NEW HAVEN — A $3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will enable thousands of college and university science faculty to receive intensive professional development aimed at improving undergraduate biology education. The award will expand the National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education in Biology from a single location in Madison, Wisc. to a total of nine regional centers over the next five years. A new Summer Institute site will debut August 8-13 at Yale University.

The expanded program will eventually be open to faculty at a wider range of institutions; only faculty and staff at major research universities have been able to participate in the past. This year the institutes are welcoming faculty from all doctoral-degree granting institutions, not just the research-intensive universities.

Interested faculty can learn more about the program and apply online at

 NEW HAVEN — This summer, Gateway Community College (GCC) will launch a new Digital Printing and Production Certificate Program, developed in partnership with the Xerox Corp., that aims to provide hands-on training in graphic design and digital production with the latest printing technology.

The first of its kind in Connecticut, the certificate program will be offered starting with the summer semester on June 1 and registration is currently open. Students who successfully complete the program will receive Xerox certification in digital press production that will qualify them to work in digital printing facilities in print shops, corporations, schools or businesses. To learn more phone 203-285-2302 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 HAMDEN — State funding is in place for Quinnipiac University to offer the fourth Connecticut Film Industry Training Program. Classes, which begin June 6, are available only to Connecticut residents. The program is designed for individuals who want to learn the basics of feature and episodic television film production and pursue entry-level freelance work in the industry. Classes will be taught by motion-picture professionals who have significant career experience and are active members of the motion picture trade union related to the skills they teach.

Areas of specialization include assistant directing, location management, production office coordination, script supervision, lighting and grip, camera, sound, props and set dressing, and wardrobe. Upon completion of the program, graduating trainees will receive a certificate from the state Office of Film, Television & Digital Media.

To learn more or to download an application, visit