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Williams Professor Wins Grants to Study Evolutionary Genetics
04:02PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support ongoing research by Luana Maroja, associate professor of biology at Williams College, into evolutionary genetics. The grants, totaling $137,315, were recently approved by the NSF.

The grants will support two projects Maroja is working on related to speciation and genetics. The first grant, for $91,173, will support collaborative research Maroja and her students are undertaking with Cornell University on the importance of sex chromosomes in speciation, specifically looking at whether genes that do not transfer genetic information from one species to another during hybridization are concentrated

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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
01:40PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools.

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

"The MCLA Book Award is presented to an outstanding high school junior who exemplifies academic achievement, displays leadership qualities, and has a strong commitment to the Berkshire County community," said Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach

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Lanesborough School Chair 'Re-Energized' By Task Force Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego participated in 32 meetings of the Berkshire County Educational Task Force over the past two years.   And it was exhausting. But as the group voted last Saturday to recommend a single school district for all of Berkshire County, she's become "re-energized."   "I'm really excited about it all. I think we can do something for our kids," DiLego said.   DiLego said she was somewhat surprised by the vote. She was expecting the group to come to the conclusion of recommending three separate districts. But, the more discussion the group had and the more issues arose with that, DiLego

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Williams College to Shut Down Electricity Three Days This Summer
Staff Reports,
03:36PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's campus will undergo a total blackout for three days this summer while the school installs two large generators.   The school's electric grid will be taken off line on Monday, July 31, Monday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 19, starting at 5 a.m.   During the blackout, there will be no Internet, phone service, air conditioning, ventilation, hot water or lights, including bathrooms.   All campus buildings will be closed those days to accommodate this installation. This includes the Child Care Center, The Log, Lasell Gymnasium and Fitness Facility, all athletic facilities, the Faculty Club, Paresky Center and the '62

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Berkshire County Education Task Force's Single-District Solution Surprises Its Chair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The chairman of the Berkshire County Education Task Force says he was as surprised as anyone when the group voted to recommend a single school district for the county's 30 towns and two cities.   But John Hockridge is convinced that the proposal makes sense for students and taxpayers alike.   "Most of us thought that was not the direction we were headed in 32 meetings over the last couple of years," Hockridge, a member of the North Adams School Committee, said on Tuesday. "But we went through a process on Saturday that involved breaking into six groups for thorough discussions of the options.   "From the breakout groups, the

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BArT Enrolling New Students in Grades Six through 10
03:00PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, a tuition-free public school serving students in grades six through 12 from a number of Massachusetts communities within the Berkshires, is currently enrolling new students in grades six through 10 for the 2017-18 school year.

Recent action by BART's Board of Trustees and by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education resulted in a change in the school's enrollment policy. Previously, students new to BART could be admitted to grades six through nine. Now, however, students may be admitted into BArT to grade 10 as well.

"As a college preparatory charter public school, BArT

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McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
01:48PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical high School has announced its fourth-quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

High Honors

Alcala, Salvador; Banks, Matthew; Boudreau, Brian; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Madison; Gorman, Kayla; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kendig, Caleb; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Pandell, Blaize; Wood, Elizabeth.

Beany, Justin; Cahill, Alyssa; Cote, Megan; Diesz, Natalie; DiSanti, Bailey; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kelly-Whitney, David; Kittler, Benn; Laprise, Dean; Lemaire, Jacqueline; McGrath, Grace; McLain, Lucas; Odell,

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
12:44PM / Friday, July 14, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging upwards from $1,000 to the following five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

The students are:

· Jessie Downer, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group)

· Anthony Melski, Pittsfield High School

· Aubrey Milligan, Wahconah Regional High School

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Williams College Awards Three Faculty Members with Bushnell Prize
12:37PM / Friday, July 14, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing. Lois Banta (biology), Glenn Gordinier (history), and Li Yu (Chinese) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell '20 Prize, an award given annually to the faculty since 1995.

Banta was noted for her especially "collaborative, interdisciplinary, experiential and rigorous" coursework, Gordinier for his exceptional cultivation of the Williams-Mystic pedagogical mission, and Yu for her proliferation of the intermediate Chinese sequence and development of the first tutorial taught in Chinese.

Lois Banta

Banta, professor of biology, specializes in

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Mount Greylock Building Project Coming in on Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, July 14, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday got its clearest picture yet of the cost for the addition/renovation project at the junior-senior high school.   And the news continues to be good.   Turner Construction, the project's construction manager at-risk, delivered the guaranteed maximum price for construction on the new three-story academic wing; cafeteria, media center, offices and central core; renovated gymnasium and auditorium; and demolition of the bulk of the old school.   And the price tag came in a hair under budget.   The $64.8 million project has been carrying a construction budget of

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