February 2010

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The Focus staff
Public Affairs & Publications


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Physicians and nurses respond to Haitian crisis

A group of 15 physicians and nurses from UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center recently returned from a week in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, caring for more than 1,000 earthquake victims . . . Read full story >>

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MLK celebration speaker calls for elevating the national conscience

Keynote speaker Darnell L. William called upon members of the community to honor Dr. King’s legacy by looking inward at their own actions as a way of elevating the national conscience and changing the status quo . . . Read full story >>

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UMass Medicine Cares Volunteer Fair

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, members of the UMass Medical School community will have an opportunity to participate in the first-ever UMass Medicine Cares Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Office of Community Affairs, in partnership with the United Way of Central Massachusetts . . . Read full story >>

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Associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity appointed

Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, will lead the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office and guide its mission to support an intellectual and work environment that values individuals with different ideas, experiences, beliefs and backgrounds . . . Read full story >>

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Nursing home culture may affect antipsychotic prescription rates

A recent study led by UMass Medical School researchers shows that older adults, some of whom who have no identified clinical need, are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs at high rates  . . . Read full story >>

New treatment shown to reduce recurrence of debilitating diarrhea