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Roger G. Benoit of Northampton, a longtime metal worker, died July 14. Born Dec. 10, 1941, he served in the Navy on the USS Wasp. He joined UMass Amherst in 1971, and although he retired in 2002, he continued working in past-retirement appointments until June 11. He leaves his wife Susan Benoit...
Steve Tracy
Distinguished Professor Steve Tracy, Afro-American studies, has been awarded the Distinguished Overseas Professorship by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The award honors a foreign professor with internationally recognized academic achievement and influence in a particular field or discipline....
Erin Baker
Erin Baker, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor and professor of industrial engineering, was a keynote speaker at the 2017 International Energy Workshop (IEW) held July 12-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IEW brings the international energy modeling community...
Angelica Bernal
Angelica Bernal, assistant professor of political science, has been named the new director of the Academic Fellows Program (AFP – formerly known as the Academic Leadership Fellows Program) for the 2017-18 academic year. The program was founded by academic dean Jackie Brousseau-Pereira to...
Harry Rockland-Miller
Harry Rockland-Miller, staff psychologist and director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), is retiring this month after 21 years with the university. The campus community is invited to a reception in his honor on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 4-6 p.m. in the Amherst Room, Campus...
John Stoffolano
Stockbridge School of Agriculture entomologist John Stoffolano spent a week this summer in Puglia, Italy, as part of an ongoing study of the role of common house flies and their connection to the spread of the ORF virus to sheep and goats worldwide. The Institute Zooprofilattico of Puglia and...
Lynn Phillips
Lynn Phillips, senior lecturer and chief undergraduate advisor in the department of communication, has been appointed director of academic engagement and student success for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In this position, she will further develop and lead the college in the...
Hugh C. Davis
Hugh C. Davis, 94, of Leverett, professor emeritus of regional planning, died June 2. Born Nov. 6, 1922, in Shirley, he spent his early years on the family apple farm before moving to Winter Park, Florida. During WW II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aerial photographer and received the...
Nathan Bridges
NASA announced on July 11 that it has named a rippled linear dune of dark Martian sand “Nathan Bridges Dune” after planetary scientist and UMass Amherst geosciences alumnus Nathan Bridges (Ph.D. 1997). He died in April of a sudden heart attack at age 50. He was a planetary research...
Erin Baker
Erin Baker, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and an internationally recognized expert in energy and economics, has been named the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professional Development Professor. The Board of Trustees approved the appointment on June 20. The professorship is...

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