Campus Currents

March 28, 2016

The Entrepreneur Innovation Center

FSU Entrepreneur Innovation Center Continues to Expand

Less than three years after launching in the Jonathan Maynard Building, Framingham State’s Entrepreneur Innovation Center is thriving.

“It’s been a fantastic two-and-a-half years since we opened,” says Director Robert Krim from the Framingham State Business Department. “We’ve made a lot of progress.”

The center is currently home to 12 entrepreneurs working on a variety of businesses, including a virtual reality company and the Brazil New England Chamber of Commerce. There are currently 8 student interns each working with a different entrepreneur at the center.

“The internship program is very popular, with interest exceeding demand,” says Krim. “Former interns have been very successful lining up jobs right out of school.”

Dr. Krim plans to step down as director of the center at the end of this semester to focus on building the Entrepreneurship Concentration and Minor, as well as his teaching.

“The Entrepreneur Innovation Center is an outstanding resource for our students and the region,” says President Javier Cevallos. “I’m grateful to Dr. Krim for his hard work and expertise in getting the center off the ground.”

Dr. Krim says one of the challenges for the next director will be finding a bigger space for continued expansion.

“I think we have a great foundation and it’s a good time for someone else to come in build the Center up to a new level so that it can serve far more MetroWest entrepreneurs,” says Krim, who teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “I’m very proud the center is playing a key role in expanding opportunities for our students and local entrepreneurs to meet the competitive needs of a 21st century university”

To learn more about the FSU Entrepreneur Innovation Center, visit

PDLS: Beyond the Overview Effect

Local author Frank White and director of the McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning Irene Porro will co-moderate a panel featuring former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott at Framingham State entitled “Beyond the Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution.”

The event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum, is free and open to the public.

Other panelists will include Debra Wise, the Artistic Director of Catalyst Collaborative at MIT; Framingham State Physics Professor Vandana Singh; and Framingham State Director of Community Education and English Language Programs Rebecca Hawk.

The distinguished panel is coming together to discuss the Overview Effect and the future of human space exploration from a variety of perspectives. The evening also serves as a launch event for the “Academy in Space Initiative.” This project will build on the Overview Effect and engage members of the academic community in a global conversation about opportunities and challenges presented by human migration into the solar system.

“The Overview Effect” is a phrase coined by White that describes the cognitive shift experienced by astronauts in Earth’s orbit or on lunar missions. It refers to seeing firsthand the reality of Earth as a planet moving through the universe at a high rate of speed. From this vantage point, our planet is perceived to be a fragile ball of life, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries fade, the conflicts that divide us become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the common goal of protecting this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative.

White, a writer and space philosopher, is the author or co-author of 10 books on space exploration and the future, including The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, which was first published in 1987 and re-issued in 1998 and 2014. White believes that the Overview Effect can unite the people of Earth at a time when the challenges of climate change, humanitarian disasters, and war are testing our will to work together, while differences in religions, cultures, and politics continue to keep us apart.  

“All of us really are astronauts on Spaceship Earth,” he says, “and we need to collaborate to make sure our spacecraft survives and sustains all of the crew members.”

Nicole Stott, who has experienced The Overview Effect directly, recently retired after working for 27 years at NASA. She served as a Flight Engineer on the International Space Station Expedition 20 and 21. She launched to the International Space Station with the crew of STS-128 and STS-133.

Speaking of her experience of looking at the Earth from space, she says, “It is a dynamic, crystal-clear view that just glows…it is a reaffirmation of what a beautiful and special place the Earth is.”

Honors Program Lecture: Chris Walsh

The Annual Honors Program Lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Room and feature a talk from State Rep. Chris Walsh.

Representative Walsh is in his third term in the State Legislature and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Transportation Committee, Financial Service Committee and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service. He has been a practicing architect in Framingham for more than 25 years and is the only registered architect to serve in the legislature since the late 1800s. The title of the talk is “Criticism, Creativity and Community.”

What Our Ancestors Really Ate

By Alexandra Gomes ’16, Publications Intern

There is no such thing as a ‘Paleo diet’ since early humans ancestors’ diets were varied and seasonal, according to Dr. Briana Pobiner, a prehistoric archeologist with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

“I don’t think there was a single Paleo diet where we were in sync with our environments, as has been thought about with the Paleo diets,” Pobiner told an audience on Monday, March 21 in the McCarthy Center forum. “Those diets were most likely local and seasonal and versatile in space and time.”

An assumption of the Paleo diet, Pobiner said, is that humans are maladapted for modern life. It is believed that fatty diets coupled with inactive lifestyles lead to cardiovascular disease.

She said a study was done on a group of mummies to figure out how “ancient” this disease is. The study found 38 percent of Egyptians and 29 percent of other groups had evidence for coronary artery disease, while 47 percent of people over the age of 40 had evidence for the disease.

Some of the diseases may be caused by longevity, not diet and lifestyle, said Pobiner. “Its important to remember that we live to such ripe old ages, and this is something that is very recent in our evolutionary history.”

Modern day hunter-gatherer societies still have the varied and seasonal diet of their ancestors. Many groups eat local plants, as well as hunt their own meat and fish.

Pobiner said the Hiwi, a group from Venezuela, will hunt with their bows and arrows in the forest during the wet season, while during the dry season they eat the fish that are trapped in ponds.

“You might think this sounds like a really healthy diet. Well, it turns out that the Hiwi are described as generally short, thin, lethargic and a lot of them are infested with parasitic hook worms. They’re constantly complaining of hunger, and only about 15 percent of Hiwi children make it past the age of 15,” said Pobiner.

Pobiner said anthropologist still don’t know the portions of meat and plants eaten by human ancestors, or the links between ancient diets and causes of disease.

National Library Week

Come celebrate National Library Week at the Whittemore Library from April 13-15.

Schedule of Events:

Discussion and reading with author Howard Axelrod
Wednesday, April 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence

Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine. In the New York Times, Dwight Garner hailed him as “a unique presence on the page.” Axelrod’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, VQR, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard University, University of Arizona, and Grub Street. He was also a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Framingham State University.

Literary Cake Contest
Thursday, April 14th. Voting starts at 9 a.m.
Library Cafe

Scanning Your Personal Documents and Images
Friday, April 15th, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Archives Room

For more information about any of these events, please contact Sandra Rothenberg at

Diversity Dialogue - Racial Spotlighting

Please join the campus community for a student, staff and faculty Diversity Dialogue on Racial Spotlighting on Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30  to 2:20 p.m. in the Center for Inclusive Excellence at the library.  Bag lunch will be served.

Spring Job and Internship Fair

Thursday, March 31, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Full-time and internship positions - over 55 local and regional employers registered. Open to all students and alumni - dress professionally and bring resumes.

Log onto your Ramtrack account to view a full list of organization. Sponsored by the Career Services and Employer Relations Office.

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase - McCarthy Center Lobby
Wednesday, April 6
9:00 AM—12 Noon: Massachusetts Army National Guard
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Starbucks Coffee Company

Wednesday, April 13
YMCA Careers Day
Sponsored by the CSER Office
Wednesday, April 20
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Eliot Community Human Services
Wednesday, April 27
12 Noon—2:45 PM: Renewal by Andersen and Alternatives

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Internship, Career, and Live Local Fair
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Worcester Regional Airport , 375 Airport Drive,  Worcester, MA
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's  largest career and internship fair. Meet with over 45 employers and 25 local vendors.

MERC Education Fair
Thursday, April 21, 2016 , 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.,
Northeastern University, Boston

Come to the largest education fair in New England -  Over 100 school systems and agencies attend!  Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public / private schools.  Must register at:

CHOICE Internship Program Drop-In Sessions
Have a quick question about a CHOICE internship? Drop-in hours in the Career Services office 412 McCarthy Center from 4-5 PM on all dates listed!
Monday, April 4: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 5: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 6: 4 - 5 PM
Monday, April 11: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 12: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 13: 4 - 5 PM
Tuesday, April 19: 4 - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 20: 4 - 5 PM
Thursday, April 21: 4 - 5 PM

Graduate School Information Session
April 20, 1:30 - 2:20 PM, Center for Inclusive Excellence
Join us for an interactive presentation that covers the unwritten rules to preparing for, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school. Session is led by the MIT Grad Catalyst program and is designed to provide information about graduate school to current students, with a focus on underrepresented minorities. Sponsored by the Center of Inclusive Excellence and Career Services and Employer Relations.

Upcoming Wellness Events

Self Care Fair
Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Co-sponsored by SGA and SEALS

Treat yourself to a free massage, ice cream, henna tattoos, and more as you learn about the importance of self-care. Contact:

Pause 4 Paws
Monday, May 2 and Wednesday May 4
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Co-sponsored by Sodexo and SEALS

Come join us and de-stress with the puppies, free massage, healthy snacks and more…

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Catherine McLaughlin, who retired last spring, will be back on campus on Tuesday, April 19th to read from her recently published book of poems, Under a Circus Moon (Old Seventy Creek Press).   Her reading will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Professor Sam Witt’s ENGL 283 Writing Poetry class in May Hall 112B.  

-Senior English major Melina Bourdeau’s poems, “An Open Note to the Girl Who Wanted to Wait Until Marriage,” “O-,” and “The Rabbit” have been published in Sigma Tau Delta’s eastern region publication, Mind Murals.  Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society.  This year, our local chapter is being advised by Dr. Carolyn Maibor.

Upcoming events

Thanksgiving Recess (Begins @ 4:30pm on Wed, Nov 22)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Wellness Education

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