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    1. 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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    2. UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s University Without Walls (UWW) program will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the UMass Center at Springfield, located in Tower Square, 1500 Main St. in Springfield. The information session is geared toward adults interested in completing their bachelor’s degree, as well as employers interested in obtaining information for their employees. Light refreshments will be provided. UWW has extended its application deadline to May 15.

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    3. New State Voucher Program Promotes Industry Use of UMass System Research Facilities to Stimulate Economic Development, Innovation

      New State Voucher Program Promotes Industry Use of UMass System Research Facilities to Stimulate Economic Development, Innovation

      Advanced research laboratories and equipment across the five-campus University of Massachusetts system are being made available to start-up businesses and local companies through a new, state-funded subsidy program aimed at promoting economic growth and innovation. Created with a $2 million state investment championed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the Innovation Voucher Program began accepting industry applications in late March. The program is administered by MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance authority.

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    4. Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking the action was held Oct. 27 at the building on North Pleasant Street where UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, joined by Congressman Olver, made the announcement. The UMass Board of Trustees recently approved naming the building for the former congressman and longtime supporter and advocate for the Amherst campus. “There is no other project on the UMass Amherst ...

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    5. Campus to Host ‘Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies’

      Campus to Host ‘Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies’

      The School of Earth and Sustainability and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council will host “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies,” a program of business and employment opportunities, on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Design Building. State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton is the keynote speaker.

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    6. UMass Amherst Neuroscientist Receives $2.64 Million from NIH for Preschooler Sleep Study | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      UMass Amherst Neuroscientist Receives $2.64 Million from NIH for Preschooler Sleep Study | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      Neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a five-year, $2.64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore, in a series of laboratory and preschool-based studies, whether mid-day napping benefits learning in young children and helps them cope with emotions. Improving early education can enhance child development and school readiness, factors that are known to have lifelong effects on physical and mental health, she notes.

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    7. UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      Cognitive neuroscientists Rosie Cowell and David Huber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a four-year, $2.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new computational tool that will help researchers in interpreting functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) of the brain and improve accuracy in relating fMRI data to neural responses in the brain.

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    8. UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst and Spacelabs Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology company based in Snoqualmie, Washington, today announced a collaboration agreement with the shared mission of expanding medical technology and improving lives through value-based innovation. Spanning clinical and technical areas, the collaboration agreement leverages the competencies of the two organizations to form an active partnership with academic, research and development, and commercial potential. 

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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