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Professor Thomas P. Russell of the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by President Jack M. Wilson. The appointment was approved May 5 by the Board of Trustees.

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David Gray, the interim head of UMassOnline since last fall, was appointed May 19 as the permanent chief executive officer of the unit by President Jack M. Wilson. Gray will continue to serve as vice president for Information Services and chief information officer for the UMass system.

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Donald Futrell has been appointed associate vice chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services and David Murphy has been named director of the Budget Office, according to a May 14 memorandum from Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Joyce M. Hatch.

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Excellence in teaching, research and academic advising were recognized May 12 at the campus''s annual awards banquet.

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Five Colleges, Incorporated has awarded a contract to Adesta LLC to design and build a fiber optic communications network connecting the five campuses to each other and to a carrier-neutral facility in Springfield, from where they will access Internet and Internet 2.

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The new $25 million Engineering Laboratory II, which will house research programs in Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, was dedicated during ceremonies on May 7.

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Several changes in Code of Student Conduct (CSC), including parental notification for violations of alcohol and drug policies by minors, were approved by the Board of Trustees during its May 5 meeting at the Mullins Center.

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Five faculty members have been awarded $10,000 grants from a new University system fund intended to accelerate the commercialization of technology developed in UMass laboratories.

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Gregory N. Tew, assistant professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant under the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) program run by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Senior officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and non-government partners announced June 14 the launch of US Ignite, a national “innovation ecosystem” for developing and deploying public sector applications and services on...

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