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Orlando Taylor, chair of the Commission on Campus Diversity, released this statement today:

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A wide-flung group of K-12 science and technology teachers, who first met each other in a professional-development workshop on campus last summer, has received an $85,000 pilot grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that uses the weather to inspire students with a long-lasting appreciation for science, math and engineering.

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The Commission on Campus Diversity will issue its findings at a press conference on Tuesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

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An approaching winter storm has prompted the administration to close the campus at 5:30 p.m. today.

All evening activities and classes are cancelled.

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The five UMass campuses are being “discouraged” from considering candidates for honorary degrees if the individuals have previously been honored by one of the campuses, according to changes adopted Feb. 16 by the Board of Trustees.

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The Faculty Senate on Feb. 24 approved a new professional doctorate in Audiology intended to meet new national standards for clinical certification of audiologists set by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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Jean Spence, executive vice president of global technology and quality for Kraft Foods, will speak on “Best of Global, Best of Local: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Research and Development” on Wednesday, March 2 at 3:35 p.m. in 162-75 Lincoln Campus Center.

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Nearly $30 million in funding for retroactive pay raises for 13,000 public higher education employees was vetoed Feb. 24 by Gov. Mitt Romney. The money was part of a $120 million spending bill.

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The implications of “open access” for scholars, publishers and libraries will be the focus of “In the Public Interest: Expanding Access to Scholarly Research” on Thursday, March 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union.

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Volunteer marshals, aides, and ushers are needed for the 2005 Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 22.

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