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UMass scientist devising software tools to analyze mobile health data

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — Computer scientist Benjamin Marlin of the University of Massachusetts recently received a five-year, $536,527 National Science Foundation award to develop machine learning-based tools for analyzing complex, large-scale clinical and mobile health data. Marlin’s project is designed to help health researchers handle what he calls a data revolution. “Electronic health records are seeing wide adoption across the United States and we’re starting to see the emergence of large stores of complex clinical data as a result,” Marlin says. “There’s significant interest in leveraging these data to enhance all kinds of clinical decision support tools with the hope that they can ultimately improve quality of … 0

Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary School, which begins its first full day of school on Wednesday . The ceremony starts … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national … 0

UMass gets $1.35M to develop, test next-generation Internet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Someday soon, the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the … 0

Greenfield school faces choice: MCAS or PARCC?

Friday, July 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Will Greenfield schools stick to the now-standard MCAS for next year — or take the road less traveled by opting into the new PARCC exam? The Greenfield Public School Committee has until Oct. 1 to decide … 0

Teachers fingerprinted for national database

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before starting the coming school year, new teachers and staff across Massachusetts will be adding their unique biometric signatures to a new database. They will be fingerprinted as the result of a new state law, which … 0

Calderwood lays out goals for Greenfield school board

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Creating a realistic and honest budget, forging good relations with the school superintendent and openness to the public are just a few of the many goals and priorities new Greenfield School Committee Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood ticked … 0

GHS will move into new building for fall

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — The architect team constructing the town’s new $66 million high school is set to turn the building over to the town on July 31. As the finishing touches of the new school sections and auditorium are … 0

Summer fundraisers to support Mahar sports

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ORANGE — The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean some students at Mahar aren’t still hard at work. Members of the football and volleyball teams are gearing up for fundraisers to keep the teams going and cut costs for necessities like training and uniforms. Two … 0

GCC graduates first class from medical assistant program

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College recently graduated its first class of eight students from the new medical assistant certificate program. The students successfully completed the nine-month, 29-credit program, which included a 4-credit practicum course providing hands-on training at area medical facilities. All eight graduates passed the Certified Clinical … 0

Mohawk to host 28 Chinese students for summer programs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

BUCKLAND — A group of 21 Chinese middle-school students and a second group of seven high school students will be getting their first taste of American education this month at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. Teacher Ivan Grail, a co-coordinator of the China summer program, said the younger … 0

Free summer meals for youths

Friday, July 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Free Summer Meals for youth have begun and will end on Aug. 15. Anyone 18 years old or younger will be able to get a free nutritious meal at any of the eight sites strategically placed throughout town. The Y of Greenfield at 451 Main St., … 0

GCC gets $300,000 more than expected from state

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has decided to re-evaluate whether it will increase fees in the fall after learning it will receive an additional $300,000 from the state this year. College President Robert Pura said Wednesday that when … 0