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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. 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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    3. UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Utility Smart Metering, Energy Services and Conservation | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Utility Smart Metering, Energy Services and Conservation | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program today announced a three-year, $1 million grant to three University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers and others to work with Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. (HG&E) to develop smart energy services that will improve grid efficiency, encourage energy conservation and promote local renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar.  Smart grid experts Prashant Shenoy, a computer science professor, and David Irwin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, with green building expert and professor in the environmental conservation department Simi Hoque, are co-principal investigators on the project. The new grant ...

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    4. UMass Innovation Challenge Awards $55,250 to Three Teams in Finals | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge final business plan competition has awarded $55,250 to three competing teams. Fetch Rewards won the top prize of $30,000. VideoConversation won a total of $15,000 at the event while Crowd Solar received $10,000.  Since 2005, the UMass Innovation Challenge has provided more than $500,000 in awards to 65 different student-led teams. It is designed to help current students and young alumni who have innovative business ideas to develop business plans and move products closer to market. This year’s final round competition was held April 17.

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    5. PVLSI Announces Licensing Agreement of Intellectual Property to Seahorse Bioscience, Inc. | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      PVLSI Announces Licensing Agreement of Intellectual Property to Seahorse Bioscience, Inc. | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      Seahorse Biosciences has licensed a patent, titled “Methods, Compositions and Kits for Assaying Mitochondrial Function,” developed in the laboratory of Dr. Nagendra Yadava, the John Adams Investigator at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) and Alejandro Heuck, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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    6. Business Leader Keith Parent Joins Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute Board of Directors

      Keith M. Parent, chief executive officer of Court Square Group, has accepted an invitation to join the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute board of directors. As the non-profit research institute’s first outside director, he will be joining board members from the Baystate Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, PVLSI’s founding organizations.
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