Inbox [July 10]: West Nile in Worcester, Clark wins $620K grant, Baker names college trustees, ACE seeks volunteers

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West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Worcester

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced late last week that West Nile virus had been detected in mosquitoes in Worcester for the first time this year.

It was confirmed by the Mass. State Public Health Laboratory in three mosquito samples collected July 1 in Worcester. No human or animal cases of the virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been detected so far this year. There is no elevated risk level or risk level change associated with this finding.

“This is an expected finding at this time of year and given the heat and dry conditions we have been experiencing, we are expecting to see more and more WNV activity,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Al DeMaria.

Read the entire story on the state’s website

July 10-Clark logoFoundation awards $620,000 to help propel Clark University’s developments in humanities education

Clark University’s focus on “liberal arts, effective practice and excellence in the humanities is being made even sharper” with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Mellon Foundation has awarded $620,000 to support “Introducing ‘Problems of Practice’ Courses into All Humanities Majors,” Clark University’s “inclusive and innovative” project to further strengthen the humanities curriculum. The three-year grant is in effect from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019.

The grant comes through the Mellon Foundation’s program in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, which bolsters “initiatives designed to enhance the learning experience of both undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities, and fostering collaborations within and among institutions that support disciplinary innovation, foster practices of diversity and inclusion and promote the social value of the humanities.”

Read the entire story on Clark’s website

Baker names Tuttle trustee, reappoints Cavaioli

Gov. Charlie Baker appointed five new trustees to public college and university boards.

Included in the five are David Tuttle at Worcester State University. Linda Cavaioli was reappointed to the board of Quinsigamond Community College.

Other new appointees are Joan Medeiros (Bristol Community College), David Chang Tai-Wai (Bunker Hill Community College), Rosalin Acosta (Northern Essex Community College) and Maria Crouse (Springfield Technical Community College).

Also reappointed were Dana Neshe (Framingham State University), Robert Gilbert (Holyoke Community College), William Cox (Northern Essex Community College), Michael Curry (Roxbury Community College), and Paul Mattera (Salem State University).

ACE's Saturday tutoring program was one of its first initiatives and remains among its most popular.

Courtesy ACE

ACE’s Saturday tutoring program was one of its first initiatives and remains among its most popular.

ACE needs volunteers

African Community Education is looking for summer volunteers for just two hours a week for July.

Check out our Sun Shine feature on all that ACE contributes to the community

The Summer Reading Program serves students in grades 5-12 and will have up to 60 students enrolled. Volunteers help small groups and individual students with reading comprehension, vocabulary, and completion of required Worcester Public Schools reading assignments. Following class, student have an activity period of dance, soccer, basketball or art.

Read the entire story on the African Community Education Facebook page

— Cindy Henderson

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