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    1. Editorial: Despite endowment, Massachusetts must help UMass

      Editorial: Despite endowment, Massachusetts must help UMass
      To appreciate the significance of the University of Massachusetts’ endowment topping $500 million for the first time in the school’s history, it’s worth noting that the fund was a mere $47 million 15 years ago . The astounding growth of the endowment - to $506 million as of Dec. 31, 2010 - at a time when the stock market losses have battered endowments at other universities is a tribute to the growing reputation of UMass as a top-notch research university.
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    2. Rockville Bank VP Laurie Rosner chosen as Bay Path College's first executive in residence

      Rockville Bank VP Laurie Rosner chosen as Bay Path College's first executive in residence
      Laurie A. Rosner, of Enfield, Rockville Bank’s senior vice president for marketing and administrative services, has been named Bay Path College’s first “Executive in Residence” for the college’s master’s degree program in business administration in entrepreneurial thinking and innovative practices.
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    3. Editorial: Grant funds push UMass to new level

      Editorial: Grant funds push UMass to new level
      Research projects that UMass-Amherst faculty members are working on brought in a record $170 million in grants in fiscal year 2010. And Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, believes the university’s funding success will only serve as an incentive to win more next year. Malone said the university plans to double its research during the next five years.
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    4. IBM Announces Eight Universities Contributing to the Watson Computing System's Development

      IBM Announces Eight Universities Contributing to the Watson Computing System's Development
      Professor James Allan and his team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts are working on information retrieval, or text search. This important capability of QA technology is the first step taken: looking for and retrieving text that is most likely to contain accurate answers.
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    5. Great Time to Build

      Great Time to Build
      Higher education is one industry that has embraced the advantages of building when prices are low, said Fontaine, whose firm counts colleges and universities among its niches. “The private colleges seem to have picked up on this,” he continued. “Last year we just finished the pharmacy school at WNEC, which benefited immensely from that market, and a dormitory at the College of the Holy Cross; they put that out to bid a year ago and benefited tremendously.”
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    6. Service helps students stay here to work

      Nancy A. Scirocco, vice president for government and nonprofit banking at Webster Bank and a board member at the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership, said Internhere.com now has 13,600 students using the site and about 1,300 employers, including The Hartford Insurance Co., Northeast Utilities, which includes Western Massachusetts Electric Co., and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. Scirocco said the Partnership is working to branch out with work-to-learn opportunities for high school students and opportunities from across the state, including Boston.
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    7. Development of life science is seen as critical to the future of Western Massachusetts

      Development of life science is seen as critical to the future of Western Massachusetts
      “It will help sharpen the focus on what we need to do as a region to foster groups in this cluster, of which we have really little compared to the Boston and Worcester areas,” said Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. “I hope, from an economical point of view, it will result in, over time, some investments in key areas or components of the life sciences industry that would create jobs here and add to our overall prosperity.”
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    8. A new project of Five Colleges Inc. aims to reconnect communities with the Connecticut River

      A new project of Five Colleges Inc. aims to reconnect communities with the Connecticut River
      A new project of Five Colleges Inc. and the Five College architectural studies program aims to connect with communities along the Connecticut River from the Turners Falls section of Montague to Springfield to find creative, sustainable and socially critical approaches to working with and on the river.
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    9. Jan. 27 Summit To Explore Potential For Life Sciences Cluster in Western Mass.

      Jan. 27 Summit To Explore Potential For Life Sciences Cluster in Western Mass.
      Smith College President Carol T. Christ, who will open the summit, cites the collective power of five colleges – Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith and UMass Amherst – as key resources that bring powerful research assets and a sustained commitment to the economic success of the region.
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    10. Western New England College hopes to become a university as soon as July 1

      Western New England College hopes to become a university as soon as July 1
      In a letter to students and staff, college President Anthony S. Caprio said the transformation has been in the planning stages for several years and needs to be approved by the state Department of Higher Education. “We have discussed the matter for several years, and achieving university status has been widely supported with great enthusiasm,” Caprio wrote in the letter.
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