Wilbraham, MA, United States
Wilbraham, MA, United States

Western New England University is a private university in Springfield, Massachusetts. Academic programs are provided through its College of Arts and science, College of Business, College of Engineering, School of Law, and College of Pharmacy.In recognition of its master's and doctoral programs, the institution officially changed its name from Western New England College to Western New England University on July 1, 2011. This marked the return of "university" to the school's name, exactly 60 years after separating from Northeastern University. It had long been classified as a university by the Carnegie Foundation.The university is a member of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield and a partner in the Hartford-Springfield Region's Knowledge Corridor Initiative. Instruction is provided entirely by university faculty instead of teaching assistants or graduate students. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2017-01-20

A breath acetone meter is provided. The blood glucose meter includes a receiver comprising a first polymer and a second plurality of layers arranged in an alternating arrangement. The receiver is configured to receive a breath sample from a user. The first plurality of layers and second plurality of layers being configured to interact in response to the level of acetone in the breath sample. The breath acetone meter further including a light source arranged to emit a light onto the receiver. A sensor is arranged to receive the light and output a voltage in response to receiving the light, wherein the voltage is proportional to an amount of acetone in the breath sample.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 389.57K | Year: 2015

The OpenPath project will improve undergraduate computing education by developing a learning pathway through the computing curriculum that will help address key challenges of computing education via student exposure to and participation in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) projects. HFOSS is open source software that improves the human condition, addressing needs in areas such as health care, disaster management, education, economic development, and accessibility. Students will be provided with opportunities to positively impact their communities or others, which will engage and motivate traditionally underrepresented minorities and women to pursue careers in computing. As a result, the OpenPath project will improve student learning and content retention, and will help students to develop professional skills and personal attributes.

OpenPath will integrate two existing research initiatives: participation in HFOSS, and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning in Computer Science (CS-POGIL). In CS-POGIL, students work in small self-managed teams using specifically designed materials to construct their own knowledge. In this project CS-POGIL will be used to scaffold early learning and help students develop team and process skills. This early learning will support a transition to more independent learning in HFOSS environments. Working in an HFOSS project provides students with the skills and professional experience needed to ensure a smooth pathway to the computing professions. Multiple types of evaluations will enable the research team to track the progress of the project, to determine the legitimacy of the model created and its mapping to the curriculum, to understand the impact of the faculty and student activities, and to identify the student learning that occurs through participation in an HFOSS project.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ALGEBRA,NUMBER THEORY,AND COM | Award Amount: 49.92K | Year: 2014

This grant supports the international meeting Building Bridges: 2nd EU/US Summer School & Workshop on Automorphic Forms and Related Topics, which will take place June 30 to July 11, 2014, at the University of Bristol, England. The website with details is http://www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~mamjd/bb/index.html. Grant funds will be used to support US-based participants in the international summer school and workshop. This conference follows the success of the meeting Building Bridges: 1st Summer School & Workshop, held in Aachen, Germany, in August 2012.

Automorphic forms are present in almost every area of modern number theory, and they are becoming increasingly important in mathematical physics. Current research on automorphic forms is being impacted by such topics as Explicit Methods for Modular Forms and L-functions, The Legacy of Ramanujan, and The Langlands Program, which are the three mini-course topics for the summer school. Each mini-course is led by a team of two internationally-recognized researchers, and will consist of three hours of lecture each morning, followed by work sessions (in small groups) in the afternoon, focused on exercises developed by the instructors. Designated post-doctoral researchers and the instructors will provide tutorial support during these sessions.

Following the summer school is a conference on automorphic forms and related topics, where participants will present cutting-edge research in all areas related to automorphic forms. This workshop aims not only to foster and strengthen a long-lasting exchange between automorphic forms researchers in the EU and the US, but also to generate and sustain a friendly, supportive atmosphere, providing encouragement to young researchers, establishing mentoring opportunities for more established researchers, and serving as a forum for exchanging ideas and forming new collaborations.


Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2016-01-26

A centrifuge is provided. The centrifuge includes a power source, the power source configured to generate electrical power from a renewable power source. At least one battery electrically coupled to the power source. A motor is electrically coupled to the at least one battery. A rotor is coupled to the motor. The rotor has a generally cylindrical body and a pair of opposing openings opposite the motor, and a pair of holders each disposed in one of the pair of opposing openings, each of the holders having an opening on one end sized to receive a capillary tube.


Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2013-04-08

A centrifuge is provided. The centrifuge includes a power source, the power source configured to generate electrical power from a renewable power source. At least one battery electrically coupled to the power source. A motor is electrically coupled to the at least one battery. A rotor is coupled to the motor. The rotor has a generally cylindrical body and a pair of opposing openings opposite the motor, and a pair of holders each disposed in one of the pair of opposing openings, each of the holders having an opening on one end sized to receive a capillary tube.


Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2015-01-12

A breast cavity spacer device, such as for use with a percutaneous lumpectomy, is provided. The device includes a body having a projection on one end. The body has a bore extending there through. A catheter is disposed at least partially within the bore. A balloon member is fluidly coupled on one end of the catheter, the balloon member having an elliptical shape.


Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2014-10-31

A breath acetone meter is provided. The blood glucose meter includes a receiver comprising a first polymer and a second plurality of layers arranged in an alternating arrangement. The receiver is configured to receive a breath sample from a user. The first plurality of layers and second plurality of layers being configured to interact in response to the level of acetone in the breath sample. The breath acetone meter further including a light source arranged to emit a light onto the receiver. A sensor is arranged to receive the light and output a voltage in response to receiving the light, wherein the voltage is proportional to an amount of acetone in the breath sample.


Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2013-05-07

A wearable article for detecting an impact to the head is provided. The wearable article includes a first flexible layer and a second flexible layer. A sensor is disposed between the first flexible layer and the second flexible layer. An indicator device is operably coupled to the sensor, the indicator device being configured to to provide a visual indication of the level of the impact.


Patent
Western New England University | Date: 2014-02-11

A strain sensor is provided having an annular collar. At least one sensor is movably coupled to the collar, the at least one sensor having a body with a plurality of silicon strain gages coupled thereto. A first soldering connector is coupled to the collar, the first soldering connector configured to provide an excitation voltage. A plurality of second soldering connectors are coupled to the collar. A plurality of first conductors electrically are coupled to the first soldering connector on one end, and one of the plurality of silicon strain gages on a second end. A plurality of second conductors electrically are coupled between one of the plurality of second soldering connectors and one of the plurality of silicon strain gages.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 365.00K | Year: 2015

With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) and support from the Chemistry Research Instrumentation Program (CRIF), Western New England University will acquire a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer. The instrument will be housed at WNEU and shared for research and teaching with the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS) consortium. The CCGS consortium is comprised of eight member institutions within a 10-mile radius: American International College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University, and Westfield State University. The instrument will be used in undergraduate research projects in areas of organic, inorganic and environmental chemistry. In general, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools available to chemists for the elucidation of the structure of molecules. It is used to identify unknown substances, to characterize specific arrangements of atoms within molecules, and to study the dynamics of interactions between molecules in solution. Access to state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers is essential to chemists who are carrying out frontier research. This instrument will be an integral part of teaching as well as research performed by undergraduate students in the consortium institutions.

The proposal is aimed at enhancing research especially in areas such as (a) investigating phenyl epoxyenones as potential activity-based probe templates for protein kinases (Springfield College); (b) synthesizing and developing hyperbranched star polymers for use as bone substitutes (WNE); (c) broadening the scope of Montmorillonite K10 clay (WNE) ; (d) studying dynamic kinetic resolution of substituted keto esters and ketoamides via biocatalytic reduction (Springfield Tech Community College); (e) synthesizing and developing small molecule sensors for the detection of organophosphate pesticides in water and soil (WNE); (f) synthesizing and investigating the thermal stability of cubane derivatives (WNE); (g) synthesizing and investigating polyelectrolytes (WNE); and (h) determining secondary deuterium isotope effect on the equilibrium constant for the iodination of alkanes (Elms College).

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