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American higher education is awash with rankings of every variety, but few are based on measurable and reliable data, according to Chancellor John Lombardi, the co-editor of an annual analysis of the country’s leading research schools.

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Physical Plant staff will conduct cleaning of some new steam lines at the Power Plant that will briefly produce a loud noise near the Campus Parking Garage on Friday, Oct. 7 beginning at 8 a.m.

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Researchers at a group of colleges and universities, including UMass Amherst, have received two grants totaling more than $1.2 million for a three-year study of the educational benefits of inter-group dialogue in courses dealing with issues such as race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality.

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More than $42 million in back pay for public higher education employees has been vetoed by Gov. W. Mitt Romney.

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The arrival of the home heating season serves as a good reminder of the importance of installing and maintaining carbon monoxide detectors, according to Robert Laford, campus safety officer at Environmental Health and Safety.

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Noam Chomsky, the founder of modern linguistics and the original shaper of current thinking on the biological basis for the human language capacity, will deliver the Linguistics Department’s Fifth Annual Donald C. and Margaret H. Freeman Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $21.8 million over five years to microbiologist Derek Lovley for investigations of the Geobacteraceae, the microbial family with energy-harvesting powers that scientists hope to harness.

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University Health Services this month is holding a series of flu clinics, beginning next week with sessions for faculty, staff and students who are considered high risk for complications of the flu.

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Commuters arriving at the west entrance to campus Sept. 30 were treated to a rare sight: a young moose roaming around the playing fields next to the Mullins Center.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) attended a Sept. 23 legislative luncheon hosted by Chancellor John V. Lombardi at Hillside.

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