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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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The search committee for the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has scheduled open forums with six candidates over the next four weeks. Additional sessions may be scheduled.

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Robert J. Lifton, author and expert on violence and genocide, will discuss “Psychology, War and Peace: America’s Struggles with Violence” on Monday, March 7 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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