Headliners

While their students enjoy long July days playing sports, going to camp, or swimming in a nearby lake or pool, 12 Western Massachusetts teachers are busy writing and sharing classroom strategies at a month-long campus institute.

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The Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 9:15 a.m. at the Hoagland-Pincus Center, 222 Maple Ave. in Shrewsbury.

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The Turf Research Center in South Deerfield has been named in honor of professor emeritus Joseph Troll, who dedicated more than three decades to research and teaching at the University.

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Barry Braun, assistant professor of Exercise Science, has been awarded a three-year, $410,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association to study how combined physical activity and drug treatment can help prevent or control diabetes—especially in people considered most at risk of developing the disease.

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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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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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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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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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