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Nine faculty members from eight departments and three colleges and schools have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project, a new initiative aimed at involving and teaching faculty to use their research to contribute to social change, inform public policy and...
Wilmore Webley

Wilmore Webley, associate professor in microbiology, has been named the new director of pre-medical/pre-dental advising and will oversee advising for 1,500 undergraduates across campus exploring careers in the medical, dental and health fields.

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Marguerite (Maggie) Malah Allen, 93, of Northfield, Vt., and formerly of Buckland, a retired library reference assistant, died Jan. 14 at Mayo Rehab and Continuing Care in Northfield, Vt. Born in Colrain, she graduated from Arms Academy in 1939. After graduation she attended Keene Nursing School...
Ajla Aksamija
Ajla Aksamija, assistant professor in the department of architecture, is organizing the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 Conference to be held April 6-9 in Chicago. ARCC is an international association of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of the...
Patricia (Przada) Echols, 64, of Easthampton, retired assistant director of Financial Aid Services, died at her home on Jan. 2. She earned an MBA and a master of public administration at UMass Amherst, where she worked for 35 years until her retirement in 2014. She leaves her mother, Josephine...
Alyson Gill
Alyson A. Gill of Arkansas State University has been appointed to the new post of associate provost for instructional innovation, effective Jan. 5. Gill has served since 2011 as director of the Center for Digital Initiatives at Arkansas State, where she has been a faculty member in the department...
Nancy Buffone
Nancy Buffone, executive director of External Relations and University Events, has been elected president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. “I am honored to help lead the board of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, as the chamber plays a critical role in the economic and cultural...
H. Duncan Rollason, Jr., 97, professor emeritus of biology and a former dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, died Nov. 30 at Sunrise Senior Living in Tucson, Ariz. Born in Beverly, he grew up in Middletown, Conn., and attended public schools there for 10 years before enrolling at the...
Hind Mari
Hind Mari, director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community, has been selected as one of the two recipients of the Wise Woman Award given by the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for Women. She was selected for her...
John Bracey
Afro-American studies professor and chair John Bracey is being recognized as a Spotlight Scholar for his lifelong contributions to the fields of African-American studies and history. His latest endeavor is “SOS: Calling all Black People, A Black Arts Movement Reader.”  ...

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