Beyond basic scientific research and education, the Cell and Developmental Biology Department, is dedicated to providing scientific advice, expertise and training that foster a public understanding of the importance of science for building a better world.
Some of the outreach and service provided by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology are noted below:
Service to the Local Community
• Science educator training course in stem cell biology and mammalian development – Initiated In partnership with the University of Massachusetts Stem Cell Education and Training Program. The course offers K-12, 2 year college and university educators, as well as our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows, with an opportunity to understand the biology of stem cells and development as well as to have “hands on laboratory experience” that provides “technical skill sets”. A principal component of the course was designed to provide experience with development of lesson plans and teaching tools for K-12 educators.
• High School Health Careers Program, co-sponsored by the Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester Consortium, for bright, talented low income high school students that offers research experience. Annually, Shirwin Pockwinse and Greg Hendricks conduct tours of Cell and Developmental Biology’s Electron Microscopy Facility for more than 1400 Massachusetts high school students a year. More information about UMMS Outreach Programs is available here http://www.umassmed.edu/outreach/index.aspx
• Cell and Developmental Biology faculty and staff are active with the Regional Science Resource Center http://www.umassmed.edu/rsrc/index.aspx that presents a summer program for bringing high school teachers up to date on biomedical research approaches. The programs help teachers to implement more inquiry-based, student-centered science in all classrooms by providing ongoing technical support, access to materials and equipment, space for scientific investigations, and professional development opportunities.
• Faculty provide research opportunities for undergraduate medical students and undergraduate students who attend area colleges which include but are not restricted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Holy Cross, Worcester State College and Clark University.
• Many of our faculty travel to area schools to give presentations.
• Faculty members in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology have been actively participating in American Cancer Society fundraising events and contributing to patient education.
• A readily accessible resource for understanding cancer by the general public, The Biology and Treatment of Cancer published by John Wiley and Sons was recently authored by Arthur Pardee and Cell Biology faculty member, Gary Stein.
• Faculty members in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology are active participants in the American Cancer Society fundraising events and contributing to patient education.
• The department has an active effort to support the annual Walk to Cure Cancer with a team of walkers, and fundraising to support the cause.
• Cell and Developmental Biology personnel enthusiastically participate in COMECC (Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign) every year. Donations may be designated to support the United Way or any of the hundreds of charitable organizations that receive funding support under the COMECC umbrella.
• Cell Biology Graduate students participate in GSBS Cares http://gsbscares.org/Home.html providing volunteers and resources for community events including the Walk to Cure Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis Walks; food, blood and clothing drives, educational outreach and mentoring including science fair judging.