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Harwich, Orleans, Yarmouth, Dennis and Dartmouth need to continue wastewater planning efforts under the Massachusetts Estuaries Project.

The university has also launched a campaign to establish a multi-million dollar endowment to support the work of its scientists who are devoted to protecting and restoring the Commonwealth's coastal environment. The goal is to ensure continued support of community restoration efforts throughout southeastern Massachusetts.

"Using our scientific expertise to serve the people and communities of the Commonwealth is central to our mission as a university, so we are pleased to make this bold commitment to protecting and preserving our most fragile natural resources," Chancellor MacCormack said.

"The Massachusetts Estuary Project is an innovative and important project, providing communities with the consistent, science-based information they need to effectively address nitrogen pollution in their bays and estuaries," added Dept. of Environmental Protection Commissioner Laurie Burt. "UMass Dartmouth's investment is a clear demonstration of its commitment to these efforts."

Prof. Brian Howes, the scientific leader of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, said, "It is essential that the science that underpins watershed planning to protect and restore the estuaries and ponds of Cape Cod move forward without further delay.... The Cape is now at a crossroads as to what the long-term health of its fragile coastal environments will be. Choosing to restore and protect them will ensure their value for future generations."

Center for Indic Studies receives prestigious $1 million grant to further links with India

The Three Rs Foundation's recent pledge of $1 million will support the Center for Indic Studies' effort to strengthen the links between the university, region, and state and India's growing economy and world influence.

Announcement of the Foundation's gift coincided with a celebration of India Independence Day and featured presentations by students from India. The Foundation is the lead sponsor of the Super Accelerated Learning Theory, a school model that emphasizes whole brain education.

"We are excited to be part of this educational initiative that will allow Mass Dartmouth students to learn about India at a time when the information super highway and global economy are creating important East-West connections," said Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj, Foundation director. "Among our highest priorities is to develop innovative teaching strategies, rooted in Indian culture."

The Center for Indic Studies was established in 2001 to further knowledge of India and its peoples. In addition to sponsoring numerous programs throughout the year, the center has been instrumental in establishing the Indic Studies minor at the university. India ranks fourth in Massachusetts as a nation of origin of foreign-born residents in 2006, and an estimated 150 students from India are on campus this fall.

"An endowment of this size to bridge the ancient civilization of India to the most modern civilization of the United States through education is a most powerful statement to society," said Dr. Bal Ram Singh, center director and biochemistry professor.

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