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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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An initial blueprint for hiring 250 additional faculty over five years targets teaching deficits in academic departments as well as key research needs across the campus, according to Chancellor John V. Lombardi and Provost Charlena Seymour.

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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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