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Patricia Bianconi, associate professor of Chemistry, last week was awarded a $25,000 Technology Investigation Award by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center.

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The Board of Trustees voted Aug. 23 to award tenure to eight Amherst campus faculty members.

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The appointment of Robert Rothstein, professor of Comparative Literature, to the Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr. and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Professorship for Teaching and Research of the Polish Language, Literature and Culture was approved Aug. 23 by the Board of Trustees.

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Wayne Abercrombie, professor of Music and director of choral activities, lectured and taught master classes in conducting for the 7th Taipei International Choral Festival held July 31 to Aug. 5.

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Charles Schweik, associate professor of Natural Resources Conservation and Public Policy, has been appointed associate director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG).

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Skip Fox was named last week as the new head coach of the men''s and women''s skiing programs.

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Political Science and Public Policy professor Jane E. Fountain recently gave a keynote address at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Public Policy Studies Association of Japan and also presented an invited lecture to the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)in Tokyo.

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John William Eldridge, 84, of Santa Rosa, Calif., a retired professor of Chemical Engineering, died July 21.

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Leverne "Verne" J. Thelen, 81, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Education, died Aug. 13 at the Holyoke Soldiers'' Home after a long battle with Parkinson''s disease.

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Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2006 Fudan International Management Science Forum, Aug. 18-19, in Shanghai, China.

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