Headliners

The Faculty Senate approved a new, three-credit course, COMM 426, "Media Violence," on Feb. 9.

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Doreen Baingana’s “Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe,” published last year by the University of Massachusetts Press, won the Commonwealth Foundation’s Best First Book Award in the Africa region on Feb. 6.

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A $1 million gift from alumnus Jerome M. Paros of Kirkland, Wash., combined with matching funds, is being used to create a $2 million endowed professorship in measurement sciences.

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Campus scientists have received $260,000 from the American Heart Association to investigate a compound with promising anti-obesity properties.

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Music professor Jeffrey Holmes won a Grammy Feb. 8 in the Best New Age Album category for his role on keyboard on the Paul Winter Consort album “Silver Solstice.”

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Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, associate professor of Political Science, has been nominated by President George W. Bush to be the director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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UMass Amherst will be the lead research center in a global effort to develop the tools needed to create vaccines and tests for infectious animal diseases that threaten agriculture and the food supply, according to federal officials, who announced the effort on Feb. 7.

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The basketball court at the Mullins Center will be named in honor of the man most synonymous with UMass basketball, the late Jack Leaman, when the Minutemen host Dayton at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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He’s been a quantitative trader and investor for two decades in New York and London and is founder of Empirica LLC, his own “research laboratory and financial products house.” But Isenberg School students who expect quotidian trading and financial advice from Dean’s Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty Nassim Nicholas Taleb should inquire elsewhere.

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Two Computer Science doctoral students from the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) have been awarded two-year Microsoft Research Fellowships.

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