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The Philosophy graduate program has been ranked among the best in the English-speaking world in an influential survey published every two years by the Philosophical Gourmet Report. Evaluating the quality of philosophical work, talent and the range of area that the faculty covers, the survey was completed by 266 established philosophers throughout the world.

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Computer Science graduate student Anders Jonsson competed against more than 7,500 participants from more than 100 countries to reach the championship finals in Google''s Code Jam 2004 computer programming competition. As one of the 50 finalists, Jonsson was flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. to compete in the championship round on Oct. 15.

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Chemical Engineering major Matthew Pearlson, a junior in Commonwealth College, recently won first place in the fuels and petrochemical division of the National Student Research Poster Competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual conference.

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The campus-based DEFA Film Library has released its first feature film DVD, German filmmaker Andreas Dresen’s 1997 work “Changing Skins.”

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Two faculty members in the Nutrition Department have received a four-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project titled “Tween POWER: Preventing Obesity through Wise Expenditures of Resources.” The project will examine the thinking and spending patterns of 11- to 14-year-olds about food and beverages to develop a curriculum to promote wiser food choices for “tweens.”

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“New Beginnings,” the College of Engineering’s annual report for fiscal year 2004, has been awarded a silver medal in the annual communications awards competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I, which includes New England and five provinces in eastern Canada.

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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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Several local experts will participate in “Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents: An Educational Forum” on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. in 163C Lincoln Campus Center.

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The School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing are teaming up for the 2nd annual Diabetes Awareness Day on Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Campus Center concourse.

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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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