Editorial: Partnership benefits UMass, Valley economy

Last week’s announcement of a $15 million grant by the MassMutual Foundation to support data sciences and cybersecurity research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a big win for the state’s flagship campus – and for the Pioneer Valley economy. The investment will help position UMass to continue its state-of-the-art education in two fields where steady job growth is expected. The money will pay for additional faculty on campus and help establish a security training center in Springfield, home of MassMutual. The grant over 10 years, one of the largest donations ever to UMass Amherst, will provide $12 million to the Center for Data Science. It was established last year to study how best to learn from large amounts of data and apply that knowledge to specific disciplines. Among…

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