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Historians and researchers searching through handwritten documents, such as the 140,000 pages that make up George Washington’s personal papers in the Library of Congress, now have a new powerful tool to aid their work – a first-of-its kind manuscript retrieval system developed at the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval in the Computer Science Department.

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The Times Higher Education Supplement, based in London, has ranked the University of Massachusetts as the 45th best university in the world and the 22nd best in North America in a survey released earlier this month.

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The University of Massachusetts system was honored Nov. 23 with the Statewide Strategic Asset award as the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (MAED) presented its inaugural Team Massachusetts Economic Impact awards. The UMass award was one of three “Economic Booster” awards created by MAED to recognize organizations that are making important economic-development contributions to the Commonwealth.

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Linguistics professor John J. McCarthy will give the second of four Distinguished Faculty Lectures on Monday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. The talk is titled, “Pahk Your Cah in Hahvahd Yahd: A Biography of the Boston Dialect,” and is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

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Orlando Taylor, chair of the Commission on Campus Diversity, is inviting members of the campus community to attend a public forum on campus diversity on Thursday, Dec. 9.

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A proposal to allow graduate students to pursue two master’s degrees simultaneously was approved Nov. 18 by the Faculty Senate.

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Progress is being made on capital projects, private fundraising and faculty recruitment and there is a strong likelihood the Legislature will fund retroactive pay for faculty and staff, Chancellor John V. Lombardi told the Faculty Senate Nov. 18.

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After leading all state agencies in charitable giving for the past six years, the campus is going solo this year with a goal of raising $380,000 and boosting participation to 40 percent.

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Sarina Ergas and David Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have developed a set of customized methods for treating some of the most polluted water in the country – spent dyebath from textile mills. The processes are seen as environmentally friendly practices that can pay big dividends for companies that use them.

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The special Commission on Campus Diversity met for the first time Nov. 12-13 to review its charge and hear introductory presentations.

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