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Kenneth M. Rewa, 60, of South Deerfield, a retired accountant in the Controller’s Office, died Oct. 31 at home.

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Sarah F. Poissant, assistant professor of Communication Disorders, has been awarded a two-year, $156,792 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study the effects of noisy environments on the ability of cochlear implant users to understand speech.

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Thom Hannum, associate director of the Minuteman Marching Band and percussion instructor, was honored Oct. 15 for his 25 years of commitment to the band and his involvement in improving its nationally recognized percussion program.

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The second edition of "Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity" by Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel with United for a Fair Economy and Class Action, has been published by The New Press.

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Chemical Engineering professor Phillip R. Westmoreland is among the winners of this year’s David A. Shirley Award for outstanding scientific achievement at the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

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Alista E. Gradowski, 24, an undergraduate from Hadley, died Oct. 22 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Donald S. Dickinson, 82, of Ocala, Fla. and formerly of Amherst, a retired control system specialist, died Oct. 17.

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Thomas Russell, Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Materials Research Society, an international organization with more than 13,000 members. His three-year term begins Jan. 1.

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Georgia (Perkins) French, 89, of Exeter, N.H. and formerly of Amherst, a retired assistant professor, died Oct. 3 at SunBridge of Exeter after a battle with cancer.

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Six weeks after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, the president and Congress have failed to establish any credible expert review process to guide the recovery of the region, according to Geosciences professor Rutherford H. Platt.

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