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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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More than two dozen entering first-year students from the Isenberg School of Management got acquainted Aug. 6 by participating in a community service project at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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James Hafner, professor of Geosciences, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in environmental science. He leaves Sept. 6 for the University of the Philippines-Mindanao.

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Following a public bidding process, Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum has been awarded a five-year contract to manage the Mullins Center. The contract, which includes two two-year options, took effect July 1.

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Venerable Minuteman Marching Band director George N. Parks is the cover story subject in the August issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

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Six units under the Research area this week moved to the former Career Center at 70 Butterfield Terrace behind Hills South.

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UMass Amherst ranks among the nation’s top 50 public national universities, according to the 2005 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

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Alumnus Thomas C. Krajeski this week assumed his new duties as the U.S. ambassador to Yemen. He presented his credentials to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at an Aug. 15 ceremony in the capital of Sana’a.

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