WINTER 2018-19
Applying theory and innovation to solve real world challenges and 
enable our clients to achieve their goals and aspirations.
The 15th Annual STEM Summit
The 15th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit is in the books! On November 14th, about 1,000 educators, practitioners and supporters of STEM fields gathered in Worcester to learn, collaborate, and share stories around this year's theme, "Pipelines To Prosperity". 

The morning plenary was highlighted by a screening of the moving Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America, a movie by Rory Kennedy. The afternoon plenary was an edition of "Are You Smarter Than A Mathlete" presented by Dell and MATHCOUNTS.

While the sessions and exhibits provided formal opportunities for learning, many staff commented on the frequent hallway conversations among summit participants that were equally valuable moments of sharing and (re)connection. 

ODLS focuses on communications, both personal and professional

"'Communications skills' is an umbrella term comprising many different aspects of how we communicate: face-to-face interactions, phone calls, and e-mails, as well as the countless nonverbal messages we send," says Dana Henry, director of Organizational Development & Learning Solutions (ODLS).

The latest issue of the ODLS newsletter, "Successful Solutions", features a range of communications workshops that ODLS has provided directly or through its extended staff. For example, ODLS, worked with  state government departments and a local police department (among other clients) to improve their communications. The newsletter issue also provides tips on improving one's own personal communication. 

SEIGMA Team Releases Most Comprehensive Report on Impacts of Casinos Ever Undertaken

The UMass Donahue Institute is a member of the  Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts  (SEIGMA) project team, which has been charged with carrying out the research  agenda of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  A new compendium report summarizes the research findings as of July 2018.

"This new report highlights the comprehensive nature of our casino research agenda and will serve as a model for future reports as Springfield and Everett go in to full swing," said Dr. Mark Melnik, EPPR director. "It is the goal of our research to provide a deep analysis of all of the various elements related to expanded gaming and to help inform the public and policy makers on this important and emerging sector in the Massachusetts economy." 

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MassBenchmarks Journal

The latest  MassBenchmarks " Current and Leading Indexes" release indicates that the Massachusetts and U.S. economies grew at very similar rates in the third quarter. Unemployment rates for both Massachusetts and the nation remain low historically and well below pre-Great Recession levels. Read more

The quarterly Massachusetts Current and Leading Indexes release discusses Massachusetts GDP growth relative to the national economy and analyzes trends seen in key indicators. It is developed by Dr. Alan Clayton-Matthews, Senior Contributing Editor of the MassBenchmarks journal .
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