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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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Campus officials have begun a semester-long pedestrian safety program designed to improve the attitudes and actions of pedestrians as well as drivers, to upgrade the physical landscape of campus roadways, and to serve as a source of crucial data to be used in designing similar programs on campuses nationwide.

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The Chemistry Department will celebrate the naming of the George R. Richason, Jr. Laboratory during Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct. 14, from 3-5 p.m.

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The Department of Music and Dance’s annual Multibands Pops concert is taking on a humanitarian role this year with proceeds going to assist hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast.

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A retrospective of 21 East German films from the campus-based DEFA Film Library will be featured at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) next month before touring the United States and Germany.

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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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