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A new Linux-Open Source Software Teaching Lab has been established at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS). An open house for the lab will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in W-13 Machmer Hall.

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The second annual Symposium in Plant Biology will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in McConnell Hall B05, Smith College.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and the Five Colleges, the symposium''s focus is on "Function and Fate in Plants: Physiological Traits and Ecological Success."

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The Everywoman''s Center''s Rape Crisis Program has received a $2,000 grant from the Xeric Foundation to provide a free, 16-session, arts-based support group to survivors of sexual violence.

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Former governor and presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis will discuss health care policy on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium as part of the Center for Public Policy and Administration’s Distinguished Lecture Series’ Celebration of Public Service.

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While the horrific stories told by ex-slaves are often credited with inspiring white anti-slavery crusaders, history has overlooked the African-American thinkers who shaped the ideology of the abolitionist movement, says Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History.

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Students at UMass and the surrounding Five Colleges can register to vote on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Haigis Mall, or in the Student Union Ballroom in case of rain. The event, “01003 Votes,” refers to the postal zip code for the campus.

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“Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield,” written by Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney and published by the University of Massachusetts Press, is the 2004 winner of winner of the New England Historical Association Book Award.

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A $724 million state spending that contains partial funding for retroactive pay raises for higher education employees was approved Sept. 9 by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Mitt Romney, who has 10 days to act on the bill.

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Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of “A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World” (2003) will speak at the UMass Amherst Library’s 6th annual donor appreciation reception on Sunday, Sept. 26, in Memorial Hall. The reception is 2-4 p.m., with the program beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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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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