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    1. Monsanto donates plant cell library, equipment to UMass worth more than $1 million

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      Monsanto donates plant cell library, equipment to UMass worth more than $1 million

      The Monsanto Co. has donated a unique plant cell library and related equipment valued at more than $1 million to the University of Massachusetts for research. The library contains tissues and cells from 3,500 plant species and is considered to be one of the largest plant cell collections in the world, according to a press release. University and company officials state that the collection of materials does not contain any genetically modified organisms, but rather comprises natural plant materials from around the world, according to the press release. Millions have protested Monsanto's use of genetically modified organisms.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    2. Filling the Gap | BusinessWest

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      Filling the Gap | BusinessWest

      Specifically, STCC’s associate-degree program in precision machining doubled in size last September from 40 to 80 students, thanks to a $2 million upgrade of the school’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center. “We have all new CNC machines, computers, high-end computer workstations, and software. We also hired two new faculty members as well as technicians,” said STCC President Ira Rubenzahl, adding that there will be a total of about 250 students in non-credit and for-credit manufacturing-related programs this fall.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    3. What's in a Name? | BusinessWest

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      What's in a Name? | BusinessWest

      Carol Leary was asked about her institution’s decision to call itself a university, rather than a college, and the reasons behind that move. But before going there, she took a few minutes — actually, more than a few — to chronicle and explain the many times over the past 117 years that the name over the school’s front door has changed.  It began as Bay Path Institute, when it was located in downtown Springfield and focused on training men and women for roles in business and accounting, she noted, adding that it became Bay Path Secretarial School in 1945 after ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    4. Mass energy department awards UMass-Amherst $2.5 million to create endowed chair in renewable energy

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      Mass energy department awards UMass-Amherst $2.5 million to create endowed chair in renewable energy

      The University of Massachusetts College of Engineering has been awarded $2.5 million from the state Department of Energy Resources to create a new endowed chair in renewable energy. Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering, said he plans to conduct a national search beginning in the fall of 2015, according to a UMass release. "There has been tremendous progress in renewable energy during the past 10 years," Anderson said. "The endowed chair will ensure that the College of Engineering stays at the frontier of energy research."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    5. Under Construction: land cleared for Westfield State's $48 million science and technology classroom building

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      Under Construction: land cleared for Westfield State's $48 million science and technology classroom building

      Workers have cleared land on the Westfield State University Campus for the construction of a new $48 -million science and technology classroom building.  It will be the first new academic building on the university's campus in 40 years.
      The university expects more site work to commence in the first week of September, spokeswoman Molly Watson said.  The building is expected to be completed in 2016.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Dr. Evan S. Dobelle

    6. Columbia Gas donates natural gas combustible indicators to Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team

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      Columbia Gas donates natural gas combustible indicators to Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team

      Members of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue team are now better prepared to conduct confined space rescues thanks to to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. The company donated three natural gas combustible indicators – and provided the training to safely use them – Friday morning. Confined spaces pose can pose safety challengers to rescuers because they can contain hazardous materials in gas or liquid form. The donation of the state-of-the-art detectors, which monitor air for the displacement of oxygen and the presence of toxic or explosive gases, allows members of the team to perform an initial assessment of the air before they enter ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    7. UMass benefits from governor's environmental bill

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      UMass benefits from governor's environmental bill

      The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and two other sites it operates in the eastern part of the state stand to reap $37.5 million for various projects and improvements, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick. The legislation authorizes a total of $1.9 billion for environmental projects throughout the state. Among those is $4 million for water quality innovation to support the work of David Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMass. The funding will go towards testing and pilot facilities for water technology at various locations in the state.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. Communty Spotlight: Westfield

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      Communty Spotlight: Westfield

      This summer, Westfield was ranked as a “City on the Rise” and one of the “Best Cities to Live in Massachusetts” on different websites. Officials are pleased by the accolades, and believe they reflect a number of dramatic changes that are attracting people to its shops, restaurants, and year-round events.  “It’s an exciting time for us due to new developments at the airport and the continued growth and revitalization of our downtown,” said Peter Miller, the city’s director of Community Development, who noted everything from a number of new restaurants in the central business district to a growth ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   General Dynamics   Westfield State University

    9. Center of Attention

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      Center of Attention

      William Dávila wasn’t looking to leave Springfield’s Gandara Center. In fact, he was quite happy in his role as director of Outpatient Services for the facility, which provides mental-health, substance-abuse, and preventive services for children, adults, and families across Western Mass.  But when he was informed that UMass Amherst was looking for someone to manage the center it was building within Tower Square in downtown Springfield, he saw an opportunity he couldn’t resist.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    10. Freedom Credit Union details $2.2 million expansion plans as commitment to growth, jobs

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      Freedom Credit Union details $2.2 million expansion plans as commitment to growth, jobs

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, joined in praising the expansion of Freedom’s headquarters at 1976 Main St., to a building at 77 Boylston St, directly behind Freedom. “We are committed to the city, and we are committed to Western Massachusetts,” said Crosby, who serves as president and chief executive officer. Freedom plans to relocate 26 Springfield employees to that location, along with 16 employees from Feeding Hills, and hire an additional 13 employees to staff the new building.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    11. Consultants hired by Amherst-UMass town-gown committee to present preliminary findings Aug. 5

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      Consultants hired by Amherst-UMass town-gown committee to present preliminary findings Aug. 5

      George Smith, vice president of U3 Advisors, said the goal is “to recommend the strategies, interventions, and processes for UMass and Amherst to collaborate to create a stable balance in housing and economic growth that allows both the university and town to prosper.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    12. Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

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      Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

      Workers are busy transforming former office space in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square into the new University of Massachusetts satellite center set to open in September.  Gov. Deval Patrick visited Springfield in May to announce $5.2 million in state funding to complete the satellite center. UMass plans to offer 40 courses in Springfield starting in the fall. The number includes undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses.  The space, on the second floor of Tower Square's retail area, had most recently been used as offices for Babson Capital, said Nicholas Fyntrilakis, vice president, community responsibility at MassMutual Financial Group. MassMutual ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual

    13. MassDevelop aids expansion of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School

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      MassDevelop aids expansion of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School

      MassDevelopment, the state’s development agency, announced Tuesday that it has issued $4.26 million in tax exempt bonds that will aid the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School with an expansion project. The public charter school is using the bond proceeds to build an 8,000-square-foot, multi-purpose addition at its South Hadley campus, according to a MassDevelopment news release. The addition will be used for gatherings and performances along with new equipment at the school, the agency stated..

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Florence Savings Bank

    14. Springfield committee favors spending $2.8 million to buy former Early Childhood Centers for public school use

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      Springfield committee favors spending $2.8 million to buy former Early Childhood Centers for public school use

      The Early Childhoods Centers property closed in January, and its board of directors recently voted to accept the city’s bid of $2,856,000, as recommended by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, subject to council approval. The owner of the property is Early Childhoods Centers of Greater Springfield Inc. City and school officials, meeting with the Finance Committee on Monday, said the city will be able to use the building to replace portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, that were in need of expensive repairs or replacement.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    15. Springfield native William Dávila more than excited to take on UMass-Springfield job

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      Springfield native William Dávila more than excited to take on UMass-Springfield job

      William A. Dávila has been on the job one week but it already has been packed with meetings with faculty and University of Massachusetts officials. The city native and UMass graduate was named director of operations for the new UMass Center at Tower Square last week and laughed when he said he had "hit the ground running." Dávila, 40, said the job is "good combination for me (personally and professionally.)

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    16. Boston Scholar Athletes program set to expand to Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

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      Boston Scholar Athletes program set to expand to Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

      The Boston Scholar Athletes program, which is designed to help student athletes improve their academic achievement, will be expanded to the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy this year. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno confirmed the plans for the program on Friday after meeting in Springfield with two key promoters of the Boston program: former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino; and Suffolk Construction Chief Executive Officer John Fish, who founded the program.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    17. Gov. Deval Patrick to make job training announcement at Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College

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      Gov. Deval Patrick to make job training announcement at Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College

      Gov. Deval Patrick will stop by the Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College on Friday for an afternoon announcement about job training for students in the Pioneer Valley. Details of the announcement weren't immediately available, but the governor is scheduled to visit the center at 1 Armory St. at 1:30 p.m. The Technology Applications Center is home to STCC's manufacturing and engineering technology programs, which prepare students for jobs in modern, computerized precision-machine shops.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. UMass names Springfield native William A. Dávila to lead new UMass Springfield center

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      UMass names Springfield native William A. Dávila to lead new UMass Springfield center

      City native William A. Dávila and University of Massachusetts graduate has been named director of operations for the new UMass Center at Tower Square. Dávila was most recently division director of the outpatient services division of the Gandara Center and had been the deputy executive director of the Children’s Study Home, according to a press release.Last November, Gov. Deval L. Patrick, along with University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret and others, announced the creation of the satellite center in 26,000 square feet of space at Tower Square. It opened its ground floor “Welcome Center ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    19. Eric Carle Museum in Amherst to host educators conference

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      Eric Carle Museum in Amherst to host educators conference

      “Teachers get inspired by other teachers,” said Courtney Waring, director of education, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present a two-day educators conference covering Multiple Literacies of Young Children on Aug. 2 and 3 in Amherst.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    20. UMass President Robert Caret announces arts grants including one for theater project involving Springfield

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      UMass President Robert Caret announces arts grants including one for theater project involving Springfield

      President Robert L. Caret has awarded more than $60,000 to two Western Massachusetts projects among the $270,000 in grants from the President's Creative Economy Initiatives Fund. The fund supports eight projects overall by UMass faculty members  in the arts, humanities and social sciences at all five campuses aimed to bring new creative resources to Massachusetts communities, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    21. Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

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      Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Take a quick glance at the drab hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport, and you see old, gray siding and a leaky roof. But hidden inside is a potential future for Westfield students. The final product might look like this: Westfield Vocational High School students work through a fast-track program in airplane maintenance and manufacturing at the airport. They move directly into an expanded air-related program at Westfield State University, and also feed into local companies hungry for talented, well-trained plane workers. Companies lend support to the program and the graduated students support the companies, creating a self-sustaining system of local, high-paying ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    22. Bay Path Is Now Officially a University

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      Bay Path Is Now Officially a University

      Bay Path faculty, staff, and students celebrated July 1 as the official first day as a university — and the first women’s university in the Commonwealth. Before a crowd of more than 250 members from the Bay Path community, President Carol Leary said, “we are enthusiastic about becoming Bay Path University, as it more appropriately reflects the complexity, drive, and bold dreams of this institution. Our three campuses have been expanded by a location in downtown Springfield, bringing us back to our roots, that boasts the first online college in the country exclusively for women. Soon, we will have a ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    23. Bay Path College to become Bay Path University on Tuesday

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      Bay Path College to become Bay Path University on Tuesday

      Bay Path College, which recently held its annual commencement ceremony , will once again enjoy a moment of transition on Tuesday, July 1, as it will officially become known as Bay Path University. “We’re certainly very proud that this is happening,” said Kathleen Wroblewski, Director of Marketing and Communications at Bay Path. “We were founded in 1897 as Bay Path Institute in Springfield, and through our 117-year history we’ve been continuing evolving, and this is just one more step in that evolution. We’re very excited about it.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Bay Path College

    24. Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

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      Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the School Department will benefit by being able to replace two portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, both in need of expensive repairs that can be avoided. In addition, the purchase can assist with "long-term classroom needs for the district," Sarno said. Parks and Buildings Director Patrick Sullivan said the building is in excellent, move-in condition. It closed in December, at one time having the capacity for 378 children.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

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