program, STCC on Monday hosted a Biotechnology Career Exploration Luncheon for students and a tour of STCC's biotech labs. The career exploration event featured insights about the STCC program and biotech industry from current students, alumni, and employer and four-year college representatives.

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    12. HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      As construction nears completion on Holyoke Community College’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality center in downtown Holyoke, two major building projects on the college’s Homestead Avenue campus have just begun. Construction has started on the new HCC Center for Life Sciences, which will occupy about 7,500 square feet on the first floor of the Marieb Building. The $4.5 million project, funded in part by a $3.8 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, involves the creation of two state-of-the-art labs dedicated to biotechnology, genetics, and microbiology, as well as lab-prep areas, storage, and classroom ...

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    13. UMass Amherst Awarded $842,571 National Science Foundation Grant Aimed at Improving Undergraduate Education

      UMass Amherst Awarded $842,571 National Science Foundation Grant Aimed at Improving Undergraduate Education

      The five-year collaborative project includes the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Kansas and Michigan State University. UMass Amherst’s share of the grant is $842,571, says Gabriela Weaver, vice provost for faculty development and director of the campus’s Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development. “Universities have long relied on student surveys as the sole means of evaluating teaching. That approach has hindered the adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, which emphasize student learning as the central outcome of instruction,” says Weaver, the lead investigator at UMass Amherst who will also oversee the project as a whole. “These ...

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    14. Springfield College Athletic Training Program Earns Accreditation

      Springfield College Athletic Training Program Earns Accreditation

      The Springfield College Athletic Training Program has been granted 10 years of continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Springfield College Athletic Training Class of 2017 earned a 100% first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Accreditation by CAATE is focused on student and program outcomes, including board of certification exam first-time passing rates and student placement in graduate-level programs. Accreditation is important because, in order to be eligible to sit for the board of certification exam for athletic training, a student must graduate from an accredited athletic-training education program.

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    15. UMass Awards $735,000 in Science and Technology Grants

      Three UMass Amherst campus research initiatives are among nine projects across the five-campus system that are sharing $735,000 in grants from the President’s Science & Technology (S&T) Initiatives Fund. Announced by UMass President Marty Meehan, the projects showcase a range of cutting-edge faculty research being conducted across the UMass system, from enhancing clean-energy technologies to developing materials that can autonomously release drugs and precisely target tumors.

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    16. New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      John McDonald hit the pause button ever so briefly in his conversation with BusinessWest and went to the window. He then scanned the parking lot for his pick-up truck, found it, and gestured toward it. “There … that was our other lab space — my truck,” said McDonald, an assistant professor in the Environmental Science Department at Westfield State University. “Occasionally, we’d have field labs, such as animal necropsies, and we’d have to do those on the back of the truck, parked next to Route 20. We had zero functional lab space.” The window he pointed from is one of ...

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    17. Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Steven G. Richter, founder of MicroTest Laboratories in Agawam, reminded the audience of that fact Friday during the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the $48 million Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center at Westfield State University. He did so because students and researchers in the Stevens Center, working with modern genetic science, have the potential to treat or cure breast cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases. "This isn't just about bricks and mortar," Richter said. "This is about students' lives. This is about the health care system."

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    18. Center for Data Science to Host Research Symposium

      Center for Data Science to Host Research Symposium

      Andrew K. McCallum, director of the center and professor of computer science, says this year’s symposium will showcase the center’s growing portfolio of industry-sponsored data science research and examine technical trends and future opportunities. “We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s symposium, which reinforced and validated the importance of public-private collaborations. This year, we’ll bring together top data science research talent in industry, academia and government to share successes, identify new research frontiers and launch transformational new partnerships.”

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    19. Springfield College event to feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick...

      Springfield College event to feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick...

      Springfield College will host its annual social sciences lecture on March 30, featuring former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland as the keynote speaker. Ireland served as a judge for 37 years, and in 1997, was the first African American to be appointed to the state Supreme Judicial Court, eventually becoming the first African American Chief Justice before he retired in 2014. The Springfield native's address will focus on his career and his experience working in various levels of the judicial system including his time working in Boston's Juvenile Court.

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    20. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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    21. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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    22. STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      The No. 1 challenge Massachusetts employers face is their need for skilled employees. On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with leaders from local government, education and industry to recruit more of those employers to host high school and college interns in the STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- fields. She also announced that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will now host interns. "Today's discussion is really about talent," said David Cruise, president of the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. "Talent is the differentiator."

       
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    23. STCC receives millions in funding for Hispanic and low-income STEM students

      STCC receives millions in funding for Hispanic and low-income STEM students

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, joined STCC President John Cook and other administrators in Schibeli Hall Wednesday to announce that the school had received a five-year grant to provide support, resources and services to students in STEM majors. Neal commended Cook and the leadership at STCC for their efforts to provide students the training they need to enter the future workforce

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    24. UMass celebrates opening of $150M life science research center

      UMass celebrates opening of $150M life science research center

      Since the Institute for Applied Life Sciences was established in 2014, it has brought in $20 million in research grants, enlisted 31 project partners and created five startup companies — all before the building's formal opening. University of Massachusetts Amherst officials celebrated the opening of the institute's $150 million research facilities Friday with speeches, a formal ribbon cutting, talks, tours and panel discussions. Among the hundreds who attended were UMass faculty and students, state officials and Five College faculty.

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