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Joelle Labastide
Joelle Labastide, a postdoctoral fellow in physics, has been awarded $138,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship to examine the dynamics of “cargo transport,” the act of carrying organelles, proteins and other material around inside the cell. She seeks to uncover how kinesin-...
Jeanette Clark
Jeanette Ann (Maslanka) Clark, 82, of Northampton, a retired clerk in financial aid, died Aug. 7. Born March 27, 1934, she was raised in Hadley and was a graduate of Hopkins Academy. She also graduated from the former Northampton Commercial College and completed training as an X-ray technician at...
Stephen Cavanagh
Stephen J. Cavanagh, dean of the College of Nursing, has been named one of the 30 most influential deans of nursing in the United States by Mometrix, a Texas-based test preparation company. Prior to his appointment in 2011, Cavanagh served as professor and associate dean for academic and clinical...
Roberta Marvin
Roberta M. Marvin, associate professor of musicology at the University of Iowa, has been named professor and chair of the department of music and dance, effective Sept. 1. She is replacing Jeff Cox, who is retiring after 11 years as department chair. Marvin is an active researcher and scholar, a...
Isabelle G. (Decker) Graves, 94, of Ashfield, retired principal bookkeeper in chemical engineering, died Aug. 5. Born in Sunderland on May 25, 1922, she attended local schools and was a commercial college graduate. She joined UMass Amherst in 1969 and worked in chemical engineering until retiring...
Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik of German and Scandinavian studies will serve as interim director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies following the retirement of founding director James E. Young at the end of the summer.

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Nellie Perchak
Nellie M. Perchak, 97, of Sunderland, a retired assistant cook in the dining halls, died July 31. Born in Hadley, she was educated in the Hadley school system. She joined the campus staff in 1962 as a part-time kitchen helper and held a number of positions, including dining room attendant and...
Audrey Altstadt
History professor Audrey Altstadt is the author of a new book examining the ways in which the early Soviet Union attempted to mold the culture of Azerbaijan in the south Caucasus in its own image. “The Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-1940,” published by Routledge, looks...
Chelsea Plimpton
Chelsea Plimpton, who pitched for Fordham University and coached at Towson, Fordham and Marist, has joined the softball staff as pitching coach. “Chelsea Plimpton is a tremendous addition to our staff and the UMass family,” head coach Kristi Stefanoni said. “She’s played...
Julie Brigham-Grette
Julie Brigham-Grette, geosciences department head and chair of the U.S. National Academy Polar Research Board, was recently named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honor given to individual members “who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in...

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