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UMass Boston- World's Leading Haitian-American Author Participates in Public Teleconference Event
Edwidge Danticat, born in Haiti and widely regarded to be the leading Haitian-American author today, made a rare appearance on Wednesday, April 22, at UMass Boston.
UMass Boston- Advocate for Haitian Women, Local Banker Honored at 2009 Quinn Community Breakfast
Two activists-one local leader, and another whose good works are both local and global- were honored last week by UMass Boston's extended community at the annual Robert H. Quinn Community Breakfast, a longtime university tradition. 

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UMass Dartmouth- Brazilliance Teaches and Entertains its Audience
Music and writing has been deeply intertwined throughout UMass Dartmouth Professor Dário Borim's 20-plus year career. Borim, chairperson of the Portuguese department, produces and hosts the live radio and Internet show, Brazilliance every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 89.3 FM and
University of Massachusetts- Mayan human rights champion  speaks on campuses
Indigenous rights activist Rigoberta Menchu Tum, a Mayan Guatemalan who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, will come to UMass Dartmouth to speak about human rights and social justice in the new millennium.

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The campus hosted the following international events in the month of April:

April 10- 17th Annual Cambodian New Year Celebration

April 30- Conflict Transformation, Narration, and Public Space in the north/Northern Ireland

April 22- Ethnic Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Sweden
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A 10-person delegation led by Darren Kew traveled to Nigeria in January to meet with government and civil society leaders and lead workshops in inter-religious conflict resolution.The city of Kaduna has been plagued by periodic inter-religious violence over the last ten years. The delegation's visit included visits with several of the young Nigerians who trained with UMass in Boston in June. They demonstrated how they used what they learned here to facilitate dialogue between Christian and Muslim community leaders, which resulted in early warning systems that prevent rumors in the streets from escalating into violent confrontations.
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UMass China Institute- Now just a click away
China InstituteThe UMass China institute recently launched their new website. Created to better serve and support the University's engagement with China, the China Institute acts as the management arm for the University's China programs. The China Institute also provides customized services to academic institutions, government agencies and corporations. The new website features regular news updates, and contributing bloggers, including Executive Director, Allan Guo are eager to engage in online dialogue. Visit the site!
UMass Boston- Delegates from Divided Cities Sign Agreement of Union in Boston
China InstituteBefore leaving Boston to head back to the divided cities of Mitrovica, Nicosia, Kirkuk, and Derry/Londonderry, all 30 delegates who came to Padraig O'Malley's "Forum for Cities in Transition" conference at the UMass Boston from April 14 through 16 signed an agreement to establish a permanent forum for dialogue. More...

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UMass Dartmouth- Grant to boost UMD Portuguese Center programs

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture has received a $10,000 grant from the Luso-American Foundation of Lisbon for the 16th annual Summer Program in Portuguese, July 6 through Aug. 5. More...
UMass Lowell- University Develops Partnership with Belfast School

UML-queens-collegeFaculty and administrators at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland and UMass Lowell are about to launch the first partnerships between the two institutions.
Based on the many synergies between the two campuses, there will be more to come. More...

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UMass Amherst- Researcher Edward Calabrese Receives Marie Curie Prize for Work on Hormesis, Low-Dose Radiation and Health

Ed Edward Calabrese, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the Marie Curie Prize for "outstanding achievements in research on the effects of low and very low doses of ionizing radiation on human health and biotopes." More...
UMass Amherst- International Relations blog tackles global issues

World globeMount Holyoke College and Five College International Relations faculty have launched a new blog featuring thoughts and commentary from professors on politics, economics and history related to a variety of global issues. More...
UMass Amherst- Wick teaches plant disease diagnostics in Bangladesh
Bangladesh & WickWorkshop participant Professor Robert Wick of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences completed teaching a second workshop on plant disease diagnostics in Bangladesh during January. More...
UMass Boston- Professor prepares for International Physics Olympiad

Arthur Eisenkraft, Distinguished Professor of Science Education and Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) assisted Mexico in their preparation for the International Physics Olympiad from March 2-6.  This summer, 85 countries will be sending their top five high school students and two delegation leaders to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for the annual competition.  On his visit, he met with the Organizing Committee, the President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Secretary of Education, the Governor of the State of Yucatan, Board Members of the Curtis Slim Foundation and others.  Professor Eisenkraft organized the Olympiad when it was held in the United States and will be further assisting Mexico during the event in July. More...(Spanish) 
UMass Boston- Cannato discusses US immigration at Lectures on Liberty

ESU's Lectures on Liberty series brought Vincent Cannato, associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, in Boston, Mass., to The Granada Theatre on Wednesday night with stories and statistics of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th century. More...
UMass Boston- Much More than Games in Senegal

The correlation between sports programs and youth development has long been recognized in the United States, but in developing countries such as Senegal, the benefits of such programs are still being discovered. More...
UMass Dartmouth- Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives digitizing project provides global resource

A groundbreaking Portuguese-American newspaper digitization project was unveiled today by UMass Dartmouth, providing teaching and research resource for students, faculty, and genealogists. University officials also announced that they have set September 18 as the official grand opening of the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, which the University is planning to make the most comprehensive and accessible U.S. collection of the information related to the Portuguese-American experience. More...
UMass Lowell- Carlsmith Receives Harvard Fellowship

UML-carlsmith_christopher_optAssociate Professor Christopher Carlsmith of the History Department has been selected as a fellow at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, for the 2009-10 academic year. More...
UMass Lowell- CS Prof Finds Internet Communications Flaw

UML- Xinwen-Fu_optWhen you browse a website, share files or chat anonymously, you would think your computer's firewall or anti-spyware program will keep your user identity private and secure. But research done by an international team of experts, led by Computer Science Assistant Professor Xinwen Fu, has revealed a flaw in the Internet's popular anonymous communications network called Tor. Unscrupulous individuals, agencies or organizations could exploit Tor's weakness to covertly gather personal information from unsuspecting users. More...

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UMass Confucius Institute- Students Participate in the 2009 National Chinese Language Speech Contest
Speech WinnersThis is the third consecutive year that the University has co-sponsored the national contest. All of the winning students received prizes and the first place finishers have possibility of competing in the next World Contest in Beijing. Last year's U.S. national team, comprised of three Massachusetts students, placed second at the world competition. More...
UMass Amherst- Fulbright Fellowship Honors Senior

UMA-talantikiteMore national honors have come to UMass Amherst. Among this year's crop of Fulbright Fellows is Anissa Talantikite '09 (political science). The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. More...
UMass Amherst- Two students awarded DAAD scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded scholarships to two students for the 2009-10 academic year. More...

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UMass Worcester- Student is winner of Information Technology Award

Peter J. Townsend, a fourth-year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is the 2009 recipient of the Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Award in the medical student category. More...

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