Bullet Green UMass Worcester’s 37th Commencement takes place at noon on Sunday, June 6, on the campus green. The keynote speaker is Harold E. Varmus, MD, the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, former director of the National Institutes of Health and co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine. He was just recently named director of the National Cancer Institute by President Barack Obama. UMass Worcester will confer just under 200 degrees, including four doctorate in nursing practice degrees and three master’s in clinical research degrees, the first awarded by these new programs.

Bullet Green The Art of Barry Hanshaw is the current installment of the Lamar Soutter Library Artist in Residence series, running through Friday, June 11. Barry Hanshaw, MD, is professor of pediatrics and former dean of the School of Medicine. The exhibit includes paintings as well as Dr. Hanshaw’s new book, The Art of Barry Hanshaw: Forty favorite works, with reflections from the artist. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and the Hanshaw Pediatric Society.

Bullet Green The Center for Mindfulness invites all UMMS employees to participate in the nationally-acclaimed Stress Reduction Program for a deeply discounted fee of $150. The program is designed to increase participants’ concentration and focus, teach them to respond to stress more effectively, increase resiliency and enhance creativity. To enroll in the mandatory, free orientation session, call 508-856-2656. Classes start the week of June 21. A UMMS ID badge must be presented at orientation to ensure the employee discount.

Bullet Green The Walk to Cure Cancer’s annual Kick Off Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at the Lazare Research Building on the UMass Medical School Campus. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more about the Walk to Cure Cancer and how you can make a difference as a team leader, volunteer or walker. To RSVP, please call 508-856-2589 or send an e-mail to The 12th Annual Walk to Cure Cancer will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26. The five-mile walk benefits cancer research at the UMass Medical School and the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence. For more information, please visit

Bullet Green Optimizing Treatment in Progressive MS Patients will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at Tribeca on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The course will increase awareness among primary care physicians and neurology residents about the early diagnosis and the symptomatic therapy treatment options available to those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It is designed for primary care physicians, PAs, NPs, neurologists and physical therapists. For more information, and to register please visit This program is jointly sponsored by the MS Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Office of Continuing Education.

Bullet Green The Greater Worcester Farmer’s Market returns to the Worcester campus on Tuesday, July 6, at 1 p.m. In addition to favorite returning vendors who will be offering their usual array of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, maple syrup and flowers, a new vendor will be selling farm-fresh cheese and yogurt. The market will be here Tuesdays through October.