About 100 iCons scholars and applicants gathered in the Integrative Learning Center of UMass Amherst on Nov 9, 2017 for the annual iCons Fall Integrative Workshop. They came to hear Dr. Johnathan Thon tell the story of how his start-up company Platelet Biogenesis came to be. Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program Director Justin Fermann introduced Thon to the crowd, telling the iCons students “we are here because we have work to do, and he’s got some problems we need to solve.”
The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has announced the establishment of the Mahoney Alumni Award for the iCons Program, an annual award bestowed to one alumna or alumnus of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program who demonstrates application of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills developed in the program, and who shows engagement and support of the iCons community since graduation.
Mark Tuominen, iCons faculty and curriculum developer, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Natural Sciences.
As a member of the Dean’s leadership team, Professor Tuominen will have broad responsibilities for the success of research and faculty advancement for the thirteen department and two schools, encompassing more than 450 faculty, within CNS.
In partnership with Junior Achievement of Northern New England, A group of dedicated iCons alumni visited the MIT Sloan School of Management to run an iCons-style case study for high school students.
The event was a terrific demonstration of the power of the iCons approach, and was a great success.
For more details and pictures, check out the offical blog post: http://iconsalumni.org/service/2017/08/04/ican-case-study.html
iCAN (iCons Alumni Network)
A group of UMass iCons Program alumni officially launched the iCAN organization in the summer of 2016. This international network aims to foster and maintain a powerful sense of community among the alumni of iCons. Their mission: "We believe that we can carry the collaborative spirit of the program out into the world, and by doing so, improve both it and ourselves."
Four students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program have been awarded first place in the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award 2017 for their research paper “What is it Going to Take to Make Solar Panels Cool?” Read More
The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, a College of Natural Sciences curriculum initiated in 2011 that teaches teams of undergraduates to integrate various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas to solve global problems, has created the Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Philanthropy and Leadership with a gift from Peg Crowley-Nowick, founder and president of Zipher Medical Affairs Co. of Marion. Read more: UMass News
UMass Amherst iCons Students Land Summer
Internships in Massachusetts Life Science, Energy Firms
AMHERST, Mass. – Ten students in the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program are working at paid internships with Massachusetts life science and energy technology firms for the summer, at corporations including Tesla, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Anika Therapeutics of Bedford and Waters Corp. of Milford.
Students in a science club at Amherst Middle School are conducting their own versions of water tests and thinking about solutions to the problem. The science club is modeled on the Integrated Concentration in Science program (iCons), in which students use a multidisciplinary approach to solve real-world problems, and is advised by D. Venkataraman, Chemistry, iCons 4 Instructor. Daily Hampshire Gazette
Every year the iCons students publically share their work in three events at the semester's end:
On May 5, iCons 1 students tried their hand at presenting (for some) their first poster. Their final team project was to create their own case study on a societal problem of their choice. The iCons 2 Biomedicine students also shared posters -- answering questions such as: Which type of genetically engineered microorganism is the most cost-effective and efficient source of biofuel?
iCons 2 Renewable Energy students had their Annual Energy Debate on the question: Which proposal will feasibly create a quantifiably and quantitatively positive impact on campus sustainability that starts within the next 5 years and continues thereafter?
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