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Springfield-UMass

Springfield-UMass

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Pioneer Valley Lie Sciences Institute
 The Pioneer Valley Lie Sciences Institute was created in 2002 by the University o Massachusetts Amherst and Baystate Med-ical Center, the western campus o the Tuts University School o Medicine, to provide a novel translational research environ-ment or interdisciplinary teams o lie scientists, physical scientists, engineers, and physicians. The PVLSI was incorporatedas a 501(c) 3 not-or-prot organization in 2004 and designed as a joint venture between the University o MassachusettsAmherst, and the Baystate Medical Center. The vision or the PVLSI emerged rom the strengths o each partner. Baystate Medical Center had excellent clinical acilitiesand strong educational programs but little basic science research. UMass Amherst had excellent basic science research ac-ulty but limited opportunity to link the basic sciences to clinical medicine. By creating the PVLSI, UMass Amherst now has aplace to give access to a wide range o scientic and engineering disciplines, including many not ound in traditional medi-cal school environments, while Baystate provides the deep clinical expertise o a major teaching hospital. The joint ventureaddresses a unique set o needs or each by providing a mechanism or the two institutions to work together in biomedicalresearch and by providing opportunities and acilities that would not otherwise be available to them.
Community Research Engagement REU
 This new program will provide mentors or undergraduate students or a 10-week summer program or rising seniors (thosewho are in the summer beore their senior year) to participate in an ongoing or new community-engaged research projectin western Massachusetts, with preerence or the Holyoke or Springeld communities. Students will meet as a group orseminars and training in community-engaged research, present their research study proposal aims and hypotheses, andpresent study results to students and aculty.
PV STEMNET
 The Pioneer Valley Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics PreK-16 Pipeline Network (PV STEMNET) collaborateswith the Springeld School District, the Springeld Archdiocese Schools, and Springeld area colleges—Springeld Col-lege, Western New England College, and Springeld Technical Community College—to address systemic change, administerregional projects, and communicate inormation about unding opportunities, events, and training sessions.
Massachusetts School Counseling Model Implementation Project
 The Massachusetts School Counseling Model Implementation Project is committed to ensuring that all children receive thebenets o outstanding school counseling. Supported by the Center or School Counseling Outcome Research, the Spring-eld District has undertaken a sel-study and program review to examine new models and directions to ensure that allstudents in the district have access to the benets o an exemplary school-counseling program.
City o Springfeld - UMass Amherst Partnership
March 2012
 
180 Days in Springeld
180 Days in Springeld, a program or beginning teachers interested in teaching in urban settings, now in its second de-cade, consists o graduate coursework combined with a yearlong teaching assignment in the Springeld Public Schools.Master’s degree students create service-learning projects that provide opportunities or middle and high school studentsto participate in programs ranging rom school tutoring to sports clubs, school and community beautication projects andarts-related activities. 180 Days in Springeld serves as preparation or Massachusetts Initial Teacher Licensure.
4MALITY
Faculty and graduate students, in conjunction with the Center or Educational Sotware Development, developed anintelligent tutoring system designed to improve ourth-grade mathematics MCAS test scores in Springeld, Greeneld,Northampton, and Amherst schools.
ACCELA: The Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition
ACCELA: The Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition (ACCELA) Alliance in Springeld and Holy-oke prepares teachers to work with English language learners. It oers a master’s degree in education with licensure in ESL(English as a Second Language) and Reading or school educators. The ACCELA Fellowship Program also provides graduatescholarships or bilingual pre-service and in-service teachers and the ACCELA Proessional Development initiative created aorum or administrators to learn rom local teacher research activities.
Closing the Achievement Gap in Springeld Public Schools
Supported by a Public Service Endowment Grant, research on innovative teaching strategies with English language learn-ers and culturally diverse students in our urban middle schools is being conducted by School o Education aculty to assistSpringeld Public Schools in developing a basis or initiatives that have the potential to reduce the achievement gaps intheir classrooms. The research will inorm the national debate about eective strategies to close the gap.
Teaching Teachers about Robotics
 The School o Education is collaborating with Tuts University, Springeld College, the Hampden County Regional Employ-ment Board, Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a district science specialist, and Springeld’s Van Sickle Middle Schoolprincipal and science teachers who have been trained in LEGO robotics, in a ederally unded, summer robotics programdesigned to expand innovative learning that addresses both the academic and developmental needs o students.
Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Models or Schools (TEAMS)
 The Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Models or Schools (TEAMS) Project, which began in 1984, places School o Educationundergraduate and graduate student tutors in Springeld and other area schools. The project aims to improve school per-ormance among K-12 students and increase knowledge o teaching as a career among college tutors.
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Circuits and Beats
Circuits and Beats 2011 was the second year or this two week summer camp outreach program or middle school-aged chil-dren in Holyoke and Springeld. The program introduced 20 children to the world o electrical and computer engineeringvia a series o hands-on projects culminating in their successul building o the SDM1, a spinning drum machine kit inventedand designed at M5. Each child was able to keep his/her own drum machine. The Circuits and Beats program was unded byECE, M5, ECE alumni, riends o ECE and the Americorps volunteer program. Several Americorp volunteers served as sta,too.
MSBDC eSolutions
Student teams act as consultants and provide e-Solutions to local small businesses by designing a prototypical website anddeveloping a set o business strategies. Current projects include Heart o Shamanism, Crosse Custom Graphics, and ApexHealthcare Services, Inc. Since 1999, more than 150 companies have been served.
Student Chapter o the National Society o Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)
As part o the NSMH vision, its mission is to educate in order to aid in the recruitment, retention, support, and advancemento minority students in the hospitality industry, and promote multiculturalism. One NSMH program, STRENGTH (Students Taking Responsibility in Engineering New Growth Through Hospitality), is or high school students in Springeld. Hostedby the UMass NSMH Chapter or the past three years, the program aims to build a bridge between students in the Roger L.Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springeld who have expressed interest in this industry and current hospitalityand tourism students on campus.
Tourism Initiatives
Research projects at Westover, Westeld, and in Holyoke are conducted at a very low cost as demonstration projects or theGreater Springeld Metro Area. Faculty have been involved in legislative meetings locally and in Boston to support regionalunding or tourism initiatives and to report on casino gambling initiatives.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
 The MSBDC is a ederal-state partnership providing one-to-one ree comprehensive and condential services ocusingon business growth and strategies, nancing and loan assistance, and strategic analysis. The statewide program’s threeintegrated product lines, business advisory services, government contracting, and international trade/export services, aredelivered though a network o skilled proessionals supported by a vast network o ederal, state, educational, and privatesector partners. Low-cost educational training programs targeted to the needs o small businesses are also oered acrossthe state. It also oers nonprot program assessments or writing grants and research projects with multiple stakeholders. The Western Regional Oce is located at the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springeld.
St. John’s/W.E.B. Du Bois Center
A ve-year strategic alliance between the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and St. Johns Church began in 2011 includes: a Du Bois Trib-ute; the Du Bois Lecture and a Du Bois Birthday celebration. The 2012 events had more than 500 attendees in Springeld.
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