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Few people realize that the annual incidence of brain injury is eight times that of breast cancer; 20 times that of HIV/AIDS. Here are the facts:

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All campus libraries will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25 for maintenance work.

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Plans for a $50 million student recreation center have been revived and a building site has been identified, Chancellor John V. Lombardi reported at the Nov. 17 Faculty Senate meeting.

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The Faculty Senate on Nov. 17 approved a new minor in Building Materials and Wood Technology in the Department of Natural Resources Conservation.

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Although the campus’s next major fund-raising kickoff is still several years away, the administration is quietly laying the groundwork for The Campaign for Amherst and its preliminary goal of $350.76 million.

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Unionized professional and classified staff at the Amherst, Boston and Lowell campuses voted overwhelmingly to sever ties with the Service Employees International Union and affiliate with the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

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Exercise Science professor Priscilla Clarkson will present a talk for the community titled “Ninety-Pound Weakling or Arnold Schwarzenegger? How Genes Affect Muscle” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in 137 Isenberg School of Management.

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Provost Charlena Seymour has convened search committees for four senior administrative positions: the deans of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Commonwealth College and the Isenberg School of Management, and vice provost for Research.

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With financial and in-kind support from IBM, the campus recently hosted two open source software training sessions for faculty, staff and students.

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An ABC News report on campus crime scheduled to air tonight is inaccurate and badly flawed in its methodology, University officials say. In fact, violent crime, as reported to the federal government, declined by more than 50 percent at UMass Amherst in 2004, but ABC did not use that data.

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