iCons Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends,
I write to you today with deep sadness and with a renewed sense of urgency in the face of recent cases of extreme police brutality against Black communities. I am also deeply troubled by the militarized police responses to Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country. While so many are lamenting the global pandemic and its resulting economic recession, many others are fighting an even uglier battle – one against institutionalized racism and cruelty. Given all this, I feel compelled to ask – what can we do today to make a difference?
The Office of Faculty Development is pleased to announce that Jenny Adams, Associate Professor of English, Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chrystal George Mwangi, Associate Professor in Higher Education, and Christiane Healey, iCons 1 Instructor and Senior Lecturer of Biology, have been awarded the 2020 Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowships.
We are proud to announce that iCons rising seniors, Hansen Tjo (Chemical Engineering) and Joshua McGee (Chemical Engineering), are the recipients of a 2020 Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund Award.
iCons students who have completed iCons 2 or iCons 3 are eligible to apply for a funded iCons educational internship for summer 2020. The iCons Program is developing new curriculum for the iCons 3 course in the Biomedicine track - one specifically built by and for the iCons students.
The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program held the Seventh Annual Senior Exposition on Thursday, April 30 from 3:30-6 p.m. via Zoom. This year’s Senior Expo featured the seventh cohort of iCons seniors, with each senior giving a brief online presentation about their research project on today’s pressing problems.
The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program announced the upcoming unveiling of an online, web-based “innovation portal” to showcase student research projects into real-world problems as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a remote instruction tool.
iCons has appointed Wesley J. Dunham as its new strategic communications and program manager. “We are delighted to welcome Wesley Dunham to the iCons team. This was a hard position to fill because of its wide range of responsibilities. Wesley’s extensive and impressive background at UMass makes him an outstanding fit—we’re excited to work with Wesley to bring UMass iCons to the next level,” said Scott Auerbach, professor of chemistry and Mahoney Family Sponsored Executive Director of iCons.
The Hannah Frilot Memorial Scholarship supports an undergraduate student, encouraging them to follow in Hannah’s footsteps and pursue their interests in a STEM major.
Meg Davis and Radha Dave have successfully taken an idea, seeded in their freshman iCons 1 class, "Global Challenges, Scientific Solutions", to fruition; The prototypes developed from this idea, after hours of researching, collecting, and compiling data, are being installed in showers two years later. Their goal: to reduce water usage in UMass dorms.
"Researchers, led by UC Berkeley engineers, have created a synthetic material that is as effective as naturally occurring proteins in transporting molecules through membranes, a major milestone that could transform such fields as medicine, life sciences, alternative energy and environmental science." UC Berkeley Article
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