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As UMassOnline begins its fifth year of operation, the program has six new offerings, including three certificate programs based in the Department of Hospitality and Travel Management.

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Environmental Health and Safety staff stabilized and removed nearly a dozen types of chemical compounds from a vacated laboratory in Fernald Hall on Jan. 18, according to Brian Fitzpatrick, head of Environmental Management Services at EH&S.

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A trio of campus researchers are investigating the use of technology to provide improved support for online dispute resolution. This is expected to lead to systems that could serve as models for advanced e-government services at dozens of federal agencies.

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The ground-breaking for the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center was held Jan. 6 in South Deerfield. Professor emeritus Joseph Troll, Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, ceremoniously pitched the first shovel into the ground to begin construction on the $775,000-facility.

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Two Amherst campus graduates and an honorary degree recipient are among seven women who will be recognized for excellence in business and management by the Women’s Network of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 27.

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Faculty in the School of Education’s School Psychology Program are working with school administrators and teachers across the state to improve reading scores. The program is part of the federal Reading First grant designed to help underperforming schools boost the reading scores of children in kindergarten through third grade. Work is underway to train staff for the Reading First program in schools from Boston to New Bedford and in districts in Western Massachusetts.

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With a winter storm approaching the area, Juan A. Jarrett, assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources, has issued a memorandum regarding inclement weather and time and attendance policies.

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Searches for a dean of the Graduate School and an associate provost and director of International Programs were announced this week by Provost Charlena Seymour. Searches are already underway for the deans of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Education, as well as director of Libraries.

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Nate Finkel has been named the director of sales and marketing at the Mullins Center by Global Spectrum, the company that operates the facility.

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As more reports come in from countries devastated by last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Asia, the International Programs Office is urging faculty and staff to contact scholars and students in the region to determine whether they are safe or have been affected by the tragedy.

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