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The Integrated Concentration in Science Program (iCons) and its new spin on science education are getting some attention following workshops presented by program staff and students in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California in recent months. Chemistry professor and iCons director Scott Auerbach...
New England Public Radio listeners donated $122,000 in support of programming and operational expenses over the course of the station's December Dash fund drive. The drive kicked off Dec. 12, with NEPR participating in the region-wide Valley Gives Day e-philanthropy effort. The station...
A national search is underway to fill the post of dean of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC), according to Provost James V. Staros. A 13-member search committee chaired by John J. McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, began reviewing nominations and applications on Nov. 29. The appointment of the...
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...

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