June 2010

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The Focus staff
Public Affairs & Publications


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At 2010 Commencement, Varmus urges grads to 'appreciate the flux'

The 37th Commencement exercises were held on Sunday , June 6, as 205 degrees were awarded under the big white tent that had dominated the campus green all week.  . . . Read full story >>

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Biologist identify genes identifying sleeping and feeding

Scott Waddell and Alex Keene have isolated two genes in the fruit fly Drosophila that work together to choose between the need to sleep and the need to eat  . . . Read full story >>

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Mass Medical Society honors UMMS faculty and students

UMass Medical School was proudly represented at the Massachusetts Medical Society’s annual meeting last month, where four students and four faculty members received awards and honors and two faculty were elected to MMS leadership roles  . . . Read full story >>

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12th annual Walk to Cure Cancer kick-off breakfast scheduled for June 24

The annual breakfast is an opportunity for new volunteers to learn about how they can make a difference as team leaders, walkers or volunteers in reaching this year's goal of attracting 15,000 participants and raising  $1 million . . . Read full story >>

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Albert Sherman Center construction update

Construction of the Albert Sherman Center literally got off with a bang this month as crews began a blasting program to remove some 20,000 cubic yards of rock to make way for the foundation and footings of the new $400-million building  . . . Read full story >>

Annual awards honor faculty as mentors, clinicians, educators and advocates