1. Articles in category: Life Sciences

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Robotics, iPads, museum trip funded by $11,000 grant from Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

      Robotics, iPads, museum trip funded by $11,000 grant from Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

      Robotics, iPads and a trip to a science museum were among ways teachers used $11,000 in grants awarded by the Friends of Holyoke Public Schools. "We received a lot of great proposals this year from dedicated teachers aiming to further enrich the lives of their students," Christian Lachapelle, president of the group's board of directors, said Monday in a press release.

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    14. MassMutual donation boosts UMass science

      MassMutual donation boosts UMass science

      The largest grant ever made by MassMutual to a local or regional initiative is a tremendous boost to the computer science program at the University of Massachusetts. The $15 million grant is a nod to the present but also the future. Most will go to the Center for Data Science and will allow for additional faculty, a doubling of course options and expansion of the master's degree program. The remainder of about $3 million will support the cybersecurity program at UMass Springfield at Tower Square. Announcement of the grant was made June 10.

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    15. MassMutual donates $15M to boost computer science at UMass Amherst and Springfield

      MassMutual donates $15M to boost computer science at UMass Amherst and Springfield

      MassMutual announced Friday that it will donate $15 million to University of Massachusetts computer science programs over the next 10 years. Of the $15 million, $12 million will support the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Center for Data Science with additional faculty, a doubling of the number of available courses and an expansion of the master's degree program. In Springfield, the company will donate $3 million over 10 years to expand a cybersecurity certificate program taught at the university's center in MassMutual owned Tower Square. The cybersecurity certificate program is an eight-week, 15-credit-hour program. "We believe the world ...

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    16. Square One Advocates for Access, Opportunities in Early Education

      Square One Advocates for Access, Opportunities in Early Education

      For more than 130 years, Square One has met the challenge of providing quality early-childhood education, thus serving not only young people, but also their families and the community. Today, as the importance of such education becomes ever more apparent, the challenges to providing it continue to mount. Square One is trying to meet those challenges through vital connections to a host of constituencies.

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    17. State Announces $9.3 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants

      State Announces $9.3 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants to 35 high schools, community colleges, and vocational training providers across the Commonwealth for vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries. “Workforce skills education and training plays an enormous role in economic and personal development by helping residents acquire the skills they need to connect with promising careers,” Baker said. “These vocational-technical education equipment grants will help build stronger communities and a more competitive business environment that ensures more residents have the ...

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    18. Photos: Umass Amherst gets new $3.2 million MRI machine for its Life Sciences institute

      Photos: Umass Amherst gets new $3.2 million MRI machine for its Life Sciences institute

      The University of Massachusetts at Amherst received a new, $3.2 million Siemens medical imaging machine at its Institute for Life Sciences on Tuesday. The seven ton MRI machine arrived early Tuesday morning. A 100 ton crane was used to unload the controls and the main three ton magnet, piece by piece. Professors and administrators involved stood by watching every move as the crane picked box after box from the trailer for almost six hours

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    19. Bay Path Awarded $300,300 to Enhance Undergrad STEM Education

      Bay Path Awarded $300,300 to Enhance Undergrad STEM Education

      Thanks to a recently awarded grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bay Path University will undertake a three-year project aimed at increasing the academic success, engagement, and retention of undergraduate women enrolled in bachelor’s-degree programs in biology, forensic science, and cybersecurity, particularly those students from underrepresented groups. The grant, totaling $300,300, will be awarded over a three-year span. The funding provides resources and programmatic support for student tutors and mentors, materials and stipends for student research, student travel, and guest speakers. In addition, funding was allocated for upper-level course redesign and faculty professional development around mathematics. “Providing ...

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    20. WMBExpo Boasts a Strong Educational Component

      WMBExpo Boasts a Strong Educational Component

      This special corridor of the Expo show floor will be occupied by a host of agencies with varying missions but a common purpose — helping area businesses thrive. “The Business Resource Hub will be a true resource,” said Campiti. “It has never been tougher to be in business and stay in business, and those trying to run often have questions — about everything from how to secure financing to how to navigate the new sick-leave law — but often don’t know where to look to find answers. The Business Resource Hub will help them make important contacts with a host of state ...

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    21. Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing partner as Part of Mass Life Science's Internship Challenge | masslive.com

      Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing partner as Part of Mass Life Science's Internship Challenge | masslive.com

      In just a matter of weeks Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing's (BSM) warehouse space in Lee will be transformed into clean rooms – and several Berkshire Community College (BCC) students will have played a role in the transformation, according to a news release.  BSM, which provides the safest sterile drug products possible for clinical use and small scale requirements, has created a paid internship program with BCC as a part of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's (MLSC) Internship Challenge, a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement ...

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    22. Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

      Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

      In 2013, then Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced the award of $95 million to the University of Massachusetts to outfit half of the life sciences building. That award has helped UMass biochemist Elizabeth Vierling secure a three-year $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond at the molecular and cellular level to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase. Vierling said they wouldn't have been able to propose the grant without the new mass spectrometry equipment. She said that equipment cost $1.2 million.

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    23. Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

      Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

      As the Springfield school system prepares to welcome newly minted college graduates to teach in the city, one of the first questions out-of-town recruits ask is: "Where's a nice place to live?" The school district and DevelopSpringfield believe they've found the perfect address: the Silverbrick Lofts apartment complex at 15 Taylor St. in downtown Springfield, which has recently undergone a $6 million renovation. If the soaring architecture and light-drenched units of the four-building, pet-friendly complex aren't enough of an incentive to buy-in, there's a 10 to 20 percent rental discount for teachers.

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    24. Bay Path University uses realistic apartment to teach occupational therapy | masslive

      Bay Path University uses realistic apartment to teach occupational therapy | masslive

      Bay Path University opened the $13.7 million, 58,000-square-foot center on Jan. 5, moving both the occupational therapy and physical therapy programs off the university's main campus in Longmeadow.  The two-year occupational therapy program has 230 students, 127 of them first-year students who use the apartment and the labs a lot. The remainder are in the field as part of their second year of study. The program awards master's degrees.

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