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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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The campus is hosting a variety of educational, cultural and social events as part of its celebration of Black History Month during February.

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WFCR is offering a new, 24-hour all news and information service on its high-definition (HD) digital radio signal.

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Byron S. Bullock has been named associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life. Michael Gargano, Jr., vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life, announced the appointment Feb. 1.

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The 13th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “World Cinema Now,” will pay special tribute to the rise of Asian cinema with six events featuring four women filmmakers who will be present to discuss their work.

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Stronger rules governing alcohol policies in residence halls, including new restrictions on large gatherings and prohibitions on drinking games and alcohol-related paraphernalia, have been adopted by the campus administration.

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Anthropologist and author Jacqueline Nassy Brown of Hunter College will discuss the racial politics of Britain when she presents the Anthropology Department’s Annual Distinguished Lecture, New Directions in the Anthropology of Europe, on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in 162-75 Campus Center.

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