May 28, 2017

Inbox [May 28]: News and notes from WICN, UMass Medical School, WPI, St. Peter-Marian, WCAC and SmartAsset

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Amanda Carr

Courtesy WICN/Kofi Poku photo

Amanda Carr is the new executive director of WICN-FM.

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WICN names new executive director

WICN-FM (90.5), a National Public Radio affiliate station, has named Amanda Carr executive director.

In addition to her music and production background, Carr brings sales and marketing knowledge to her role. She takes the reins from Tom Lucci, a former WICN board president who has been acting as interim GM.

“Our board, staff, and volunteers are all thrilled to have Amanda join the team,” Board President Jeffrey Duquette said. “We know that she will prove to be a strong and active community leader and will promote WICN in the communities we serve.”

Carr is a proven entrepreneur who shares the passion and vision that many see as the future of WICN. An accomplished performer and recording artist, Carr has been nominated twice as Jazz Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards, and has performed with a range of artists from James Montgomery to Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

“It’s an honor to be taking on this new and exciting leadership position at WICN,” Carr said. “This station gave me my first interview as a jazz artist over 20 years ago, and I have been a loyal contributing member ever since, with a closeness to many of the hosts and staff.”

Read the entire story on the WICN website

Six honored at UMass Medical School Women’s Faculty Awards

Six UMass Medical School faculty were recognized for their individual achievements and contributions to the advancement of women in science and health care at the 2017 Women’s Faculty Awards luncheon.

The recipients:

  • Heather-Lyn Haley, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine & community health, Outstanding Community Service Award
  • Rachel Gerstein, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems, Sarah Stone Excellence in Education Award
  • Stephanie Carreiro, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, Early Career Achievement in Science and Health Award
  • Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A., associate professor of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology, Women in Science and Health Achievement Award
  • Lynn Li, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine, Excellence in Clinical Services Award
  • Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., professor of medicine, Outstanding Mentor to Women Award

Keynote speaker Tiffany Moore Simas discussed the “EMPOWER: Empowering Mid-Career Professional Women for Executive Roles Summit” attended by 48 women faculty at UMMS.

“I chose to focus on leadership development because it is no longer about the pipeline, but about leakage and blockage of the pipeline in terms of what comes out of it,” Moore Simas said. She said that by the time she began medical school women comprised at least 50 percent of entering medical students, but they still hold less than 25 percent of leadership roles in academic medicine.

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website

WPI professor receives Fulbright grant

WPI history professor and International and Global Studies director Peter Hansen was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) seminar and was one of 12 applicants to be accepted to participate in the two-week program in France in October.

IEA seminars give international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States the opportunity to travel to other countries in the hopes of learning about the host country’s education system, establishing connections, and networking among international universities. The program is hosted by the Franco-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange in Paris; Hansen’s itinerary will include stops in Toulouse, Paris, and Brussels.

Read the entire story on the WPI website

SPM inaugural Guardian Gala raises $35K

St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School recently welcomed back school alumni, parents and staff to celebrate 40 years since the merging of two longtime Catholic institutions: St. Peter’s High School and Marian High School.

The inaugural Guardian Gala raised more than $35,000 for the School Improvement Fund.

School President Christopher J. Cummings said, “We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and new community partnerships that have developed this year. The excitement can be felt within the school and was well noted at our gala. The money raised was just as important to us as seeing the enjoyment of alumni reconnecting. It was truly an exceptional evening.”

WCAC holds 11th annual Action Hero Awards

WCAC recently hosted its 11th Annual Action Hero Celebration at Mechanics Hall.

This year’s honorees were UMass Memorial Health Care, Charlton Oil, Biodun Akande and the agency’s own Head Start program.


Courtesy Worcester Community Action Council

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, left, and WCAC director Jill Dagilis, right, with winners of the Action Hero Awards.

UMass Memorial Health Care has partnered with WCAC by generously supporting workforce development efforts for young people through their Building Brighter Futures program. Over the past decade, this has led to more than 3,500 youth placed in jobs, and a remarkable $5.2 million dollars in state money leveraged. Monica Lowell, VP of Community Relations, accepted the award on the university’s behalf.

During the winter of 2015-16, Charlton Oil delivered nearly $400,000 worth of fuel to 579 low-income clients. Additionally, they completed 318 service calls and replaced 88 inefficient or non-functioning heating systems. Don Baker accepted the award.

Biodun Akande has helped hundreds of individuals and families as the site coordinator for WCAC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). A native of Nigeria, he holds multiple degrees from Bentley College, South Bank University and the University of North London.

WCAC’s own Head Start program celebrated 25 years of service in the Southbridge-Webster area. More than 4,000 children have participated in the program. The award was presented to the center’s two dynamo co-directors, Evelyn Velez and Kathy Dow, who have a combined 43 years of service to WCAC’s Head Start.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Community Action Council website

Worcester County enjoys favorable cost of living

A study by the financial website SmartAsset shows the Worcester County has the fourth most favorable cost of living among 10 Massachusetts counties studied.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau 2015 5-Year American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study and Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 Consumer Expenditure Survey, SmartAsset calculated “purchasing power by determining the weighted cost of living as a percentage of median income.”

Norfolk, Middlesex and Nantucket counties took the top three spots. Worcester County, with a purchasing power index of 73.19, was next.

Read the entire story on the SmartAsset website

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