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Making News: Higher-ed edition

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Holyoke Community College’s Gateway to College program, which works with high school students who have dropped out or are at risk for dropping out by enrolling them in college classes, graduated its largest class ever June 9, with 26 students from Amherst, Palmer, Holyoke and Springfield receiving high school diplomas and  college credits.

Photo courtesy Holyoke Community College Holyoke Community College’s Gateway to College program, which works with high school students who have dropped out or are at risk for dropping out by enrolling them in college classes, graduated its largest class ever June 9, with 26 students from Amherst, Palmer, Holyoke and Springfield receiving high school diplomas and college credits. Purchase photo reprints »

GCC teams up with women’s agencies

Students will learn about organic gardening, permaculture landscape installation, food preservation and farm and food cooperatives. The Women’s Fund grant will pay for instructor costs. GCC will provide instructors training with the agencies on how to understand trauma triggers, recognize signs of physical and emotional domestic violence, and other factors affecting women in transition.

UMass scholar named distinguished professor

Denny joined the UMass Amherst faculty in 1970. He received a bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College, and master’s and doctorate degrees in fine arts at Harvard.

His work focuses on the art of the Ottoman Empire, Islamic ceramics, carpets and textiles. Denny’s most recent book, “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art,” was published in 2012; “How to Read Islamic Carpets” will be published in October by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

He has taught graduate seminars in museum studies at UMass Amherst for over 30 years and helped organize exhibitions of Islamic art for museums in the United States and abroad. He is senior consultant in the department of Islamic art at the MET in New York City since 2007.

UMass provides $80K for expanded ambulance services

Westfield State to host career fair on campus

Over 700 students and 100 agencies took part last year. To register your business or agency visit the Career Center website at www.westfield.ma.edu/careercenter. If you are unable to attend the event, you may post full-time/part-time, or internship positions on the school’s website.

UMass geologist chairs polar research board

She co-chaired the council’s 2012 synthesis of reports from thousands of scientists in 60 countries who participated in the International Polar Year 2007-08, is an expert in climate evolution and sea level history in the Arctic over the last 3.6 million years, and has participated in nine field expeditions there over the past three decades. She and colleagues use stratigraphy, sedimentology and chronology of geologic systems to document the global context of paleoenvironmental change in the area of the Bering Land Bridge, and adjacent seas between Alaska and the Yukon and Northeast Russia.

HCC Gateway program number one in U.S.

HCC’s largest Gateway class ever graduated June 9, with 26 students from Amherst, Palmer, Holyoke and Springfield receiving high school diplomas and a total of 387 college credits. Since 2010, 142 students have earned their high school diplomas through the program.

UMass ranked leader in U.S. patent awards

The patents include: from UMass Medical School, a new gene therapy technique aimed at treating Down’s Syndrome; from UMass Amherst, a patent for software developed at the Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere that could save lives by providing earlier and more localized warning of severe weather by analyzing observations from multiple networked radar units; and from UMass Lowell, a patent for an over-the-counter vitamin/nutraceutical formulation that helps provide protection for the aging brain and may improve cognitive performance.

Irizarry named editor of UMass ed journal

Irizarry received a doctorate in education in 2005 from the College of Education. He is the author of “The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts,” and former associate editor for the Journal for Literacy Research.

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