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Robert P. Finn, the first post-Taliban U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, will speak on “The New Central Asia,” on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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The Center for International Education (CIE) has been awarded a five-year, $8.1 million grant as a subcontractor on a U.S. Agency for International Development project to improve access to quality education in Afghanistan.

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The Department of Nutrition has received a $90,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund the Nutrition Multicultural Scholarship Program, which provides $6,000 scholarships for five undergraduate students for three years of study leading to a bachelor’s of science degree in nutrition.

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Alumnae Ellen Ferraro and Regina Valluzzi will be honored March 2 by Mass High Tech as Women to Watch 2006.

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Classics Department alumna Ellen Sassenberg, (MAT ’99) was honored with a pre-collegiate teaching award by the American Philological Association at its annual meeting in Montreal in January.

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Evan S. Dobelle, president and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education, will speak on “Looming Dangers for Higher Education” on Tuesday, March 7, from 3-4:30 p.m. in 176-78 Campus Center.

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A fire caused by an unattended candle that damaged a student room in Coolidge Tower on Feb. 26 was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, according to the Amherst Fire Department.

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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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