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Paula England, professor of sociology at Stanford University, will speak on “Unplanned and ‘Semi-planned’ Pregnancies Leading to Nonmarital Births: A Qualitative Portrait,” on Monday, March 28 at noon in 620 Thompson Hall.

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A national search for a new men’s basketball coach is under way after the administration declined to extend the contract of Steve Lappas, whose team posted a 16-12 mark, but failed to earn a post-season tournament appearance.

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A trial of a web-based plagiarism detection service is being conducted by the Library to assess its potential benefit to the campus community.

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A symposium for UMass system faculty and staff on “Teaching and Learning With Tablet Personal Computers” is being held March 31 and April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Collaborative Services Facility in Shrewsbury.

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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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