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Drawing on the recommendations of an independent commission, Chancellor John V. Lombardi has completed and posted on line a draft action plan to improve campus diversity.

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A team of Chemistry faculty has been awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop new, more accurate techniques for detecting the presence of harmful agents.

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Faculty and staff are invited to attend public forums with two candidates for director of Libraries: interim director Gerald (Jay) Schafer and Cheryl Kern-Simirenko of Purdue University.

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Lawmakers voted March 9 to override Gov. W. Mitt Romney’s veto of $29.9 million in retroactive pay raises for public higher education employees.

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A team of 15 graduate and undergraduate researchers, including students from UMass Amherst, is creating an experimental radar system designed to transform the ability to monitor rainfall.

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Campus leaders paid tribute to the charitable spirit of the campus March 8 as the UMass Amherst Community Campaign marked the end of a fund-raising drive that generated $369,068 in donations.

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The campus administration this week released plans to make University Child Care’s full-day program financially self-sufficient, a move which officials said will help insure the long-term viability of the service.

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A new grant program has been created to bolster research activity by providing support for high-profile campus events, such as conferences and professional meetings, which build working ties among academic researchers, industry, government and the public.

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The W.E.B. Du Bois Library has made some tasty changes to its main lobby. The Library has opened a new cafe, providing Rao’s coffee and baked goods for students and faculty to enjoy.

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Open forums have been scheduled next week with two candidates for the post of dean of the Graduate School: interim dean John Mullin and Jerry Meyer, director of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program.

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