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The Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, technical design and engineering college located in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was founded in 1904 and offers career-focused education through its fifteen bachelor's degree programs in areas such as architecture, computer science, design, engineering, engineering technology, and management, as well as Masters degrees in architecture and construction management. Wentworth is one of six institutions of higher learning known collectively as the Colleges of the Fenway. The university is one among a small group of Institute of Technologies in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied science. Wikipedia.


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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Axcella, a biotechnology company pioneering transformative amino acid-based therapeutics for a range of severe diseases, announced today that Ivana Magovcevic-Liebisch, Ph.D., J.D., has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer. She comes to Axcella with nearly two decades of senior management experience and will oversee business strategy and development, as well as all corporate legal activities, including intellectual property and commercial planning efforts. “ Axcella’s drug development approach represents a unique opportunity to unlock the full potential of amino acid therapeutics,” said Dr. Magovcevic-Liebisch. “ I feel privileged to be part of Axcella’s growing team and look forward to building on its promising science and establishing new complementary partnerships.” “ We are thrilled to welcome Ivana to Axcella’s senior leadership team. She brings an exceptional combination of extensive expertise in business development, drug commercialization, intellectual property and corporate strategy, making her a critical addition to our senior leadership team as we move into late-stage development and commercialization,” added Robert Connelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axcella. Before joining Axcella, Dr. Magovcevic-Liebisch was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Development at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., where she led and executed over $5 billion in business development transactions ranging from licensing to the acquisition of drug candidates, commercial products and companies. She previously worked at Dyax Corp. for a dozen years in management roles of increasing scope and responsibility, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While at Dyax, Dr. Magovcevic-Liebisch established the commercial infrastructure of the company’s first FDA-approved drug, Kalbitor®, for treatment of hereditary angioedema attacks. She began her career as Director of Intellectual Property and Patent Counsel at Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. Dr. Magovcevic-Liebisch is currently a director on the boards of biotech companies Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC) and Alivio Therapeutics. She is also a trustee of the Wentworth Institute of Technology and an overseer of the Boston Ballet, Boston Museum of Science and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University and a J.D. in High Technology law from Suffolk University Law School. About Axcella Axcella is pioneering revolutionary amino acid-based therapeutics as powerful signaling molecules with broad mechanisms of action applicable to a range of severe diseases. Amino acids critically and uniquely regulate a wealth of essential disease pathways and biologies. Leveraging its unique platform, Axcella seeks to transform the traditional drug discovery process by significantly accelerating the speed of candidate generation to clinical validation within months. The company has translated its discoveries into compounds that have been tested in multiple clinical studies to date, with lead programs in NAFLD/NASH, intractable epilepsies and atrophic diseases, and a rich pipeline of drugs for rare genetic diseases. Axcella was founded by Flagship VentureLabs and has received financing from Flagship Pioneering, alongside co-investors Fidelity Research & Management Group, Gurnet Point Capital and Nestlé Health Science. Axcella is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit www.axcellahealth.com.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - May 25, 2017) - Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) and the Greater Grove Hall Main Streets are collaborating on a technology showcase and networking event in the Thelma D. Burns Building, 575 Warren Street, Dorchester, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 14th, 2017. This will be the first time Mass Innovation Nights will be held in Grove Hall and it will be the first to feature African and African American founders of tech companies. "We are excited to support diversity in tech and bring visibility to start-ups looking to be heard in the noisy tech space." said Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Innovation Nights, and Innovation Women. "We are very excited to be partnering with Mass Innovation Nights on MIN #99. We want to see more people in Grove Hall as 'producers' of technology instead of just 'consumers'. Helping people get jobs in technology and starting tech companies is one way to revitalizing the community while mitigating gentrification," said Ed Gaskin, Executive Director of Greater Grove Hall Main Streets. Free-of-charge and open to the public, Mass Innovation Nights #99 features experts, networking, tabletop demos and presentations from the winners of online voting. There will also be business experts from: Additionally, a student-founded startup from Wentworth Institute of Technology's Accelerate program will be presenting: OCC Youth Unleashed. Guests are encouraged to use hashtag #MIN99 and @MassInno to share their photos and commentary. The gatherings typically generate hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, and videos, and are key visibility drivers for these companies. To attend, please RSVP. About Mass Innovation Nights Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) offers an opportunity for people interested in innovative new products to connect live and online. Each month, different companies launch new products with Innovation Nights and the social media community helps spread the word. The popular product launch party and networking event draws attendees from the entire region. Over the past 8 years, it has launched almost 1000 new products which have collectively received more than $1.3 billion in funding. Follow MIN on Twitter or visit the website at mass.innovationnights.com/. About Greater Grove Hall Main Streets Greater Grove Hall Main Streets (GGHMS) partners with the City of Boston, private businesses and community stakeholders to improve the economic vitality of the Greater Grove Hall area such that residents can enjoy the benefits of development without displacement. Greater Grove Hall Main Streets (GGHMS) is committed to providing a diverse business district while maintaining our neighborhood's historical character. We encourage innovative and creative techniques for fostering economic development that enriches the lives of the business owners, employees and residents in our community. Follow us on @greatrgrovehall or visit our website greatergrovehall.org.


Receive press releases from Brooke Chase Associates, Inc.: By Email Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Recruits Mark Frederico as Sourcing and Materials Manager for Eemax, Inc. Richard Miller of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc., is pleased to announce the successful placement of Mark Frederico as Sourcing and Materials Manager with Eemax, Inc. Sarasota, FL, December 15, 2016 --( Mark has extensive sourcing and supply experience with Stanley Black & Decker. Mark oversaw global matrix organization structure with focus on procured categories/commodities and divisional alignment. Mark has been involved in supplier management, contract negotiations, supplier consolidation, and e-procurement. Mark earned his Associates’ degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Commemorating more than 28 years in business, Eemax has quickly emerged as the #1 brand in their product category. With an extensive product line and top customer base, Eemax continues to dominate the commercial, residential and industrial markets within the United States. In 2013 Eemax merged with the retail manufacturer Ecosmart. About Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is the premier executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management professionals within the building materials and kitchen/bath industries. Established in 1980, Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. has offices in Chicago, Knoxville and its Corporate Headquarters in Sarasota, FL. For additional information contact Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of Brooke Chase Associates at 941-479-6382 or jmcelmeel@brookechase.com Sarasota, FL, December 15, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Mark will be responsible for the negotiation and maintaining purchasing agreements with key suppliers and maintaining relationships with the suppliers. Mark will work closely with engineers, analyze market trends and lead Eemax’s understanding of international trading with regards to importing, freight forwarding and legal compliance.Mark has extensive sourcing and supply experience with Stanley Black & Decker. Mark oversaw global matrix organization structure with focus on procured categories/commodities and divisional alignment. Mark has been involved in supplier management, contract negotiations, supplier consolidation, and e-procurement. Mark earned his Associates’ degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.Commemorating more than 28 years in business, Eemax has quickly emerged as the #1 brand in their product category. With an extensive product line and top customer base, Eemax continues to dominate the commercial, residential and industrial markets within the United States. In 2013 Eemax merged with the retail manufacturer Ecosmart.About Brooke Chase Associates, Inc.Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is the premier executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management professionals within the building materials and kitchen/bath industries. Established in 1980, Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. has offices in Chicago, Knoxville and its Corporate Headquarters in Sarasota, FL. For additional information contact Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of Brooke Chase Associates at 941-479-6382 or jmcelmeel@brookechase.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Brooke Chase Associates, Inc.


SARASOTA, FL, December 15, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mark will be responsible for the negotiation and maintaining purchasing agreements with key suppliers and maintaining relationships with the suppliers. Mark will work closely with engineers, analyze market trends and lead Eemax's understanding of international trading with regards to importing, freight forwarding and legal compliance. Mark has extensive sourcing and supply experience with Stanley Black & Decker. Mark oversaw global matrix organization structure with focus on procured categories/commodities and divisional alignment. Mark has been involved in supplier management, contract negotiations, supplier consolidation, and e-procurement. Mark earned his Associates' degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Commemorating more than 28 years in business, Eemax has quickly emerged as the #1 brand in their product category. With an extensive product line and top customer base, Eemax continues to dominate the commercial, residential and industrial markets within the United States. In 2013 Eemax merged with the retail manufacturer Ecosmart. About Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is the premier executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management professionals within the building materials and kitchen/bath industries. Established in 1980, Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. has offices in Chicago, Knoxville and its Corporate Headquarters in Sarasota, FL. For additional information contact Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of Brooke Chase Associates at 941-479-6382 or jmcelmeel@brookechase.com


Mannheim P.D.,University of Connecticut | O'Brien J.G.,Wentworth Institute of Technology
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology | Year: 2012

We apply the conformal gravity theory to a sample of 111 spiral galaxies whose rotation curve data points extend well beyond the optical disk. With no free parameters other than galactic mass-to-light ratios, the theory is able to account for the systematics that is observed in this entire set of rotation curves without the need for any dark matter at all. In previous applications of the theory, a central role was played by a universal linear potential term V(r)=γ 0c2r/2 that is generated through the effect of cosmology on individual galaxies, with the coefficient γ 0=3. 06×10 -30cm -1 being of cosmological magnitude. Because the current sample is so big and encompasses some specific galaxies whose data points go out to quite substantial distances from galactic centers, we are able to identify an additional globally induced universal term in the data, a quadratic V(r)=-κc2r2/2 term that is induced by inhomogeneities in the cosmic background. With κ being found to be of magnitude κ=9.54×10 -54cm -2, through study of the motions of particles contained within galaxies we are thus able to both detect the presence of a global de Sitter-like component and provide a specific value for its strength. Our study suggests that invoking dark matter may be nothing more than an attempt to describe global physics effects such as these in purely local galactic terms. © 2012 American Physical Society.


O'Brien J.G.,Wentworth Institute of Technology | Mannheim P.D.,University of Connecticut
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society | Year: 2012

We continue our study of the application of the conformal gravity theory to galactic rotation curves. Previously we had studied a varied 111 spiral galaxy sample consisting of high surface brightness galaxies, low surface brightness galaxies and dwarf galaxies. With no free parameters other than galactic mass-to-light ratios, we had found that the theory is able to account for the systematics that are observed in the entire set of galactic rotation curves without the need for any dark matter whatsoever. In this paper, we extend our study to an additional set of 27 galaxies of which 25 are dwarf galaxies, and provide updated studies of three additional galaxies that had been in the original sample, and again without dark matter find fully acceptable fits, save only for just a few galaxies that we find to be somewhat troublesome. Our current study brings to 138 the number of rotation curves of galaxies that have been accounted for by the conformal gravity theory. Since one of the primary ingredients in the theory is a universal contribution to galactic motions coming from matter exterior to the galaxies, and thus independent of them, our study reinforces one of the central concepts of the conformal gravity studies, namely that invoking dark matter should be viewed as being nothing more than an attempt to describe global physics contributions in purely local galactic terms. © 2012 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2012 RAS.


News Article | March 3, 2017
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FLORENCE, ITALY, March 03, 2017-- Peter Forbes has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Peter Forbes is an architect, designer and design educator living in Florence, Italy, with a professional practice based there and in Seal Harbor, Maine, USA. He holds dual citizenship from the United States and Italy.Forbes worked on ranches throughout the western United States before graduating with a Bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He then apprenticed in several architectural firms in Chicago, Illinois, USA, most notably a brief internship with the office of Mies van der Rohe and subsequently with the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Following this early experience he earned a Master's degree in architecture and urbanism from Yale University.Upon graduating from Yale, Forbes moved to Boston where he completed his apprenticeship as an architect with the firm of Planning/Architecture/Research/Design Team (PARD) before starting his own practice first with partners as Forbes Hailey Jeas Erneman Architects and then on his own as Peter Forbes and Associates.Prior to starting Peter Forbes and Associates, Forbes served as the architect member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission Concerning State and County Buildings, known as the Ward Commission after its chairman John William Ward, then president of Amherst College. The Commission was charged with investigating allegations of corruption and maladministration in public building procurement. The Commission sat from 1978 to 1981 finding a vast scope of bribery and shoddy building in the Commonwealth. Based upon their findings the Commission drafted legislation establishing the first state-level office of inspector general in the United States and sweeping reforms to the procurement process. Forbes, as an architect, was the principal drafter of the procurement legislation. The bills were passed into law by the Massachusetts legislature.As a result of his experience on the Ward Commission, Forbes became the head of the ethics committee of the Boston Society of Architects and then a member of the Ethics Task Force of the National American Institute of Architects which drafted a uniform code of ethics adopted by the AIA. He subsequently was appointed to the National Judicial Council of the AIA charged with adjudicating the code of ethics.Largely as a result of his public service and service to the architectural profession, Forbes was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, the Institute's highest membership honor. At the time of his investiture, Forbes was the youngest member so honored in the history of the Institute.Forbes's involvement with the leadership of the profession continued with service to the Boston Society of Architects as Commissioner for Public Affairs, Vice President and President of the society. He was also elected president of the Massachusetts State Association of Architects.Peter Forbes and Associates quickly became known as a highly skilled "boutique" design firm specializing in meticulously designed and detailed projects for demanding private clients. The work ranged in type and scale from single-family residential buildings to institutions such as the International Tennis Hall of Fame and specialized commercial clients like Origins Cosmetics company, a division of Estee Lauder Companies.The firm's projects became widely published in the architectural press throughout the world and received multiple design awards (see list of publications and awards). Featured in many books on design, the work was the subject of a monograph on the firm's residential work in 1997, Ten Houses; Peter Forbes and Associates. In 2000 the firm name was changed to Peter Forbes, FAIA, Architects.In addition to his work in architecture Forbes has always designed furniture, furnishings and objects. All of the furniture for the Origins Cosmetics stores was designed by Forbes as were many pieces of furniture for residential clients. This work continued in the Florence office with designs for objects from companies such as Alessi and San Lorenzo Silver, custom carpets for Boralevi Carpets, and furniture for Sedia Company, Franco Mobili, custom one-off pieces and experimental prototypes for companies such as Poltrona Frau.Parallel to his professional career Peter Forbes has taught architecture and design continuously since the earliest days of his office. Beginning in 1972 as an instructor at the Boston Architectural Center Forbes has been a visiting critic or professor in residence at many schools of architecture and design. He has been a visiting critic and subsequently Thomas S. Monahan Distinguished Visiting Professor and Guido A. Binda Visiting Lecturer at the University of Michigan. He served as a visiting critic and was awarded the G. Truman Ward Visiting Lectureship at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech).Forbes has been a visiting professor at Technical University of Nova Scotia and for several years at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has been a visiting critic at numerous schools of design including Columbia University, Catholic University of America - Washington DC and Rome, Italy -Lawrence Technical University, Syracuse University Florence, Italy program, Kent State University Florence, Italy program and Wentworth Institute of Technology. In 1991 Wentworth Insitute of Technology honored Forbes with the honorary degree Doctor of Engineering Technology, the Institute's highest accolade. Since 2009 Forbes has been senior instructor in design at the Florence Institute of Design International, Florence, Italy.Peter Forbes has three children: Alexander John Forbes and Anne deMarcken Forbes from his first marriage both of whom live and work in Olympia, Washington, USA, and Allegra Longfellow Forbes from his second marriage, resident of Florence, Italy, presently studying at Barnard College of Columbia University, New York City, USA.Forbes is a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum, a life member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Nature Conservancy. An avid sailor, he is a member of the Seal Harbor Yacht Club, Seal Harbor, Maine, USA and the Compagnia della Vela, Venice, Italy.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


Grove L.E.,Wentworth Institute of Technology
Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) | Year: 2013

Computational solvent mapping finds binding hot spots, determines their druggability and provides information for drug design. While mapping of a ligand-bound structure yields more accurate results, usually the apo structure serves as the starting point in design. The FTFlex algorithm, implemented as a server, can modify an apo structure to yield mapping results that are similar to those of the respective bound structure. Thus, FTFlex is an extension of our FTMap server, which only considers rigid structures. FTFlex identifies flexible residues within the binding site and determines alternative conformations using a rotamer library. In cases where the mapping results of the apo structure were in poor agreement with those of the bound structure, FTFlex was able to yield a modified apo structure, which lead to improved FTMap results. In cases where the mapping results of the apo and bound structures were in good agreement, no new structure was predicted. FTFlex is freely available as a web-based server at http://ftflex.bu.edu/.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 388.01K | Year: 2012

The Ensuring Early Mathematics Success for STEM Majors (EEMS) initiative integrates academic support and intervention services to increase graduation rates among 1) STEM majors who transfer from other institutions, 2) incoming freshmen at risk of failing first-year mathematics courses, and 3) students in the general population who underperform in first-year and subsequent mathematics courses. In order to improve student performance and reduce the risk of course failure, attrition, or increased time to degree the EEMS initiative includes summer bridge programs for transferring STEM majors and entering freshman STEM majors at risk of failing first-year mathematics courses and Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) for all STEM majors.

The EEMS Initiative seeks to increase persistence rates among the identified at-risk groups to match the current first-year STEM major persistence rate (80.9%), which will produce an increase of at least 66 STEM graduates per year. Underrepresented minority students are overrepresented among these at risk students, suggesting the program will have a proportionally larger impact on retention and graduation rates for this group. In addition to traditional journal and conference venues for dissemination, faculty from institutions in the Urban Massachusetts LSAMP and other interested institutions are invited to observe the program and participate in PLTL workshops.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 200.84K | Year: 2015

This award, funded by the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI), promotes the progress of scientific research and supports undergraduate education at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Wentworth). The award enables interdisciplinary teams at Wentworth to conduct externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary trace metal analysis research projects and to develop new, scientific curriculum for undergraduate students. The projects are interdisciplinary by design and promote a comprehensive approach to trace metals research. The research projects will enable undergraduates to study important issues such as the effect of trace metals on public health, safety, prosperity and welfare. Examples of topics to be studied include the identification of metals in blood, the transport of metals in soil and groundwater, the stabilization of metals in waste, and metals in alternative fuels. The projects also establish undergraduate science research as a significant and sustainable element in the new campus-wide Externally-collaborative, Project-based, Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Learning (EPIC Learning) currently being implemented at Wentworth. This award will also enable Wentworth faculty members to develop an interdisciplinary research model that can be used to promote science research at other undergraduate institutions.

Through this award, Wentworth will acquire a PerkinElmer PinAAcle 900T graphite furnace/flame atomic absorption spectrometer (the PinAAcle 900T) equipped with a PerkinElmer FIAS 400 Injection Flow System (FIAS 400) (collectively, the Major Research Instrumentation) in order to identify and measure trace metals. In addition to its use in undergraduate research, the Major Research Instrumentation will also be used in faculty development and in external collaborations with community and private-sector organizations. The expected outcomes of the trace metal analysis projects are consistent with Wentworths institute-wide learning outcomes that are envisioned under its EPIC Learning Initiative.

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