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Paul Arslanian, lecturer and piano accompanist in the dance program since 1999, received the Pioneer Valley Buzz Award for 2014 from Easthampton Community Arts+ on Dec. 5. The award recognizes those who have made a positive creative “buzz” in the region, and brought awareness to the...
Susan E. Hankinson, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been elected to serve as chairperson-elect for the Molecular Epidemiology Working Group (MEG) of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She will assume the office at the AACR annual...
At the World Parks Congress (WPC) held Nov. 12-19 in Sydney, Australia, human geographer Stan Stevens of the geosciences department, officially launched his new book, “Indigenous Peoples, National Parks and Protected Areas,” during a special session he organized and led on the topic....
An article by Sara K. Jones, assistant professor of music education, was published online in October in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Jones will give a presentation of the article, “Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Review of Music Education Research as it relates...
Emery Berger, professor in the School of Computer Science, delivered a distinguished lecture “Programming Language Technology for the Sciences” on Dec. 1 at the University of California, San Diego. Berger’s lecture described his research on using programming language technology...
Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, last month delivered presentations on the island of Curaçao, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On Nov. 23, she spoke about “Archival Practices: The Creation of a Portuguese Jewish Identity,...
Dick Bresciani, who began his career as assistant director of sports information/publicity with the athletics department in 1960 and went on to a 42-year career with the Boston Red Sox, died Nov. 29 of complications of leukemia. The resident of Wellesley and Harwich was 76. A native of Hopedale,...
Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor in the department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, delivered the keynote lecture on Nov. 16 at the “Mapping Western Sefardic Diaspora in the Caribbean International Conference” in Hamburg, Germany. Ben-Ur spoke on communal autonomy among Atlantic...

Catherine Jensen-Hole of the department of music and dance has released a CD consisting entirely of her original instrumental compositions and songs, and her arrangements of jazz standards. Titled “Songs of Love, Life and Loss,” the CD features faculty members Jeffrey W. Holmes on piano, Tom Giampetro on drums, saxophonist Felipe Salles and guitarist Bob Ferrier.

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Thomas E. “Tim” Lavelle, 73, of Belchertown, a retired maintainer at Physical Plant, died Nov. 25 at his home. Born in Holyoke, he was educated in the former Holy Rosary schools in Holyoke and South Hadley High School. He worked on campus from 1985 until his retirement in 2001...

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