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Michael Hannahan, director of the Civic Initiative in the Donahue Institute, is just back from a two-week trip to Indonesia where he traveled around the country speaking to interested groups about the current U.S elections.

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Scott Mendoker, visiting assistant professor of tuba and euphonium, and his quintet, Philadelphia Brass, have been invited to participate in the Festival Misiones de Chiquitos 2008, a biennial event in Bolivia.

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Associate professor of Nursing Jean E. Swinney was honored Feb. 28 at the New York University College of Nursing’s 17th Annual Estelle Osborne Recognition Ceremony.

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Nurse practitioner Christine Horn has joined the staff at University Health Services.

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Chemistry professor Michael Maroney discusses the biological benefits of trace elements in a Jan. 11 segment on “Distillations,” a new weekly podcast on the past, present and future of chemistry.

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Associate Professor of Classics Elizabeth Keitel gave an invited lecture to the classics department at Yale University on Feb. 15.

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Lori Bindig, a doctoral student in Communication, recently had her master’s thesis on the 1990s TV show “Dawson’s Creek” published by Lexington Books.

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Last year’s sharp increase in foreclosures stems from the housing market’s abrupt decline combined with the groundswell of subprime mortgages issued from 2002 into 2007, according to Sheila Bair, chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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M.V. Lee Badgett, associate professor of Economics, is among the “20 Powerful Lesbian Academics” profiled in the March issue of Curve magazine.

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Dee Boyle-Clapp, former executive director of the Pioneer Valley Humane Society, has been named the new program coordinator for the Arts Extension Service.

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