The Quad [Jan. 13-20]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker, QCC and Anna Maria

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Kiplinger’s cites Clark’s quality, affordability on annual ‘best values’ list

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Clark University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. This annual list ranks 100 private universities, 100 public schools and 100 liberal arts colleges. Clark appears at number 33 on the ranking of best values in private universities for 2018.

All of the schools in the 2018 lists provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. Kiplinger’s restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. The 300 ranked schools are chosen from a field of 1,200.

The Quad [Jan. 6-13]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker and WPI

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Clark names three new trustees

Clark University has announced the appointment of Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Nancie Julian and Ronald Shaich to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are all Clark alumni.

Board Chairman Steven Swain, class of 1989, noted that the new members are uniquely qualified to help shape and drive the board’s strategies in key areas for Clark, including increased visibility, resource development, and successful educational and career outcomes for graduates.

“We are excited to have people of such impressive accomplishment and clear commitment to Clark University join our board,” Swain said in a statement.

“Clark is an extraordinary institution that is reinventing liberal education to meet the challenges of a 21st-century economy. The addition of Ellen, Nancie and Ron gives us access to their deep professional experience, innovative thinking and informed perspectives about the value of an inspired education. Their contributions will enhance our partnership with President David Angel and our distinguished faculty to build on Clark’s successes and cultivate fresh areas for growth,” Swain said.

The Quad [Dec. 30-Jan. 6]: Four things to know from UMass Medical School, Becker, Holy Cross

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Two UMMS residents to study effect of mindfulness during hospital rounds

The American Council of Graduate Medical Education has awarded a Back to Bedside grant to UMass Medical School alumni and internal medicine/pediatrics residents Emily Chen, M.D., and Emily Levoy, M.D.

The Back to Bedside program supports resident- and fellow-led projects that affect the way they engage with patients and their learning environment in powerful and meaningful ways. Drs. Chen and Levoy will use the one-year, $2,000 grant to implement their “Mindful Rounding: A Back to Bedside Initiative.” The grant is renewable for up to two years.

“The majority of residents enter the medical field because we enjoy interacting with and helping patients, but many of us have found that we devote too much time to administrative tasks and documentation,” Levoy said. “The Back to Bedside grant was a great opportunity to think critically about how we could create an intervention to improve the quantity and quality of the interactions we have with patients and families on a busy inpatient pediatrics ward.”

Becker College

The Quad [Dec. 23-30]: Four things to know from UMass Medical School, QCC and Becker

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Thoru Pederson named American Society for Cell Biology fellow

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Thoru Pederson, Ph.D., has been named a 2017 fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology.

Pederson — Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and associate vice provost for research — was one of 67 scientists to receive the honor, which is bestowed on ASCB members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for their meritorious efforts to advance cell biology and its applications and for their service to ASCB.

“I am very pleased to be inducted as an ASCB fellow,” Pederson said. “The mysteries of the cell have been my science forever and ASCB has been my ‘home’ as a professional society and community since I joined in 1966.”

Lapidus and Pedraja

The Quad [Dec. 16-23]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Becker, QCC and Fitchburg State

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Anna Maria presents Christmas Festival Concert Dec. 17 in Worcester

The Anna Maria College Music Department will present its annual Christmas Festival Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The concert will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 551 Pleasant St., in Worcester.

The concert will feature the school’s Concert Chorus, Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

Becker Post Presentation

The Quad [Dec. 9-16]: Four things to know from WPI, Becker and QCC

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WPI allows applicants to self-report test scores, saving on application fees

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has joined a growing number of colleges and universities that allow students or their school counselors to self-report their SAT and ACT test scores, saving money and time for prospective students.

Previously, students had to request that their scores be submitted via the agencies that administer the SAT and ACT, which collect a fee from students for each school being sent the scores. These fees are in addition to those that students spend on registration each time they sit for a standardized test.

As of the start of this month, students applying to WPI who wish to submit their test scores can do so directly. Students who are admitted and plan to enroll are then required to submit any scores officially, via the testing agencies.

The Quad [Dec. 3-9]: Four things to know from Clark, Holy Cross, WPI and Anna Maria

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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.

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.

QCC accredididation

The Quad [Nov. 19-25]: Four things to know from Becker, Quinsigamond Community College, WPI and Clark

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Becker, UMass Law team to launch accelerated law degree

Students enrolled in Becker’s pre-law program can now go from classroom to courtroom in just six years. Becker and UMass School of Law at Dartmouth signed an articulation agreement that will allow Becker’s most talented pre-law students to complete both their undergraduate studies and law degree in six years, instead of seven.

“This is a great new program which allows students to enter law school in their senior year and save time and money in the process,” said Ursula Furi-Perry, Becker’s assistant dean of the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences, who heads the departments of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies. “UMass in particular is a wonderful partner because of its intense focus on social justice and access to justice issues which resonate with our students.”

The Quad [Nov. 15]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, Assumption and Clark

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Anna Maria hosts Clothesline Project

Anna Maria College will host the Clothesline Project from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

This project was started in 1990 by a group of women from Hyannis to create awareness regarding the issues and lack of support for women who were victims of domestic violence.

Throughout the day, T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline in the college’s Bishop Flanagan Center telling the victims’ stories. Since the project’s inception in 2011, more shirts have been added to the collection totaling over 300 shirts filled with stories of Anna Maria individuals who wanted to show their stories and show their support.