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Jean E. (Ward) Stowell, 80, of Amherst, a retired technical assistant II at University Health Services, died Jan. 25 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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"Escaping into the Night," a historical novel for young adults by D. Dina Friedman, lecturer in the Business Communication Program of the Isenberg School of Management, was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

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Psychology professor Robert Feldman discussed his research on the prevalence of lying on ABC''s "20/20" on Jan. 20.

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Communication professor Jarice Hanson will moderate a national teleconference called "What''s News? A National Dialogue" from WHYY television in Philadelphia on Friday, Feb. 3.

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Julius Lester, professor emeritus of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, has won a 2006 Coretta Scott King Award for his book “Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue.”

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A year ago, Sara Aierstuck was in church, expecting a quiet Sunday sermon and fellowship. She left with what some might describe as a calling.

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Ivan Adames, associate director of Development for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has been named director of Development for the School of Education, effective Feb. 1.

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Music professor E. Wayne Abercrombie will be a guest on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” on Feb. 25 for a discussion of the differences between multicultural urban choirs and Eurocentric suburban choirs and the challenges of building choral communities that create a larger sense of community.

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Alice (Sokolowski) Osowski, 81, of Turners Falls, a retired dietary worker I at Worcester Dining Commons, died Jan. 22 at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Benjamin Ricci, 82, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Exercise Science and a crusader for the rights of the mentally retarded, died Jan. 21 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a lengthy illness.

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