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Mary Lynn Boscardin, associate professor in the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services, has received a four-year, $781,774 federal grant to improve special education administration training.

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The historic wind turbine off of North Pleasant Street near the Orchard Hill residential area will be dismantled this month and eventually used for an exhibit on the history of renewable energy that will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Two Computer Science faculty, along with four colleagues from local colleges, have received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support expanded teaching offerings in the field of computer security and the protection for networks, hardware and software. The grant will also allow the Five College consortium to expand its ability to serve graduates and undergraduates in the field, known as “information assurance.”

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It was 30 years ago that several Music and Dance Department faculty and students created the first Multiband Pops Concert to help celebrate the opening of the Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. A smashing success, even in its first year, the event continues to attract alumni, students, staff and faculty members, as well as music lovers from around the Pioneer Valley.

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Barbara H. Partee, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Russian State University of the Humanities (RGGU) and Moscow State University (MGU) in Russia from January to June of 2005.

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The History Department is hosting a semester-long program of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that declared racial segregation in schools unlawful. As part of the program it is also presenting the inaugural season of the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series that will bring prominent speakers to the Amherst campus.

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The University Gallery will celebrate the opening of two exhibitions, "Jaume Plensa: Silent Noise" and "Jeronimo Elespe: Paintings," with a reception on Friday, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Both artists are scheduled the event, which is free and open to the public. Plensa will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

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A group of researchers led by Jane Kent-Braun, professor of Exercise Science, will study skeletal muscle function using a $617,902 grant.

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The Pioneer Valley Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Regional Network, headed by UMass Amherst, has received a $261,966 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to improve teaching of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.

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Comedian Lewis Black from the Daily Show on Comedy Central, and Russell Simmons, the "king of hip hop" and founder of Def Jam Records, will welcome students to campus during First Week.

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