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“DNA and Biotechnology,” a new textbook co-authored by professor Molly Fitzgerald-Hayes of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Frieda Reichsman, has been published by Elsevier Press.

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Political Science professor Peter M. Haas gave an invited lecture on “The Evolution of Multilateral Environmental Governance” on Dec. 17 to the Wissenschaftczentrum Berlin (Social Science Research Center Berlin).

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Chester John Fil, 90, of Hadley, a retired laborer at Physical Plant, died Dec. 9 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Jane Fountain, professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government, gave a keynote address at eGOVsharE 2009: “eTransformation in Public Administration from e-Government to e-Governance: Sharing Experience,” held Dec. 8-11 in Antalya, Turkey.

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Soren Bisgaard, 58, of Pelham, the Eugene M. Isenberg Professor in Integrative Studies and professor of Technology Management in the Department of Finance and Operations Management, died Dec. 14 of mesothelioma at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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The tradition began more than 15 years ago at Continuing and Professional Education – and now involves two more campus programs, University Without Walls and the Arts Extension Service, pulling together in a holiday fundraiser.

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Gerard Braunthal, professor emeritus of Political Science, is the author of “Right-Wing Extremism in Contemporary Germany,” published this month by Palgrave/Macmillan.

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Microbiology professor Susan Leschine, whose discovery of a microbe that can convert cellulose into ethanol spurred the creation of an advanced biofuels company, was honored Dec. 8 as one of the Top 25 Women in Tech by the AlwaysOn Network, an online business news company.

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Lila Gierasch, Distinguished Professor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department and the Chemistry Department, has been chosen to receive the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award from the Protein Society.

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Professor Barton Byg of German and Scandinavian Studies, director of the DEFA Film Library, presented a lecture titled “Translating the Archive” on Dec. 5 as part of a five-week program devoted to the cinema of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub held at Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, Belgium.

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