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Baoshan Xing
Stockbridge School of Agriculture professor Baoshan Xing is being recognized as a UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. When asked to describe his work in a nutshell, Xing sums it up succinctly: clean soil for safe food. An expert in analyzing the chemical behaviors of soil and soil contaminants, Xing...
Gisele Litalien
Gisele Litalien, an administrator with 20 years of experience leading, developing and supporting nonprofit organizations that work with youth and families, has been named associate director of the Center for Research on Families (CRF). She will oversee CRF’s daily operations, working closely...
Sen. Edward Markey and Susan K. Whitbourne
Susan K. Whitbourne, professor of psychological and brain sciences and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, spoke at an Oct. 28 reception hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fulbright Association in honor of the Fulbright program’s 70th anniversary. Whitbourne...
Eric Bittman
Neurobiologist Eric Bittman, biology, has received a two-year, $420,000 exploratory grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study how the master clock in the brain talks to other neurons and how it controls a variety of organs including the heart, lung and liver....
Anatoli “Tony” Kudrikow, 79, of Sunderland, died Oct. 29. Born Feb. 26, 1937 in Kralievo, Yugoslavia, he attended Amherst High School and served in the Army. He joined UMass Amherst as a technical specialist in geosciences in 1961 and retired from that position in 1996. He is...
Charlotte LaPlante
Junior Charlotte LaPlante and alumna Meghan Bernier were two of the dozens of volunteer emergency medical technicians to provide emergency care during the Head of the Charles Regatta held Oct. 22-23 in Boston.  The two-day rowing competition attracts more than 11,000 athletes and tens of...
Robert Progulske
Donald Robert Progulske, 93, of Gainesille, Fla., professor emeritus of wildlife biology and retired 18-year head of the department of forestry and wildlife management, died Oct. 17. Born Sept. 3, 1923, in Springfield, he graduated from Springfield Technical High School and was accepted into the...
David S. Sroka, 58, of Turners Falls, a senior electrical design engineer in Design and Construction Management, died Oct. 30. Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., on June 4, 1958, he was a graduate of Port Byron High School and continued his education at the University of Rochester, receiving his bachelor...
Mari Castañeda
Mari Castañeda, professor and chair of the communication department, has been selected as a 2016-2017 faculty fellow of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her term includes a weeklong faculty seminar this month. Founded in 1957, the  academy is dedicated to the...
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Graduate students from the department of kinesiology won several scholarships and awards at the recent New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) annual meeting, held October 13-14 in Providence. Kate Hayes, a doctoral candidate, was the winning presenter in the...

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