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Brian Kane, the Massachusetts Arborists Association Associate Professor of Commercial Arboriculture in the environmental conservation department, is this year’s co-recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s  Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

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Music faculty members Eric Berlin and Nadine Shank, along with the UMass Trumpet Ensemble, performed at the Schagerl Brass Festival held July 9-13 in Melk, Austria. The concerts were held at Stift Melk, an enormous Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube River.

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Sociology professor Janice Irvine is the 2012-14 recipient of the Contexts Claude Award for the Best Feature Article (Domestic) for her article, “Can’t Ask, Can’t Tell: How Institutional Review Boards Keep Sex in the Closet,” which was published in the magazine’s...
Daniel E. Kibe, 64, of Northampton, a retired technical specialist II in the food science department, died July 29 at home. Born in Pennsylvania, he was raised and educated in Westfield. He graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a science degree. He worked on campus for 36...

Professor Mary Lynn Boscardin in the College of Education has been awarded a five-year, $1.25 million Leadership Personnel Preparation grant by the U.S. Department of Education, Special Education Programs, to prepare administrators of special education.

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Mary Gilmore Helming, 96, of Manchester, professor emerita of nursing, died at home on July 24. Born in Magnolia, she grew up in Manchester, where she graduated from Story High School. She graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1940 and became a registered nurse. She was also a...
English professor Stephen Clingman, one of the leading experts in the world on South African writer and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, was among knowledgeable commentators sought out by media around the world following her death on July 13. Clingman was interviewed live on the BBC shortly after...
Three new UMass Police Department officers were sworn in July 17 by Chief John Horvath during ceremonies attended by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Jim Sheehan. Officers Kurt Wilkins, Luke Rennie and Alexandra Wysocki took the oath as about 40...
Jack Stanley Wolf, 88, retired professor of marketing and associate dean of the School of Business Administration, died July 15 of kidney failure at his home in Tucson. Born in Mankato, Minn., he served in the Air Force as an officer, flying bombing missions over Japan during World War II. After...
UMass Catering chef Matthia Accurso captured a gold medal and took first place in the 2014 Culinary Challenge staged at the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), held July 8-12 in Baltimore. Representing the Northeast region of NACUFS,...

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