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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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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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Bernice (Pedruczny) Lastowski, 80, of Hadley, a retired dietary worker I, died Oct. 16 at home.

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Robert Berrena and Jeffrey Young were sworn in as new UMass Police officers on Oct. 17 by Chief Barbara O''Connor.

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Professor Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management and alumnus Jose Cruz, who teaches at the University of Connecticut, have been awarded the best paper prize for 2004 by the journal Computational Management Science.

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Communication professor Donal Carbaugh will be honored Oct. 20 by the University of Washington when he is inducted into its communication department’s alumni hall of fame.

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Gerard P. Marcotte, 81, of Granby, a retired skilled laborer at Physical Plant, died Oct. 6 at home.

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Judith Ann Kolb, 67, of Hadley, a retired clerk in UMass Extension, died Oct. 1 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility after a battle with cancer.

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Nancy Cohen, professor and head of the Nutrition Department, and Thomas Roeper, professor of Linguistics, have been named recipients of the 2005 President’s Public Service Awards.

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Henry Bouffard, 77, of Westfield and formerly of Shutesbury, a retired carpenter in Housing Services, died Sept. 26 at Western Massachusetts Hospital.

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