Bullet Green In celebration of Black History Month, Thomas Doughton, senior lecturer at the Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, will present “Bondage to Belonging: Local Physicians in the Antebellum Period, Their Black Patients and Worcester's African American Community” on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Amphitheater I. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. RSVP to Nellie Toney via global e-mail. This event is sponsored by Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office and the Lamar Soutter Library.

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.

Bullet Green A Volunteer Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 10 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. See the related article in this issue of Focus and on Message of the Day on the UMMS intranet.

Bullet Green Celebrate Special Olympics Massachusetts Night with the Worcester Sharks on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:05 p.m. at the DCU Center. If you purchase your tickets through Special Olympics Massachusetts, $10 of the $20 ticket price goes toward admission for a Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete. To order, download the form here or contact Matt Ruxton at

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 In celebration of Women’s History Month, the program “Secrets of Women: Caesarean Section in the Early Renaissance” will be presented by Katharine Park, PhD, the Samuel Zemurray, Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, on Thursday, March 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. Doors open for lunch at 11:30. Please RSVP to Nellie Toney via global e-mail. The presentation is sponsored by the Women’s Faculty Committee and the Professional Women’s Committee.

Bullet Green The latest installment of the Lamar Soutter Library Artist in Residence Series is on display until March 12 on the first floor of the library. The exhibition features the watercolors of Lucille Grant (Feb. 8) and the photography of Paul Berman (Feb. 11). For information, contact Nancy Harger via global e-mail.

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 details about opportunities to volunteer at the games, see the “Information” column in this issue of Focus.

Bullet Green The 11th Annual Primary Care Days program will be held on Thursday, March 18, and Friday, March 19, at the Hoagland Pincus Conference Center on the Worcester Foundation Campus in Shrewsbury. Running from 7 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, the program will feature concurrent presentations on a range of primary care topics, from which attendees can choose to formulate their own learning track. Faculty will use didactic and case presentations. Each session will be facilitated by a primary care physician who will engage the audience in discussion and keep the discussion on track. For more information and to register, 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