November 26, 2017

The Quad [Nov. 26-Dec. 2]: Four things to know from UMass Medical School, Becker and Clark

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UMass Medical School taps VC to be vice chancellor

Jim Glasheen, Ph.D., a prominent venture capitalist in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and patient-centered health fields, will join UMass Medical School on Dec. 4 as the executive vice chancellor for innovation & business development, according to an announcement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Dean Terence R. Flotte.

Glasheen will succeed Brendan O’Leary, Ph.D., a scientist and former venture capitalist who, for more than three years, has led a comprehensive approach to business development, innovation and advancing industry partnerships as the office’s founding executive vice chancellor.

“This role is a key initiative that arose in the campus strategic plan and has greatly expanded the reach of our research and development and enriched our medical school research enterprise,” Collins said. “Brendan’s successes here have created a strong foundation for Jim, who will execute a comprehensive and strategic business plan to strengthen and enlarge the size, scope and impact of our research enterprise, leveraging the commercialization of our IP portfolio through alliances, collaborations, agreements and partnerships with new and established life sciences partners.”

Glasheen is joining UMass Medical School after 15 years as a general partner in the venture capital fund Technology Partners in California. Companies in which he was an investor and/or board member include: Cadence Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Mallinckrodt), Revance Therapeutics, Iomai (acquired by Intercell), Incline Therapeutics (acquired by the Medicines Company), Transcend Medical (acquired by Novartis), Vision 5 (acquired by Allergan), Corcept and Elcelyx.

He is also the co-founder and co-chairman of ConsumerMed, a nonprofit organization focused on patient-centered health. Prior to his venture career, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company and was a leader within their pharmaceuticals and medical products practice. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in biology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley.

“It is important that we maintain the momentum that Brendan and his colleagues have created in recent years, dramatically increasing both the number and value of our collaborations with industry, which has helped diversify funding sources for our research mission and increased the possibility that our scientific discoveries will translate into meaningful advances in human health,” said Dean Flotte, the Celia and Isaac Haidak professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website

Becker to hold eSports lectures Tuesday

The Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College will present two lectures on eSports on Tuesday.

Rosty “Rosty” Elkun will appear on campus to talk about how he has grown into a top player of the video game “Hearthstone.” Elkun will highlight his competitive background, his big breaks, and how he fit “Hearthstone” into his college career.

Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal will appear online to discuss how he turned his passion for video games into his career as a “League of Legends” professional.

The lectures are at 6:30 p.m. in the Boutin Student Center, 44 West St. The event, sponsored by the Becker College Esports Club & Gamer Sensei, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call 508-373-9460 to RSVP.

Becker to hold open house for MFA in Interactive Media

The Becker College School of Design and Technology will host an open house for its new Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media degree.

Meet the faculty and learn more about our MFA in Interactive Media 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Boutin Student Center, Trustee’s Room, 44 West St.

The 60-degree program is designed to provide designers, programmers, artists and producers with the unique opportunity to work within our innovative studio classrooms to develop fully realized projects.

Students will gain valuable team management skills as they take on leadership roles in our existing undergraduate studios, and will graduate with an industry standard portfolio. Classes begin in the fall of 2018. Register for the open house by calling 508-373-9400 or via email at

Clark to host exhibit, panel discussion on domestic violence

Clark University will host a daylong exhibit and a panel discussion on domestic violence on Wednesday. Both events are free and open to the public.

An exhibit, “An Empty Place at the Table: A remembrance of the lives lost to domestic violence,” will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Dining Hall at the Higgins University Center, 950 Main St. Names of victims will be inscribed onto place settings which represent individuals who lost their lives to domestic violence this year in Massachusetts. Inspired by a memorial project by the same name that originated in Pennsylvania, the exhibit offers a way for the public to see the lives that are lost in a community because of partner violence.

A panel discussion, “Domestic Violence: Realities and Supports for Victims in the U.S. and Around the World,” will be held 5-7 p.m. in the Grace Conference Room, first floor of the Higgins University Center. Panelists include representatives from the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, Clark University international and domestic students, faculty and staff.  Panelists will discuss the realities of domestic violence on campuses, and in communities in the U.S. and around the world.

These events are sponsored by the Clark University Community Health Research Group. For more information, call 508-421-3898 or email

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