University of Massachusetts Dartmouth featured on Discovery Channel education program

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was featured in a recent Discovery Channel program Champions of Industry because of its innovative approach to teaching, research and community involvement. The program was hosted by television personality Pat Summerall and was aired initially on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday morning, December 2, 2003.

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was featured in a recent Discovery Channel program Champions of Industry because of its innovative approach to teaching, research and community involvement. The program was hosted by television personality Pat Summerall and was aired initially on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday morning, December 2, 2003. 

The Champions of Industry designation is an award created by Pat Summerall Productions to recognize excellence in business practices. Organizations attain “Champions” status because of their integrity, ingenuity and proven leadership in their respective industries. 

“This award acknowledges that the UMass Dartmouth is a center for innovation, quality and intellectual expertise,” said University Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “As a growing public university that supports diversity, UMD is a campus that was founded on and is sustained by a foundation of academic and research excellence.” 

UMass Dartmouth was selected through a deliberative process and criteria, which included a review of its academic achievement, unique and innovative approaches to teaching and learning and the University’s ability to deliver on its teaching, research and economic development mission. 

“At a time when editorial programming on television tends to focus on negative aspects of our society, the Champions of Industry program is promoting and recognizing those institutions that are doing something positive,” Chancellor MacCormack added. “We see UMass Dartmouth as a community resource, an intellectual powerhouse that is having a transformative impact on our region because of the power that education has to changes lives.” 

The Champions of Industry program highlighted the University’s mission driven involvement in the classroom and community. In addition to interviews with Chancellor MacCormack, the program featured the scholarly research work of Dr. Bal Ram Singh that led to the creation of the National Botulinum Center by the National Institutes of Health. It also featured the innovative approach taken by the University’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in developing research partnerships with industry. The program also included a segment about how Dr. Brian Rothschild and his team at the School of Marine Science and Technology are working to sustain the fishing industry in the region and throughout the world. 

Finally, the program highlighted the importance of UMass investment in the downtown areas of New Bedford and Fall River as part of a strategy to revitalize the central business districts.


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