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From left: Cameron Smith-Freedman, Matthew “Donnie” Rollings, Matthew Yee who joined the team in iCons 3, Cameron Lane and Lute Fateiger.
Four students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program have been awarded first place in the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award 2017 for their research paper “What is it Going to Take to Make Solar Panels Cool?” The honor, which carries a $1,000...
Haivan Hoang
Haivan V. Hoang, English, is among five outstanding University of Massachusetts system faculty awarded the 2017 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the university. The faculty members—one from each UMass campus—will receive $10,000...
Maryanne Steele
Maryanne Steele, Environmental Health and Safety officer for construction safety, was recently recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the 2017 Safety and Health Professional of the Year award at the OSHA Summer Summit, a safety conference held on campus each year...
Mary E. Custard
Mary E. Custard, a UMass Amherst alumna and dean of students and former athletic director at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, has been presented the 2017 Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). The award was presented at the 35th annual...
Eric Naser
Eric J. Naser, 51, of Belchertown, a lead cook in Worcester Dining Commons, died, June 13. Born Nov. 2, 1965, in Boston, he grew up in Holyoke and had lived in Belchertown 15 years. He joined UMass Amherst as a dining commons worker in 2011 and had been a cook since 2014. He leaves his partner...
William L. Kilmer
William L. Kilmer, 84, of Amherst, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died March 16. Born July 5, 1932, he was raised in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He attended Pennsylvania State University on a track scholarship and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees there....
Aaron Shackelford
The Fine Arts Center has named Aaron Shackelford as its new director of programming for the Center Series. Shackelford comes to the center from Carolina Performing Arts, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While he was there, he developed diverse, innovative programming and...
Shaheen Pasha
Shaheen Pasha, assistant professor of international journalism, has co-edited a new anthology “Mirror on The Veil” with Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. The anthology, which features academic and personal narratives from more than 30...
Kimberly Lowney
Kimberly Lowney, a pre-award research administrator in grant and contract administration, spent a week in Moscow this spring under a special exchange participant fellowship, giving presentations on academic research grant administration in the United States and meeting with her Russian counterparts...
Donald Towsley
Is there a better mousetrap? Donald Towsley, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, thinks so. He is being recognized as the final 2016-2017 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar for research that has led to big breakthroughs in computer networking....

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