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Vinton G. Cerf, senior vice president of technology strategy at MCI, will present the annual Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in the ECSC-II (ELab-II) Lecture Hall. Cerf will discuss “Convergence and Control in an Internet World.”

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President Jack M. Wilson is scheduled to attend a Faculty Senate meeting on “Faculty Renewal, and the Structure of the Faculty in the 21st Century” on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

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Computing issues topped the Faculty Senate agenda Sept. 23 as senators called for improvements in reporting problems associated with student information systems and endorsed the creation of an ad hoc committee to study alternative SIS systems.

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The university will hold a special campus forum Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium to discuss the distribution of photos in which student leaders are shown posing in front of a Ku Klux Klan drawing, says Michael Gargano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.

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The campus has announced its 2004-05 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. All lectures are at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center and a free and open to the public. This year''s series features Sheldon Goldman, Political Science; John J. McCarthy, Linguistics; Julie A. Caswell, Resource Economics; and Thomas P. Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering.

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A talk by William H. Farland of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will open the Environmental Lecture Series on “Science, Policy, and Engineering of Hazardous Waste Sites” on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, 507 Goodell.

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Brian W. Ogilvie, associate professor of History, is conducting research in Europe this year through a $40,000 Fellowship for University Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a fellowship at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris.

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Students First!, viewed from a different perspective, also means Parents First! That’s the philosophy behind creation of the campus’s new Office of Parent Services, which opened in early September.

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With Massachusetts and much of the nation facing a growing shortage of registered nurses over the next 15 years, the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a three-year, federally-funded effort to recruit more minority and disadvantaged students to the field.

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This year, the Department of Art and Art History’s Architecture and Interior Design Program is sponsoring a lecture series entitled “Agency and Action: Architecture and Art in the Public Realm,” which begins Sept. 22 with a talk by Bryan Bell, co-founder of Design Corps.

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