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Morihiko Nakahara
The department of music and dance has selected Morihiko Nakahara to be assistant professor and director of orchestral studies, in charge of conducting the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the university’s foremost orchestral ensemble. Nakahara currently serves as music director of the South...
Thomas F. Houston, 73, of Shutesbury, a retired lecturer in arboriculture and urban forestry, died April 24. Born in Greenfield on Jan. 2, 1944, he graduated from Amherst High School and served in the Marine Corps. He received an associate’s degree from Stockbridge School of Agriculture in...
Geng-Lin Li
Geng-Lin Li, biology, recently was awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study auditory signal processing in the inner ear. His findings will expand basic understanding of hearing and could lead to better hearing protection. He says, “Our inner ear...
Max Page

Max Page, professor of architecture and history and director of Historic Preservation Initiatives, is featured in the new documentary film “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” which examines the life and work of New York City urban activist Jane Jacobs. The movie explores Jacob’s political and bureaucratic battles with nemesis Robert Moses, the New York power broker whose urban redevelopment methods were often marked, in Page’s words, by “a highway ripped through an old neighborhood.”

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Mike Malone
Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by Penn State’s College of Engineering. Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the college and recognizes graduates who have...
Marjorie Aelion
Marjorie Aelion, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been invited to serve on a federal subcommittee advising the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Aelion joins the Stakeholder Engagement Subcommittee of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee...
David Powers Curley Jr., 65, of Agawam, retired director of trademark and licensing administration, died April 18. Born Jan. 17, 1952 in Richmond, Va., he graduated from Windsor, Conn., High School. He joined UMass Amherst in 1980 as a staff assistant in the Campus Center and moved to Auxiliary...
Bernice M. (Podlesny) Duda, 98, of Whately, a retired laboratory technician, died April 22. She joined UMass Amherst in 1966 and retired as a technical assistant in veterinary and animal sciences in 1985. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield....
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This year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, the campus’ highest honor for classroom excellence, were presented to faculty from Natural Sciences, Engineering and Management at the UMass Amherst Awards Dinner April 25. The tenure system honorees are Scott Auerbach, chemistry;
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James Conlon
Three undergraduates were honored April 11 as this year’s recipients of the Kathryn F. Furcolo Award for Outstanding Service. The awards were presented to senior James Conlon, political science, junior Audrey Kearney, a Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration major, and Molly...

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