New England News
12:28 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

New Science Wing Gives Students Competitive Edge

Dr. Sherri Svedine-Gaskalka, who teaches chemistry at Springfield Central High School, in one of the 12 new labs in the 30,000 square foot science wing that opened earlier this year.
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts is making a financial commitment to equip the state’s public schools with state-of-the-art science labs. The initiative comes as schools stress a curriculum heavy with science, technology, engineering and math, which is collectively called STEM.

A new three-story science wing with 12 new laboratories, multi-purpose preparation rooms, cutting-edge classrooms, and a greenhouse was dedicated Thursday at Springfield Central High School. The new wing cost $32 million. The Massachusetts School Building Authority covered 80 percent of the cost, or $25.6 million.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Westfield State Recruits Home-Grown Teachers For Springfield Schools

Westfield State University President Elizabeth Preston announces a partnership with the Springfield Public Schools to create more minority teachers. Preston is joined by Westfield State Dean of Education Cheryl Stanley
Credit WAMC

A state university in western Massachusetts and an urban public school system have announced a partnership to train more minority teachers in high- demand fields.

Westfield State University and the Springfield Public Schools have embarked on a “grow your own” initiative to recruit Springfield high school students of color to become teachers, provide a four-year university education, followed by a guaranteed job in the city’s public school system.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: American Scientific Capital

A panel at a national meeting of historians I attended was devoted to the relation between the study of history and STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One speaker explained that practical skills were widespread early in our history. Those skills, like surveying, sailing, or building canals, required both hands-on skills and the ability to perform calculations and experiment. American surveyors, navigators and builders were doing what we now call science and math, though they rarely got the credit. One surveyor wrote to a Frenchman around 1814 that no one was paying for astronomy, and no one was paying him for his astronomical investigations and calculations. But the speaker then pointed out that this gentleman was in fact being paid by the government for surveying and that his surveys required the astronomical observations he was making. He was doing the work, though not being recognized for it as his French friend would have been.

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New England News
6:23 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

State Funds Cancer Research Project At Western New England University

Western New England University's Sleith Hall which houses the engineering department
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded a major grant to Western New England University in Springfield for a cancer research project.

Western New England University will use the $500,000 grant to purchase equipment for the development of new tests for cancer drugs using live cells from cancer patients.  Dr. Anthony English, a professor of biomedical engineering said it will be cutting edge research that could lead to the production of more cost-effective personalized cancer treatments.

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New England News
4:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Career Fair Exposes Students to STEM Fields

Students had the chance to try and grab a piece of candy out of a model human abdomen using medical devices at an exhibit offered by the McCann Technical School.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Science, technology, engineering and math are the focus of a career fair in Pittsfield today.

Roughly 400 high school students had the chance to speak to representatives from more than 30 companies, colleges and governmental agencies highlighting careers in the STEM fields. Judith Monachina works in career services at Berkshire Community College, which hosted the fair.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Gillibrand Touts Importance Of STEM Education On Visit To Community College

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand addresses students at Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today toured Fulton Montgomery Community College to visit a program focused on nanotechnology. The New York Democrat is advocating for STEM education among women and minorities.

Senator Gillibrand visited FMCC’s Center for Engineering and Technology, Electrical Technology – Nanotechnology program. She spoke with students about the importance of STEM education at a school that is geographically positioned between two nanotechnology hubs – SUNY IT’s Nano Utica and Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

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Vox Pop
8:56 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Women in STEM: A Conversation with RPI President Shirley Jackson

Credit RPI

For women today, the opportunities to achieve success is a career in science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—are undoubtedly greater than they were decades ago. But recent studies and events show American women still face more hurdles and challenges than their male counterparts today. And recently, a Brown University Professor called attention to an alarming lack of Wikipedia entries for influential female scientists. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson about women in STEM careers.

Hudson Valley News
10:26 am
Sat August 31, 2013

HV College Receives NSF Funding To Train Teachers In STEM

Credit Colleen Lane, flickr

A college in the Hudson Valley is the recipient of more than $1.4 million in funding for a scholarship program for prospective math and science teachers.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Mass. Governor's STEM Advisory Council Meets In Pittsfield

The Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council met at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At a meeting of the Massachusetts Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Advisory Council in Pittsfield today, resigning Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said that the collaborative work done between the public and private sector to strengthen students’ opportunities in the STEM fields must continue in his absence. 

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

North Country high school, university students advance to championship round of robotics competition

Team 4124 (above), one of the two FIRST Robotics teams sponsored by Clarkson University, was a regional winner at the BAE Systems/Granite State Regional in Manchester, N.H., on March 2 and will advance to the FRC Championship in St. Louis, Mo., in April.
Credit Clarkson University

Imagine this; two teams of three robots each are pitted against each other in an area to fling projectiles and climb to the top of a steel pyramid.

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