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University of Massachusetts- President Wilson delivers commencement address at Japanese University

UMass President Jack M. Wilson delivered the graduate commencement address at Kyushu University in Japan, discussing globalization and technological advancement and calling on the graduates to be "thoughtful, discerning, and just leaders and researchers who know how to question throughout [their] lives and across many subjects." More...

UMassOnline- Groundbreaking Agreement Signed with China
The University of Massachusetts announced the signing of an agreement that places it on course to become the first foreign university approved to offer online education courses and degree programs in China. Under the agreement, signed in Beijing, officials from UMass and from China's Continuing Education Association (CCEA) and the CerEdu Corporation will work together to make UMassOnline, the University's award-winning distance education program, available to students throughout China. More...

Commonwealth of Massachusetts- Great and General Court passes resolution to establish International Education Policy

On February 14, 2008, the Massachusetts General Court passed a concurrent resolution signed by President of the Senate Therese Murray and Speaker of the House Salvatore F. DiMasi. The resolution urges the governor to establish an international education policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read the resolution...

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Faculty Highlights

UMass Amherst- Rice Plants That Resist the Uptake of Arsenic Could Ease Rice Shortage Says Researcher

More than 80 percent of the world's population depends on rice as a staple food, but production is dropping in the rice paddies of Bangladesh, parts of India and South and East Asia due to toxic levels of arsenic in the topsoil. Om Parkash of the University of Massachusetts Amherst leads a research team that uses genetic engineering to produce rice plants that block the uptake of arsenic, which could increase production of this valuable crop and provide safer food supplies for millions. More...

UMass Boston- Warring factions to gather in Iraq
After a weekend of closed-door negotiations in Helsinki, a group of rival members of Iraq's parliament and tribal leaders are set to announce today that they will gather in Baghdad for the first time for a further round of talks that they hope will lay the foundation for peace in their troubled country. "Progress has been made," Padraig O'Malley, the UMass-Boston professor and veteran peace activist who organized the meeting, said in a phone interview from the Finnish capital. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Renowned translator Gregory Rabassa honored
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth bestowed an honorary degree on Professor Gregory Rabassa, honoring him for his extraordinary life-long contributions to the Humanities. Professor Rabassa, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Portuguese at City University of New York, is the translator of over 40 novels, including masterpieces of the greatest literary figures of Latin America, including Machado de Assis, Miguel Ángel Asturias, the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1967, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1982. More...

UMass Lowell- Paula Rayman Travels to Israel
Professor Paula Rayman of the Regional Economic and Social Development Department recently left on a two-month sabbatical to the University of Haifa, Israel, where she is joining a project examining Israeli Arab and Jewish relations. More...

UMass Worcester- Russian murder mystery solved at UMass
Research at UMass Medical School in Worcester may have broken open an unsolved murder that dates back more than a hundred years. Evgeny Rogaev is a genetic researcher at UMass. He has been analyzing DNA that is believed to be connected to the murder of the last Russian Czar Nicholas Romanov the Second and his family. More...

UMass Worcester- Medical School Researcher Victor Ambros, PhD, Receives Gairdner and Franklin Awards
University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor of Molecular Medicine Victor R. Ambros, whose discovery of microRNAs (mRNAs) opened a dramatic new world of investigation into developmental biology, will receive the 2008 Gairdner International Award, considered one of the most prestigious in science. Dr. Ambros shares the award with collaborator Gary Ruvkun, PhD, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, who made seminal discoveries about microRNAs and their functions. Ambros will be a keynote speaker at the awards luncheon today in Toronto, at which all six Gairdner Award winners will be honored. More...

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Gateway Events

University of Massachusetts- Five campus booth to exhibit at international education conference

For the first time, UMass will exhibit along side its international partners at NAFSA's 60th Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. from May 27 - 30, 2008. Representing all five campuses, the exhibit (booth number 623) will highlight the University's broad range of programs, research and student opportunities. The conference will include more than 8,000 delegates from over 100 countries. More...

UMass Amherst- Nagurney organizes conference on humanitarian logistics
Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Isenberg School of Management, is the organizer of an international conference, "Humanitarian Logistics: Networks for Africa," which will take place May 5-9 at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center at Lake Como in Italy. More...

UMass Amherst- Katie Huston named student Commencement speaker
Senior Katie Huston of Royal Oak, Mich., who is graduating with a major in Journalism, a minor in Political Science, and is a member of Commonwealth College, has been selected to be the student speaker at Commencement. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Following graduation, Huston will spend her summer traveling and interning at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. This fall she plans to study towards master's degrees in global political economy and human rights at the University of Sussex in England. More...

UMass Worcester- International Students & Scholars Office to host Maine Lobsterbake
The International Students & Scholars Office at the UMass Medical School will host a daytrip to Maine on Saturday, June 28. The trip will include visits to the Nubble Lighthouse, the village of York and Bill Foster's "Downeast Lobsterbake". Trip registration ends June 2! More...

Student Embassy

UMass Amherst- Junior Named Goldwater Scholar

Michael Krainin, of Sharon, a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of just 321 students in the nation to win the award for the 2008-09 academic year. Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, and are students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics or engineering. This year, 1,035 students were nominated for the award from colleges and universities nationwide. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 a year. Krainin said participating in the overseas exchange program may have boosted his chances for the Goldwater Scholarship. More...

UMass Boston- Students find perspective in Africa
For Spencer Lewis, the defining moment of the trip to Cape Town came during a meeting with an activist group that's trying to reduce the threat of AIDS in South Africa." The workers there were transitioning between speakers, and suddenly they broke out into a song, everyone singing loud and in harmony," said Lewis, a 22-year-old biology and anthropology major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Student receives Clinton Scholarship
UMass Dartmouth has it's first Clinton Scholarship recipient, Teresa McGrath, she will be studying at the American University in Dubai during the fall 2008 semester. Teresa is a junior history major here at UMass Dartmouth. This scholarship will provide her with a 100% tuition waiver for the program as well as housing during the semester. More...

UMass Dartmouth- Fulbright Student Scholar to join Portuguese Department
A Fulbright-funded, student-scholar will be attending UMass Dartmouth for the 2008-2009 academic year. Maria Rita Viana, an advanced graduate student from Minas Gerais, Brazil, will join the faculty in Portuguese to teach two undergraduate Portuguese courses. She will also take two graduate courses each semester in the department. More...

UMass Lowell- International Relations Club Gives High Schoolers a Place to Debate
The Dean Bergeron International Relations Club took around-the-world issues and centered them here in Lowell recently. The club hosted the fourth annual UML Model United Nations in early April when 200 participants represented seven committees: NATO, Security Council, Economy and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Development Programme, European Union, Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation and United Nations Human Rights Council. More...

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