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Janet Rifkin, interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2002, has been appointed permanently by Charlena M. Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, following a national search.

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Gerald “Jay” Schafer, interim director of Libraries for the past 16 months, has been appointed to the permanent post following a national search.

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The stage at Bowker Auditorium was decorated with flowers for the 83rd Commencement of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture on May 21 as associate''s degrees were conferred on about 100 students in six majors.

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Under damp, cloudy and occasionally rainy skies, approximately 4,000 candidates received bachelor’s degrees in nearly 100 majors during the 135th undergraduate Commencement on May 22.

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The Graduate School held its Commencement ceremony May 21 in the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. Degrees were conferred on approximately 1,200 master’s and doctoral candidates.

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Studies by Lixin Gao, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are bringing a measure of order to the Internet, where the proliferation of domains, Internet Service Providers and routes connecting them is gradually getting out of control.

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MassNanoTech, an interdisciplinary institute launched last year to coordinate research in nanoscale science and engineering, was formally approved May 16 by the Faculty Senate.

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The proposed $23.98 billion fiscal 2006 state budget released May 17 by the Senate Ways and Means Committee calls for an increase of $18.6 million for the University system.

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Returning undergraduates who were admitted prior to 1986 will now be required to fulfill General Education requirements to obtain their degrees, according to a May 16 vote of the Faculty Senate.

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A new concentration in Clinical Nursing Leadership within the existing Nursing M.S. program was approved May 16 by the Faculty Senate.

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