August 2011 Archives
Dear Friends of the Sciences at UMass Lowell:
Welcome to the first posting of our Sciences blog. This blog is being put together by our new Associate Dean of Sciences, Fred Martin, who is an Associate Professor of Computer Science, and recently the Acting Chair of Computer Science. This blog will give us the opportunity to update you on the exciting things that are going on both in the Sciences and at the University. Updates from each of the six Science departments will be posted in the near future. Let me tell you about some of the excitement here.
With the arrival of Chancellor Marty Meehan, Vice Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, and Provost Ahmed Abdelal, we are undergoing an amazing transformation; there is a rebirth of excitement here at UMass Lowell.
The University has been concentrating on student success in every way possible, including:
- Learning Communities for all incoming freshmen.
- A much-expanded Honors Program under the direction of Computer Science Associate Professor Jim Canning.
- Expansion of our co-op program with our own Sciences Co-op Coordinator. Statistics show that 40-50% of students who do co-ops end up with permanent job offers from their co-op companies.
- Development of new dorm space for on-campus living. We purchased the Inn and Conference Center, which used to be the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Lowell. It houses 500 students during the academic year and provides us with a state-of-the-art conference facility. We are expanding our dormitory space in order to provide more rooms for students; students who live on campus do better academically by as much as 10%.
- Expansion in scholarship opportunities for incoming and current students.
We have seen increases in the credentials of incoming students (up 24 SAT points this year alone) and increases in retention and graduation rates. The Chronicle of Higher Education cited us for the highest increase in the graduation rate in the country, up 8% in one year.
From a faculty point of view, we continue our mission as a world-class research university; the Sciences bring in about half of the $60 million in external funding by University faculty members. We have been hiring senior as well as junior faculty members, people who bring research opportunities and cutting-edge teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, alike. Anyone driving past the corner of University Avenue and the VFW Parkway will see the growth of our new $80 million, state-of-the-art Sciences and Engineering research, teaching, and industry outreach building.
- To our students, I hope that you are enjoying the experience and taking advantage of our exciting opportunities at a world-class, US News & World Report top tier research university.
- To our alumni, I hope that you have renewed reasons to take pride in your alma mater and are willing to become more connected with the University and help us with your expertise, energy, and resources.
- To our other friends, please check out our website to keep up with campus life (http://www.uml.edu/).
I hope that you will follow our progress in this blog. Please donít hesitate to contact me at Robert_Tamarin@uml.edu at any time for any reason.
Bob Tamarin, Science Dean