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Three Williams Faculty Receive Nelson Bushnell Prize
10:57AM / Friday, July 22, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing.

Andrea Barrett (English), Justin Crowe (political science), and Sarah Goh (chemistry) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize, an award given annually to faculty since 1995.

Barrett was noted for her impressive record of publication along with her enthusiasm for her students’ endeavors, Crowe for his skill as an instructor and involvement in both the current student and alumni community, and Goh for creating plentiful opportunities for student research in her lab.

Barrett, senior lecturer in English, is known for her historical

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Williams Science Camp Serves Youngsters, Collegians
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Friday, July 22, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Learning went both ways at Williams College's Summer Science Lab this month.   "One of my interns said this morning, 'The kids were my teachers this week as well,' " lab director Stephen Bechtel said last week.   Bechtel spoke as week one came to an end at the day camp for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.   The program saw a bump in participation this summer, reaching its capacity of 36 children per week.   Those children explored scientific themes and did experiments under the direction of Williams professors Chip Lovett and David Richardson, who are assisted by 18 college interns from Williams and Massachusetts

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Schools Reallocate Funds for Office Staff
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Superintendency Union 71 Committee on Monday moved to streamline support staff for special education by creating two new positions that will be shared between Lanesborough Elementary School and Williamstown Elementary School.   The new part-time administrative assistant and office assistant positions will be funded from money already budgeted in both districts, but the shared position will be more efficient, Assistant Superintendent Kim Grady told the committee.   "What we've had is three different administrative assistants, which is not an effective or efficient use of people's time when jumping between buildings," said

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Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
10:42AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 40 local students among the 112 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended June 1.

For Head’s List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Amelia Biancolo, of Dalton; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y.; and Sarah Willson,

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Grant Helps College Students Bring Science to Kids
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Sunday, July 10, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The college students are teaching the kids, but in the end, the kids end up teaching their teachers, too.

Entering the third year of a four-year grant, undergraduates from MCLA and Williams College have worked with both elementary teachers and college science professors to develop inquiry-based units of instruction based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in a program called “Teaching to Learn.” They then implemented their programs with students in Brayton, Colegrove and Greylock schools - and then made tweaks as they learned from the kindergarten through sixth-graders what works.

This past spring, Williams sophomore Darla Torres and

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Three Local Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
11:51AM / Friday, July 01, 2016
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HOLYOKE, Mass. — Anna Welch, Lily Edge and Eva Myers of the Williamstown/Lanesborough Girl Scout Troop 40003 each received their Silver Award in a ceremony in Holyoke on June 13.

The Silver Award is the highest award available for achievement to a Cadette Girl Scout, grade six through eight. Girls work alone, or together in small groups, to identify an issue/problem that they would like to work towards improving.  They spend at least 50 hours on the leadership project, which has to be approved by the Girl Scout Council. Each project has to have an element of sustainability, meaning that once the project is finished, there is something that will carry on in the future, such as a

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Williams College Elects 39 Seniors to Phi Beta Kappa
04:02PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the election of 39 members of the Williams College class of 2016 to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honors society.

The society has existed since the 18th century as a nationwide organization honoring students of the highest academic achievement at the college level.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is granted to the top five percent of the Williams class at the end of their junior year; 28 students were elected. At the end of their senior year, students in the 12.5 percent of the class, excluding those already elected, were eligible for election; 39 students were elected.

Those seniors are:

Emily Berg, mathematics, Durham, N.C.

Joseph

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
03:35PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging up to $1,400 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

* Victoria A. Ryan, Monument Mountain Regional High School

* Cody Ciepiela, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Down Syndrome Family Group Scholarship, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.)

* Elizabeth B. Bean, St. Joseph High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award,

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
02:55PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2016 Dean’s List.

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 159 students

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Lenox, Wahconah Students Win Youth Art Expo
02:47PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lucy McMahon from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School took the top prize in the Youth Art Expo, sponsored by the countywide coaltion Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy.

Art was submitted by local youth from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Lee Middle and High School, Wahconah High School, Miss Halls School, Taconic High School and Monument Mountain High School. The expo’s theme was, “Nine months from now, the only thing I am expecting is to be more …” Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that

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