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UMass hires cybersecurity firm to investigate racist emails

Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst said this week that they’ve hired a cybersecurity firm to aid in an investigation into a recent spate of racist emails sent to members of campus organizations led by Black students. In a campuswide message Monday, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy wrote that the school has retained Stroz Friedberg Digital Forensics, a digital investigations firm, to determine the source of emails that began appearing in late August. The emails, which were sent from an account calling itself the “UMass Coalition for a Better Society,” contained racial slurs, accused Black students of having lower intelligence, told recipients to leave campus and that they should be sterilized. Benjamin Freed has the details.

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Eighteen higher ed institutions receive federal technology workforce funding

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday announced $36.5 million to further technology-based economic development, funding programs at 50 higher education institutions, nonprofits, state agencies and other organizations. Eighteen higher education institutions or organizations affiliated with universities are included among the grant recipients. Emily Bamforth has more.

Miami-Dade College names new CIO

Miami-Dade College this month announced a new chief information officer, hiring Tanya Acevedo, previously the chief technology officer for Houston’s airport system. Acevedo spent four years leading information security, strategic planning and technology at Houston’s three airports. Before Houston, Acevedo held the chief technology officer role in Travis County, Texas, which contains Austin, and worked as IT program manager for Orange County, California, according to her LinkedIn profile. Emily has the story.

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