The department of polymer science and engineering is celebrating its 50th anniversary May 12-13 with a two-day reunion and symposium expected to draw more than 250 visitors for laboratory tours, panel discussions and formal presentations from eight of the department’s most distinguished graduates.

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Senior Victoria Matthews offers a heartfelt poem to UMass Amherst seniors and to new students about to arrive. Victoria, who graduates with a bachelor's degree in women, gender and sexuality studies, was inspired to write "A Love Letter To You" by the UMatter@UMass program.
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In the week before final exams, UMass Amherst students were encouraged to reduce stress by walking through a sun-powered circular labyrinth, a unique collaboration between the College of Nursing and the department of landscape architecture and design.
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Every day is Earth Day at UMass Amherst. To celebrate the official April 2016 date, the campus held a yogathon, festival and social media scavenger hunt with students locating sustainability resources on campus and taking selfies to win a prize.
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To ensure that Commencement is a memorable and enjoyable experience for our graduating students and for their guests, the campus will close for regular business operations at noon on Friday, May 6. Staff deemed essential personnel for Commencement activities or other campus operations will be...
Today UMass Amherst is celebrating its 153rd anniversary, kicking off the year with the fourth annual #UMassGives fundraising campaign. Participate by making a gift online or by visiting the mobile giving tent in front of Memorial Hall at the Founders Day picnic.
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Incoming first-year and transfer students will join their peers in reading the novel “Make Your Home Among Strangers” by Jennine Capó Crucet in the sixth year of the Common Read program. Selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review, “Make Your Home Among Strangers” follows Lizet Ramirez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, on her journey through her first year of college.

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Organized by UMass Amherst student Tenzin Thargay, the Conference for Compassionate Leadership brought to campus a panel of Five College professors along with Tibetan author Dr. Thupten Jinpa, translator for the Dalai Lama, to discuss the role of compassion in academic leadership.  
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Three researchers from the polymer science and engineering department are among 16 recipients of Tech Development Awards from the President’s Office’s Tech Development Fund. The $215,000 in funding was announced April 7 by President Marty Meehan. “With these awards, we are...
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On March 31, the UMass Amherst Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) formally became the School of Public Policy. The establishment of the School of Public Policy (SPP) was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees in September, and the class of 2016 will be the first graduates of the...
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