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Sharon L. Fross has been appointed vice provost for University Outreach and Continuing Education, replacing John R. Mullin who will continue to serve as interim dean of the Graduate School.

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Twenty-five entering first-year students from the Isenberg School of Management spent the weekend of June 25-26 on campus performing service and preparing for the fall.

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UMass Amherst has signed a 10-year, $42.7 million contact with Johnson Controls, Inc., of Milwaukee, for a major energy and water conservation project that is estimated to save the campus 25 percent of its energy costs.

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No major new construction is underway on campus this summer, but more than 30 smaller projects worth $19.2 million are already started or planned, according to Jim Cahill, director of Facilities Planning.

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The Pioneer Valley Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Regional Network (STEMNET) has received a $10,000 state planning grant to fund development of a regional network to help teaching and learning science and mathematics in Western Massachusetts. The initiative is also aimed at improving regional economic development.

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After 30 years at 505 East Pleasant St. on the eastern edge of the campus, the University of Massachusetts Press is moving this week to the East Experiment Station at 671 North Pleasant St., near Worcester Dining Commons.

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The Congressional Budget Office reports that allowing same-sex couples to marry would have a positive impact on the federal budget, producing a savings of nearly $1 billion per year, says M.V. Lee Badgett, associate professor of Economics. The CBO report confirms recent findings from state-level studies conducted by the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS), which is affiliated with UMass Amherst, and the Williams Project at UCLA Law School, Badgett says.

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George M. Sweeney of Colrain will give a talk on blacksmithing, being a colonial recreator, early Native American artifacts, and custom-made knives, on Thursday, June 24 at 1 p.m. in Special Collections & Archives on the 25th floor of the Du Bois Library.

A complementary exhibit of antique trade knives, tribal war clubs, leather sheaths, and related items can be seen in the main floor exhibit cases of the Library through July 14.

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The University of Massachusetts Press and the Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers and Poets are sponsoring a new prize intended to honor an outstanding work of literary fiction. The Juniper Prize for Fiction will include a cash award of $1,500 and publication by the UMass Press.

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Three Amherst campus projects this week received $425,000 in grants from President Jack M. Wilson as part of an effort to spur research and innovation across the five-campus system.

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