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UMass Amherst has joined more than a dozen leading U.S. universities in signing an agreement with Amrita University and other Indian institutions to enhance higher education in India through a satellite e-learning network. Microsoft Corp., QUALCOMM Inc. and Cadence Design Systems Inc. will help fund U.S. participation in the program.

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BioVeris Corporation of Gaithersburg, Md., has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with UMass Amherst for patent rights to a proprietary vaccine candidate for chlamydia, the most frequently reported infectious disease in the United States.

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Karen Winger, student operations supervisor for UMass Transit and an MBA student in the Isenberg School of Management, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship at the annual meeting of the Northeast Passenger Transortation Association (NEPTA) on Dec. 1 at Anthony''s Pier 4 restaurant in Boston.

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Construction of the Large Millimeter Telescope in central Mexico reached an important milestone Nov. 19 as the 440-ton reflector backup structure was lifted into place by two large cranes perched at the summit of a 15,000-foot extinct volcano.

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Starting next month, the Berkshire Dining Commons will undergo a $10 million renovation to improve the dining experience of students. The project is expected to be completed in time for the fall semester.

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James Bamford, author of A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of the Intelligence Agencies,, will speak on “Iraq, Torture, and Preemptive War — What Is Happening to Democracy in America?” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in 101 Campus Center.

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The first-ever police mutual aid agreement between the campus and the town of Amherst was approved Nov. 28 by the Amherst Select Board.

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Open forums have been scheduled with three candidates for the new post of associate vice chancellor for the Center for Student Development.

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A landscape improvement plan being developed by a Cambridge-based civil engineering company is focused on creating a more attractive and pedestrian-safe campus that is also welcoming to visitors.

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Shepherds, enchanted plants, a clock, a teapot and an armchair represent just a few of the fanciful roles cast recently for a February production being presented by the Five College Opera Project.

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