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Winter 2014
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"This satellite center will bring vitality to downtown Springfield, and open up new educational and job opportunities for the residents of Springfield and beyond."


-Gov. Deval Patrick





 Tom Chmura

Vice President for

Economic Development



Doug Banks

Associate Vice President for Economic Development



 UMass Donahue Institute

Lynn Griesemer

Executive Director;

Associate Vice President for Economic Development


 Commercial Ventures & Intellectual Property (CVIP)

William Rosenberg

Executive Director



 Mass. Tech Transfer Center

Abigail Barrow







UMass Amherst  

James Capistran

Executive Director, UMass Innovation Institute



 UMass Boston

John Ciccarelli

Associate Vice Chancellor for Govt. Relations & Public Affairs



 UMass Dartmouth

 Paul Vigeant

Associate Chancellor for Economic Development



 UMass Lowell

 Steven Tello

Associate Vice Chancellor,

Entrepreneurship and 

Economic Development



 UMass Medical School

 James Leary

Vice Chancellor,

Community & Govt. Relations






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Springfield Satellite Center:

A First System-wide Center for UMass


Robert L. Caret


Dear Friends of UMass:


As we begin a New Year, I'm pleased to share with you the news that 2014 will bring a new UMass satellite center to downtown Springfield - one that will significantly expand the University's presence in western Massachusetts and unlock degree opportunities to students of all ages, tailored to the meet the region's workforce needs. This satellite center represents a new chapter in the longstanding relationship between the University of Massachusetts and the city of Springfield, and I am pleased that we were able to find suitable space to enable the University to expand its presence and provide residents of the city and region with the type of high quality, affordable public higher education option that has come to define a UMass degree. We expect it to be operational by fall 2014, in Tower Square at 1500 Main St., where it will become the first satellite center to offer degrees and courses from across the campuses of the University of Massachusetts system.


We look forward to the center complementing UMass Amherst's already-active involvement in the Springfield area, where faculty and staff are engaged in more than 120 initiatives in health, fine arts and the creative economy, natural sciences, engineering, green industries, management, sports and education. Examples include the Amherst campus's New England Public Radio network moving to a new, 17,000-square-foot downtown Springfield facility scheduled to open in the spring, and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, a partnership between UMass Amherst and Springfield's Baystate Medical Center, beginning work on establishing a Health Informatics and Technology Innovation Center after receiving a $5.5 million grant from the Mass. Life Sciences Center last summer.


We also look forward to working closely with the federal, state, and local government, and corporate leaders to make this unique project a long-term success that will strengthen the economic and educational engagement between UMass and the region.




Robert L. Caret





Gov. Deval Patrick and UMass President Robert L. Caret announced a new UMass satellite center located in the Tower Square office tower in downtown Springfield to unlock a range of degree opportunities to students of all ages that will be tailored to the meet the region's workforce needs:


UMass President's S&T Grant Fund Process Opens

UMass President Caret has announced the 2014 program to fund faculty members through the President's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund, which supports promising research projects that contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth's Innovation Economy, including Big Data, Life Sciences, Clean Energy, and Water Innovation. The President's Office has funded $9M in the program since 2004, which has helped attract over $220M in state, federal and industry research funds to UMass. 


MLSC Awards $8M to Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy at UMass Boston 

Mass. Life Sciences Center last month awarded $8 M to UMass Boston for the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy (a joint initiative with Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.)


Applied Life Sciences Institute Opens at Amherst

The new Institute for Applied Life Sciences, formed with a combined $150 million in capital funding from the MLSC and the university, officially opened at UMass Amherst this fall. 

Read more at UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences


UMB, IBM Advance Tech-Accessibility Research

IBM and UMass Boston announced a new research initiative to advance accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities, the growing elderly population, those with low literacy and novice technology users.

Read more at UMass Boston News

UMass Worcester Assistant Professor One of Nation's Top Young Scientists

Thomas G. Fazzio, assistant professor of molecular medicine, has been recognized as a rising scientific star by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award.

Read more at UMass Medical School News

UMA Chemical Engineer Wins NIH Grant to Study Breast Cancer Metastasis

A chemical engineer at UMass Amherst has received a 5-year, $2.4M grant from NIH to attack the deadly problem of breast-cancer metastasis in an entirely new way.

Read more at UMass Amherst News


UMA's NE Climate Science Center to Host Climatologist, Launch New Studies

Gov. Patrick has proposed a jointly funded State Climatologist position to be based at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at UMass Amherst, which separately announced it will award over $800K to universities and other partners for research to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change in the region.
Read more at UMass Amherst News
UMass Medical School Biochemistry Researcher Receives $1.3M EUREKA Grant
UMass Medical School Assistant Professor Gang Han has received a $1.3 million EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop light activated nanoparticles that can be used to image live brain tissue.  
Read more at Eureka Alert

Report: 491 New Medicine Trials Conducted With Industry in Worcester Since 1999

Biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted nearly 500 clinical trials of new medicines in Worcester over the past 14 years, according to a report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). 



UMass Entrepreneurship Initiatives Cited in Federal Study

"The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University," a study by the US Dept. of Commerce, cited the Mass Technology Transfer Center as a leading example of a regional technology transfer center and the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, of which UMass Lowell is a partner, as a leading example of "direct student engagement in entrepreneurial projects in their communities."


CVIP Launches Website on Entrepreneurship

A new effort to raise the level of entrepreneurship across the UMass system has launched a new website to help faculty, students and the UMass community understand their options when it comes to entrepreneurship. 

Visit the new website: UMass CVIP Website


UMMS technology licensed to develop cancer immunotherapies

UMass Medical School has licensed technology developed by profesor Uri Galili to newly formed biopharmaceutical company Agalimmune Ltd. to develop innovative immunotherapies for the treatment of solid tumor cancers.

Read more at UMass Medical School News


Young Entrepreneurs Compete in UMass Pitch Competition

Teams of young innovators pitched their business ideas for more than $10,000 in prizes during the UMass Innovation Challenge Executive Summary and Elevator Pitch Competition.

Read more at UMass Amherst News


Difference-Making Student Entrepreneurs at UMass Lowell Win Awards

A startup company composed of engineering-students-turned-entrepreneurs, called Nonspec, aims to make a difference in the world by fabricating low-cost, durable prosthetic limbs for children in developing countries. 

Read about more Difference Makers at UMass Lowell News




STEM Takes Flight at the 10th Mass. Summit

Robots, forensics and flying cars were seamlessly integrated into education and economic development strategies during the Massachusetts STEM Summit, a joint effort of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Mass Business Roundtable and the UMass Donahue Institute. Held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and attended by nearly 1,200 educators, business leaders, government officers, and an increased number of students, this year's Summit marked a full decade of statewide collaboration around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and its prominence in the state's economic development strategy.


Governor Announces $55M Investment for New UMass Dartmouth Academic Building 

Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $55M investment toward a new academic building at UMass Dartmouth to help the campus respond to an increased growth in enrollment by enhancing the number of teaching and learning areas. 


UMass Lowell Launches New Pharmaceutical Sciences Programs

UMass Lowell, with affiliated faculty from the UMass Medical School, is the first public university in Massachusetts to offer graduate degrees in pharmaceutical sciences designed to meet the growing demand for pharmaceutical scientists who discover, develop, test and manufacture medications. 

Read more at UMass Lowell News


Education, Comp Sci Faculty Awarded $300K to Pilot New Research Method

The NSF has awarded $300K over two years to Florence Sulli van and Rick Adrion, both of UMass Amherst, to develop and pilot a new research method that combines microgenetic analysis techniques derived from developmental psychology with learning analytic techniques from the field of computer science.

Read more at UMass Amherst News


Nine UMass Medical Student Career Paths Profiled

Bucking the trend at most med schools, which turn out a majority of specialists, the University of Massachusetts Medical School sends more than half of each graduating class into primary-care fields.  

Read more at The Boston Globe


IDEAStudio at UMass Dartmouth Becomes Reality

UMass Dartmouth opened the new Hall-Hildreth IDEAStudio, a common work space that brings artists and engineers together to further foster opportunity for creativity and ingenuity across disciplines.


UMass Dartmouth Professor Michel Elected as 2014 IEEE President-Elect

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers is the largest technical, professional organization in the world with more than 400,000 members worldwide. Pending acceptance by the IEEE Board of Directors, Dr. Howard Michel will begin serving as IEEE President Jan. 1, 2015.  



Donahue Institute Report: Economic Impact of Sequestration on Massachusetts

The Donahue Institute's Economic and Public Policy Research (EPPR) group completed a first-in-the-nation study of the near-term economic effects that sequestration cuts occurring in the federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014 have had on the Massachusetts economy.


Donahue Institute Studying Higher Ed Enrollment, Retention in Massachusetts

The MA Department of Higher Education (DHE) has contracted with the UMass Donahue Institute on two new projects.  One is to encourage retention and course completion among underserved students on 11 public higher education campuses statewide. The other is to develop enrollment projections to 2020 and 2025 for the 5 UMass campuses, 9 state universities, and 15 community colleges.


Study: Aging Population to Slow Growth in Massachusetts Long Term

The UMass Donahue Institute's Population Estimates Program released a comprehensive population growth study showing that the Mass. population will increase by 4.4% from 2010 to 2030, to a new total of 6.8 million.

Read more at UMass Donahue Institute News


To learn more about the University's Economic Development efforts, please call 617-287-4087