Finalists selected for Lever's Western Massachusetts Health Technology Challenge

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Finalists have been selected for Lever's Western Mass Health Technology Challenge, open to health technology startups in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. 
Five teams will work with Lever to advance their cleantech businesses over the next several months.
The finalists will then compete for a total of $75,000 in grants to be awarded at the pitch finale at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst on March 3. The challenge is funded in part by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts.
Western Massachusetts Health Technology Challenge Finalists
Quaesar Therapeutics - Anujan Ramesh
Quaesar Therapeutics has developed a non-invasive blood-based diagnostic test that can detect the incidence and spread of ovarian cancer significantly earlier compared to clinical standards. 
Latde Diagnostics - Emily Melzer
Latde Diagnostics is developing a rapid, low-cost, test to determine antibiotic susceptibility for bloodborne pathogens. 
To Be Named - Govind Srimathveeralli
Srimathveerali's team has technology to generate on-demand liquid biopsy samples to support rapid diagnosis.
Baystate Health - Anant Shinde
Baystate Health is developing a high-dose non-invasive brain stimulator to expand the capabilities of clinical MRI studies. MRI setting.  
MacFarlane Medical - Connor MacFarlane
MacFarlane Medical's Improved Insulin Delivery (IID) port is easy to use, discrete, waterproof, and most importantly, convenient and reliable, giving diabetic patients increased comfort and freedom.

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MCLA to Host Community Panel 'How to Speak About Peace'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA faculty and staff invite the campus and North Adams community to a panel discussion "How to Speak About Peace" to discuss urgent calls for a permanent ceasefire in Palestine on Thursday, Nov. 30.  
The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall Room 218. 
Panelists include Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Mohamad Junaid, Associate Professor of English & Communications Dr. Victoria Papa, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies Dr. Eunice Uhm, Associate Professor of Modern Language Dr. Mariana Bolivar, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Carter Carter. The discussion will be moderated by Assistant Professor of English & Communications Dr. Caren Beilin and interim director of The Mind's Eye – an initiative featuring interdisciplinary academic programming. 
"As an educational institution with scholarly expertise in our community, one thing we can do to try to cope with the unfolding events is to gather for conversation and to contend with current events. It is notable that this panel includes Jewish, Arab, and Muslim faculty members and those whose research addresses many of these intertwined topics," MCLA President James Birge stated in a message to the campus community. "I encourage our community's participation in this important conversation."  
This community panel is a follow-up and continuation of the previous panel about the war in Israel and Gaza. This comes after a weekend of horrific violence that took place in Burlington, Vt involving three Palestinian college students.  
"We must continue to talk with one another about peace, to find the words, and indeed the information, to speak and act on this urgent issue," Dr. Beilin said. 
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