Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.
UMass Medical School establishes chapter of national organization to advance Latinos/minorities in science
Today [March 29] UMass Medical School will officially launch its new student-led chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. SACNAS is an inclusive organization and all members of the UMMS community are invited to become involved.
“You don’t need to be Hispanic or Native American to join us,” said Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Ph.D., faculty co-advisor and advocate for SACNAS at UMMS. “Our student chapter is also open to faculty and postdocs and all are welcome.”
Padilla-Benavides, instructor in biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, spearheaded formation of the UMMS chapter with the students. Jaime Rivera Perez, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, will serve as faculty co-advisor.
The first board of directors will comprise the chapter’s three founding students, with members to be elected in subsequent years. Aurian Garcia-Gonzalez, an MD/Ph.D. student conducting her research in the lab of Marian Walhout, Ph.D., will serve as president. Daniel Hidalgo, MA, a second-year Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student in the lab of Merav Socolovsky, MD, Ph.D., and Raziel Rojas-Rodríguez, a fourth-year graduate student in the lab of Silvia Corvera, Ph.D., will be sworn in as board members.
Worcester Common Ground awarded funding to rehab four-unit building on Jaques Ave.
Worcester Common Ground has received $826,000 rehabilitate a blighted four-unit condominium at 21 Jaques Ave.
WCG, the community development corporation for the Piedmont and Elm Park neighborhoods, was selected by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development and Governor’s Office as awardees on behalf of the Housing Trust Fund Supportive Housing rental round.
The money will be provided to WCG from the Housing Trust Fund, Home Innovation Fund, Facilities Consolidation Fund and the City of Worcester.
WCG plans to rehabilitate the property at Jaques Avenue and Preston Street for use as four affordable apartments. Three units will be affordable to extremely low-income households, one affordable for a very low-income household.
“We are thrilled to be awarded these most important and precious funds through the Commonwealth and the City of Worcester,” Worcester Common Ground Director Yvette Dyson said. “We realize how competitive funding rounds are and are grateful that Worcester and Worcester Common Ground, Inc. were selected. WCG is very excited to begin construction on this project at 21 Jaques Ave. and further improvements in the surrounding area. We continue to work with our partners at the City to create housing that invites all to have a place called home.”
“We have been working diligently since 2009 to take control of this failed condominium project and now look forward to starting construction so that four families will have clean, safe, affordable housing, and the neighborhood will see a blighted property transformed into a stabilizing presence.” said Jonathan Wright, real estate development director for WCG.
Times Higher Education ranks Clark among world’s best small universities
Times Higher Education (THE) has named Clark University No. 12 on its list of the World’s Best Small Universities. The ranking, released March 7, includes 20 universities in 12 different countries.
Clark is one of four small U.S. schools included. It is ranked second in the United States behind overall No. 1 Cal Tech. Other American schools listed are the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Tulsa.
To be eligible for the rankings, universities must appear in THE’s World University Rankings 2016-17, teach more than four subjects, and have fewer than 5,000 students. The average number of students at the schools on the Best Small Universities list is 3,038; Clark’s enrollment for 2016-2017 is 3,224. By contrast, the average number of students at the colleges and universities on the world rankings list is 24,953.
Registration open for April vacation program at Community Harvest Project
During April school vacation week 4th-7th graders from all towns are invited to Community Harvest Project to participate in Spring on the Farm, an educational food- and agriculture-themed camp.
The programs runs 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 18-21.Signup is available for all four days ($190) or by the day ($50). Activities are different each day, but touch on nutrition, hands-on cooking, plants, and the environment.
Each day of Spring on the Farm we will focus on a different macronutrient (fats, carbs, protein and fiber) and the healthiest ways to consume them. We focus on learning, tasting and experimentation, so students don’t just know why to eat healthy foods but what foods they like and how to prepare them to please their own palate.
We will be volunteering in the greenhouse or on the farm daily, as well as cooking, exploring outside, and doing a variety of active games and creative projects to engage all learners. The goal of Spring on the Farm is for every camper to become more confident in preparing healthy foods, understand why healthy food is so important, learn how vegetables grow, and have fun through the whole day.