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Sen. Warren helms Dec. 8 Business Matchmaker event at Clark
Clark University will host the fourth annual Business Matchmaker event 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Tilton Hall, 950 Main St. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will speak at the event for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, which is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Participants will learn how to sell to the government, gain certifications and connect with the right people. More than 20 buyers from federal agencies and large prime contractors will be on hand for one-on-one meetings.
Holy Cross receives $800K Mellon Foundation grant
The College of the Holy Cross has been awarded $800,000 to support community-based research projects in the city of Worcester. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, equal to the largest Holy Cross has received from the foundation, will fund five years of faculty research projects as part of a Holy Cross initiative called “Scholarship in Action.”
“This initiative draws on our strengths – strong community partnerships, active engagement of students in Worcester, and our faculty’s commitment to engaging students in their research projects,” said Holy Cross Provost Margaret Freije. “We believe Scholarship in Action will transform how our faculty, students and community partners think, learn and work together.”
Holy Cross professors will pair up with community organizations to submit proposals in early 2018 to a committee that will award mini-grants to fund up to 14 projects. Research will begin in the summer. The projects will focus on long-term, humanities-based research that will enrich an understanding of Worcester and create meaningful partnerships between community organizations and Holy Cross faculty members. The projects must be long-term, sustainable initiatives that will last beyond a single semester or academic year.
Scholarship in Action will allow the college to go beyond its longstanding tradition of volunteering and community service, and direct its intellectual resources toward the needs of the community. By focusing research on Worcester, Holy Cross invites community partners and civic leaders to consider it both a resource and motivated partner. The initiative will expand on work already being done by faculty in Worcester, allowing them to expand upon their research and to build sustainable projects.
In preparation for the grant, Holy Cross reached out to a number of local organizations. While several potential projects were identified in the college’s initial proposal, projects are still in the planning stages.
Scholarship in Action will involve a number of campus departments and initiatives, including the Center for Liberal Arts in the World, the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, the Center for Teaching, the Office of Government and Community Relations, and the Office of Assessment and Research.
WPI graduate researcher wins Kalenian Award competition
A recent graduate in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute captured first place in the competition for the 2017 Kalenian Award, the university’s top prize recognizing commercialization potential for a given invention. Weijia Tao ’16 won $10,000 for her invention, a soft robotic hand that can be placed on existing robot arms and used to pick and pack products from warehouse shelves.
“There’s nothing on the market like this product right now, serving the picking and packing area of robotics,” said Tao, a graduate student researcher working with Cagdas Onal, WPI assistant professor of mechanical engineering, to commercialize their invention. The robotic hand has broad application areas ranging from order fulfillment in e-commerce/warehouses to picking and packing operations for fresh produce.
Three WPI sophomores — Daniel Shrives, Cole Winsor and Andrew Robbertz — received the second-place prize of $6,000 for their rowing telemetry system. Mechanical engineering instructor Joe Stabile came in third, receiving $4,000 for his planar speaker design using additive manufacturing.
The Kalenian Award, a competition established in 2006 by Alba Kalenian in memory of her late husband, inventor Aram Kalenian ’33, supports innovative ideas or the development of commercial products. The 2017 awards were presented by their son, Paul Kalenian, during a ceremony at WPI’s Rubin Campus Center.
Anna Maria Voice Studios presents Christmas Extravaganza
Anna Maria College Voice Studios presents its Christmas Extravaganza from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. The concert consists of an array of Christmas music to get attendees into the holiday spirit. A light reception of cookies and cocoa will follow the concert. Admission is free.
The AMC Music Department offers a quality repertoire on both a professional and artistic level. The music program is designed for students who wish to develop good general musicianship within the context of a strong liberal-arts education. Students in the program have the ability to develop sensitivity, intellectual background and technical dexterity in order to realize their potential for self-expression and communication through music.