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A new professional doctorate in Audiology was approved Aug. 24 by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in Boston.

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Sonia Alvarez, a leading scholar of women’s movements in Latin America, has been named the Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Studies. The appointment was approved Aug. 24 by the Board of Trustees, which was meeting in Boston.

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Gov. W. Mitt Romney visited campus Aug. 22 to outline his capital plan for the University system and participate in a round-table briefing on science education and research.

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UMass Amherst ranks among the nation’s top 50 public national universities, according to the 2006 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the campus nearly $1.5 million over three years to combat underage drinking and drug abuse on campus through innovative screening and intervention services for high-risk drinkers. UMass Amherst is one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide to receive such a grant.

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The Annual Community Breakfast, jointly sponsored by the campus and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30-9 a.m. at Franklin Dining Commons.

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University officials have instructed offices and departments to reduce electrical consumption while Physical Plant continues repairs to a failed feeder line that blacked out much of the campus on Aug. 9.

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Much of campus is without power this morning after the switch for a feeder line failed about 7:20 a.m. The university remains open, and campus officials hope to restore power to central campus buildings by noon.

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Faculty, staff and students being asked to curb power consumption while repairs continue to an electrical feeder that failed early this morning causing an outage that affected much of campus.

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The Office of Information Technologies has introduced a new, improved "People Finder" option that allows visitors to the UMass Amherst website to use a simple name query to search the campus''s online directory.

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