Inbox [Aug. 21]: YWCA accepting Great Guys nominations, Burncoat High set for LED upgrade, Nichols and Quinsig partner in community college pact, UMass Medical scientist nets $3.5M grant

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Nominations open for YWCA Great Guys Award

The YWCA is accepting nominations through Aug. 31 for the 2016 Great Guys Award. This award is presented annually to men of good conscience who have demonstrated a commitment to domestic violence services in our region, local community or college campuses.

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All nominees must show a commitment to the YWCA mission — dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all — and meet a certain set of criteria as outlined on the nomination form.

Those individuals selected as the 2016 Great Guys Award recipients will be honored at the annual Daybreak Breakfast Monday, Oct. 17, at the College of the Holy Cross Hogan Center. Mark your calendar now and save the date for this truly inspiring event.

Download the nomination form from the YWCA Central Mass. website

Worcester receives $250k grant for LED lighting at Burncoat High

The city of Worcester has been awarded a $248,849 grant to complete an energy-efficient LED lighting upgrade to Burncoat High School. The award was one of 47 Green Communities Competitive Grants recently announced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.The project will involve replacing interior lighting fixtures with high-efficiency LED lights.  Additionally, motion detection, daylight sensors and digital timers will be incorporated to further reduce energy consumption. These intelligent LED lights will be controlled via a network and will be programmed to yield the most savings possible depending on room usage and the amount of natural light in each room.

“Not only will this project save energy and reduce our carbon footprint, it saves local taxpayers money. It also goes hand-in-hand with our plan to replace every streetlight in the city with high-efficiency LED lights,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “This is all part of our ongoing effort to scour city government to find any added efficiency we can find to provide the most value to our residents.”

Burncoat High School

Burncoat High School

Burncoat High School is the fifth largest electrical consumer in the Worcester Public Schools system. An analysis of energy usage showed that lighting comprises 58 percent of the building’s electrical load. The proposed project is estimated to reduce the school’s electrical use by 28 percent and to save $37,000 annually in electricity costs. In addition to the financial and environmental benefits, the project will serve as a case study for future municipal lighting retrofit projects and provide educational opportunities regarding the benefits of more efficient lighting systems.

Read the entire story on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website

Nichols partners with Quinsigamond, two other community colleges

Nichols College in Dudley has formed partnerships with three public community colleges, including Quinsigamond Community College, to create an affordable and smoother pathway for community college students seeking to further their education.

The articulation agreements are part of a Nichols-launched initiative called Affordable Business and Leadership Education (ABLE). They streamline and maximize the transfer credit process; transfer students will have the benefit of knowing that their credits at the community college level will be accepted by Nichols and that they will be guaranteed admission if they meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0.

Other partner schools are Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson, Conn.

“Nichols College strives to become the most community college-friendly private college in New England, and it can provide the bridge between an associate’s degree and the career that community college students want to pursue,” Nichols President Susan West Engelkemeyer said. “Transfer students will find at Nichols that they receive high-level instruction and experiential learning opportunities in many business tracks.”

“We are proud of our partnership with Nichols College that allows students to earn their associate’s degree at QCC and transfer seamlessly to Nichols to earn their bachelor’s degree and beyond,” Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry said. “Programs like these offer affordable pathways for students to begin their careers with less debt and enter the next phase of their lives as business leaders and cornerstones of our community.”

Read the entire story on the Nichols College website

UMass Medical School scientist receives award from NIH

UMass Medical School scientist Andreas Bergmann, Ph.D., has received a five-year, $3.5 million Maximizing Investigator Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health for his research program that uses fruit flies to investigate genetic control of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, and compensatory cell proliferation. Understanding how these basic processes of life can go awry and give rise to diseases, notably cancer, may hold clues to therapeutic targets.

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“This honors the entire body of work of the investigator. It supports all the research efforts in my lab. Now I have everything under one umbrella and can focus entirely on my research,” said Bergmann, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology. “I’ve always had two or three R01 awards from the NIH that supported very specific projects. The MIRA now replaces all these single grants into one large grant.”

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website

— Cindy Henderson

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