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Williams Geosciences Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Study Boulder Beach Response to Storms
11:11AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rónadh Cox, the Edward Brust professor of geology and mineralogy at Williams College, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The three-year, $340,000 grant will support her research on how boulder beaches respond to storms and how they change over time.

Boulder beaches record wave action on stormy coastlines, but surprisingly little is known about them. Cox's NSF-funded project, titled "Boulder Beaches: The Understudied Archive on High-Energy Coasts," aims to increase understanding of their dynamic evolution. The study focuses on 22 sites in Ireland, which has a wide range of boulder-beach settings, so that the

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Nursing Graduates
04:38PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020
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BCC, like many other schools, has been forced to be creative in recognizing its graduates during the pandemic. The graduates have often put their own spin on the unusual ceremonies. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Twenty-seven graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College and 57 associate degree in nursing graduates were recognized on Tuesday night for a combination drive-through and remote ceremony in order to observe social distancing protocols because to COVID-19.     Ann Tierney, a nursing adviser, retired nurse practitioner and professor of nursing, addressed the practical nursing students while Lynn Geldert,

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2020 dean's list.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. 

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

Connecticut

Kaitlynn Huften, Emily Deming

Sylwia Danowski

Bailey Derr

Olivia

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Berkshire County Arc Announces Scholarship Winners
10:03AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients for high school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services.

Pittsfield High School graduate to attend Roger Williams University with a major in elementary education/special education.

Taconic High School graduate to attend MCLA and major in social work.

Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend Fitchburg State College to major in criminal justice. 

Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend University of New Hampshire's College of Health & Human Services. 

Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend Westfield State University to

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Three Williams Faculty Members Awarded Nelson Bushnell Prize
09:46AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize for excellence in teaching and writing, an award given annually to the faculty since 1995. 

This year's recipients are Rashida K. Braggs, Mea Cook and Bernie Rhie: Braggs for the integration of her scholarship with her teaching and for mentorship of junior faculty members; Cook for her creativity in her classes and the deliberate approach to inclusive pedagogy; and Rhie for his highly effective teaching and mentoring for junior colleagues through various programs.

Rashida K. Braggs

Braggs is an associate professor of Africana studies and a faculty

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Williams College Announces Plan for Return of Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:21AM / Monday, June 29, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday morning announced that students will be welcomed back to campus beginning in August for a semester of " 'hybrid' courses that blend in-person and remote instruction."

In a 3,400-hundred word letter to the college community, President Maud S. Mandel explained that the college's faculty and administration have designed a return from the spring's campus closure that aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Students will be allowed to choose to take the year off with no penalty, and the college has lowered the number of

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Q&A: Mount Greylock Principal Looks Back on Tenure, Ahead to Teaching
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:15AM / Sunday, June 28, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mary MacDonald this Tuesday leaves the principal's office at Mount Greylock Regional School.   But she hopes to not go very far.   MacDonald, who moved into the corner office in 2013, announced this winter that she will wrap up her seven-year stint as the school's top administrator with the hope of returning in the fall as one of its teachers..   Although hiring plans at the middle/high school are unknown at the moment because of the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, MacDonald remains focused on her plan to get back to the classroom.   "Mount Greylock has a history of principals going back to the classroom,"

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Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation Names Winner of Environmental Leadership Award
10:22AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Amelia Murphy of Williamstown is the 2020 Mt. Greylock senior recipient of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation  Mathias J. Bartels Environmental Leadership Award.

The award was presented at the Mt. Greylock Regional High School class night on June 6.

WRLF has long recognized the importance of fostering a sense of place and awareness of the natural environment in the next generation and in support of that, in 2000 established an annual environmental award for a graduating senior at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.  The award was renamed in 2004 to honor the exemplary leadership shown by former Mt. Greylock student Mathias Bartels.

The WRLF is a

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Doctors Back Up State's Guidance for School Reopening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Thursday, June 25, 2020
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Dr. Lloyd Fisher, a pediatrician, discusses the reasoning behind some of the health measures recommended for reopening schools this fall. BOSTON, Mass. — All over the world, temporal thermometers are part of the strategy for reopening economies from the COVID-19 pandemic.   But they will not do much good when it comes to reopening schoolhouse doors, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Thursday.   The commonwealth came very close to requiring daily temperature checks for students returning to school in the fall, but ultimately decided against the move because those checks would not yield any useful information, he said.   "With kids, there are way too many false

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State Issues Guidance for Return of School in the Fall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Thursday, June 25, 2020
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BOSTON — The state is recommending schools maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and require masks for staff and children in Grade 2 and above.   And districts are required to create plans to start the school year in three different scenarios: in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid model that could see students alternating in-person instruction on a daily or weekly basis.   The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday released its first round of reopening guidance for the commonwealth's primary and secondary schools.   "Continued isolation poses very real risks to our kids mental and physical health, and to their

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