AMHERST, Mass. – Distinguished scientist and professor Andrew McCallum, director of the Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will lead a new partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to accelerate science and medicine. The goal of this project, called Computable Knowledge, is to create an intelligent and navigable map of scientific knowledge using a branch of artificial intelligence known as knowledge representation and reasoning.
AMHERST, Mass. – The fifth annual UMassGives, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s 48-hour online fundraising event, raised a total of $338,622 from 5,107 gifts. UMassGives ran from Founders Day, April 27 to April 28.
AMHERST, Mass. – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new program to build academic pathways for high-performing graduates from the Commonwealth’s community colleges with a $1 million gift.
The program in Scandinavian studies has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation for “Scandinavian Impulses” programming in 2016-17. In addition to individual cultural events, the grant will provide major support for the upcoming public symposium “Managing Multicultural Scandinavia” on March 31 and April 1.
Yasu Morita, microbiology, has been awarded a renewable $40,000 biomedical research grant from the American Lung Association for a project, “Cell wall biogenesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: towards identifying druggable cell envelope proteins.”
AMHERST, Mass. – Honors students at three area community colleges planning to pursue their studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will benefit from $550,000 in scholarships funded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries a three-year, $600,000 grant to support a program for faculty fellows, graduate fellows and undergraduates from UMass Amherst and community colleges to engage deeply with the W.E.B. Du Bois archives through the W.E.B. Du Bois Center.
After a year of review, the Barr Foundation recently announced changes to its strategic plan for grant-making. Barr is not making any seismic changes. Instead, the foundation is making certain that it definitively serves as "both stewards and catalysts."
For the past six years, the William T. Grant Foundation has invested over $14 million in studies on how research evidence on youth outcomes is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making.
AMHERST, Mass. – Li-Jun Ma, a University of Massachusetts Amherst biochemist and genomics expert, has received a coveted five-year, $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award to develop new treatment options for opportunistic fungal infections.