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Athletes as Mentors

In this service learning course, UMass athletes mentor youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and Girls Inc. The athletes help the boys and girls with their homework, play games and sports with them, and talk to them about the importance of higher education. The youth also come to UMass for campus tours.

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Bay Path College: Microbiology Outreach

John Lopes, Department Head and Professor of Microbiology, regularly does outreach at Bay Path College. On April 17, he was an invited speaker a panel discussion at Bay Path College. The panel discussion was geared towards juniors and seniors from Bay Path College’s life sciences programs (biology, forensics, biochemistry, biotechnology, and neuroscience) and focused on their future in the life sciences with their degree. Representatives from medicine, biotech, grad school, and forensics served on the panel.

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Breast Cancer Registry

The breast cancer registry provides a research-ready database and access to tissue specimens to speed the discovery of biomarkers to improve diagnosis and discover mechanisms that can be harnessed to treat and prevent breast cancer.

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Care Transitions Education Project

The Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP) is a three year project designed to prepare and empower more nurses to lead effective care transitions. This project is funded by a Robert Wood Johnson PIN 6 grant. The CTEP team includes Schools of Nursing, Health Care Service organizations and foundations in Western Massachusetts.

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Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment integrates research and outreach education; it is the standard bearer of the university’s land-grant origins. It links with business, policy and public interest sectors in agriculture, commercial horticultural, environment, food systems. It includes UMass Extension, the Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station and the Water Resources Research Center. Based in the College of Natural Sciences, it also works with the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences and College of Engineering.

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Center for Research on Families

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst.

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Chapin Terrace Stormwater Management

The work is an exploration of adaptive retrofit infiltration systems along Chapin Terrace in Springfield, MA and reduces the impact of runoff on urban watersheds. This intervention represents a distinguishable aesthetic experience to raise acceptance, increase the spatial use, and make infiltration more desirable in urban environments. The interdisciplinary proposal was developed through collaboration with the regional Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC) with the intention of being a pilot project that could be implemented elsewhere in the city and region.

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Circuits and Beats

Middle school students from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. learn digital circuits and programming concepts from undergraduate electrical engineering majors at UMass Amherst. The program was developed by UMass Amherst's M5, an educational initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The two week summer workshop teaches students electrical engineering skills to create a “beat machine” where they were able to present and keep their final products.

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Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC) educates local planning and zoning officials to make effective decisions regarding land use. It provides workshops, internet access to core training units, a bylaw collection, many planning related links, training calendars, and e-mail discussion. Also, on-demand training to any community needing to focus on a specific topic, and one-day conferences addressing land use issues on a more in-depth basis. CPTC is an independent collaboration with the support of UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a 2-year curricular civic leadership program that partners with community organizations to work toward community goals and help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice. Students in CSP complete four required service-learning courses taken in sequence over 4 semesters. In the courses, each student articulates his or her vision of how society would be organized if it truly were good, then develops a series of tools to work toward that vision.

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