Bullet Green The Copyright Clearance Center of the Lamar Soutter Library will present an introduction to copyright law, including the history and definition of copyright, public domain and fair use, with specific focus on the academic and library environment, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 12, to Barbara Ingrassia via global e-mail.

Bullet Green A Chinese New Year celebration will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, in the Faculty Conference Room, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be dinner, performances and dancing. Look for additional information in upcoming updates.

Bullet Green A Volunteer Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the old Medical School lobby Sponsored by the UMMS Office of Community Relations, the fair will feature representatives of various organizations in need of volunteers. Look for additional information about the event in the next issue of Focus and on Message of the Day on the UMMS intranet.

Bullet Green The Lamar Soutter Library will present Collaboration Tools: Wikis, Blogs & Document Sharing on Monday, March 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in its computer lab. (An online webinar option is also available.) The seminar, the second in a three-part series, will focus on collaborative writing using web-based tools that streamline research, teaching and learning, and general communication. Time will be allotted for hands-on exploration. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops, netbooks or other web-enabled devices. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For additional information or to register to attend in person or online, visit

Bullet Green The Special Olympics of Massachusetts 2010 Winter Games will take place on the weekend of March 13 and 14, throughout greater Worcester and Central Massachusetts. For opportunities to volunteer at the games, visit

Bullet Green The one-day course Cognition, Fatigue and Psychiatric Co-morbidities in Multiple Sclerosis will be held on Friday, March 19, at The Beechwood Hotel in Worcester from 7:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. This course is designed to address recent advances in research and care of patients with multiple sclerosis. For information and to register, visit

Bullet Green The 8th Annual Immunology and Virology Program Research Retreat will be held on June 3 and 4 at the Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth. Registration will be open through Wednesday, April 15. For more information, contact Kathy Bateman via global e-mail. To register, visit