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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.

Molecular Playground

While the public can appreciate the beauty of a flower, the molecular basis of nature goes largely unnoticed. Indeed, the inherent beauty of molecules is rarely communicated to the public. This project has developed a system for displaying large-scale interactive molecules in prominent public spaces, beginning with installations at UMass and the Springfield Science Museum, expanding (so far) to 7 installations world wide.

Town/Gown Lecture Series

This lecture series brings faculty from the University to the Jones Library in Amherst twice each semester where they present a talk on their research intended for the general public.

Educational Booth on the Morgan Horse at Equine Affaire

Cassandra Uricchio runs an educational booth on the Morgan breed of horse at Equine Affairs, the largest equine symposium and trade show in the United States. Dr. Uricchio has been working closely with Dr. Gradil, a reproductive specialist, and January Arkle, the Barn Manager of the Hadley Farm, to bring back the Bay State Morgan Line. The number of Morgans at UMass has diminished dramatically over the years, so this project is very important to the Equine community.

Men of Color Health Awareness

MOCHA is an innovative health movement in Springfield, Massachusetts which seeks to reduce severe health disparities in the city by creating health-conscious norms and diffusing them through men of color’s personal and social networks.

UMass Family Business Center

The UMass Family Business Center, a program in UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education, serves as a practical and inspirational resource for family and closely held businesses. Ongoing participation benefits family companies of every size and industry throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1994, our learning community of business owning families has helped themselves and one another transition peaceably, govern wisely, communicate clearly, risk and reward appropriately, mediate resolutely, and strategize thoughtfully.

Population 7

Population 7 is an urban art laboratory with a vision of making a tangible impact on the culture of public art in Springfield. Located in the upper Lyman Warehouse District, two studios in 2010 and this public art studio in 2011 studied and implemented public art installations. Work was produced by Professor Frank Sleegers and graduate students Elizabeth Englebretson, Carli Foster, Doris Yiwei Huang, and Eric Wojtowicz, although undergraduates also participate in the studios.

New England Public Radio

New England Public Radio, with headquarters planned for Springfield, MA (to be occupied in 2014), delivers exceptional NPR and local news, information, music, and cultural programming on air and online. We are WFCR News and Music at 88.5 FM and at other frequencies throughout the Berkshires. And we are all-news WNNZ AM 640 and 91.7 FM. It’s all at nepr.net, all the time.

Science, Technology & Society Initiative

The Science, Technology & Society Initiative was established to promote multidisciplinary collaboration among the natural, physical and social sciences, engineering and public policy. It provides a catalyst for innovative research as well as an interdisciplinary forum to discuss issues in science and technology and it provides a single point of contact for campus-wide faculty collaborations, enabling effective teaming on new proposals and initiatives.

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.

Nonprofit Program Management Projects

Students in this course on nonprofit program management, generally taught annually, complete team- and client-based projects as part of their coursework. Projects are identified through a competitive Request for Proposals sent to nonprofits throughout western Massachusetts. Clients selected for course projects receive such services as constituent surveys, program evaluations, and the development of strategic plans for leadership succession.

World Wide Views on Biodiversity

This project brought the voices of citizens to the deliberations of the 2012 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11). A UMass Public Service Endowment Grant helped to support deliberations on biodiversity of almost 100 citizens across the Commonwealth at the Museum of Science in Boston. Their views, along with those of citizens from across the globe, were shared with delegates to the UN convention to inform their deliberations and decision making. A report on the project is available.

Springfield Stories

The Springfield Stories project develops a pilot demonstration project to show how locative media technology (video on website and mobile devices) can aid in efforts to spur community engagement and economic development in downtown Springfield. Video performances (narrative stories, songs, dances, etc.) by local Springfield youth relate their experiences and perceptions of the city.

Wellspring Collaborative

Representing an innovative public-private partnership that includes UMass Amherst, Baystate Health, and other Springfield partners, Wellspring is developing green, worker-owned businesses that supply the needs of area anchor institutions such as hospitals and colleges. New entry-level jobs will pay a living wage and enable low-income Springfield residents to accumulate wealth that supports their move into the middle class. The first business, an upholstery coop, is scheduled to begin operations in 2013.

Public History Program

The program develops innovative public projects that engage a broad range of audiences outside the University. Massachusetts boasts a rich network of museums, archives, historical societies, documentary filmmakers, and historic preservation agencies, as well as one of the top public research universities in the nation. Since 1986, the public history program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has provided a vital link between the University and the Commonwealth's wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public.

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.

UMass Transportation Center

The University of Massachusetts Transportation Center is responsible for promoting transportation research and outreach services that engage academic resources throughout the University of Massachusetts System. The Center's operations are supported by University funds and through contracts with state and federal agencies as well as with non-governmental entities.

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.

National Center for Digital Government

The National Center for Digital Government is a research, teaching and outreach center of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and administratively based at CPPA. It was established with support from the National Science Foundation. NCDG builds global research capacity, advances practice, and strengthens the local, national and global network of researchers and practitioners engaged in building and using technology in government.