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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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Aussie and American Styles of English

This program is designed as a cross-cultural study of popular uses of English in Australia and in the United States. Special attention is given to prominent styles of expression in each location, cultural vocabulary for making sense of English in each location (e.g., "cutting a tall poppy" in Aussie English, "chit-chat" in American English), and ways mis-communication may result from the interaction of these habitual styles and modes of expression.

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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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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club is a non-profit, student-driven, scientific and educational service organization dedicated to serving students in the biochemistry and other life sciences majors with respect to academics, research and careers. Supported by our daily fundraisers throughout the school year, we are able to offer interesting and informative events each month, for example, networking opportunities with speakers from top life sciences companies, tours to these companies’ labs, workshops with Career Services, and student to student panels for peer mentoring.

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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 e-Design

The Center for e-Design is a joint research coalition comprised of eight universities working closely with numerous businesses and government organizations. The coalition was established to create new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineered products and systems.

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Center for Educational Assessment

The Center for Educational Assessment provides technical expertise in areas such as test development, item response theory applications, equating, standard setting, test selection and evaluation, and program evaluation. The Center is a valuable resource for educational policy makers and others who use tests to make important decisions regarding individuals, organizations or institutions.

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