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Four faculty members and an area educator received Distinguished Academic Outreach Awards on May 8 for their efforts in the areas of research, teaching and community education.

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David Schmidt, assistant professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is working with a Madison, Conn. company to increase the energy efficiency of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

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When Astronomy professor William M. Irvine was recently granted a Scottish coat-of-arms, the result was heavenly.

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Ethan Katsh, professor of Legal Studies and director of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution,was the keynote speaker at the 4th U.N. Forum on Online Dispute Resolution held March 22-23 in Cairo, Egypt.

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James Smethurst, associate professor of Afro-American Studies, won this year''s James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for his book, "The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s."

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Anthony Crayton, 56, of Boston, former director of the Office of Third World Affairs, died April 21 of liver failure.

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Carol A. Barr, associate professor in the Department of Sport Management, will be introduced as president of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) at its annual convention from May 30 to June 3 in Kansas City, Mo.

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The doctoral program in the Psychology of Peace and Prevention of Violence is convening a weekend conference to honor retiring professor Ervin Staub, the program’s founding director.

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Mary Louise Casa, 58, of Colrain, clerk III in the Library, died May 1 at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield.

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Three members of the faculty and staff have received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for the 2005-06 year, according to Ginger Etinde of the Provost’s Office.

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