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CIE and IGH at UMass work with Kabul Medical University

The Academy for Education Development in consortium with three U.S universities will work through the Higher Education Project to strengthen The Kabul Medical University in Afghanistan. UMass Amherst's participation is being led by its Center for International Education and the Institute for Global Health to work in partnership with Kabul Medical University, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Public Health. Their goal is to create a new School of Public Health and designing a new Masters in Public Health.

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Classics Department

The Master of Arts in Teaching graduates go out to teach Latin in secondary schools all over the country and introduce the ancient western world to new generations of students. The program leads to a middle- and high-school (grades 5-12) teaching certificate in Latin and Classical Humanities valid in 30 states within the Interstate Certification Compact.

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Climate System Research Center

Climate System Research Center focuses on the climate system, climatic variability and global change issues. Issues span from contemporary climate variations to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes. The center brings together graduate students, post-docs, research scientists and University faculty who are interested in the variability of the climate system in time and space. Faculty are working in more than 24 countries with studies ranging from ancient lake sediments in Siberia to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Community Based Archaeological Research - Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound Historial Park

Dr. Sonya Atalay worked with Sullivan County American Indian Council, of Fairbanks, Indiana, to develop a long term plan for the protection and preservation of Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound. Partnering with the SCAIC and Indiana University to participate with research in the community involving local oral history of Indigenous People, Dr. Atalay did a site survey, and mapping, to develop a comprehensive protection and management program for a park with interpretive trails.

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Community-based Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield

This project aims to identify the needs of minority language children who speak Vietnamese as a home language. We ask (1) What are the first and second language skills of Vietnamese American children living in Springfield? What are their language needs? (2) What school and community programs target Vietnamese American youth? How effective are these programs in promoting language development? Methods include parent surveys, child language screenings, and secondary analysis of state and local education data.

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Computer-Based Math Tutor

A computer-based, emotionally perceptive math tutoring software system has been developed by UMass Amherst computer scientists and colleagues to help improve standardized test scores such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). After extensive analysis and studies on gender relations with math done with elementary aged children in Holyoke, MA and Springfield, MA schools and elsewhere, the software was written to offer emotional support, found to be appreciated more by girls than boys who are less affected by it.

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Cree Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Cree Culture, Natural Resources, and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary course that involves reading and group discussions for self-motivated juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The course involves a 10-day experiential learning trip to the James Bay region of northern Quebec. Students learn about the complex influences of a global market for energy and natural resources on the forests and indigenous people of northern Quebec.

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Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

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Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders is a student run organization driven to help local and international communities create sustainable solutions to improve their quality of life and future. EWB aims to develop, fundraise, construct and implement tools necessary for communities to help themselves. The student chapter at UMass Amherst has managed projects in Ghana and Kenya to help develop sustainable methods for clean water.

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