July 9, 2017

Inbox [July 9-15]: News and notes from Railers HC, U.S. Navy, WPI, Assumption, Clark and African Community Education

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Cliff Rucker and the Railers have big plans for the city -- including airing all their games on 98.9 FM.

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Railers games to be broadcast on 98.9-FM

The Worcester Railers Hockey Club games will be broadcast on 98.9-FM NASH ICON for the 2017-18 and the 2018-19 seasons.

All 72 regular-season games will be broadcast live on 98.9 and streamed live on www.nashicon989.com and through www.RailersHC.com. Each broadcast will include a 30-minute pregame show.

Eric Lindquist, Railers play-by-play voice and vice president of communications and marketing, returns for his ninth season of calling professional hockey in Worcester.

Worcester man ‘Makin’ the most of Navy time

SAN DIEGO — Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Derek Thomas of Worcester takes a photo of a vessel of interest as the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island transits the San Diego harbor last Wednesday. Makin Island is conducting deck-landing qualifications off the coast of Southern California.

Photo by: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer

WPI announces first recipients of Girls Who Code Alumni Scholarships

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announced the first recipients of its Girls Who Code Alumni Scholarships.

The new undergraduate scholarships not only will go toward increasing diversity in the field of computer science, but are meant to encourage young women to pursue careers that will help our nation remain competitive in the global economy, and address a critical national need for protection against cyber threats to our energy grids, military defense systems, water systems, refineries and other areas.

The WPI/GWC Alumni Scholarship program was developed in partnership with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in computer science through after-school and summer immersion programs. Each of the five students will receive annual scholarships of $20,000 for up to four years of undergraduate studies.

“This new scholarship is about making sure all the best minds are given the opportunity and encouragement to pursue computer science,” WPI President Laurie Leshin said. “Supporting women as they advance their studies is one way to build a more diverse pipeline while helping to close the skills gap in this critical field.”

The inaugural recipients of the WPI/GWC Alumni Scholarship are: Sreeshti Chuke of Arlington; Sadie Dominguez of Oakland, Calif.; Nicole Kuberka of Chatsworth, Calif.; Michelle Santacreu of Tampa, Fla.; and Ella Torregrosa of Putnam Valley, N.Y. They will begin their studies at WPI on Aug. 24.

Read the entire story on the WPI website

Assumption introduces MBA in Healthcare Management

Beginning this fall, Assumption College will offer a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, which will provide the business administration knowledge and skills required for today’s healthcare managers. Through this new program, which was developed with the help of healthcare experts, students will acquire an in-depth understanding of healthcare systems and the people they serve.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, outpacing the average for most occupations.

In response to this growing need, Assumption will offer the 42-credit, 14-course MBA in Healthcare Management and an 18-credit, six-course Certificate of Graduate Study for Healthcare Managers. Both programs are offered online to accommodate working professionals.

“The rapid expansion of the healthcare industry has created a tremendous need for well-educated individuals with strong leadership and management skills,” said Louise Carroll-Keeley, Ph.D., provost of Assumption. “Through this new MBA in Healthcare Management program, students will be provided a comprehensive course of study that will prepare them for successful careers of meaning within a field experiencing high demand for individuals who have a strong understanding of the complexities of the health care system.”

Clark professor selected to American Chemical Society fellowship

Sergio Granados-Focil, associate professor at the Clark University Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was honored recently for his outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

Sergio Granados-Focil

Granados-Focil is among 65 scientists named to the 2017 class of ACS Fellows. The fellowship recognizes his work on the development of well-defined ion conducting polymers and his efforts on behalf of incorporating polymer science into the chemistry curriculum at Clark and beyond. He is past chair of the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the ACS and the fellowship also honors his “sustained and dedicated volunteer service” to the PMSE.

“The work from our lab helps understand the basic principles governing ion transport in polymers, allowing the development of many new materials required for the widespread adoption of renewable energy alternatives, such as solar, hydroelectric, and wind power,” Granados-Focil said. “Other efforts in the lab produce materials that enable the construction of more energy efficient buildings and generate ion-selective sensors for water quality studies and for clinical analyses.”

The announcement appears in the June 19 issue of the ACS Chemical and Engineering News magazine. Fellows will be honored formally at a ceremony and reception during the Society’s 254th National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., in August.

ACE raising money for move

Worcester-based African Community Education has launched a $5,000 crowdfunding campaign on Generosity.com to help defray the costs of moving to a new location.

Courtesy ACE

ACE Executive Director Kaska Yawo

ACE is moving to a new location this summer and will have both new office and programming space. The group writes that the “new space will allow us to continue the impactful work ACE has done for 11 years while expanding our capabilities to better meet the needs of our amazing students.”

If ACE reaches its goal by Aug, 1, the Cahn Fund will donate an additional $5,000.

Read the entire story and donate on the ACE page on Generosity.com

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