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Geosciences professor Lynn Margulis and her son and frequent co-author, Dorion Sagan, are the co-directors of Sciencewriters Books, a new imprint of Chelsea Green Publishing Company aimed at developing outstanding works of science for the general public.

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Robert A. Rothstein, Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr., and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Professor of Teaching and Research in Polish Language, Literature and Culture, was one of the presenters at a panel on "Carpatho-Rusyns in the Twenty-First Century" at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 17.

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Political Science and Public Policy professor Jane E. Fountain gave a keynote address at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference in Athens, Ga. on Nov. 8.

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Roy E. Rule, 60, of Sunderland, a retired clerk V at Physical Plant, died Nov. 23 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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M. Idalí Torres, associate professor of Community Health Education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been appointed to Governor-elect Deval Patrick’s transition team.

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Nelson Lacey, associate professor of Finance, has been named Most Outstanding Department Chair by the International Society of Business Disciplines.

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Theresa Austin, associate professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and two doctoral students made presentations at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ national conference Nov. 16-19 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Norman Cournoyer, 88, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, died Nov. 23 at his home.

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Jessica R. Eaton, 86, of South Deerfield, a retired institutional domestic aide at Worcester Dining Commons, died Nov. 22 at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Jennifer Marie Flanders, 20, of Bourne, a junior Nursing student, died Nov. 16 at the Children’s Hospital in Boston after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

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