Conferences and Community Events

2016 Five College ASA DataFest

Fri, 2016-04-01 19:30 to Sun, 2016-04-03 16:00
Integrated Sciences Building UMass Amherst

The American Statistical Association presents the 2016 Five College Data Fest, a nationallly coordinated undergraduate data analysis competition.

Join in for an opportunity to win prizes, meet other students interested in data, and learn more about data science and statistics than you thought possible in one weekend!

The mission of DataFest is to expose undergraduate students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis. By working in teams, students with varying skill sets will combine their efforts and expand their collective data analysis horizons. Interaction among students, as well as with outside consultants will promote the sense that data analysis is a dynamic, engaging, and vibrant part of our society, as well as a realistic, practical, and fun career path.


The Opioid Crisis: Decreasing the Stigma of Addiction

Thu, 2016-02-18 16:30 to 18:00
Skinner Hall Room 112

The UMass Medical Reserve Corps Presents "The Opioid Crisis: Decreasing the Stigma of Addiction" 

This opioid and narcan information session with substance abuse specialists Dr. Kimberly Dion and Dominic Singh will educate participants on the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer nasal spray Narcan in the event of an overdose.

For more information contact Lauren da Fonte, MRC Coordinator, at






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Free and open to the public

Student Wellness Advisory Board Informational Meeting

Tue, 2016-02-16 18:00
Campus Center Room 163

Apply to be a representative on the Student Wellness Advisory Board. As a student representative your role would be to act as a conduit for student feedback about their health and wellness needs and experiences on campus. In addition, work with campus administrators to address these concerns and come up with progressive solutions.

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16th, at 6:00 pm in CC 163.

Student Wellness Advisory Board Informational Meeting Flyer

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Public Higher Education Advocacy Day

Mon, 2016-03-07 10:00 to 14:00
Great Hall - Massachusetts State House

The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others from community colleges, state universities, the UMass campuses, and the broader community to join together to advocate for better funded, affordable and accessible public higher education in Massachusetts.

On March 7th, students, faculty, and staff from the public institutions of higher education will be going to the state house to demand increased funding for its institutions. In years past, people have demanded and won 50/50 funding of the universities, state college and community colleges in Massachusetts. In order to ensure that schools like UMass receive the funding they need, PHENOM will return to the State House this year with as many people and as much support as possible.

The funding allocated by the State affects UMass’ ability to: support underfunded, maintain the buildings where our students, faculty, and staff spend their time, take care of our graduate students, and make this university an affordable place to attend school. Public Higher Education Advocacy Day is vital to ensuring that UMass is a priority in the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, however it is also important for legislators to hear the stories of the people who are affected by higher education funding in order to contextualize the struggles that inadequate funding create for the people who interact with the higher education system day in and day out. 

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Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities

Tue, 2016-03-15 08:00 to 17:30

Are you a person with a disability...looking for a career opportunity or internship? This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Great opportunity for College students & College grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including Apple, AT&T, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Deloitte, Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, PwC, USDA, & More!

Learn more here.

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Fri, 2016-02-05 18:00 to Sun, 2016-02-07 13:00
Lederle Graduate Research Center Room 1634

The Graduate Researchers Interested in Data (GRiD) graduate student organization will be hosting a hackathon of PVTA bus data over the weekend of February 5-7. Featuring a Keynote Talk: Supply and Demand of Data Science Talent by Johnathan Cornelissen and Nick Carchedi, DataCamp.

More info here.

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Five College Student Leaders in Violence Prevention Training

Sat, 2016-02-20 22:00 to Sun, 2016-02-21 16:00
New Africa House, UMass

The Center for Women and Community is offering a free training in sexual violent prevention to Five College student leaders. This training will provide necessary tools and skills for effective and trauma-informed education, advocacy, and events. The training will give participants the opportunity to apply their learning by developing intentional, coordinated programs for sexual assault prevention.

Student leaders who complete the training series will receive a certificate of completion, a shirt, and an invitation to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

Limited spaces available so please apply as soon as possible. We appreciate your time and we look forward to seeing you all!

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4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

Sat, 2016-03-12 07:45 to 17:30
Northeastern University Curry Student Center 346 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02119

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships.

The conference brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations, investors and all others.

The 4th Annual Massachusetts UFC is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception.

The following panels and discussions will be held:

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Youth Development
  • Urban Food Production and Addressing Climate Change
  • Greenhouse Design and Management
  • Growing for Restaurants & Corner Stores: Systems and Strategies
  • Cultural Crops: Production, Markets and Profits
  • Aquaponics Workshop
  • Farm Planning: What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job
  • Business Planning for Your Urban Agriculture Business
  • Soil Health: Testing and Interpretation Relevant to Urban Soils
  • Crop Planning: High Value Crops, Meeting Health and Nutritional Needs
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • Land Tenure: Land Trusts and Ground Leases
  • Discussion on Social Justice, Economics, Food Sovereignty and Race

Learn more about the conference here.


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Schools of Public Health Admissions Information Session

Sat, 2015-11-14 09:00 to 11:30
Boston University School of Public Health Campus, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA

Are you interested in studying public health in Massachusetts?

Please join us for a joint information session that will include representatives from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences; Boston University School of Public Health; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Northeastern University; and Tufts University.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at:
Boston University School of Public Health Campus
715 Albany Street
Boston, MA

Please join us to learn more:

What is public health all about?

What are the admissions requirements and application processes for each school?

Light refreshments will be served.

Please click here to register.

If you require special accommodations, please contact Jonathan Cote, Director of Admissions, Boston University School of Public Health, at 617-414-8420 or


Jeremy Lauer, PhD, of the World Health Organization

Fri, 2015-09-18 11:15
Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall

Dr. Lauer will be discussing the use of applied mathematics and statistics in global public health. As an Economist in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, he has led inter-disciplinary teams in a range of countries in Latin America and Africa on adapting the results of economic evaluation to national settings and has contributed to a body of work on the cost-effectiveness of interventions for cardiovascular risk factors and disease, respiratory conditions, cancers, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and chronic disease prevention, as well as on health systems research and diverse topics in epidemiology and statistics.

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