July 12, 2017

Inbox [July 12]: News and notes from WCCA-TV, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, UMass Medical School, Clark and Sen. Moore

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Sen. Michael Moore honors Lisa Nelson of Grafton with an award for being selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an Unsung Heroine.

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WCCA-TV runs “Worcester in 10” contest

WCCA-TV is holding a contest to find out what people love about Worcester.

Post a 10-second video on Facebook describing what you love about Worcester. It can be complicated or simple, serious or silly. Every day for 10 days, WCCA-TV will pick a video posted that day to win $10. At the end of the contest, which runs until July 19, one person will win a $100 grand prize.

For more information, or to enter a video, visit WCCA-TV Facebook event page

Kickoff reception set for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

Organizers of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Worcester walk, planned for Sunday, Oct. 15, at Institute Park, will hold a kickoff reception, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in the Odeum Room, Campus Center, WPI.

At the reception, you will have the opportunity to meet team leaders and participants, listen to a researcher speak about their American Cancer Society-funded research and listen to a survivor share their personal story. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

RSVP via email to WorcesterMAStrides@cancer.org.

More information in online at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website

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UMass Medical School

UMass Medical School doctor earns innovation grant

Jie Song, Ph.D., a faculty member at UMass Medical School, was awarded an Innovation Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The grant is worth $250,000 over two years.

Song is working on 3D printed bone grafts for pediatric skeletal reconstruction.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all children with cancer, has awarded 19 grants to leading pediatric oncologists across the country.

“The Innovation Grant encourages experienced researchers in the field to push for breakthroughs in childhood cancers, ultimately leading to new clinical interventions,” said Jay Scott, co-executive director of ALSF. “Each year, the recipients continue to show great promise moving us toward desperately needed cures, with important findings along the way.”

The Innovation Grant was created to provide critical and significant seed funding for experienced researchers with novel and promising approaches to finding the causes and cures for childhood cancers.

Clark prof selected for science leadership group

Christopher A. Williams, associate professor at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and adjunct associate professor of biology, will join the North American Carbon Program’s Science Leadership Group, nominated by members of the Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group.

Williams also was invited to serve as co-chair for the development of a high-level science implementation plan for the NACP, and he will accept this specific role in addition to his contributions to the Science Leadership Group.

Clark professor Chris Williams

“This invitation shows the high regard in which Chris is held in the field,” said Professor Deborah G. Martin, director of the Graduate School of Geography. “His contribution will be a significant service to the field of science broadly and to climate change research in particular.”

The NACP is a multidisciplinary research program established to study how carbon cycles through ecosystems, oceans and the atmosphere and to provide tools for decision makers.

”It is an honor to have been selected for this important assignment to serve the scientific community,” Williams said. “I look forward to championing the important work being done by this collection of researchers working to understand the diverse global changes affecting the earth system today, and to find solutions that lead to a safe and healthy future.”

Read the entire story on the Clark University website

Grafton resident named Unsung Heroine

Lisa Nelson of Grafton was selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as a 2017 Unsung Heroine.

Senator Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, nominated Lisa for her outreach and advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals living with Dyslexia. Her name was recognized with other Unsung Heroines from across the commonwealth during a recent ceremony held at the State House in Boston.

Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols. As a parent of a child with dyslexia, Lisa has experienced the challenges associated with identifying, remediating and supporting children with dyslexia.

“Lisa is an energetic, engaged citizen who is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with dyslexia,” Moore said.  “Instead of sitting idly by, she has sprung to action to spread awareness and to propose public policy changes that would improve the lives of all people with dyslexia. Public attention to, and awareness about, dyslexia has significantly increased as a result of Lisa’s initiatives. She is most deserving of this recognition opportunity.”

“As co-founder of the statewide grassroots movement, I have been working with others for the past four years trying to change literacy outcomes for students with dyslexia,” Nelson said.  “With social media and public events, we connect parents to information they are not getting in schools.  It is a real game changer for many families to find information from local researchers and I am grateful to my legislators for being supporters of dyslexia legislation.”

Read the entire story on Sen. Michael Moore’s website

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