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Since robotics competitions are often dominated by boys, a School of Education faculty member is trying a different tack to interest young girls in science and technology.

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WFCR 88.5 FM, the campus-based public radio station, posted the largest weekly audience of its history -- 172,500 listeners -- in the fall of 2005, according to a survey by The Arbitron Company.

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As the state’s fiscal condition rebounds, the outlook for the public higher education system is also improving, as evidenced by the Senate’s passage last week of a $400 million funding package, according to state Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), one of the architects of the bill.

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The Faculty Senate voted Feb. 23 to approves two new, three-credit courses: JUDAIC 344, "Film and Society in Israel," and SPANISH 266, "The Occult in Literature."

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A feature story about the Everywoman''s Center and its extensive volunteer corps was published in the fall 2005 issues of NWSAction, the bi-annual journal of the National Women''s Studies Association.

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An open meeting with Shashi Phoha, a candidate for vice provost for Research, will be held Monday, Feb. 27, 4:15-5:15 p.m. in 162-175 Campus Center.

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An open session with Richard Klimoski of George Mason University, a candidate for dean of the Isenberg School of Management, will be held Wednesday, March 1, 1:45-2:45 p.m., in 210 Isenberg School of Management.

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UMassOnline is offering a new online master’s program to develop well-trained, highly qualified science teachers for elementary and middle schools.

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WFCR-FM is expanding its range of program formats for listeners by adding podcasts of selected programming, including locally-produced news features.

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Consumers who shop online may be risking their privacy with every purchase, according to computer scientist Kevin Fu, whose research suggests that a confluence of factors results in websites that are often insecure.

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