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Paul Doherty
Paul Spence Doherty, 81, of Longmeadow, a Trustee of the UMass Amherst Foundation and a former member of the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education, died Jan. 30. With his wife, Dianne, he was a committed and energetic supporter of civic life in Springfield and western Massachusetts....
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Ten faculty and staff have been selected by UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning as recipients of the 2016 CESL Faculty Fellowships. According to Carol Soules, associate director of CESL, the group represents 10 departments developing new civic engagement or service-learning courses,...
Ellen Noble
Public Health Sciences major Ellen Noble, who recently won the U.S. Cyclocross National Championship, finished sixth in the Cyclocross World Championships in Zolder, Belgium, on Jan. 30. Noble, who is studying public health with the goal of combining her passion for cycling with her interest in...
Laura Valdiviezo
Laura A. Valdiviezo, associate professor of language, literacy and culture in the College of Education, discussed “Rethinking Testing, Teaching and Learning in Education” during a recent interview on New England Public Radio. She urged listeners to evaluate testing not as an...
Matt Dawson
Head football coach Mark Whipple has announced the addition of alumnus Matt Dawson to the coaching staff. Dawson returns to Amherst with 14 years of college football experience. He’ll coach the tight ends and work with special teams. Also announced by Whipple, defensive coordinator Tom...
Robert S. Feldman
Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman has announced he will retire at the end of this academic year after 38 years with the University. A reception in his honor will be held April 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. In an email to the campus community, Chancellor Kumble...
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Christine McCormick, dean of the College of Education since 2005, is stepping down and the process to name an interim dean is beginning, Provost Katherine S. Newman announced Jan. 28. Associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin have also tendered their resignations, she said. McCormick, Berger...
Melissa Mueller
“Objects as Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy,” a new book by classics scholar Melissa Mueller, will be published Monday, Feb. 1 by the University of Chicago Press. The book charts a new approach to Greek tragedy based on the fact that, as plays, the works...
Public Engagement Project
Seven  faculty members from across five colleges and schools have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP).  They will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. The fellows, who will...
Anthropologists in Barcelona
Two anthropology faculty and four graduate students took part in an international workshop on “Social Justice and Changing Forms of Value” at the University of Barcelona from Jan. 13-15. The international workshop was part of the European Field Studies program’s three-year...

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