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Krista Harper
Krista Harper, associate professor of anthropology and public policy and administration, gave five invited lectures at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in France.  From May 12 to June 10, she served as a visiting “maître des conferences...
Ioannis Pantazis
Postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Pantazis, mathematics and statistics, has won a $50,000 bronze medal in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) competition to identify predictive models for use in new infectious disease forecasting methods. Pantazis is a postdoctoral...
Jenny Ross
Jenny Ross, associate professor of physics, is part of a team that won an early career award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) to pursue studies at the intersection of biology and physical sciences. The grants, totaling $731,000...
Amber Davis
Competitive stairclimber Amber Davis of veterinary and animal sciences zoomed to the top of Vermont’s 438-step Bennington Battle Monument June 6 to capture the women’s title and finish seventh overall. Davis clambered up the tower staircase in 1 minute, 51.4 seconds to set a new record...
Steve C. Tracy
The University of Alabama Press this month published “Hot Music, Ragmentation, and the Bluing of American Literature” by Afro-American studies professor Steven C. Tracy. Exploring the deep and enduring relationship between music and literature, the book examines the diverse ways in...
Darrice Griffin
Darrice Griffin has been named by director of athletics Ryan Bamford to the new post of senior associate director of athletics for internal operations/senior woman administrator. Griffin spent the last six years at Columbia University, including the past four as associate athletics director for...
Jane Fountain
Distinguished Professor Jane Fountain of political science and public policy spoke about cybersecurity during the Chatham House London Conference hosted June 1-2 by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The meeting is Chatham House’s flagship conference held annually...
Lori Clarke
Lori Clarke, professor and chair of the School of Computer Science, retired this month after 40 years on campus. Clarke was co-director of the Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER), where her research focused on testing, verification and requirements engineering for...
Denise Ann (Boulanger) Witkos, 55, of North Hadley, a retired mail clerk II in Mail Services and alumna, died May 29 at home. Born in Northampton, she was a graduate of Amherst Regional High School and UMass Amherst. She retired in May 2014 after 31 years of campus service. She leaves her mother...
Richard H. Baker, 72, of Greenfield, a retired mail clerk II in the Library, died May 29 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. Born in Greenfield, he was educated at the former Holy Trinity School and was a graduate of Greenfield High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran attaining the rank...

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