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Karen Plotkin, 59, of South Deerfield, a retired assistant professor of nursing, died Dec. 26. Born Jan. 21, 1957 in Leominster, she was a graduate of Fitchburg State College and the Leominster School of Nursing. She began her nursing career as a visiting nurse in the Fitchburg area. She joined...
Scott Auerbach
Scott Auerbach, chemistry and founding director of the Integrative Concentration in Science program for undergraduates in STEM, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Massachusetts Project Kaleidoscope winter meeting, “Best Practices in STEM and Integrating Undergraduates into Research,...
Baoshan Xing accepts award
Baoshan Xing, professor of environmental and soil chemistry in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, received the Environmental Quality Research Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) on Nov. 8 in Phoenix. The award is given to “recognize contributions that have enhanced the...
Chaitra Gopalappa
Chaitra Gopalappa, Commonwealth Honors College professor in industrial engineering, presented an invited talk, “Analyses of national and global strategic plans for disease prevention and control,” at the National Academy of Science’s (NAS) 15th Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of...
Benjamin Rountree
Benjamin Cox Rountree, 89, a longtime resident of Amherst and professor emeritus of French, died Dec. 19 in Northampton. Born Aug. 13, 1927, in Moultrie, Ga., he was raised in Dothan, Ala., but moved to Adel, Ga., in his teens. At age 18 in 1945, he enlisted in the military. He attended college on...
Daniel Bennett
Daniel Bennett, 86, of Leverett, a former professor of philosophy, died Dec. 8. Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Littleton, N.H., he grew up primarily in Massachusetts, first in Melrose and then in Duxbury. He went to boarding school at Noble & Greenough in Dedham, then to Harvard where he studied...
Elizabeth “Betty” L. Turner, 83, of South Deerfield, a retired dining commons worker, died Dec. 17. Born July 18, 1933, in Whately, she was educated in Whately schools and graduated from Smith Vocational High School. She joined UMass Amherst as a dining room attendant in 1963, rising...
Deane Bates
Deane W. Bates Sr., 81, of Chesterfield, a retired 29-year Physical Plant carpenter, died Dec. 16. Born Oct. 1, 1935 in Williamsburg, he graduated from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and served in the Army from 1955 to 1957, stationed in Panama. He joined UMass Amherst in 1968 and...
Daniel Padberg
Daniel Ivan Padberg, 85, of Bryan, Texas, a former professor of food resource economics and dean of the former College of Food and Natural Resources, died Dec. 12 in an automobile accident. Born Nov. 9, 1931, in Summersville, Missouri, he was a Navy veteran. He earned his bachelor’s and...
Panos Kevrekidis
Panos Kevrekidis, distinguished professor in mathematics and statistics, was recently awarded a fellowship by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to work with Dimitrios Frantzeskakis, professor of physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on “Hamiltonian and open...

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