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Published: 4/23/2021 2:29:06 PM
Drollette Jr. to attend science journalism program

NORTHAMPTON — Dan Drollette Jr., of 62 Laurel Park, has been selected to participate in the Logan Science Journalism Program, a project of the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole. Drollette is deputy editor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He grew up in Whately.

The Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL, founded in 1986, offers professional science journalists, writers, editors and broadcast journalists a chance to immerse themselves in the process of basic biomedical and environmental research.

As a biomedical fellow in the immersive program, Drollette will work with scientists at the MBL to collect, analyze, and interpret data. The main emphasis is on hands-on activities with two experimental foci: the human microbiome and gene editing using CRISPR-Cas9. The program culminates in a mini-symposium where fellows will interpret and present their data.

HCC a Newman Civic Fellow

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College student Miren Neyra Alcántara of Holyoke is the recipient of a Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes college leaders who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions to challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Alcántara will join 212 college students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to form the 2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, a program administered by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program for students from Campus Compact member institutions.

Alcántara is a Latinx studies major at HCC and president of the college’s Latinx Empowerment Association. The LEA Club, as it is otherwise known, recently launched a book drive to stock a “Little Free Library” the club is putting together for low-income families in the Holyoke Flats, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

As LEA president, Alcántara spearheaded “Celebrating the Latinx Community,” a social media campaign, and developed student-led panel discussions in collaboration with HCC’s Black Student Alliance and Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum.

Alcántara will graduate from HCC in December.


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