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Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held Friday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m. for a new $118.7 million central heating plant, a project that will replace an obsolete, coal-burning facility built in the 1940s.

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Biology professor Sandra Petersen has received nearly $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue two areas of research.

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The National Association of College and University Food Services has announced that Dining Services received second place in the 2006 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards in the multiple concepts category.

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Jocelyn Scheintaub, a senior Chemistry and English major, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Mainz, Germany, to study at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.

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A two-day visit to campus last week by leaders of China’s Shaanxi Normal University may lead to broader academic ties between the two schools, including faculty and student exchanges, joint international conferences and the development of new training programs.

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The STEM Education Institute and the School of Education held a national conference titled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—Alternative Certification for Teachers” (STEM-ACT) on May 5-7 in Arlington, Va.

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WFCR is now broadcasting in Adams and North Adams at 101.1 FM. This is the first of five translators -- essentially, low-power FM transmitters -- slated for Berkshire County over the coming months.

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Social activist and writer Ann Jones and alumnus Joe Moore, president of Empire State College in New York were honored May 4 at the English Department’s annual Awards Night.

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School of Education faculty, students and project assistants associated with the Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition (ACCELA) Alliance presented their work May 5 at the fourth annual “Teachers as Researchers” conference sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Teacher Education Program.

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Robert L. Bratzler, president and chief executive officer of the Coley Pharmaceutical Group (CPG) of Wellesley, will give this year’s Tang Lecture on Tuesday, May 9 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

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