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Several environmentalists and naturalists, including two faculty members, will celebrate the campus'' Second Massachusetts Audubon Day with lectures and readings on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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Andreas Dresen, one of the most successful contemporary German filmmakers, will visit the Amherst area next week as part of a two-week U.S. tour organized by the campus-based DEFA Film Library, which recently released his film "Changing Skins" on DVD.

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Physics professor John F. Donoghue will discuss “Is This the Best of All Possible Universes?” to open the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series on Monday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

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The state of the campus is “remarkably good” as it rebounds from the most severe state cuts in its history, Chancellor John V. Lombardi said Sept. 16 during a Faculty Convocation in Bowker Auditorium.

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Environmental engineer Dominic Di Toro will present the 2005 Tsuan Hua Feng Lecture, "Modern Water Quality and Sediment Criteria: Toxicological and Chemical Interactions," on Monday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Gunness Student Center.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), will be given the Center for Public Policy and Administration’s annual Public Service Award on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

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Four faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have been named Family Research Scholars by the campus’s Center for Research on Families (CRF).

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A comprehensive Web-based homework system developed by UMass Amherst researchers is being offered nationwide this fall as an accompaniment to Thomson Higher Education’s textbooks.

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts will mark the opening of the new Five College Episcopal Center at a dedication and blessing led by Bishop Gordon Scruton on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.

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Banks and credit unions can make money and help their low- and middle-income customers by offering lower cost alternatives to high-fee payday loans, according to professor Sheila Bair of Finance and Operations Management, author of the report, “Low Cost Payday Loans: Opportunities and Obstacles.”

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