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Laina King, director of Diversity in Life Science Programs for the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, discussed the organization’s program and initiatives during a Dec. 9 campus visit hosted by the STEM Diversity Institute. Addressing an audience of junior faculty, postdocs...
Twelve teams of young innovators pitched their business ideas and shared more than $10,000 in prize money during the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition held Dec. 3. Each team leader presented a two-minute pitch to a panel of judges...

The National Academy of Inventors this week named Todd Emrick, polymer science and engineering, a fellow of the academy, which seeks to recognize the fellows’ “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”

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Four history department professors will present lectures on contemporary issues to K-12 teachers as part of the annual History Institute developed in partnership with the Collaborative for Educational Services. At each session throughout the course of the year-long institute, a history department...
A new partnership with the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative was introduced Dec. 4 as Carol Barr, vice provost for Undergraduate and Continuing Education, hosted a full day of meetings and demonstrations for the campus community. The Education Advisory Board is a best-...

The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. As HathiTrust members, UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff will have access to more than 3.5 million public domain books. The campus community will be able to search HathiTrust’s catalog and download titles in the public domain.

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Alumnus Richard Baker, historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, will present and discuss his new book, “The American Senate: An Insider’s History,” on Dec. 12 at the Congressional Visitors Center. Hosted by Congressman James McGovern and organized by the College of Humanities and...
Commonwealth Honors College seniors Renée Barouxis, Jessica Boakye, Morgan Opie and Daniel Stubbs are the recipients of the 2013-14 Rising Researcher Award. The award was launched last spring as a way to bring to the forefront outstanding undergraduate researchers who have demonstrated...
As part of an ongoing strategic planning process, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and the Faculty Senate have launched a joint effort to review how resource allocation works on campus, explore practices at other schools and recommend a process to be used in the years ahead. In a Dec. 4 broadcast e-...
The new Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) last month launched a website that describes the history, mission and objectives of the institute and its constituent research centers. Formed with $150 million in capital funding from the Massachusetts Life Science Center and the university, IALS...

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