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The STEM Education Institute and the School of Education have received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to hold a conference on alternative teacher education next May.

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The campus’s Collaborative Biomedical Research (CBR) program with Baystate Medical Center in Springfield will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a symposium on Friday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium. The featured speaker will be J. Craig Venter, one of the world’s leading genomic researchers, who will give a talk titled “Decoding the Human Genome: Future Applications.”

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Lisa E. Chasan-Taber, associate professor of Epidemiology, has received a five-year, $2.29 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She will study how physical activity and psychosocial stress affect the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) among Latinas.

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National searches for three deans and the vice provost for Research will be conducted during the coming year, Provost Charlena Seymour told the Faculty Senate on Sept. 22.

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A revised master’s degree program in Public Policy and Administration was approved Sept. 22 by the Faculty Senate.

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Marxist cultural and literary theorist Terry Eagleton will discuss "Tragedy and Terror," on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

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Father J. Joseph Quigley, the longtime director of the Newman Center who died June 9, will be remembered at a special tribute and celebration of his life, spirit and ministry on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Librarians MIT and the University of Rochester will discuss “University E-Repositories: Solutions for the Scholarly Community” on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union.

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A $166 million supplemental budget approved Sept. 20 by the Legislature includes more than $30 million in retroactive pay raises for University employees and funds contracts with the campus’s two police unions for fiscal 2005 and 2006.

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There was good news for those who attended the Food Science Department’s 7th Alumni Weekend Sept. 16-17: fund-raising for a $1 million endowment for graduate student scholarships is 80 percent towards its goal.

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