April 9, 2017

Inbox [April 9]: City recognized for literacy work, Assumption a national leader in job placement, WPI among best values, Holy Cross promotes educators, Research Bureau announces service award winners

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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.

Worcester honored as pacesetter for early literacy work

Worcester has been honored as a pacesetter community by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for exemplary work using proven and promising strategies, as well as for its work in addressing the health determinants of early school success.

This recognition comes as part of the review of Worcester’s 2017 All-American City Award application, which was submitted in January.

“Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the GLR Campaign,” said Ralph Smith, the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “We are very proud of Worcester and the numerous organizations and individuals behind the community for joining forces and working tirelessly to uplift children and families. They remind us that we are seeing great progress and real results all across the country.”

“Worcester is on the move. We are seeing the momentum across the city. Even more exciting is that we are changing the trajectory for our youngest citizens. This Pacesetter Award recognizes our strategic collaboration to address key issues that can impede a child’s success,” said Kim Davenport, Co-Chair of Worcester Reads and Managing Director at Edward Street. “We are making progress and need to deepen our efforts to mobilize the entire community to support children and families, and finally close the achievement gap. Children are, after all, the heart of our Commonwealth.”

Courtesy NAMI Mass

Edward M. Augustus Jr.

“Children make up 20 percent of our population, but 100 percent of our future. Everything we do now to improve their lives will improve our community for generations to come,” Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said. “I’m so honored that Worcester has been recognized as a leader in this area. By bringing together city government, public schools, social service agencies, doctors’ offices and families, we have been able to impact the lives of thousands of young people, and that’s something to be proud of.”

Read the entire story on WorcesterReads.org

Assumption ranked 3rd nationally for job placement

Career and jobs website Zippia.com has ranked Assumption College third nationally and first in Massachusetts in its survey of The Best College in Each State for Getting a Job.

Using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database, Zippia “searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.”

Nationally, Assumption ranked below Virginia Military Institute and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

Read the entire story on Zippia.com

WPI ranks among best value colleges

WPI ranks fourth in the state in SmartAsset’s Best Value Colleges index.

With graduates’ average starting salary of $65,300, and a student retention rate of 96 percent, WPI has a college value index of 61.13. That ranks behind only MIT (100), Harvard (79.9) and Mass. Maritime Academy (74.09).

Read the entire rankings on SmartAsset.com

Holy Cross gives tenure to 11 professors

The College of the Holy Cross recently announced that 11 professors have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Alo C. Basu, Ph.D., of the psychology department, was named a Faculty Marshal by the Classes of 2014 and 2016, and has received Hewlett-Mellon funding for curriculum development in neuroscience and has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2011;  Stephenie R. Chaudoir, Ph.D., of the psychology department, was awarded the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and has been on the Holy Cross faculty since 2012; Bridget V. Franco, Ph.D., of the Spanish department, is the creator of the award-winning digital humanities project Cineglos and recently launched Cinegogía, a bilingual web portal for pedagogical resources related to Latin American film studies; Peter Fritz, Ph.D., of the religious studies department, is author of the book “Karl Rahner’s Theological Aesthetics” and more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; Amber M. Hupp, Ph.D., of the chemistry department, has been published in a variety of places, including the Journal of Chemometrics, the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society, and Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry; Scott Malia, Ph.D., of the theater department, has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2011 and served as a postdoctoral teaching fellow and visiting professor from 2008 to 2011.

Michelle A. Mondoux, Ph.D., of the biology department, has been published in academic journals including Current Signal Transduction Therapy, Genetics, and AGING and has given lectures and research talks all over the country; Olga S. Partan, Ph.D., of the modern languages and literatures department, is the author of two books and is the cofounder and codirector of HC’s study abroad program at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow and coordinates the Studies in World Literature program; Julia Paxson, Ph.D., of the biology department, is board certified in veterinary large animal internal medicine and her research focuses on how aging affects the cellular response to injury by cigarette smoke, using both mammalian stem cells in culture and the nematode worm C. elegans; Juan G. Ramos, Ph.D., of the Spanish department, has published articles and book chapters on the decolonial aesthetics in Latin American poetry, cinema and music, representations of migration in contemporary Latina/o American cinema, and modernism in the Andes;  Eric R. Ruggieri, Ph.D., of the mathematics and computer science department, has built software including an interactive central limit theorem simulator, “CLT_Simulation” (2016), and Bayesian change point algorithms “Bayes_Sequential_Chgpt” (2016) and “Bayes_Chgpt” (2014).

Read the entire story on the College of the Holy Cross website

Research Bureau announces Green Public Service Award winners

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau announced the 2017 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award.

The Awards are named in memory of Thomas S. Green, a founder of The Research Bureau and one of its original Directors. Mr. Green was a civic leader for many decades and a Vice President of Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain). This is the twenty-ninth annual Green Awards presentation, which has honored 114 public servants over the past three decades.

This year’s winners are Brian Cummings, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor at Worcester Technical High School, who has been involved with many community service projects with his students including the redesign of the Key to the City and the construction of the winter street light decorations; Debra Donahue, Worcester Office of the City Clerk, has ably served the Worcester community for more than three decades of regulatory and technological change; Amanda Gregoire, Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development, is a Senior Project Manager involved in real estate development projects and revitalization initiatives including CitySquare, Theatre District TDI, Union Station, and the DCU Center; Hermes Rivera, Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks, is the Working Foreman who oversees and manages the Worcester Common, Oval, and City Hall grounds.

The Green Awards publicly recognize the efforts of individuals exhibiting the following characteristics: Exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities; enthusiastic performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty; cooperative, helpful, and friendly attitude toward the public and fellow employees; community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities.

The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Assumption College. RSVP to 508-799-7169 or via email to info@wrrb.org.

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