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Dong Wang
Two faculty members from the department of biochemistry and molecular biology were recognized for their research at the 17th International Congress of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI) in Portland, Ore. Dong Wang, an expert in the symbiotic interactions...
TreaAndrea M. Russworm
The English department’s TreaAndrea M. Russworm is an editor of a new collection of essays focusing on the highly varied and sometimes controversial work of writer, producer, director, actor and gospel songwriter Tyler Perry. Perry, who created and sometimes performs as Madea, an elderly...
Students with drone
A team of electrical engineering students has won top honors from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The winning design creates a virtual “geofence,” similar to an invisible...
Gretchen H. Gerzina
Gretchen H. Gerzina, dean of Commonwealth Honors College and the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography, was a visiting scholar from June 27 to July 25 at the American Academy in Rome, which was founded to foster the pursuit of advanced research and independent study in the fine arts and humanities...
Peter M. Haas
Peter M. Haas, professor of political science, participated in a side panel at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on July 20 in New York City. The four-member panel discussed different options for science-policy interfaces to monitor progress on the national...
Jonathan Hall
The UMass Amherst Police Department marked the promotion of acting Sgt. Jonathan Hall to sergeant during a ceremony July 27 attended by about 50 fellow officers, university officials, family and friends. Hall, a nine-year veteran of the department, was appointed acting sergeant in July 2015. His...
Claire Barrows
Claire W. (O’Donnell) Barrows, 87, of Springfield, a longtime clerk on campus, died July 23. Born Feb. 9, 1929 in Springfield, she grew up in Ludlow and graduated from Ludlow High School in 1947. She joined UMass Amherst as Claire O’Donnell in 1968, working as a clerk in the treasurer...
Prasanta Bhowmik
Stockbridge School of Agriculture professor Prasanta Bhowmik was honored with a 2016 Outstanding International Achievement Award at the International Weed Science Society (IWSS) 7th International Weed Science Congress in June in Prague, Czech Republic. IWSS President Nilda Roma Burgos cited...
Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina
The American Political Science Association (APSA) has named political science doctoral candidate Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina a 2016-17 Latino Scholarship Fund recipient. Cuevas-Molinas specializes in American politics, survey methodology and political psychology. She will use the APSA award to travel...
Katie Dellorso
Katie Dellorso, a doctoral candidate in the doctor of audiology program, was chosen in a nationwide competition as the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship by Alpaca Audiology. Alpaca is a network that uses the collective purchasing power of its members to help audiologists purchase hearing aids at...

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