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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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A $22.5 billion state budget that includes $392.5 million for the UMass system gained final legislative approval on June 16. The spending plan covers fiscal year 2005, which begins July 1.

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Two students have been awarded Fulbright grants to study abroad in the coming academic year. Caitlin Boon, a graduate student in the Food Science Department, and Kasim Te, a senior graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors in Chinese language and literature, will begin their studies overseas this fall.

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The University system is level-funded at $337.8 million under a compromise fiscal 2005 state budget package filed this week by a House-Senate conference committee. The $22.5 billion spending plan must still be approved by both legislative chambers before the bill is sent to Gov. Mitt Romney.

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New WORLD Theater has received $60,000 in federal and state grants to support Project 2050, a multiracial program in which area youths, artists and scholars explore pressing social issues.

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