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Archaeology, Heritage, and Conservation in Akko, Israel

This program combines excavation, conservation, heritage studies, and community engagement at the site of Akko, Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The project is a run by faculty from Penn State, UMass Amherst, Trinity College, and the University of Haifa. Students learn archaeological excavation and survey methods on the remains of a site that has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. They experience the role played by the distant past in today's political and cultural discourses, and work with stakeholders from communities in Akko to determine the future of the past at the site.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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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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Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking

The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking is an active partnership of campus and community stakeholders that takes a data-driven, comprehensive approach to combating the many problems related to excessive drinking among students. Using environmental management strategies, the coalition is working to change the environment in which individuals and groups live and make decisions about their health. The CCC’s successful approach has helped decrease dangerous drinking among UMass students by as much as 27% since 2005.

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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 Forensics

Bringing together partners across industry, government, and academia to advance scientific and societal understanding of the issues raised by digital forensics technologies, the Center develops and applies novel research and technology in forensics and privacy to address the interests of society, law, and government. To date, over 4,000 arrests for Internet-based child sexual exploitation have been made based on our research and technology. Since April 2012, more than 85 children have been rescued from sexually abusive situations as a result of cases started with our tools.

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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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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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CPPA Capstones

All Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) students design and implement a final culminating or “capstone” experience in their final year. The projects address interests relevant to the student’s curricular or career goals, and often involve working with municipalities or community-based organizations, including those in Springfield.

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CPPA Summer Internships

All students in the Center for Public Policy and Administration program, including in the newly-minted accelerated Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program for Five College students, complete a full-time summer internship that places students in public and quasi-public agencies or organizations where they receive hands-on experience in public policy and/or administration. Internships occur across the country and indeed around the globe.

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