Headliners

A $50,000 gift from the Highland Street Foundation, based in Framingham, is helping to fund the first class of students in the School of Nursing’s new two-year clinical nurse leader program.

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A bill to increase the state’s investment in higher education by $400 million over the next seven years was approved Feb. 8 by the Legislature’s Higher Education Committee.

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The Admissions Office received 23,950 applications from prospective members of the Class of 2010 by the Jan. 15 deadline, according to Michael Gargano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.

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The Faculty Senate approved a new, three-credit course, COMM 426, "Media Violence," on Feb. 9.

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Doreen Baingana’s “Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe,” published last year by the University of Massachusetts Press, won the Commonwealth Foundation’s Best First Book Award in the Africa region on Feb. 6.

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A $1 million gift from alumnus Jerome M. Paros of Kirkland, Wash., combined with matching funds, is being used to create a $2 million endowed professorship in measurement sciences.

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Campus scientists have received $260,000 from the American Heart Association to investigate a compound with promising anti-obesity properties.

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Music professor Jeffrey Holmes won a Grammy Feb. 8 in the Best New Age Album category for his role on keyboard on the Paul Winter Consort album “Silver Solstice.”

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Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, associate professor of Political Science, has been nominated by President George W. Bush to be the director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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UMass Amherst will be the lead research center in a global effort to develop the tools needed to create vaccines and tests for infectious animal diseases that threaten agriculture and the food supply, according to federal officials, who announced the effort on Feb. 7.

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