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Robert H. Quinn, whose long career in public service included terms as attorney general, speaker of the House and chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, died Jan. 12 in Dorchester. He was 85. Appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Edward King in 1981, Quinn served as chairman...
Damaged sprinkler heads and heating coils caused by frigid temperatures over the weekend of Jan. 4-5 kept plumbers and custodial staff busy with water leaks in several campus buildings, according to Dan McCarthy, assistant director for building maintenance at Physical Plant. McCarthy said the most...

Five Colleges, Inc. has established a fund to honor Jackie Pritzen, one of the consortium’s early leaders, who died in August at the age of 83. As part of Five College’s endowment, the fund will provide support for those programs and activities which meant the most to Pritzen.

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Theoretical physicist Michael Ramsey-Musolf recently opened the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions in the Lederle Graduate Research Center with the mission of joining together theoretical and experimental physics in a quest to seek the elusive answers to how the universe works.

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The Integrated Concentration in Science Program (iCons) and its new spin on science education are getting some attention following workshops presented by program staff and students in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California in recent months. Chemistry professor and iCons director Scott Auerbach...
New England Public Radio listeners donated $122,000 in support of programming and operational expenses over the course of the station's December Dash fund drive. The drive kicked off Dec. 12, with NEPR participating in the region-wide Valley Gives Day e-philanthropy effort. The station...
A national search is underway to fill the post of dean of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC), according to Provost James V. Staros. A 13-member search committee chaired by John J. McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, began reviewing nominations and applications on Nov. 29. The appointment of the...
Laina King, director of Diversity in Life Science Programs for the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, discussed the organization’s program and initiatives during a Dec. 9 campus visit hosted by the STEM Diversity Institute. Addressing an audience of junior faculty, postdocs...
Laina King (second left) with doctoral students Ololade Fatunmbi, Joelle Labastide, and Cornelius Taabazuing
Twelve teams of young innovators pitched their business ideas and shared more than $10,000 in prize money during the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition held Dec. 3. Each team leader presented a two-minute pitch to a panel of judges...

The National Academy of Inventors this week named Todd Emrick, polymer science and engineering, a fellow of the academy, which seeks to recognize the fellows’ “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”

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