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Nancy Buffone
Nancy Buffone, executive director of External Relations and University Events, has been elected president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. “I am honored to help lead the board of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, as the chamber plays a critical role in the economic and cultural...
H. Duncan Rollason, Jr., 97, professor emeritus of biology and a former dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, died Nov. 30 at Sunrise Senior Living in Tucson, Ariz. Born in Beverly, he grew up in Middletown, Conn., and attended public schools there for 10 years before enrolling at the...
Hind Mari
Hind Mari, director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community, has been selected as one of the two recipients of the Wise Woman Award given by the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for Women. She was selected for her...
John Bracey
Afro-American studies professor and chair John Bracey is being recognized as a Spotlight Scholar for his lifelong contributions to the fields of African-American studies and history. His latest endeavor is “SOS: Calling all Black People, A Black Arts Movement Reader.”  ...
A big-headed anole (Anolis cybotes) displays its dewlap.
Biology professors Duncan Irschick and Jeff Podos, with their colleague Mark Briffa, an associate professor in animal behavior at Plymouth University, U.K., recently completed a three-year project with the publication of their new book, “Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach...
Betsy Dumont
Betsy Dumont, professor of biology and vice provost for academic affairs, recently received the Gerrit S. Miller Award from North American Society for Bat Research “in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the field of Chiropteran biology,” placing her among the world...
Matthew A. Lackner
The Board of Trustees voted Dec. 10 to award tenure to Matthew A. Lackner, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Andrea Pocar, assistant professor physics. The board also approved the appointment with tenure of Moon-Kie Jung as professor in the department of sociology...
Aviva Ben-Ur
Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded a 12-month National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support her project titled “Jewish Autonomy on the Imperial Frontier: Suriname, 1651-1825.” Ben-Ur argues that Jews, like other frontier...
Curtis Allen Johnson, 97, of Medford Leas, N.J., a former professor of agricultural engineering, died Oct. 31. Born in Mead, Neb., he was raised on a farm, which led to earning a B.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska. He was assigned to civilian public service for the...
Rosalind Coleman, 76, of Hadley, a retired typist II in Afro-American studies, died Oct. 23 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.   She retired from university service in 1991. She leaves her daughter, Rhonda Coleman, her son, Tom Coleman, a grandson, a sister and several nieces and nephews....

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