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Changes aimed at expanding oversight of study abroad programs and increasing the financial base of the International Programs Office were approved May 16 by the Faculty Senate.

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UMass Amherst is among the nation’s leaders in promoting social responsibility and public service, according to a guide compiled by The Princeton Review and College Compact.

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Robert Wilson of Hospitality and Tourism Management was reelected presiding officer of the Faculty Senate at its May 16 meeting. Senators also returned Biology professor Brian O’Connor to his post as delegate to the Board of Trustees.

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A special “Best in Class” report in Mass High Tech, which rates New England’s top engineering and science graduates for 2005, ranks three College of Engineering students among the top 10 performers.

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The administration and the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract.

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A team of scientists, including Chemical Engineering professor Phillip R. Westmoreland, has detected a class of compounds called enols – never before observed in flames. The discovery could lead to cleaner-burning fuels in the future.

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John R. Mullin has been named the permanent dean of the Graduate School.

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The process of crafting a state budget for the next fiscal year will shift to the Legislature’s upper chamber next week when the Senate Ways and Means Committee releases its proposed spending plan.

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A gift of $2.5 million from Andrew and Virginia Rudd of California, combined with matching funds, will create a $6.25 million endowed professorship in the Psychology Department. The position will be dedicated to the study of complex issues surrounding adoption.

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The Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI) has received two research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), totaling $5 million.

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