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Rest up during the winter break and your brain will thank you

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Winter break can mean different things to different people. Some travel, reconnect with family, intern or work, binge watch on Netflix — perhaps all of the above. Whatever the winter break plan, psychology experts and just about anyone can agree: Rest is important. Research shows the positive effects of quality rest. Distinguished professor of Psychiatry […]

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December 30th, 2014

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Biology of the Big Sleep

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As of December 21, it is officially winter. For many, that means bundling up a little more and maybe curling up by that fireplace a little longer. For hundreds of species of animals, it means storing up on food and entering into a deep, sometimes 8-month long slumber. “Hibernation is an extended period of deep […]

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December 22nd, 2014

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Supporting and sustaining talented low-income students in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts teachers, gifted/talented coordinators, school administrators, researchers, and parents were among the thousands who attended the 61st Annual National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Baltimore last month. Speakers included Worcester’s own Michael Barney, Director of the Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science. Barney also serves on the Board of Directors of the NCSSSMST (National […]

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December 18th, 2014

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Spotlight On Biology Specializations: Botany

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“Three times a week they went out to the greenhouses behind the castle to study Herbology, with a dumpy little witch called Professor Sprout, where they learned how to take care of strange plants and fungi, and found out what they were used for.” —Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Perhaps the most famous botany […]

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December 16th, 2014

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Economic Growth Trends Report for Worcester, MA

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Earlier this month, Assumption College Economics Professor Dr. Thomas White released the latest Worcester Economic Indicators Report showing continued growth for Worcester area economy. The fourth of its kind, the report’s first issue was released at the beginning of 2014 showing fourth quarter performance of 2013. This effort is part of the Assumption College Economic […]

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December 11th, 2014

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What does the nose know? New research behind your sense of smell and the brain.

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What do freshly mowed grass, garlic mashed potatoes, dad’s aftershave, and cinnamon spice have in common? Many might call out their conspicuous smells. The smell of a strong scent can trigger a whole lot of memories, but very often we’re at a loss for words when it comes to explaining to others what we smell. […]

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December 9th, 2014

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The right ways to write: Psychology research in handwriting and development

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From school districts pulling cursive writing from their curricula to the study of the way famous world leaders crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s, the study of handwriting is often in the news. Assumption College professor Dr. Paula Fitzpatrick performs research in the world of handwriting and child development. She looks at different methods […]

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December 4th, 2014

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5 Careers you might not have considered with a bachelor’s degree in biology

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If you ask the Assumption Career Development and Internship Center or check out a list of alumni who were biology majors, you might be surprised at the diversity of industries, careers and locations where biology students land. With a bachelor’s degree in biology, one might guess a graduate would end up in positions in the […]

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December 2nd, 2014

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