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The Center for e-Design and Realization of Engineered Products and Systems in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a gift of software valued at more than $76,800 from the Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. The gift of the KnowledgeKinetics (K2) Software License provides the center with a collaborative engineering software tool that can be used to track ongoing changes on a cooperative design throughout its production life cycle. The center is one of the two at the College of Engineering funded by the National Science Foundation. It conducts research into technology that allows distant multiple users to collaborate, and software tools to inter-operate seamlessly, on new product designs in cyberspace.

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UMass Amherst Hillel is one of two Hillel Foundations officially reaccredited recently by the Washington, D.C.-based board of directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. The accreditation recognizes its adherence to Hillel''s international standards of excellence.

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United Way of Hampshire County addresses the root causes of poverty, violence and hopelessness by focusing on how to prevent them. Its investment strategy centers on strengthening children and families, the basis of building healthy communities.

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Campus chemical engineers and polymer scientists are collaborating with two other institutions to invent new fire-proof fabrics for military clothing that will save lives by coolly standing up to temperatures reaching 400 degrees Celsius.

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WMUA-FM recently completed its most successful on-air fundraising event in its history, generating more than $41,000 in contributions.

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UMass graduate Scott Edelstein works as director of special events and public relations for the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association in Dedham—one of the many charities supported by the UMass Amherst Community Campaign. In his time off, he helps care for his mother Joyce, who remains aware but can only move her eyes.

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The Commission on Campus Diversity is holding a public forum with presentations by individuals and organizations on Thursday, Dec. 9, 7-10 p.m. in the Curry Hicks Gymnasium. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

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The President’s Office submitted a fiscal 2006 budget request of $422.8 million to the Governor’s Office on Dec. 6, according to spokesman William Wright.

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National searches are underway for three dean positions and the director of Libraries, according to Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and provost.

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The campus is on the verge of the biggest building boom since the early 1960s, with some $547 million in construction and renovation projects scheduled for the next five years, according to Jim Cahill, director of Facilities and Campus Planning.

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