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CASIS Award & MECSP
Competitive Capital Program Award
McAuliffe Center Receives Awards to Engage Students in ISS Mission Experiences, and Host Professional Development in Computer Literacy
The McAuliffe Center has partnered with NASA contractor CASIS (the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) to offer simulated International Space Station (ISS) missions and ISS-focused planetarium programs to out-of-school time groups, high school classes, and schools from underserved communities. CASIS’ role as managers of the National Science Laboratory on board the ISS allows the Center unprecedented access to rare ISS resources. These resources will significantly enrich the Center’s Challenger Learning Center mission simulation program. Partial funding from CASIS will also allow the creation of a new interactive ISS exhibit in the lobby of the McAuliffe Center.
The Educational Development Center (EDC) has partnered with the McAuliffe Center to further advance the goals of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), with the goal of expanding computer literacy. MassCAN seeks to inform and inspire educators, administrators, parents, and students about the employment opportunities available in technology fields across all industries. The partnership provides sponsorship for middle school initiatives through Vertex Pharmaceuticals, while the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds efforts at the high school level. The McAuliffe Center will serve as a hub for the recruitment of teachers for enrollment in computer science-related professional development opportunities, taught by expert CS instructors.
Dr. Patricia Luoto, professor emeritus, has been named Project Director in a unique new partnership between Framingham State University and world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital. This collaboration is conducting a state-of-the-art food study entitled Dietary Composition and Energy Expenditure during Weight-Loss Maintenance. The study, funded by Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), promises to provide fundamental knowledge about how to design more effective approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Studies have found that many overweight and obese people can lose weight for a few months, but most have difficulty maintaining weight loss over the long-term. One explanation for the poor long-term outcome of conventional diets is that weight loss causes biological adaptations that promote weight re-gain. This partnership will conduct research over the period of three full academic years and will focus on dietary effects on insulin resistance, cortisol excretion, and other chronic disease risk factors to yield definitive results supporting prior study’s findings.
Framingham State University, in partnership with MassBay Community College, has received a generous grant from the Sudbury Foundation to fund the development of a strategic and marketing plan for the new MetroWest College Planning Center (CPC), and to evaluate the program after one year. The mission of the CPC is to provide the necessary outreach, training, and advising to connect with youth in the region, guide them on their desired educational course, and help them develop specialization for skills training at the community college level, or to acquire an associate’s degree, Mass. Transfer, or completion of a four year degree. With the support of the Sudbury Foundation, the CPC will be able to draw up an effective strategic and business plan for long-term success and sustainability of the project, create a detailed, comprehensive marketing strategy for at risk youth, under-represented minorities, and first generation college students, and produce an evaluation of the program after one year to ensure measurable impact and the ability to make adjustments if projected outcomes are not achieved.
Framingham State University has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). With the award, FSU will hold public programming about Latino history and culture. FSU will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” the award-winning series which chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States. Events will include: a reading at the Framingham Public Library of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, by author, Jennifer De Leon; a student visit to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965; screenings of two episodes of “Latino Americans,” followed by scholar-led discussions; and a reception in celebration of the grant on October 9, at FSU’s Whittemore Library. On display at the reception will be Mario Quiroz’s photographic exhibition on Latin American immigration to the U.S. Accompanying the exhibit, will be a Latino acoustic performance by singer and musician Maura Mendoza.
U.S. Army Natick Labs (NSRDEC) has awarded Dr. Emmanouil Apostolidis of the Chemistry and Food Science Department a research award for a project titled “Determination of blueberry and cocoa phenolic bioactive fractions for glucose uptake regulation.” The goal of Dr. Apostolidis’ proposed study is to assess the potential of blueberry and cocoa phenolic constituents for Type-2 Diabetes management via the inhibition of carbohydrate hydrolysis enzymes. A series of two in-vitro experiments are proposed to investigate the effect of bluebrrey and cocoa extracts to define the most bioactive phytochemical fractions. Dr. Apostolidis received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Framingham State University (FSU), in partnership with The Education Collaborative (TEC), has been awarded an EPIC Partnership Innovation Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) for $47,5200. FSU will work with TEC and its member districts to facilitate collaboration to improve educator effectiveness. This includes support for pre-service teachers, the teachers as supervising practitioners, and first-year mentors along with strengthening the pre-practicum and practicum placement through collaboration. The Epic Partnership Innovation Grant is a competitive grant opportunity to support new or existing partnerships between educator preparation organizations and school districts in order to improve the pipeline of teachers entering into a district. FSU and TEC will cultivate innovative partnership models in order to ensure all students in the Commonwealth have access to high-quality teachers.
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) awarded Dr. Bryan Connolly of the Biology Department the Crocanthemum dumosum Bushy Rockrose Genetics Grant. The grant is part of a sub-contract between Framingham State University and Stevenson University (SU) and will take place June 2017-June 2018. The goal of Dr. Connolly’s work is to further understand the relationship of Crocanthemum dumosum and Crocanthemum canadense plants. Dr. Connolly will identify, collect, and voucher the plants. Dr. Connolly received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his graduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on the taxonomy of the Rose family, pollination, invasive plants, and the flora of New England.
Framingham State University received $454,000 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) 2016 Competitive Capital Program to aid the construction of the new addition to Hemenway Hall and the conversion and enhancement of former laboratories. FSU requested supplemental funding from MLSC to permit completion of the Hemenway Hall project as originally intended. The program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem. The new STEM facilities will support the increasing STEM-focused student population and the MetroWest by supporting workforce development, training, and research in life sciences.
The MetroWest Health Foundation (MWHF) funded the Framingham State University (FSU) Suicide Prevention Task Force $9,100. The goal of the funding is to offer a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group at the FSU Counseling Center. At least five clinicians will participate in trainings and consultations as well as purchasing materials to supplement the training. DBT is an evidence-based treatment used extensively in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment settings and will further strengthen suicide prevention efforts at FSU. The FSU Suicide Prevention Task Force is a multi-department initiative whose mission is to promote awareness and understanding of mental health issues, increase knowledge about warning signs, foster help-seeking behaviors, and facilitate the adoption of community-based initiatives to reduce and prevent suicide on the FSU campus.