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Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone

The courses for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) masters program involve collaborative Health Care Improvement projects in the students’ communities. The student first collaborates with the nursing and interdisciplinary team to identify an important issue for a patient population, and then the CNL capstone involves the development, implementation and evaluation of an improvement project for this patient population in collaboration with the community partners.

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Community Development in Health Education Public Health 302

This course is designed for students interested in improving community and individual health by applying the theories and tools from the fields of community organizing and community development. Students gain skills and techniques to involve people in the analysis of the health problems and solutions that affect themselves, their families and their communities. Students are also introduced to the principles and methods of community participatory research in local communities.

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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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Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System

The Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) is an approach, utilizing a computer software program, to prioritizing land for conservation to protect habitat and biodiversity. It is an objective, dynamic, and flexible tool to support decision-making for land conservation, land management, project review and permitting. CAPS is a key component of the state’s comprehensive wetlands monitoring and assessment program. It is a project of the Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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Corporate Toxics Information Project

The Corporate Toxics Information Project analyzes and disseminates information from the US Environmental Protection Agency on corporate releases of toxic chemicals and the resulting exposures of communities to air and water pollution hazards. The Project aims to help community-based activists and socially responsible investors to translate the right to know into the right to clean air and water.

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Electronic Navigation System for Visually Impaired

PERCEPT is an electronic navigation system that provides verbal directions, electronic signs and a virtual information booth for helping the visually impaired around subway stations. The innovative system can be used with a smartphone through a special application with pre-set instructions and near field communication software (NFC) which allows the phone to communicate with electronic tags installed throughout the station. The system hopes to enhance the perception of the blind and visually impaired in unfamiliar indoor environments.

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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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Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning: Pathways to Sustainability

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. This year, speakers from 26 countries will be coming to share how they have approached greenway planning and to communicate how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.

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Family Forest Research Center

The Family Forest Research Center (FFRC) conducts research to help understand the social and economic dimensions of family forestry in order to promote sustainable forest management that meets the current and future needs of landowners, communities, and society. FFRC is a collaborative program of the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness

The Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness brings together scientists, educators, government, policy makers and industry executives to develop and implement innovative solutions to food-related health issues. The Center is a world-class academic research center that consists of state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation to conduct research on food components that can improve the health and wellness of our food supply.

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