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Psychology professor James (Mike) Royer received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Education Alumni Association on April 12.

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Softball coach Elaine Sortino notched her 1,000th career win April 13 as the Minutewomen swept a doubleheader against Temple.

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Brian Umberger, assistant professor of Kinesiology, gave an invited lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab on April 11.

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Chih-Ming Yin, 64, retired professor of Entomology and a resident of Amherst for 30 years, died April 5 in Los Angeles.

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Richard Rogers was appointed last month to the newly created post of associate provost for Academic Technology.

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Mari Castañeda, associate professor of Communication, is assuming the role of faculty adviser for Student Bridges, a student-initiated outreach program that works to expand pathways to higher education for residents from Holyoke.

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Michele Leslie Leaf, 58, of Leverett, former staff attorney at Student Legal Services, died April 6 at home after a long battle with breast cancer.

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Anthony Tuck, assistant professor of Classics, spoke at the annual conference of the Classical Association of Massachusetts held April 5 at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem.

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Barton Byg, professor in German and Scandinavian Studies and founding director of the DEFA Film Library, will give the Five Colleges’ Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture on Monday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Hall in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College.

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George Huber, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, will discuss his research on biofuels as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” on April 11.

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