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Two faculty members were appointed to named professorships by President Jack M. Wilson following the Feb. 15 meeting of the Board of Trustees at the Dartmouth campus.

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The schedule of events for Commencement weekend, May 27-28, has been finalized.

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About 100 students and faculty gathered outside the Student Union Feb. 16 to hold a rally for the release of freelance reporter and alumna Jill Carroll, who was abducted Jan. 7 while on assignment for the Christian Science Monitor in Baghdad.

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Robert A. Zimmermann, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will give a Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room in the Goodell Building.

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The rising cost of scholarly journals, the shift to electronic publishing and long-term storage of digital materials pose challenges for the academic community, according to a panel of experts who addressed the Faculty Senate on Feb. 9.

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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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